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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    I dont understand how something that doesnt address big history, or evolution, could be seen as comprehensive?
    alexsmom I would like your option on this. I'm crawling out of the box I grew up in and I don't want to ,by accident, put my kids into one

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    How and when did the planets form, did Earth form? How do we have all the diversity of life that we do on his planet?

    If a curriculum isnt going to address these areas with accuracy, if they dont believe the science, how could they be trusted to present other information with any understanding?

    It looks like you have a few good options to try - just stay away from the so-called neutral stuff. IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellebookeandcandle View Post
    Real Science 4 Kids is seriously the most comprehensive that I’ve found for the younger grades. If you really want to give it a go, but the price is the only thing keeping you back message me. I have book 4, and I’m moving so I’m trying to de-stash, lol. It shouldn’t be too complicated to use for all of your kiddos at the same time - my 5 year old would do book 4 with my 4th graders.
    This is not a secular curriculum and would not recommend it to anyone who wants their child to have a secular education.
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    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.

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    We used Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding for a year. In my opinion, the curriculum is a solid curriculum, secular, and full of experiments. It is a good choice for a spine. However, be aware, it is not open and go (at least it was not 5 years ago) and takes a bit of additional work on the part of the parent (nothing you can't do of course). I mention this only as an FYI since you said you were looking for a workbook / worksheet type curriculum. If you go that route, there is a Yahoo Group where people have organized lesson plans and supply lists so you don't have to do it.

    May I ask why you are not interested in Pandia Press?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    May I ask why you are not interested in Pandia Press?
    the supply list seems a bit too much for my budget. In the future I will revisit them. And I like the idea of BFSU connections of the different areas of science.

    I'm trying to test my self and brake away from my comfort zone with open and go curriculum. and I think science and social studies (both subjects I love) are a good place to explore with. and from reviews of Usborne encyclopedias and BFSU will offer a solid path (which I want/need) with wiggle room to learn more. for instance (this might be TMI) my DD asked me tonight why do we fart? (lol) and we had a short discussion about gut bacteria and digestion. With BFSU and kidsdiscover.com, when you search and read about one topic you can find out about connected topics, and down the rabbits hole we go. I am truly hoping to make science and history/social studies as fun and interesting as possible for my kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmmia5 View Post
    And I like the idea of BFSU connections of the different areas of science.
    I really liked that part too.

    FWIW Pandia has sales a few times a year. Memorial day, and I want to say they do another one at back-to-school season or Labor Day??? Anyway it is usually 30% off.
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    I have to agree with several others that 1st to 3rd is no time to chain your child to a workbook. When my kiddos were that young, we did a lot of TV/internet schooling in the sciences. Think about it - You probably can’t get much better info than from the Discovery Channel, NASA, or National Geopgraphic, etc. There are some wonderful sites out there that can teach a child any science subject in short little chunks with entertaining and enlightening videos and interactive games.

    Here are some of just the few websites that could give you enough info to last through YEARS in the elementary.
    NASA
    https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
    https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstu...ary/index.html
    https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstu...ows/index.html

    Discovery
    Discovery Kids
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwW...vuI_hvFWOTryEg
    http://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/

    Other
    http://wonderopolis.org
    https://www.kidsdiscover.com/science-category/
    http://www.thunderboltkids.co.za
    http://static.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
    https://m.youtube.com/user/SteveSpanglerScience/videos
    https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology
    https://billnye.com/home-demos/
    http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/
    http://pbskids.org/games/science/
    https://www.uen.org/3-6interactives/science.shtml

    Nat Geo
    https://www.uen.org/3-6interactives/science.shtml
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXV...QCkI7gTKU7-tpg

    One of my favs is from YouTube
    https://m.youtube.com/user/scishowkids/featured
    And these interactive lessons
    http://interactivesites.weebly.com/science.html

    Plus we would car-school with DVDs of things like Popular Machanics for kids and other science shows - Easy buys from Amazon or eBay.

    Most of these are 100% free, others have premium content, and others sell matching books to go along with the info. I did all mine for free. But I DID pay for a BrainPOP Jr. Subscription - Very worth it for short chunks of info I didn’t have time to get to.
    In other words - There is a TON of science info out there.

    Check NOAA, USGS, NWS, and all the other gov agencies to find even MORE free content, videos, and lesson plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmmia5 View Post
    the supply list seems a bit too much for my budget.
    Hmm...I do not know what level you are talking about. Maybe, level 2 requires more, but we have done Life 1 and did not have to buy anything, but 1 glass eye dropper for $1. Everything else was easily found in the house, or easily substituted/improvised.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    I remember Pandia’s Chem course having not expensive so much as “esoteric” ingredients, totally alien to the market where I shopped. So we were buying Borax (still have box!), chocolate and strawberry flavored marshmallows (ewww!), and I remember there were other weird things.

    I cant imagine any science program for kids not having the same (or more) material costs, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    So we were buying Borax (still have box!), chocolate and strawberry flavored marshmallows (ewww!), and I remember there were other weird things.
    Totally unrelated comment but I really laughed out loud that borax would be considered a weird, esoteric item. I just pick up some more borax at the store today. It's something we keep around the house lol.

    One of the great things about science is that, even though it's nice to have everything neatly packaged in a box ready for every experiment, it can be expensive to do it that way. It's much easier on the pocketbook to buy a few items at a time as they are needed. And many items can be purchased at somewhere like Dollar Tree or a similar store. Things like balloons, straws, small mixing containers, and even safety goggles can be found at Dollar Tree.

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