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    Default Science curriculum for 6th grader

    I am looking for Science curriculum for my DD for 6th grade,next year. I have shown her RSO and a couple more but she didn't like them. She said there is not much information in them.
    She is a bookworm and loves information. She is not much into experiments or projects, she wants to read a lot through colorful books and has no issues in writing too. It would be fine if there is workbook with couple of living books or encyclopedias, that is how we are currently doing our Science. But next year I want some proper Science curriculum that's more independent.

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    I am scientist and I love science, but I am with your daughter, RSO is not very interesting. I have tried chemistry, physics, and bio with my daughter. We managed to force ourselves to complete chemistry (and my degree is in chemistry so its not something I don't like), physics started out more interesting but we lost our enthusiasm about half way through, and bio we looked at but never got off the ground.

    What about the Build Your Library Level 8 that does the history of science?
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    I am biased because I love physics, but a very readable text is Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt. It's supposed to be for high school, but my kids used it in middle school. There is very little math in it--hence the title. The stress is in the concepts. You said she's not into hands on, but there are all kinds of simple things she could do that go along with it. There are very short videos the author put together on just about every section. If she changes her mind, lab ideas can be found here. You can also search amazon or abebooks for a lab manual that goes with the text.

    Another one along the same lines, but a little more heavy, is How Things Work by Louis Bloomfield.

    This link also has all kinds of simulations if she doesn't want to do actual labs.

    In either case, if you purchase a book, by used. The basic physics has not changed since the earlier printings!

    P.S. I'm planning on teaching a course based on Conceptual Physics to local homeschoolers next year using much of the above material. So excited! I love this stuff!
    Last edited by inmom; 02-05-2020 at 09:47 AM.

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    Thanks for your detailed replies.
    NZ_Mama I looked in to BYL and liked its choices but this year we have done Astronomy with living books and currently doing Chemistry. So for next year our first choice will be Biology and then Physics.
    Isn't there any Science curriculum out there that teaches different fields in single year? I feel like doing physics or chemistry for quite long will make it boring. Sorry me and my daughter are all about life sciences.
    I was looking into Elemental Science, I liked their approach of using encyclopedias and other books and then experiments. Any views on that?
    Inmom Conceptual Physics seems little too much for DD she is 11. She is a good reader and writer. Any option for Biology like that?
    I have done science with my kids with living books and all preparations on my side this year. For next year I want to relax so looking for something that's independent. Also best curriculum will be that I can continue in next couple of years too. It's too much to plan for 3 kids every year.
    Thanks a lot.

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    How old are your other kids? Can you teach them all the same science at the same time, simplified and more in depth as needed?

    And all the sciences at once is called “General Science”, if that helps your search.

    We did about half of the BYL History of Science, its a great integrative approach with literature, history, and general science. My son isnt so keen on reading, which is why we didnt succeed with it. Its also very easy to modify that program to suit your needs! (And it has the encyclopedias as spines, with novels that my boy liked, even if he doesnt like the activity in general.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Another one I remembered is Science Smart. It is a Cambridge curriculum one from Singapore. My youngest has done some of the math equivalent (Math Smart) and liked it, but I have never looked at the science one. It is general science. I don't know where you would buy it in the USA but there may be a distributor somewhere. I only use the textbook and workbook for math and do not get the teachers guide and it has been fine.

    There is also a lower secondary series:
    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 02-05-2020 at 01:45 PM.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    We really enjoyed Journey North Mystery Class - a 12-week, late winter photoperiod study. It started last week, so you can looky-loo this year, or just run a week behind. It transitions well to their spring phenology studies; she could choose one based on her interests. We've found that phenology studies also transition well to science fair season, if you have it in your area - opportunities for collaboration, presentation, etc. Also, an excuse to watch the super funny NatGeo documentary...

    Nature journals are big in our house too. Most of the resources we use are Canadian, but there is so much out there. Too much.
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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    Thanks for helping out. I am currently doing Science with all of them together but online resources and living books. But for next year want to have something relaxed and bit more structured.
    I want something that will at least work for all years of middle school for her. I will be fine if something works for elementary (grade3 and 4) and middle school all together.
    I have looked into all literature based science curricula but didn't like them much. In last post I mentioned I am leaning towards Elemental Science classical series. Anyone here who has used it?
    I am liking smart science but couldn't find any distributor online.
    I don't think she will like some online program she is more of a book reader. Again I want some structured program.
    Last edited by Saadia; 02-06-2020 at 08:59 PM. Reason: Addition

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    Hmmm. Relaxed and structured, book-based but not literature....and youre looking at a “classical” (usually read as: nonsecular, literature based). And will last through the middle school years.

    Ummmm.... we tried’s (not k12 online school) free middle school earth science course a few years ago. They have a bunch of FREE courses, where you read the book on a device (like an ipad), and it has links to videos and whatnot.
    It’s relaxed: There is no arbitrary schedule to follow.
    It’s structured: It has a scope and sequence to follow.
    Its book-based: You read the text, if there are experiments you can do them or not (I dont remember doing any).
    It can last through middle school: You go at your own pace and there are plenty of sciencey topics to choose from.
    It is NOT an online course, it just has the e-book that you read, saving the world one paperless course at a time.

    There is also a SHS member with a blog with a zillion science resources. Perhaps if you dig through the archives you will find a link? (She has two kids, lives up in Bay Area I think).
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    I might have sounded unclear or absurd, because I was fine with doing the Science using living books with all my kids together. But my husband was against this idea. Coming from family with strong Science background he wanted a solid foundation for Science and seeing no curriculum books he was not so happy. And then I want relaxation on my part. I have seen ck-12 and used it in pieces. I love ck-12 but I don't want an online program that's the biggest issue with it. We love books in our home and prefer them on online reads and also to minimize screen time.
    My only issue with literature based curriculums, like MBTP or BYL is that they have so many resources that makes them too time consuming and again they don't have my particular Science courses, I wanted half to 1 year of Biology then Physics at least.
    Last edited by Saadia; 02-07-2020 at 12:03 PM.

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