Hi there! I am very interested in starting Pond and Stream with my 8 year old daughter. She is reading above grade level so I was wondering if maybe anyone had any suggestions for extra upper level books to go along with the lessons?
We started off the year with Apologia, but I started feeling like the sections were too long and did not have enough real life outdoor observations. I don’t think that she is ready for Jack’s Insects just yet either.
I did Pond and Stream a few years ago with an 8th grader, 4th grader, 2nd grader, and 1st grader. I absolutely loved the books listed. I think, regardless of reading ability, I would use the suggested selections.
I did all of the books as read-alouds.
My kids can tell me all about herons from Henry the Impatient Heron. In fact, I just asked my 9YO and she is narrating the whole book to me right now. 🙂
Yes, it is true that if it is a living book, it is great for all ages. I sort of forgot about that.
We are visiting a wetlands area in May so I thought this would be perfect!
I would use Pond & Stream as is. Two of the books in the Resources Needed list are marked as “optional for 3rd grade.” They are longer reads with more depth than the other books used in the study. Feel free to use them if your daughter is interested.
Monica, I’m so glad your children enjoyed the study!
I just started this yesterday with my 2nd and 5th graders! I’m reading the Pond and Stream book aloud and having them read the picture books independently. My fifth grader can use a bit more reading practice, so this is perfect for her!
Thank you all!!
Karen, I should probably already know this as a long time CMer, but what is main purpose of science in the elementary years? To learn the habit of careful observation?
That is s good idea Holly!
In my opinion, the goal of science in the elementary years is to lay a foundation for the upper sciences. Reading well-written books on a variety of science topics and observing firsthand through nature study lays that foundation.
Thank you very much!
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