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   This collection of fun science lessons and activities are designed to offer hands on experiments that will satisfy the curious nature of children, while making it easier for parents to teach science.
--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--

About the Author

Susan Kilbride is a homeschooling mother with a degree in biology. A few years ago she noticed that many homeschooling parents are either uncomfortable teaching their children science, or just don’t have the time to do the necessary research to teach their children science. Susan wrote this book with these parents in mind, using the same methods that she used when teaching her own son.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463549156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463549152
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an awesome book! It has what no other science experiment book I've seen has: a clear, easy-to-understand overview of the key ideas a child should know about each subject, along with experiments and activities to reinforce that knowledge. Also, the experiments actually work!

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.
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Review of Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers by Susan Kilbride

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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Gail Nagasako
Author of Homeschooling: Why and How
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One thing I really liked about the book is that the lessons are very approachable for a teacher who has very little science knowledge. The lessons are broken up into bite-sized segments, so you can do a little each day and finish a whole chapter in a week or two. Or you can add to the lessons with books from the library, internet research, videos, lapbooks, etc. and stretch a chapter to last a whole month or longer! There are many "activities" for each chapter as well. Some are science experiments, but there are other fun types of activities as well (such as keeping a weather journal, playing shadow tag, and making healthy snacks). Each chapter begins with a list of materials needed, but you can pick and choose which ones you'd like to do. Many of the materials are easy to find (and you probably have them around your house already), but others require a little advanced planning (like buying a microscope, slides, or iron filings).

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.)
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We love this book. My kids are 8 and 10 years old and this is our first year of homeschooling. I wanted to teach both boys using the same science curriculum and found this book perfect for that. We've worked through some of the early education lessons in order for me to see approximately at what level the boys can work at. It was also a relaxed and fun way to make the transition into the more advanced lessons. Now we are using the lessons written for 8 year olds and up. The Chapter on Atoms and Molecules is the perfect beginning to learning about the elements, which we are finding really interesting. I bought a basic microscope and most of the other items needed for experiments are easily found in the house or the local market. Science Unit Studies offers me an easy way to introduce my kids to important topics such as; weather, and how simple machines work. This often leads to other discussions regarding how we might apply what we've learned to the everyday world. I like Science Unit Studies for homeschooling but would also recommend it as a supplement to a related science curriculum.
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