I have been looking for a good Science curriculum for Gess and we found Real Science 4 Kids last year at the Homeschool convention. My husband and I were really drawn to it. My only concern was paying the approximately $80 for it when I am not certain if she would be able to keep up with the material. It looks like it is presented in such a way as to make learning it easy and fun, but is it adaptable to a child with special needs? Not being certain we decided to wait and continued with the curriculum I had for one more year.
Well, as I was researching what to use this year, I had a pleasant surprise. Gravitas Pubilcations now offers the Real Science 4 Kids in downloadable ebook format. Not only that, but they package it to where you can purchase 1 chapter at a time! I am so excited because now we can test the materials and see if it will be successful for Gess without having to pay a lot of money up front. Of course, if we really love it I will probably be more willing to part with the money. With the economy the way it is though, I am really reluctant to let go of cash without knowing I am getting my money's worth. So to start of our school year I am getting the first chapter for $3.50!
Gravitas Publications was created specifically for homeschool science needs. The Real Science 4 Kids books are world-view neutral and scientifically solid. Their concept is to introduce subjects like Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Geology at an early age in a manner that makes it easy for children to understand. Introducing them to these concepts early on will enhance their comprehension at the high school level and beyond. They start with Pre-Levels for grades K-3, Level 1 for grades 4-6, and Level II for 7-High School.
Their Where to Begin page recommends that you start with Chemistry, then Biology, then Physics, and then Geology (which is due out in the fall of 2010). You first teach the concept, then you teach the experiment and then you try to teach the connection between the two. Each book has 10 chapters and 10 experiments giving you 20 weeks of instruction. They have a great schedule to follow on their Where to Begin page. Of course this schedule might not work well for us. Materials usually take us longer to get through because of how I adapt things for Gess. No matter how long it takes, if it helps my daughter understand the concepts, I will be thrilled! I am anxious to begin and see if this works well for us. So if you are looking for a challenging new Science curriculum for your kid you might give Real Science 4 Kids a try. If you have tried this or are currently using this, please let me know what you think of it!