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How did you choose your curriculum?

ASKANN – Questions and Answers with Ann

This Week’s Q&A

Question: 

How did you choose what curriculum to use with your children? I hope your answers will help me with some dilemmas that I have. Thank you in advance….

Answer:

I usually went to some of the fancy private school sites to see what they had lined up, and if it also fit our son’s interests, I would use it as a guideline.


Here’s what a pricey California private school has for the Elementary Level.

Here’s what they have for 4th grade Science:
Fourth grade science includes life science units involving ecosystems, food webs, the human body and nutrition; physical science units include magnetism and electricity; earth science units include earth materials and the geological features of California coastal regions. A scientific reasoning and technology unit focuses on simple machines using Legos.

References and Texts:

  1. Food Web (Delta)
  2. Electricity & Magnets (FOSS)
  3. Earth Material (FOSS)
  4. Human Body/Nutrition (Delta)
  5. Simple Machines (Legos)

For 5th grade:

The anatomy, structure and functions of the human brain form a core unit in fifth grade science. Sheep and human brains are observed; the development of the brain, learning styles, and disabilities are studied; and brain based learning strategies are explored. A unit on mixtures and solutions introduces simple topics in chemistry through experimentation. Skills in measurement, observation, deduction, and experiment design are developed. Robotics, a program developed by Lego Mindstorms, involves the building of complex working models that incorporate lights, sound, motors, switches and sensors, and electrical connections with programming on computers to control robots. Mini-units on the eye and energy sources extend the fifth grade studies.

References and Texts:

  1. The Mind That’s Mine, Mel Levine
  2. Computer Program “Robolab” (Lego Dacta)
  3. Mixtures and Solutions (FOSS)

They have similar curriculum outlines for each grade. Notice the use of all of the Legos! Save yourself the big bucks!

Have fun trying to find a sheep brain! Ack!

Here’s more info on choosing homeschooling curriculum. You can do this!

Do YOU have a homeschool-related question for me? A2Z Home’s Cool on Facebook

Ann Zeise


 

 

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How did you choose what curriculum to use with your children? I hope your answers will help me with some dilemmas that I have. Thank you in advance…

 

Answer:

 

I usually went to some of the fancy private school sites to see what they had lined up, and if it also fit our son’s interests, I would use it as a guideline.Here’s what a pricey California private school has for the Elementary Level

Here’s what they have for 4th grade Science:
Fourth grade science includes life science units involving ecosystems, food webs, the human body and nutrition; physical science units include magnetism and electricity; earth science units include earth materials and the geological features of California coastal regions. A scientific reasoning and technology unit focuses on simple machines using Legos.

 

References and Texts:

Food Web (Delta)
Electricity & Magnets (FOSS)
Earth Material (FOSS)
Human Body/Nutrition (Delta)
Simple Machines (Legos)

For 5th grade:

 

The anatomy, structure and functions of the human brain form a core unit in fifth grade science. Sheep and human brains are observed; the development of the brain, learning styles, and disabilities are studied; and brain based learning strategies are explored. A unit on mixtures and solutions introduces simple topics in chemistry through experimentation. Skills in measurement, observation, deduction, and experiment design are developed. Robotics, a program developed by Lego Mindstorms, involves the building of complex working models that incorporate lights, sound, motors, switches and sensors, and electrical connections with programming on computers to control robots. Mini-units on the eye and energy sources extend the fifth grade studies.

References and Texts:
The Mind That’s Mine, Mel Levine
Computer Program “Robolab” (Lego Dacta)
Mixtures and Solutions (FOSS)

They have similar curriculum outlines for each grade. Notice the use of all of the Legos! Save yourself the big bucks! Have fun trying to find a sheep brain! Ack!

 

Here’s more info on choosing homeschooling curriculum. You can do this!

 

 

Do YOU have a homeschool-related question for me? Just reply to this newsletter.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Ann Zeise

A2Z Home’s Cool

 

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