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Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers Paperback – June 9, 2011
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--Kathy Davis of HomeschoolBuzz.com
If you're looking for a science unit study homeschool program that is easy to use and is comprehensive and worth using, then you should check out "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers." I recently read through the book and really liked what I saw.
--Heidi Johnson of Homeschoolhowto.com--
I think "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers" is a good value and provides a lot of fun, hands-on science for homeschoolers.
--Courtney Larson, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
....the conversational style and logical, easy-to-follow instructions certainly make this a recommended and useful tool for any parent; especially those that may be uncomfortable or unfamiliar with teaching science.
--Jeanie Frias of California Homeschooler
The wealth of information included therein is amazing and the material is novice friendly. I would definitely recommend "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers".
-- Bridgette Taylor with Hearts at Home Curriculum--
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My 9-year-old son announced that he wanted to "do science," so we started with Atoms and Molecules. We went through the unit together, and he and my 6-yr-old were equally engaged and interested, and we all learned the basic concepts of chemistry which we can now apply to other experiments and daily life activities.
I really like that the materials are mostly on hand in your home, and that there is a variety of activities to suit different children's interests and learning styles. The units are short enough to keep a child's attention, but cover the important concepts thoroughly.
In short, this is a great book for busy homeschooling families who have an interest in science, but not much prior knowledge. This book saved me hours of internet and research time!! Highly recommended.
My guess is that one subject many parents and teachers feel least able to teach is science. Parents, because they may lack the knowledge of what and how to teach. And teachers, because of the limitations of a classroom for active hands-on activities. Ms. Kilbride's book covers all the important basics of science and includes age-appropriate activities for each. From dinosaurs to the parts of an eyeball, from the solar system to characteristics of molecules, from insects to the periodic table - you will find your entire science curriculum here.
Each section starts with a materials list so the parent/teacher can be fully prepared from the outset. Then there is the theory and activity section and at the end, a multiple choice test to help find the areas that might need more attention. The units are designated by ages (4-7 and 8-13) but one could easily start out an older child with the beginning units. And even adults will enjoy and benefit from revisiting subjects they likely didn't really grasp or have forgotten from their school days. This is not a book just to read, though that could be done. It is a book to do!
Her website even has downloadable sample chapters, one on plants and one on atoms and molecules.
Science can (and I think should) be the most interesting subject we can study and probably the most important for it covers the world we encounter every day of our lives. Yet so many leave school feeling it is hard or boring. Ms. Kilbride's book will show them it is neither. It is fascinating, fun, exciting and full of discovery.
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There are two things that I didn't like about the book. One, it isn't written from a Christian perspective. I love teaching science so that kids understand that God made everything and so that they are able to recognize his handiwork in all they see and experience. He is such a creative and an amazing designer! Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers teaches evolution as fact, not theory. The other thing is really just a preference. I would love for the illustrations to be professionally drawn, and possibly even add colored photographs in future editions. It would really add to the the quality of the book and make doing the activities/experiments easier.
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the above book in order to write this honest review.)