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Hello! I’m having a difficult time choosing science for my upcoming 1st and 4th graders. I think Discovering is definitely appropriate for my younger one, and some of it seems fine for my 4th grader, but some books seem too young for her. However, looking at Exploring, a lot of the books seem more beneficial and interesting for her in another year or two. I don’t know what to do. I’m even considering not using a curriculum at all, but then I’m working from scratch. I’d appreciate y’alls input! Thanks!Karen SmithModerator
One option for you would be to use Discovering What God Has Made for both of your children and substitute some of the books from Exploring What God Has Made or other books from our Living Science Books list for your older child in place of any from Discovering What God Has Made that you think are too easy for her.JenniferParticipant
I’ll think about this idea. Thank you for the suggestion! 🙂VevemeParticipant
I have a very similar question, just with an older student dynamic, which I’m going to ask in this thread so that it may help future readers.
I’m debating between the two science plan books for my 3rd grader and 6th grader.
Would you suggest using Discovering and scaling up the books for my 6th grader, or should I use Exploring and just simplify as needed for my 3rd grader?Karen SmithModerator
I would suggest simplifying Exploring What God Has Made for your 3rd grader rather than scaling up Discovering What God Has Made for your 6th grader, not just because the material is more in depth, but also because Exploring is scheduled for 3 days each week instead of the 2 days each week that Discovering is scheduled to help transition students into 5 days of science each week for middle school.
You can evaluate each book needed for Exploring and determine if it would be better for your 3rd grader to use a book not quite as in depth as the one scheduled for a lesson. You can use the book list from Discovering What God Has Made to swap in lighter books. If books you swap in do not need the same number of days to complete as the book that is scheduled in Exploring, allow your 3rd grader to have a day or two off for science. It is more important for your 6th grader to have an increase in workload to prepare for middle school and high school than it is for your 3rd grader to have the “correct” number of lessons each week.VevemeParticipant
Thank you so much, Karen! This is very helpful.
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