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    Senior Member Enlightened Cheryl's Avatar
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    I searched and searched for a secular Science program. So far, I have been using pilfered texts from my PS teacher. They are ok, just boring.

    soooooooo, I look on this site, found the reviews for the program I want to use and bought the WRONG ONE!!! I bought real science 4 kids, *NOT* R.E.A.L science for kids from pandia press. I'm trying to find out if I can return it, I bought it at the homeschool expo. If I can't what do you all recommend? I found some cool childrens guide to evolution books on amazon but do I even need them yet? Do they even go over that stuff for 4th-5th grade? Isn't that middle school'ish? 6th grade and up? ugh.
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    No one seems to cover evolution before middle or high school, BUT - my 7 yo LOVED studying evolution. We looked over the book list at charliesplayhouse (website), we got their wall timeline and the cards, we found only a few picture books at the library about evolution, but that was enough. We watched the full 'walking with' series - walking with dinosaurs, prehistoric monsters, 2 others - they are GREAT - computer animated so it looks like a nature show about the various creatures from prehistory, done in chronological order, explaining various factors which effected the changes, and sometimes showing how one creature seems to 'morph' in to another over time. They are all streaming on netflix - or at least they were.

    I've heard that the 'wrong' one is still a decent program. I've only seen the chemistry from pandia press, and havent actually used any of them.
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    Yeah, I don't love Real Science 4 Kids, but it's really not bad. The text is simple but good for early elementary - it doesn't talk down to the kids. The experiments are decent, though I would personally add more. But I can't compare it to R.E.A.L. Science as I've only heard about that one, I haven't seen it.
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    We have really liked the Academy of Science for Kids Kits. It includes *everything* that you need (Well, except water.)
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    I'm not terribly impressed with R.E.A.L. science; it's mostly just a book of simple experiments and not too much "meat". I feel like I have to make up the curriculum using outside sources just to make the book useful. Since I wanted an all-in-one science curriculum, it just doesn't work well for me. So, I'm not sure how much you are missing, but I can understand your frustration!

    We talk about evolution regularly and studied it somewhat when DS was 7. As with any other subject, I don't think there is any age too young, if the child is interested.
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    Hey Cheryl~
    We started using Homeschool Science Education site (or supercharged science) and my boys love it! It is run by a ex-NASA scientist and the boys love her. She is very funny and has ALOT of energy. They do an experiment for every lesson along with videos and additional reading afterwards. And it is secular as far as i can tell so far! If you sign up for a newsletter then you get free experiments too that's what got us hooked, Love science as much as the boys do I just couldn't teach it!
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    We are science junkies here and have had the most success with Usborne books, Netflix, Magic Schoolbus videos, stuff on Youtube, science experiment kits, etc.

    We have studied evolution in that it comes up in conversation fairly regularly. To facilitate conversation I *highly* recommend the BBC's Walking With Monsters (pre dinosaurs), Walking With Dinosaurs, Walking With Prehistoric Beasts, and Walking With Cave Men. They are all available on Netflix streaming. It was fun to watch 4 billion years of Earth's history like that, and it made it very easy for them to grasp basic evolution concepts. (e.g. Animals don't change themselves to adapt; Earth changes and whoever happens to survive the changes gets to pass on their DNA. If you're a little different and you survive longest, you'll get to have more kids than the next guy. Multiply this over generations, centuries, millennia and you get massive changes.
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    is it too early to tell you all I love you? THANK YOU SO MUCH for all these suggestions!!!!!

    We have seen the walking with dinosaurs and all love it!!! Science and History really scare me. I want them to learn it all and make their own choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pandahoneybee View Post
    Hey Cheryl~
    We started using Homeschool Science Education site (or supercharged science) and my boys love it! It is run by a ex-NASA scientist and the boys love her. She is very funny and has ALOT of energy. They do an experiment for every lesson along with videos and additional reading afterwards. And it is secular as far as i can tell so far! If you sign up for a newsletter then you get free experiments too that's what got us hooked, Love science as much as the boys do I just couldn't teach it!
    Oh oh oh this looks good.

    But gosh I don't need to spend more money and time on science.

    Oh who am I kidding. I am weak.
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    $38 a month.....................hummmmmmmmmmmm

    Is there a 12 step program for collecting curriculum?
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