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Since we are doing Ancient History this year, we will be covering Creation Week in Genesis. I would like to go through all of the science topics, but with some depth, in the next four years. Could Dr. Wile’s text be used as a family spine for 2 years, adding in age-appropriate living books and nature study? Could his books be read independently by a 5th grader? I see from the TOC that there are 90 lessons. How long does each lesson take?
Any other science suggestions for middle school?andreamParticipant
Bumping this for you. I was looking at this program a few weeks ago for our future science studies. I’ll be interested to hear any responses.
Have you used 106 days of creation from SCM? I haven’t, but was wondering if you could take some of the living book suggestions from there and add it to Dr. wiles text if desired.
I would say a 5th grader could read them independently… the science demos would need supervision (varying amounts).
It is designed to be done as a family (elementary)….
I think about 20-30 mins generally….
There are 90 lessons. So if it were stretched to 2 1/2 years, could we do one lesson per week of this and add in living science books on the related topic for each student to read independently? Are the activities/experiments done the same day as one lesson and in 30 min. or less? Would that a good way to study all the areas of science? Thanks.
suzukimom, what did you think of the activities and experiments?
Which book are you looking at?
Science in the Beginning, or Science in the Ancient World ?
Activities/Experiments are pretty short and are well designed. Here are a couple he has put online…
Once setup most only take a couple of minutes to do.
Then there is a reading explaining what happened. I like that the experiment/demo is done BEFORE the student has learned what should happen.
Then there is a journalling exercise (based on different difficulties) – the time that takes may depend on the child…..andreamParticipant
Thanks for the links on experiments, suzukimom. That was helpful.
Sample lessons on the publisher’s site…. https://www.bereanbuilders.com/mkt/res/samp/9780989042406samp.pdf
I am really not sure which of Jay Wile’s books to use. I was wanting to cover all science topics. But the Science in the Ancient World could be done in 2 years with Ancient history one year and Middle ages (module 4) the next year. I think I would like the activities and experiments included and that they introduce the lesson. Thanks for sharing the links, suzukimom. Do you think it would be easy to add in age-appropriate living books for independent reading and doing 1-2 lessons per week of Jay Wile books as a family?
There are more books coming in the series too.
I’d say doing lessons 2x a week – to do it in 1 year – as a family, and adding in a few independent living books would work really well.
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