Friday, June 21, 2013

Learning about Sharks


This year we have been using Christian Kids Explore - Biology from Bright Ideas Press. Additionally I also bought the e-book for extra printable ability!

The year started with just Kyle our oldest using this but almost half way through the year we changed to everyone doing this. My kids ages 8, 9 and 12 have gotten a LOT out of this book! We are almost finished with our year and with the book. I wanted to share our last unit with you so you could see what a great publisher this is!

I actually already have in hand Christian Kids Explore - Chemistry!!!!! (yikes)

Our last unit has been Water Creatures. The lessons have been broken down into mollusks, sharks, crustaceans, fresh water and amphibians.

With having boys you could guess that learning about sharks is cool! My girl enjoys anything animal related so this book has really been a great fit for everyone and we are sad to see it coming to an end.

The lessons are broken down into small chunks which have been really good for my kids. I like that it's a grab and go book for me the parent. The book has 35 lessons within 8 units. A lesson is designed to last one week. We do a lesson in about 30-45 minutes. 

We begin by talking about the vocabulary for the unit. Then after understanding the words we move on to reading the text that starts the lesson. At the beginning of each unit there is a nice coloring sheet that my kids have really enjoyed. After the teaching time for the lesson there is a hands on time also. The hands on time lessons have been very simple and I've not had to prepare many supplies at all throughout the entire book.

Here is a little peek into how some of our lesson went on SHARKS!


We read the text and I asked the kids to take notes on the most important facts.

Then we measured the length of 6 sharks. We started at the same place each shark and we made index card markers so that we could see the difference in each one.


After that was complete I asked the kids to walk me back through our lesson, Kyle volunteered to do this:



Just wanted to show how much fun we have been able to have with Christian Kids Explore - Biology. This is not a review that I was asked to do or given anything for. I bought the book and just wanted to share our day using it!

Blessings

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9 comments:

  1. I've often wondered about this science as I get asked often by other MoH users if we use it for science. We chose to go with Apologia some of the stuff like your shark measuring we did as well with our Swimming Creatures study. Great pictures.

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  2. Thanks for following my blog!!! I am following you back!! Can't wait to read through your blog :)

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  3. We did Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space - it is a wonderful series.

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  4. I love hands-on learning! It looks and sounds like they learned so much and enjoyed it,as well! Have a great weekend. :-)

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  5. Christian Kids is such a great curriculum! I loved every minute of ours. Looks like you guys have really learned a lot from your lessons!

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  6. I always enjoy reading "reviews" that aren't really "reviews". THOSE are usually the ones that make me want to order the product. Unsolicited excitement means it's good! Looks fun!

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  7. This sounds like a great science curriculum. I have never heard of it before. I love how you really explained how you used it.

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  8. We did Apologia Swimming Creatures but this sounds up our alley! What's the Chemistry one like? Jude (first grade) wants to blow stuff up just like Luke (taking 10th grade chem).

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