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Howdy! Next year I am planning to move most subjects to SCM, whereas now we are only using a few subjects. I will have a 7th, 4th, and 1st grader, along with a 5 year old. From what I see, it looks like the three school aged children will need different sciences. I’m not sure this is realistic for us. I think two courses is doable, as I understand my 7th grader needs to be appropriately challenged, but if I could combine my younger ones, that would be helpful. Any suggestions?
ETA: We currently use Answers in Genesis, utilizing both the original and beginner versions. They are good, and my eldest may continue with it, but I’d like to use a SCM science with my younger ones next year, as we will have completed both beginner versions of God’s Design. Thanks!!CrystalNParticipant
You definitely do not have to do 3 sciences! SCM has Learning About Birds suitable for grades 1-6. You could really pick any of the living science courses on this site and just step it up or down to include both younger children. If you choose an option designated 1-3 you could just add some living library books or extra narrations in the form of drawing diagrams or building models. If you decide on a program designated 4-6 you could just let your 1st grader “tag along” and complete any assignments that he/she would enjoy. At those young grades science should not stress you out. You could even opt to focus on nature study only for them. Some of our favorite science years for my littles was when we skipped curriculum and just went on rabbit trails. I would let them find library books that seemed interesting and we would just learn about whatever they wanted, which was always animals. The Moody science videos were a great resource as well. Kids love nature so much I am afraid we adults tend ruin it with science curriculum. The SCM science choices honor that natural curiosity and joy kids have about the world. I hesitate to even call them curriculum. Good luck and have fun.
So encouraging, Crystal! Thank you!!RuralmamaParticipant
A few thoughts.
They could both totally do birds, and I think you could make the lower level of Gods creation or pond and stream work for 4th by adding some written narration and a few harder books.
I have a 5th grader doing the higher level God’s creation this year. I really like it for him. He does it mostly on his own. The assignments are written to the student and I have seen him really start to take ownership of his school this year. The books would be boring to 1st grade kids, but he is learning alot.
My 3rd grader and kindergartener are doingnthe lower level of God’s creation this year. I like it too. It is definatly simpler. I am reading the books to them. It is written to the parent. 5th grade son often listens in.
Outdoor secerets is only like 1x (maybe 2x) a week and very fun and simple. Your 1st grader would likely enjoy it. It is the “easiest” scm science course. You could likely find time to do 3 courses if your oldest 2 are at all independent and you choose this for the 3rd one. Good luck, and yes have fun!
Those suggestions sound good, too, Ruralmama. Thank you so much for chiming in!AndreaParticipant
Also, for the older student(s), you might be able to combine with one of the following: Form 2 Science Curriculum (gr. 4-6) | Sabbath Mood Homeschool or Form 3-4 Science Curriculum (gr. 7-9) | Sabbath Mood Homeschool. Then use SCM curriculums for the younger students.
Thank you, Andrea!BPitzerParticipant
My 4th Grader is doing the Science for 1-3 grade because I wanted to go back over some of the ideas she learned in public school about evolution and teach her creationism, she loves it and I just add in extra books about the subject shes learning and have her give extra oral narration or a book report depending on the book.
I’m leaning towards this idea, BPitzer! Thanks!
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