July 30, 2018

Supplementing Our Science Lessons Using the Learning About Science Collection {Review}

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Science is a subject that we typically have a lot of fun with! It has always been one that I've personally enjoyed, and my son loves it just as much. We are always looking for ways to explore the wonderful creations of God, and have been recently spending our summer weeks using the Learning About Science Collection, Level 1 program from WriteBonnieRose.






The program incorporates simple and easy to use guides to highlight various topics in Science. These guides can either be used alone for a quick refresher of a previously covered lesson, or right along with your current science lesson plans and/or curriculum.




There are various levels in the Learning About Science Collection. We personally choose Level 1, because it has a lot of topics that I am already planning to include in our science lesson plans for this coming school year. There were even a few refresher topics that we've covered from the previous year. One of the nice things about the levels in Learning About Science is that each of them incorporates multiple scientific disciplines, including life science, earth science, and physical science.


The Learning About Science Collection, Level 1 program includes the following topics:

  • Familiar Plants and How They Grow
  • Fruits and Vegetables Around the World
  • Animal Habitats of the World
  • Our Senses and Systems and How They Work
  • Learning About Life Cycles
  • Earth: Layers, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes
  • Exploring States of Matter


This is a downloadable product. Once ordered, an email with all of the links to access the studies are made available. One of the things that I especially appreciate is that each study is offered in a separate PDF document, rather than bunched altogether. This allows me to pick and choose the topics we'll be working on in a lesson plan, and easily access which book I'll need to view or print.

Since the program predominately involves a lot of reading, it can just as easily be viewed on a computer or tablet. Each study has a similar set-up, but they vary in the number of pages that are included–which can be anywhere from twelve to fifty-one pages. Since we're all about being hands-on, we personally decided to print the studies that we wanted to start with. I also went ahead and bound them up into books that we can flip through.

Each lesson displays a familiar arrangement. You'll have some kind of introduction to the main topic– most of the time this will include a paragraph or two. Other times it's just a simple listing. The lessons offer vocabulary words and information on the main subject matter pertaining to the corresponding lesson. For instance, Our Senses and Systems and How They Work offers information on the five different senses and briefly dives into what each one is responsible for. It also includes some of the major body systems that are related, such as the respiratory and digestive systems. Throughout each lesson, there are fun graphic illustrations that children can color, along with vocabulary words that are offered in dashed lines, so they can also practice their writing. There are even review activity sheets to test what my child has learned. Handy answer keys are located in the back of the guide, so children can check their work. This is especially nice if you have an independent learner.






Along with the unit guides, there is also an additional file that includes plenty of external web links to help build on the discussions in each lesson. I really like how this file is neatly organized and highlights each set of lessons. Coincidentally, there was a link under the Familiar Plants and How They Grow series that introduced the milkweed plant. This couldn't have come at a better time, since we had recently received a new book about butterflies that actually mentions the milkweed plant. My son had been curious, so I was able to conveniently access the included link to show him. Since the Learning About Science Collection incorporates a Christian worldview, there is also a resource page that offers plenty of helpful links on Creation.





There are no set of rules on which unit should be covered, first. I personally enjoy the flexibility in that. Since we are in the warm summer months here in Upstate NY, I wanted us to be able to work on a study that we could take outside once all of the reading and desk activities were completed. We began working through the Fruits and Vegetables Around the World unit. There are so many delicious fruits and vegetables made available to us right now, and this is the time of year when we make frequent visits to the farmer's market. I thought it would be a fun lesson to start with, and one that we can incorporate right into our everyday life. My son found plenty of familiar fruits and vegetables (we eat a lot of fruits and veggies, here!) in the guide, and even learned about a couple of new ones.


 


 


 




We have since moved on to the Familiar Plants and How They Grow guide, where my son is now learning about the various parts of a plant. I am happy to have this particular study, since it's a major one that we'll be working on throughout the year. My only wish is that there would have been more material covered on this subject. It happens to be one of the shorter guides with only fourteen pages. This is something to keep in mind when putting together a lesson plan using these guides. The good thing is that we are using them along with other materials for our science lessons.





 





Currently there are four different programs being offered in this series. These include:
  • Learning About Science Collection, Level 1
  • Learning About Science Collection, Level 2
  • Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Print)
  • Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive)


I had some choices in which level I wanted to start with. It was a toss up between Level 1 and Level 2. The reason that I had ultimately decided to go with Level 1 was the fact that it contains a lot of the subject matter that we are planning on working on during this upcoming school year.






I haven't had a chance to evaluate the additional levels that are available, so I can't speak much about them, but I can say that Level 1 is very much suited for younger kids, anywhere from preschool to perhaps first grade or second grade. There is minimal busywork involved, since the lessons are predominately reading. I like that I can take these guides and include them with our current and future science lesson plans. All in all, this is a nice supplement for teaching science to younger grades. 


I just love when I can share a special deal with my readers, and today I have one just for those who are reading this. WriteBonnieRose is currently offering a special limited time promotion on her new Learning About Science curriculum. 

Right now, you can purchase the bundled Learning About Science set, which includes Levels 1, 2, and 3 (print and cursive) for 50% off! That's $49 worth of products for only $24.50! Looking for only one or two of the levels in order to complete you lesson plans? Simply add what you need to your cart, and still receive 50% off of your order. To take advantage of this "half off" limited time offer, simply enter promo code REVIEWCREW50 at checkout, but hurry, because this deal is only valid until August 15, 2018.






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