Friday, September 28, 2012

Life Science, Week 1

Living & Nonliving Things

As mentioned in my Ancient History, Week 1 post, we are starting the four-year cycle for both science and history. That means Tessa will study life science this year. Life science is the science that deals with living things. Simply put, we will study the human body, plants and animals.

Of all subjects, I think science may be the most difficult to find the perfect curriculum for. I thought I had found it when purchasing R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey: Life, Level 1 by Pandia Press. After several months of reading through lessons, planning and visualizing, I realized it just wasn't.quite.right. Tessa is a very hands-on learner. She likes flashy and fun. There are many labs in R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey that fit that bill. That's what reeled me in to begin with. However, there are a great many labs that aren't really age appropriate. They have potential, but so many lab sheets are monotonous, writing intensive and lack adequate visual stimulation. They would better suit middle school (or even high school) students.

After some frantic searching, I finally discovered a solution. It was right in front of me the whole time. Literally, right in front of me on my bookmarks bar. We will be using Evan-Moor ScienceWorks for Kids: How Your Body Works, Grades 1-3ScienceWorks for Kids: Animals with Backbones, Grades 1-3; ScienceWorks for Kids: Animals Without Backbones, Grades 1-3; ScienceWorks for Kids: Habitats, Grades 1-3; and ScienceWorks for Kids: Plants, Grades 1-3 in conjunction with R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey. All three titles can be found at by searching for their appropriate EMC book numbers. As with history, we will being using as many picture books, DVDs, games, etc. as I can find as well.

Most weeks, Tessa will study science Thursday and Friday. My goal is to post what we do each week here on Blue House School blog.



We could have easily completed RSO "Living Lab #1: Signs of Life" instead of the Evan-Moor units above. They just seemed to be more Tessa's flavor.

Tessa sorted picture cards while completing the "Living or Not Living" centers unit.
Tessa sorted picture cards while completing the "Living or Not Living" centers unit.

Other Books of Interest

* RSO = R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey


  1. Thank-you for your history and science posts! I'll be following them with interest. I too am starting SOTW Ancients with my on-the-young-side daughter, and was putting off starting RSO because I had similar concerns to yours! I was going to just hold off on starting RSO until she was ready for more writing, but I will check out the books you've listed. Thanks!

    1. So glad you found my posts useful!! There just aren't enough resources for younger elementary students for the four-year-cycle subjects. I'm finding that I have to adapt a lot of materials. Even if my daughter were a year older, I think I would still need to do this.