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    Can anyone recommend a science program or books that actually teach science? I am talking about earths age, evolution, cells, etc. I have seen posts about how many of the so called "secular science" places have either omitted or not really discussed these topics. I at this point assume there is really nothing out there that teach true science for kids other than piecing it together myself but than I run into how to do worksheets and labs.
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    R.E.A.L Science Odyssey by Pandia press. They don't leave anything out. Blair Lee of SEA homeschoolers has written several of the science courses. (They also do history).

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    I heard that this one is more paper work and not many labs or am I thinking of a different one...?

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    RSO as jrebisz mentioned is a lab book. All labs, all the time, (Well there is sometimes a page of “text”.... but its really all about labs.)

    You can download the first part of the books, and see for yourself.
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    We love RSO. We did the Life Science, Earth Science level 1 courses, and we're nearly finished with Chemistry and physics level 1. I already bought the level 2 courses and the climate change course that Blair Lee wrote. As a note, they have really good sales a couple times a year, usually around a holiday like Labor day and such - 25% and sometimes 35% off. Good luck!
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    RSO is definitely secular. It's a mix of labs, readings, worksheet stuff. I mean, it's elementary science... I'm not sure what you want other than that, ya know?

    Other programs that are definitely secular include Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, TOPS, Thunderbolt Kids, Galore Park, Singapore (My Pals Are Here), Supercharged Science... There's other stuff too. It just really depends on what you want. There's also things like public school textbooks.

    There are also tons of great books about science for elementary school, some of which are series. I'm a fan of Seymour Simon's various books about science, but he's just one good author - there are others. Some kids like the Horrible Science books or the Basher Science books, but again, there are many others.
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    Would you guys say this is the most through of the science curriculum offered? I purchased Real Science 4 kids Chemistry and Biology for my 7 year old son, but they seem too easy and basic almost. At least I got it used! And he loves experiments. So this would be the best pick you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merchris View Post
    Would you guys say this is the most through of the science curriculum offered? I purchased Real Science 4 kids Chemistry and Biology for my 7 year old son, but they seem too easy and basic almost. At least I got it used! And he loves experiments. So this would be the best pick you think?
    Real Science 4 kids is not a secular curriculum, so no it is not the most through.

    For that age, I have to recommend Real Science Odyssey by Pandia Press. They cover geology, biology, chemistry and physics. There is also Mystery science, but it is not a curriculum, but just a series of science experiments. If you only want experiments, then there are lots of books that you can get to do that. DK has some good books. The Everything Kids Science Experiments book is good. There is the "Lab" books (Geology Lab, Biology Lab, etc.) have some fun projects. The company 4M has lots of kits with most of the supplies.

    But if you want a true curriculum I would go with Pandia. I know you thought there were lots of worksheets, but it is a science experiment for each day. You can opt not to fill out the lab sheets. The idea is that the child works like a real scientist in recording their findings from the experiments. You could just talk about the findings, but it can be fun to look back on what was done. I also take photos that we paste into a lab book to record what we saw and did.

    They have free samples, so you can try before you buy. You can find the samples here
    https://www.pandiapress.com/try-before-you-buy/

    They have the complete introduction, a list of all of the experiments, and some sample chapters to try out. I would check them all out to see which one to try. At this age, any one of the RSO Level One will work. They can give a solid foundation to the sciences and are clearly secular.
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    There may be some confusion about the similar names. And fonts. Sigh.

    RS4K = Real Science 4 Kids
    Not secular.
    Written by a proponent of Intelligent Design.
    Several different versions of the curriculum. The older version is pretty simplistic.
    Unfortunate use of Comic Sans.
    Included in supposedly "secular" programs like BookShark and some curriculum packages.

    RSO = Real Science Odyssey from Pandia Press
    Secular through and through.
    Written by a proponent of secular homeschooling.
    One version of the program - an elementary set and two middle school levels.
    Also, sadly, unfortunate use of Comic Sans.
    Included in some actually secular programs like Build Your Library.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    There may be some confusion about the similar names. And fonts. Sigh.

    RS4K = Real Science 4 Kids
    Not secular.
    Written by a proponent of Intelligent Design.
    Several different versions of the curriculum. The older version is pretty simplistic.
    Unfortunate use of Comic Sans.
    Included in supposedly "secular" programs like BookShark and some curriculum packages.

    RSO = Real Science Odyssey from Pandia Press
    Secular through and through.
    Written by a proponent of secular homeschooling.
    One version of the program - an elementary set and two middle school levels.
    Also, sadly, unfortunate use of Comic Sans.
    Included in some actually secular programs like Build Your Library.
    Thank you for comparing apples to apples. BTW, I think Comic Sans is for adults that don’t have to look at it multiple times a week. No homeschooling parent would do that to others.
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