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    Has anyone else used a textbook as the spine for your science curriculum? Right now I'm using the same textbook that Calvert uses with their science, and then I'm adding on books, kits, and activities. I'm just curious if anyone else has done something similiar. If you moved away I'm curious as to the why, and if you did move away what did you move too.

    Last year using the textbook as a spine worked pretty well, except that we are coming to the end, and I never planned the last couple of chapters real well, and I think we've out grown the science kits I stocked up on. Now I'm looking ahead at the next textbook to plan ahead, and some of it is repeating things I already covered and I just would of thought some other topics would have been covered. I still plan to add things on, and I really think we could use the repetition of some of those ideas. I know I need to invest more time in planning.

    Mainly I'm curious if I'm the only one that's doing this. And I'd like to see if there is a logical direction to move in if I decide to not do this again for 4th grade, or if I panic and decide make the textbook the supplement for a different 3rd grade curriculum.
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    curious how that differs from using Nebels? I havent done anything like that, though. Our science is much less organized than that. after giving up on all the curriculum for the younger, i have him just reading books about science, and we do experiments in the summer.
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    I'll be doing the same thing. I got the PS science text which is similar to the one you're using. I also purchased Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding. I'll be using that for ideas to go along with our text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbmamaz View Post
    curious how that differs from using Nebels? I havent done anything like that, though. Our science is much less organized than that. after giving up on all the curriculum for the younger, i have him just reading books about science, and we do experiments in the summer.
    Nebel doesn't have a central text that you read with photos and so forth the way a typical textbook does.

    I have heard that a lot of people do this with a particular series ... Science Explorer... with slightly older kids.
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    Not really.

    Dd15 is working her way through a biology text, but it isn't very text bookish.

    I'm not anti textbook for older kids though. Dd has used some fabulous texts for psychology and anthropology.

    So there are good textbooks out there. I just haven't come across science ones that aren't bone dry and classroomy. I haven't looked all that hard though

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