One of the hardest things I struggle with when life gets busy is making sure that my kids get plenty of science. Most of the time, we are relaxed homeschoolers. We study whatever my kids are interested in at the time, using resources that I spend hours gathering and preparing.
While this is fun and the way my kids LOVE to learn, sometimes life just doesn’t let that happen. Sometimes, I need an open-and-go curriculum that will still be fun and present everything in a manner that makes my kids want to learn.
While my kids have just come to expect history to be boring, they always want to do something fun when we do science. Unfortunately, I can’t always make that happen. Whether it’s a new baby, cross-country move or an illness in the family, sometimes you just have to go the easy route when homeschooling. Lucky for me, we found By Design Science Curriculum by Kendall Hunt Publishing.
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Kendall Hunt Religious Publishers is the company who helped my daughter fall in love with reading. The easy-to-understand curriculum had been a game-changer, taking our homeschool from tears to smiles. So, when we started struggling with piecing together our own science curriculum for her, I knew exactly which company I wanted to turn to.
As always, Kendall Hunt Religious Publishers exceeded my expectations.
By Design science for grades 1-8 was exactly what I’d been looking for. It was comprehensive, had vibrant photos and was easy to use. The kids loved the activities and I loved the ease of it.
Features of By Design Science Curriculum
One of the most important things you should consider when looking for any curriculum (but especially science) is whether or not it aligns with your family’s beliefs. By Design science curriculum has done an extraordinary job of integrating Biblical aspects, without making it dull and boring. The suggested verses will have your kids digging into their Bibles to find out more.
Some curriculum choose to print out the exact verses that go alongside each lesson. However, I love that the kids have to manually get out their Bible and look up the verse to see how it relates to that day’s lessons.
While we love doing fun experiments and observations, sometimes it can get overwhelming. I love that each lesson has hands-on activities, structured observations and asks kids to predict what will happen. This really helps kids to get involved and take their learning to a new level.
Most activities use items I have on-hand, so there’s no need to plan a special shopping trip. Whether it’s toothpicks or celery, you likely already have everything you need to really dive into the lessons.
Covers It All:
The one aspect of my relaxed homeschooling that I despised was that I was constantly wondering if I was doing enough. I was never quite sure if the unit studies were age appropriate. But By Design science curriculum took all of the guesswork out of planning. The thorough lessons are perfect for moms who don’t have the time and energy to spend her entire day making sure she’s doing “enough.”
Open and Go:
In my case, I love interest-led hands-on activities. And for a season of my life, that worked out great. But then my grandpa fell ill and I wanted to ensure that we were spending as much time as possible with him. School took a backseat while we spent the days making memories with him. But my kids still longed to learn and I didn’t have the time to put into planning like I had been. The open-and-go aspect of this curriculum won over my heart. My kids were excited to be learning again and I was thrilled that I didn’t have to spend time doing research for each subject we covered.
My 10 year old is not interested in boring chapter books. She doesn’t like black and white movies and she certainly doesn’t enjoy boring worksheets. The vibrant photos and colorful pictures in By Design were exactly what she needed. Colors stimulate her and help her to focus. The hardcover textbook has an amazing amount of detail, colors and visual aspects that drew her in. Even the student journals are inviting with their bright accent colors, graphs and fun worksheets.
By Design’s 5 Step Instructional Model
Spark the student’s interest with an engaging question or fun fact.
Learn more about the subject through hands-on activities and experiments.
Students explain the major idea of the lesson.
Students build on their understanding of the topic and dive deeper into the subject.
Assess and Reflect:
Parents or teachers will check for understanding and comprehension by using questions and activities.
As a busy mom to 3, I simply don’t have the time I once did to dedicate to planning out lessons. The ease of By Design science curriculum has not only saved me hours of time, but also a lot of gray hairs!
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