What We’re Doing Now – Science 

Up until now, we have solely been using the science curriculum from Moving Beyond the Page. We have really liked it and Madison has learned a lot, but I also skipped some of the basics throughout, because it wasn’t the right season or because I didn’t think we needed to do it.

So I decided to go backwards a bit. I had heard rave reviews about R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey and I went ahead and purchased it.

A lot of the things in this curriculum were what I skipped along the way, but all were in one place, so it made it easier for me. We started out with Life Science. Since it is geared for kids in 1st -4th grade, we made it through the entire first book in a month, but it was worth it. I really liked the way it was laid out.

Madison learned about the human body, including skeletal and muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems and growth and genetics. Then she learned about the animal kingdoms of living things.

Madison enjoyed finding and observing snails, roly polys, and worms. She loved seeing how worms mixed up the layers of dirt and veggies in her compost jar and her favorite lesson was watching the life cycle of caterpillars become butterflies and letting them go free.

We also learned about the plant kingdom as well. And just in time for a homeschool day at the Dallas Arboretum.

Before we move on to Earth Science, we are currently digging deeper into animal classification with a lesson plan from Mensa Youth.

Going forward, we will be using a mix of R.E.A.L. Science, Science from Moving Beyond the Page and kits I have purchased separately.

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