You might consider making nature study have more umph, rather than an additional "science" program ... so you can enrich the science in EXP. Meaning, since your 3rd grader will be learning about taxonomy and their local area/state for notebooking, etc ... you could extend the learning so much with little effort, but with really delightful results. We live in Southern Maine, right on the rocky seashore. I would include living books on our area and spend more time using the science in EXP to drive the nature study. When we watch the lobster traps come in from the boats, journal the process and learn about how lobsters are classified. What else falls into the same classification? What is classification? Why do scientists classify creatures? Read about the sea in something like The Storybook of Science and find books on crustaceans, if so inclined. Head to the library to find a few picture books on your nature experiences.3froggies wrote:Hi! I will have a 7th grader and 3rd grader in the fall. The 7th grader will be doing apologia for science. My question is, is the science for 1850-mod appropriate for a 3rd grader by herself ( w/o an older sibling ) or should I look at other science options for her? Thanks!
I am one who really needs to practice what I preach, but I am learning for sure , MFW is written so well and each piece has a purpose. I've realized this year that it would have been so much better to trust the Hazells and use their tried-and-true choices, and then when my child needed more or something varied, then maybe use those same materials as a springboard for more in depth study, rather than by adding something completely separate. I've also discovered it is best to try the program as written and see where it leads with my children. I tend to be such a planner, to a fault, and I lose sight of the beauty of what is in front of me by thinking of how things might be down the road.
Anyway ... that was long winded. All that to say, really, that for 3rd grade, more in depth or related nature study might really spark her curiosity and make her more independently interested in science, which would create a nice framework for more formal science as she gets older.
I hope that gives you another idea to consider.