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.