I have yet another question about using living science books. I am looking at the 4th – 6th grade living books listed on the science grid of the SCM Curriculum Guide. Would I do them in the order they are listed, or is there a specific order that is best?
I thought I read somewhere that Charlotte Mason recommended a particular order of study for the upper elementary grades, but I don’t recall where I saw that. I am awaiting the arrival of Considering God’s Creation in the mail, and I’m also waiting for Jack’s Insects from the library. So, I would appreciate any ideas on where to start.
When we are using living books for science, I “try” to coordinate it with our history studies. But, that doesn’t always work out. If we find a good book that needs to be read, I don’t worry about whether it fits into a written course of study type plan. We just figure out where it would fit in the grand scheme (or not) over time and enjoy it for what it teaches.
I have enough resources that could tie our younger children to their history studies for 2012-13, but it will be their older sister’s last year. She is using the 101 Series courses, so I’m seriously considering having them watch the DVD portion and just learn facts along with her and study scientists that are tied to what she’s doing. That will simpler things for me.