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R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey- Life (level one) (R.E.A.L. Science -Read, Explore, Absorb & Learn Science) Paperback – 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Pandia Press (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976605708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976605706
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We enjoyed the pace of RSO in the past. We used the first half of the Life curriculum twice per week on our own and the second half was done once a week with a small co-op group. Both were great learning experiences for my kids. The many hands-on labs were a big hit. Each topic contains a notebook page to introduce the topic and several labs. This is what attracted me to this curriculum in the first place. Science is one of the topics that I strongly believe should be as hands-on as possible. I don t have to work at getting my kids engaged. They hear science lab and they re there, zooming to the table or the garden or wherever things are set up. Features I love about RSO: *It can be used with kids of varied ages so I don t have to have a separate curriculum for my 6 year old and my 8 year old. In fact, RSO is geared towards 1st through 4th grade. I have successfully used it with a kindergartener as well. *The lab experiments are easy to prepare for. Most of the items are household items or easily acquired via a trip to the store. The few items that you need to order are listed at the beginning of the book so you can prepare in advance. *Many of the lessons can be done outdoors. My kids love to learn outside. *RSO lists go-along books and websites if you want more resources to reinforce learning on a specific topic, they re right there in your RSO binder. So, if you don t mind getting your hands (literally) dirty, doing experiments with your kids, having your curriculum ready to go, with the lessons building upon each other, then RSO might be a good fit for you. --Creekside Learning

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Amazing science curriculum!
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I'm so pleased with it that I am online buying another one today.
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Very easy to follow and very hands-on and exploratory.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2005
Terri Williams' R.E.A.L. Science - Life (level one) was so eagerly awaited by the classical education homeschooling community that the slightest whisper of progress toward release was reported endlessly in a kind of whisper-down-the-lane fashion. Classical ed message boards, e-mail lists, and IRL support groups lapped up even the smallest kernals of news pointing towards readiness.

It was worth the wait. From offering parents encouragement for learning and teaching the "big words" of science ("Hey, you learned the names of all those dinosaurs your kids like, right?") to providing a guide to the "big ideas" and "small ideas" of each unit to laying out an entire year of life science work in an easy-to-follow, engaging fashion, Terri Williams has created what I'm sure will become the go-to, top-of-mind curriculum for every parent seeking age-appropriate life sciences instruction for their children.

Most labs require items found simply around the house (or else are easy to acquire) and are a perfect length for a young person's attention span. Combining observation and experimental action, each lab includes some reading preparation, and a page or two of predicting findings and recording results. Other activities include keeping a snail "pet", making "cells" out of jell-o and fruit, and beginning a nature/science journal. All of these activities will engage parents as much as their young students. The print is clear and well-sized for young readers, and the content is very understandable for even the youngest scientist in terms of grammar and syntax.

I cannot recommend Terri Williams R.E.A.L. Science-Life enough. Her work provides our little homeschool some of its happiest, most engaged moments.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon Davis on February 5, 2013
My first grader is truly enjoying this book. I highly recommend this book. It's hands-on, but not too hands-on. The activities don't require too much extra supplies. I'm not the type that enjoy experiments, but these are great! Many only require a pencil, ruler, paper, tape, glue or crayons, stuff you should already have at home, if you're homeschooling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CP on June 19, 2014
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We are a Christian (LDS) homeschool family. After sifting through recommended Christian "science" curriculum options, I stumbled upon R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey. We are loving it! I love that it builds upon previously introduced concepts and starts introducing classification. I am looking forward to using their other options after this!

If you want to present science (actual science, not false ideas to try to prove your belief that the bible is literal) I would highly recommend it. You can also view sample pages on the publishers website (pandiapress.com).

As Neil deGrasse Tyson puts it, "The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janeen Garner on July 1, 2013
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It is extraordinarily difficult to find secular home education curriculum. Trying to find science curriculum that doesn't teach young earth, dinosaurs living with humans and creationism is an absurd predicament for the home educating Freethinker. This curriculum is amazing. Not only does it teach REAL SCIENCE instead of nonsense, it does so in wonderful short assignments that are easy to implement in your homeschool. It doesn't take a lot of preparation time, and will work very well with Evan Moor's daily science pages if you use those as well. The equipment is nearly all easy to find things around your home or foodstuffs, and the creature studies they do are all easily obtainable, many you can find around your home without any investment. It's a black and white workbook with perforated pages, with plenty of room on the left margin for three-ring holes to make a very nice, presentable notebook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By -k- on June 24, 2014
I have used SO many science programs between my two kids and eight years homeschooling (The Happy Scientist, K12.com, Supercharged Science, Sonlight, NOEO), I feel like I have some experience in this area.

I used this program with my probably-ADHD fourth grader who isn't particularly science-minded; an artistic extrovert and kinesthetic learner. The chapters are short, which bothers me on one level and is a relief on another level. There are DEFINITELY more activities! It follows a pattern of a short reading with vocabulary and an introduction to the subject. Then a couple of labs that may be a single day or a two-day assignment to complete. (I also look for any relevant Wild Kratts cartoon programs (PBS) that might link up with the topic.) There are definitely worksheets involved; and most of it is data-driven, so there's math, measurement and graphing.

Take the chapter on mammals as an example: The student reads about mammals, then does a data-gathering and classification project based on the names of different animals she can find at the zoo. She assigns points to names that give clues to either locations of the animals or their characteristics (American Alligator; Spotted Desert Lizard); an extra five points goes to each mammal, and an extra FIFTY is you happen to see a young one nursing. (Because you know...mammals!) Lab 2 is demonstrating blubber and how it keeps some sea mammals warm. Stick a thermometer into a naked plastic bag and immerse it in ice water. Pack another ziplock with shortening, push a thermometer into the shortening and immerse THAT in ice water. Compare you difference in temperature. Answer some of the listed questions and graph your data in the provided temperature to time grid. It doesn't seem to hard and it doesn't seem to easy, and the ratio of reading-to-labs is pretty darned good. I would say it's elementary level for sure…the earlier, the better. Good for hands-on learners who aren't afraid to get dirty. (Or wet. Or slimy.)
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