gratitude wrote:This is a bit of a spin off of the other thread on Apologia Elementary Science.
Out of curiosity, for those of you who have used multiple MFW programs, what was your favorite year (or years) of MFW science?
For me my favorite science that I remember from MFW K, 1, & ADV would have to be the planet experiment that we did that was actually written by Marie in the MFW 1 manual. It was a lot of fun, and still remembered.
I am really interested though what those of you who have done part, or all, of the five year cycle have to say.
Would you like to hear the journey before my answer? (I should put this in the celebration thread. It almost belongs there.)
ECC science, first time I thought it was light. (What? it was my oldest child? gimme a break) Who does this thing called notebooking? Is that for real? What? And nature walks? What? Don’t they need more?. We need a real program. Then. By end of year “ooh, this is fun. We made a river. We learned about fat protecting in ice water. This is fun. Oh, lots of fun animals and plants. “ So we added an end of year field trip to a zoo and botanical garden. Then, my older real life friends told me that I had done a lot of good science. It wasn’t light after all according to the veterans back then.
CTG: first time.. this is the dumbest stupidest thing. My child is WAY above this nonsense. Ugh. I’ll have to add a real program I guess. So I added in a real program and nearly killed the love of science in my child. I remember my husband, who has a phd in chemistry, telling me “drop this stupid other program. Why can’t we just have some fun with the science and the nerd humor? What’s wrong with that? I don't like this other book you have.”
And we dropped that other creation based, thinking skills of science program.
RTR and 1st. Ok. This was fun! We really liked making our skeleton dudes. And the Astronomy was a big hit. We ended up asking for a telescope that year at Christmas from the rich grandparents. It’s hard for me to forgot the excitement that we all had that night on the driveway (back in Indiana of course) actually seeing the rings of Saturn through that telescope.
Yes, we did both RTR science and 1st science. I shuffled it all around and had exploration day on Friday. The girls just wanted to do both.
2006: EX1850. My girls had a lot of fun in the taxonomy of animal kingdom. Field trips were encouraged for nature walks, and we had a lot of fun with making some animal models with food. Ok, they liked it. Botany – not a big hit with us. I didn’t really like this book as much of other Jeannie Fulbright book (Astronomy). I was glad it was only for a semester. (preferences will vary!)
2007 1850MOD: oh yeah, that was the year that I thought was not enough, too much, but nothing and then…(lots of mixed feelings) Then, at the end of the year, I looked back and thought “wow… my kids really had fun with all of this.” It was the end of year co-op academic fair. We had no better term for that co-op end of year event. It was designed as non competitive. It was families brought out displays of stuff that was fun we did this year and shared with other families. My daughters had trouble trimming down which science projects were the most fun to show. I finally told them – we have room on the table for 5 things. They actually went back into their Usborne experiment book and re did lessons and experiments and set up the display. They took the Wired Kit and had fun. Everyone at the fair stopped by our booth and played with stuff.
I think MFW owes me a bar of chocolate for the free publicity I gave them that night. (wink wink giggle) Not only was our science display a hit, but we had another display next to it of all of our history fun. Oldest had the World Fair thing on display. She had her write from outline on display. We had stuff in Russian. And of course, the famous Russian manyiak recipe from MFW. all kinds of stuff. oh yeah, we took the states/capital game cards too. I remember that. and maps...
2008-09 back to ECC: oldest in apologia jr. high. She loved it. Middle gal in ECC. Ah, I really like this notebooking thing. (amazing how one’s point of view changes, huh).And we enjoyed all of the fun hands on stuff from the terrarium (that survived our out of state move), and the potato growing, and radish seeds, and make a river, and play with ice/snow. I know I am the total weirdo on the internet who actually likes the science in ECC. We ended up getting POE at very end of the year. and it was nice to read and by the end of ecc year (1st edition), we knew most of the info in the bigger fancier book.
2009-10: CTG: I took my husband’s advice and enjoyed the science nerd humor and we really enjoyed the experiments. Some weren’t perfect. Oldest was in apologia physical. hard year on me with moving out of state.
2010 RTR. middle gal once again enjoyed her skeleton, and she really enjoyed the astronomy too. She didn’t remember it all from when she was in 1st grade. But she really enjoyed the discovery and all of it. Pretty notebook.
This year: well, EX1850. middle gal is in General science. Youngest does some hodge podge from science in ADV and EX1850. It’s hard to teach my youngest with autism. She really enjoyed the sink float egg experiment in ADV. I loved watching her repeat it and try to duplicate it. Lots of learning.
And so it continues.
I’m sorry Carin, I don’t have a favorite. I took you through all of that to explain my answer. Each year, because it is unique, has been a delight all its own. I have been very thankful to Marie for having more than one author or publisher for science in elementary. It’s opened my children’s eyes to having fun in science. And I think both were ready for General in 7th. Even my slow middle gal is really getting it.