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yocumdeb
05-09-2013, 11:15 PM
I am still tossing around what I want to do for my 7th grader next year for science. I am considering using just the science portion of Oak Meadows 7th grade curriculum. Has anyone used it and can give some comments on how it is set up and the pros/cons of it? My daughter likes science and is wanting to do some type of earth science for 7th grade. Other recommendations for earth science curriculum would also be appreciated. Thanks!

valerieanne
05-10-2013, 01:52 AM
I've never used OM Science, but would love to peek at it. I'll be watching to see what others have to say. Science is "our thing", and we plan by browsing through the Acorn Naturalist (http://www.acornnaturalists.com) catalogue. It separates the books/supplies by grade and topic, which makes it easier to hone in on materials relevant to your child. DD circles the things she wants to do, and I add a few items to round it out. The only other science "curricula" we use are the ones offered by citizen science programs like FeederWatch (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/Members/EduHomeSchoolResources.htm), Journey North (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/), naturewatch (http://www.naturewatch.ca).ca, etc. There are tons of these programs, covering all areas of science. AND they generally offer free downloadable lesson plans/extension activities.

CatInTheSun
05-10-2013, 10:44 AM
THere's a pretty active FB group "Oak Meadow" where you might be able to get a lot more BTDT responses. ;)

sb550h
05-26-2013, 09:34 PM
Have you tried Plato- Earth Science?

PrairiePoppins
05-27-2013, 11:39 AM
We did OM Biology for high school last year, so my comments aren't exactly on target. But here's what I found:

I liked the Holt textbook we used and I thought that the questions she had to answer at the end of each lesson were good reviews to cement the concepts. The parents' guide gave me an easy way to mark her assignments. However, there was no guidance in the questions about how much information they wanted - a brief outline or an in depth paragraph. Only in the answer section could we tell.

I did not like that that the labs and assignments had not been restructured for an independent student. Many were simply transposed from a classroom setting.

I also thought that the failure to include any dissection was a real weakness (despite my relief at not having to do it. Frankly, we ought to have been forced to do it, lol)

QueenBee
05-28-2013, 01:17 PM
I am still tossing around what I want to do for my 7th grader next year for science. I am considering using just the science portion of Oak Meadows 7th grade curriculum. Has anyone used it and can give some comments on how it is set up and the pros/cons of it? My daughter likes science and is wanting to do some type of earth science for 7th grade. Other recommendations for earth science curriculum would also be appreciated. Thanks!

I know this is late - just seeing it today.
We are just finishing OM 7 Science this week. It worked well for us. It was just enough science, not too much. Other things we've done (including my eclectic method) were far more intensive. This was a good break for my DD. There are some experiments, lots of reading, and "alternative" projects (e.g., create a painting that reflects X principle). What I loved about it was that it presented concepts within a bigger framework (i.e., always referring back to the big picture, or how do these concepts fit within your life now? within your life in the future) so that my daughter didn't feel like she was learning science in a vacuum. I would say, though, that it might not be for very linear-thinking students (or maybe it would be good for them?).

It's fairly easy to find used copies of OM on either the Yahoo group or the FB group.

Good luck!