5th grade homeschool earth science curric? I’m up for suggestions!!!
I need a new science curriculum for the Fall. It’s mostly for my 5th grader, but it would be great if the others (3rd & 1st grades) could participate. I really want it to be earth science, focused on geology, particularly rocks & minerals, if possible. I would highly prefer it to be Christian and young-earth creationist in perspective. I don’t want a unit study, just the science part. I want it to have experiments and other hands-on activities. I’d consider doing a pieced-together curric — like, use books A, B, & C, planning out the schedule myself — if I can’t find something actually created as a homeschooling curriculum, but I’d rather purchase ONE resource that will last me all year (or at least half the year).
I’ve found a few, but don’t know anyone who uses these, so I thought I’d lay it out there for anyone to chime in their reviews and/or suggestions. Some of them sound great, but I don’t know what their worldview is. OTOH, I don’t want to buy something just because it’s labelled “Christian” and have it turn out to be lame.
Connecting Students to Science Series: Rocks & Minerals, Grades 5-8+
(09/20/07 — Edited to add: As a homeschooler, I delight in materials that work straight off the shelf. It is one of the joys of homeschooling that the parent can learn right along with the child. This book is NOT like that; it is NOT a good homeschooling text. It was written for a schoolteacher who has a classroom of many who already has a solid understanding of Geology. For instance, it gives instruction to have you take the children out of doors and to collect 8-10 rocks and 8-10 minerals, and you, as a teacher are supposed to give guidance afterwards to correct the children’s selections. However, if you, as the homeschooling teacher, don’t currently know how to visually differentiate between a regular rock and a mineral, well, then, you’re up a creek, because no further guidance is given, other than to use additional, suggested texts for identification.)
Rocks & Minerals, Grades 2-5 (This sounds like what I am looking for, and was created as a hs’ing curriculum, but I’m concerned that it won’t be challenging enough. And at only 48 pages, will there be enough info & activities?)
A Reason for Science, Level E (I like that it’s geared towards homeschooling, is hands-on, comes with a kit of materials, as well as the books… but is it too hyper-Christian?? And, I really want to foster my 5th grader’s interest in rocks & minerals. Is there enough geology in this program?)
I’m so torn about the whole Christian curriculum idea. For those who don’t know, we are committed, firm believers. But, I was raised in a Christian school, and the materials and methods used there, frankly, left a bad taste in my mouth. I want *excellence* in my kids’ education, not just a science lesson with a Bible verse. Yet, perhaps more than any other subject, the study of science can contain so much material that is interpreted in a way that would deny the Creator, seeking to explain life without a life-giver. I want strong science by intelligent scientists who are also Christians, and who can help my children and I see how the Biblical account of creation, and other “sciency” subjects in the Bible can be supported by the scientific method. I hope that makes sense.