Combining Science Curriculum

CURRICULUM FAIR: COMBINING SCIENCE #homeschool #science mylearningtable.com

Because we are year-round homeschoolers, our curriculum switch-over does not all happen in August. When we finish a book, we move on to the next one. If we need more time with something, we take it.

Sometimes, depending on the subject, all three of my boys are ready to move on at the same time–that’s the case for science right now. My oldest is starting high school biology, so I’m putting some things together, piece-meal, for my younger two so that they’re all working on the same general topic. It makes life so much easier when I can combine things for all three of them, and science and history are especially well-suited for this.

High School Science

  • Apologia Biology
  • Knowledge Box Central Lapbook Journal materials and flash cards
  • Science supplies kit from Sonlight for the dissection labs
  • We also have a microscope and slide supplies.

I have gone through the table of contents of the biology book to decide what to put together for my younger boys so that their themes match, even though their activities will be different.

Elementary Science

  • Usborne’s Complete Book of the Microscope
  • A World in a Drop of Water: Exploring with a Microscope (Silverstein)
  • Parts of Sonlight’s Introduction to Biology, including Biology Level 1 (Keller), TOPS Radishes and TOPS Corn and Beans, Mysteries and Marvels of Nature (Usborne), and activity sheets. My boys also love the Discover & Do videos Sonlight sells to accompany the science experiments (I wish they made them for the high school levels).
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology (Fulbright), Parts of the Anatomy Notebooking Journal and Jr. Notebooking Journal (we skip the copywork and coloring pages, unless they feel like coloring when I read aloud), and Knowledge Box Central Lapbook package.

We also always supplement science with lots of field guides and Anna Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study. We will be planting a garden again this year, and the boys are taking care of chickens, cats, dogs, lizards, and a cockatiel. The chickens have been a science unit study to beat all–we started with eggs, and we now have two egg-laying beauties.

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