Threelittleangels wrote:Hi everyone!
I am thinking of using God's Design for Science, but wonder if I will regret it - meaning, does the science get more in-depth as the year goes on? Also, will I regret the fact that I will no longer have an integrated science subject to tie into that week's bible, etc.? Thanks :)
A few thoughts for you to consider here. The science is not the same every year. It grows with the kids and information is layered. For instance the solar system/astronomy is covered several years but each time adding a new layer of depth. It is covered in K,1st, Adv, year 3(a whole semester) and finally again in Jr. High science. Marie in my opinion has done a good job in helping to present information in a way that kids can grasp it at their level.
Another thought is that in MFW the science is integrated a bit differently every year. So next years science will not be exactly the same as this year. For instance in years 3 and 4 we spend a semester on the following topics: Human Body, Astronomy, The Animal Kingdom, and Botany.
Using library books is a wonderful way to always go deeper. I know you mentioned that the books were just sitting there. It may be that you need to help engage your kids with them. Our attitude toward it many times will help our kids to become more excited and will help them to go deeper as well. For instance I am looking at weeks 4 and 5. In week 5 particularly, Marie is giving some information for you to read or share about the days topic. This is really helpful if you can not find any books related to these topics, but the library books are really going to add to these 2 weeks, especially week 5. So I would not just leave these in book basket . I would read at least one book during science that relates to that days topic.
Also I think that it is important to remember that in this year, as in the K year, that many science concepts are reinforcing the biblical concepts, which are the names of Jesus this year. This year is to help your kids to begin to grasp who Jesus is and how he is living water, a rock, and the bread of life. These are abstract concepts for kids and many times for adults as well. Where possible the science lessons are giving concrete ways of helping to understand how Jesus is like these many things. So I would consider even if you decide to add more science from a different source that you not skip the science that is directly related to helping kids understand these names of Jesus more concretely.
Two more things that I think will complete the program.One would be the optional nature walks(see the manual under Teaching Tips and week 1 notes). This is listed in the T.M. under the grey line on Friday. The other idea would be to look at the table of contents at the science topics and see if there are any field trips that would relate to and help reinforce the things you are learning at home. Of course you can not do one for everyone but a few would be neat. I know when my kids were about the age of yours, we had a science center close to us. We would go about once a month. They had lots of hands on activities for the kids to do.
These are just some ideas to see if you can make the current program work for your family. You are not very far into the year so I would consider giving it a few more week too.
I hope some of this will be helpful to you as you try to figure out how to move on with science this year.
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