Science in the Beginning Set
The Berean Science series teaches science as discovered throughout history, so it makes perfect sense for the series to open right at the beginning with the six days of creation.
Science in the Beginning provides 15 lessons for each of the six days of creation, incorporating a vast variety of topics and experiments. These include light and eyesight in Unit 1; tornadoes in Unit 2; a crayon rock cycle in Unit 3; a toilet paper map of the solar system in Unit 4; whether saltwater or freshwater fish drink more in Unit 5; and how cats, dogs, and rabbits see differently in Unit 6. All the while, students are referred back to the Creator who fashioned all the marvels they are studying.
The Science in the Beginning Set includes the text as well as the slim helps & hints book. Helps & Hints for Science in the Beginning contains answers for the review exercises in the text, as well as hints to make checking, correcting, and explaining the students’ work easier. And while the author suggests that testing is unnecessary for most families, he includes tests and test solutions for families who do find it beneficial. See our optional lab kit here.
New to Timberdoodle, Berean Science offers students an opportunity to study science through the lens of history. Using a narrative dialogue and a Christian worldview, Berean Science teaches science chronologically, so there are vast and varied science topics in each volume. Fairly bursting with experiments - every lesson has some sort of activity - Berean Science’s strong focus on this hands-on component makes it an ideal program for the wigglers in your household.
The hardcover textbooks have lots of full-color illustrations and the lesson are concise, but complete, distilling down to the core of what your child needs to know. Activities, all color-coded and easy to find quickly, often involve inexpensive household items, and are the gateway to the exploration of each scientific concept. Lesson material is often just a page or two following each activity, perfect for any child that struggles to sit and pay attention. And because each lesson concludes with questions or additional activities for "younger," "older," and "oldest" students, Berean Science lends itself well to multi-grade homes that prefer to use just one science curriculum for the entire family. Lessons are taught directly from the text, so parents and students share the same book.
Sprinkled throughout the text are optional "challenge" lessons that you are free to skip if time is an issue. Each book has a helpful section in the front that tells you all the materials you will need, broken down per chapter, for doing the experiments. If you would like a convenient, time-saving way to get nearly all of the materials you will need for the experiments, we now offer a lab kit! This lab kit is already assembled with virtually every non-household item the curriculum requires, so you won't have to go searching for elusive components. Berean Science is an excellent way to teach science, and a welcomed addition to the Timberdoodle kits.
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Get the optional Lab Kit for Science in the Beginning here.
Publisher: Berean Builders Publishing
Textbook ISBN: 9780989042406
Helps & Hints ISBN: 9780989042413
Textbook Format: Hardcover
Helps & Hints Format : Softcover
The best thing about this science book is that it is set up for 1st through 3rd grade. So even though my son is supposed to be in 1st grade we can test him to see if he can do the 2nd or 3rd grade material. We do this as a family and love the projects. It is just open and go and hardly any preparation needed.
I will start by saying I thought this was a great curriculum, but not for first grade. I would say this is more third/fourth grade at the earliest. I used this with my first grader and her Pre-K sister followed along with us. They both enjoyed that each chapter had some sort of experiment like activity to go along with it (I however found that to be daunting!) The reading as well as the concepts taught were usually over my first graders head. I did like that it had them keep a journal with notes and drawings on each chapter. We went back over these several times to help with recalling what we had learned. She did learn a lot but missed much more. I felt like I was wasting a great curriculum by doing it too soon. Half way through the year I decided to put this book up on the shelf to use later and ended up getting a couple workbooks and experiment kits to finish out the year. I also noticed my daughter, who in Pre-K loved science (it was her favorite) had started to dread it by using this challening curriculum. In first grade science needs to be more fun and hands on in my opinion!
This in depth detail of science is too much for my 1st grader. The basis of going through the the creation of the universe each section is great just too detailed. The science book provided for Kindergarten was all coloring so this jump to a beautiful text book could be better for multi grade families. I would like to use it again in 3rd grade.
It is a very informative science book, just too advanced for my daughter. She struggles to pay attention. She does enjoy the suggested science experiments though.
My seven year old loves the experiments in this book! But then again, which kid wouldn't? She retained the information fairly well and asked really good questions. While I did have to help her with the journal work (she isn't a strong speller yet), it was worth it to see her look forward to the next day. I would recommend it.