Has anyone used BF science? If so, what did you think?
Do you mean the BF History of Science course?
Yes, the history of science course 😊
Yes, I used it with my middle daughter when she was 10 or so. So, it’s been awhile and I’m not sure if the course has changed in those 10 or so years. But I remember it as a very good year. I confess we didn’t do all of the experiments, but the reading and other resources were excellent.
I also used the BF history of classical music with my oldest daughter when she was about that age. I really enjoy studying history that has a slightly tighter focus than just broad history.
We used it a few years back, maybe 5th and 6th grade or so. We loved it! I went through the guide before beginning and created notebooking pages to accompany our study. We also didn’t do all the experiments, nor every suggested question/activity. However, the kids did keep their notebooks and narrate after each reading.
It was a wonderful year. The books were great! Here’s a wrap-up blog post with more detail.
Thank you alphabetica and greenebalts!
How much time each week did you do BF? The suggested grades is 3-7. By the time I get to it my girls will be grades 4 and 7. Do you think this would be challenging enough for 7th grade?
Like I said, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve used this and I should mention that I used the older edition of the guide. They have since issued a new edition.
We completed the course over one year’s time by working on it 2 days per week. I really don’t remember how long each lesson was, but I’m thinking no more than 30 minutes. I would read the lit books aloud and the kids would follow-up with notebooking. Sometimes they notebooked while I read aloud, depending on the topic.
I certainly think it could work for those ages. You could consider adding an independent read for your 7th grader each term and/or modifying the writing assignments in some way. Be sure to require narrations after each reading. These could be oral with 4th grader and written with 7th grader.
I no longer have my guide as I sold it when we were done so it’s hard for me to look/think back. Also, the new guide has been revised and different books are now used. From my experience with other revised BF guides, they are including more writing/research into them.
No matter what you decide, please let the guide be just that…your servant and not your master 🙂
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