is this science program geared towards?
The elementary level physical science course is geared for K-3.
The intermediate level - standard version is geared towards 4th to 6th grades. The intermediate level - advanced version is geared for seventh to tenth grades.
Does the elementary course follow along with the older courses?
Yes, the elementary course parallels the older courses so the younger student will be learning similar topics (of course fewer and simplified) as the older students.
If I have a 5th and 8th grade student, do I need to purchase two programs?
No, just purchase the advanced version for the 8th grader, and either a standard version logbook or standard supplies only (which includes the logbook) for the 5th grader. Each week both students will do the first three lessons of the chapter together, and then your 8th grader will complete the additional two lessons for that week.
Why not just have a completely separate advanced version?
For several reasons. First, many homeschoolers like to track their children together so that the students can benefit from each other’s insight and encouragement. Having just one course makes it easy to implement teaching that subject. It also helps keep the costs of curriculum down (you are only purchasing one curriculum, rather
two children that I would like to have go through
this course; does your curriculum work with more
than one student?
there are several ways to use our curriculum effectively
with more than one student.
1. Two students can share the curriculum.
One student logbook or activity book comes with the curriculum, a
second may be purchased separately. As the
students conduct the experiments, they can do them
at the same time, or there are generally enough
materials that the experiments can be duplicated.
The students can also share the steps in building
the projects, or you may find that assigning them
different projects to build will help the "sharing"
process (one gets to build the Racer, the other
the Solar Fan...).
2. We also offer a large discount to families for a "supplies only" course, which includes everything except the CD. Visit our online store to choose this option.
would like to use this curriculum in a classroom
setting, can your science curriculum be effectively
used this way?
Our physical science curriculum
has been used successfully in classrooms, co-ops,
and many other group situations. Here is what one
teacher's comments were:
"Our homeschool co-op of 25 children (ages
7-14) has used Exploration Education to study electricity
and magnetism. Everyone is excited about science!
Everyone is having lots of fun! We all come to class
with something to share and with a common knowledge
base that has allowed me (the teacher) to lead the
class more effectively. Plus, my prep time is zero
- a far cry from the hours I used to spend running
around hardware stores trying to make 25 kits for
kids to use to make a project. There is nothing
like this in all of homeschooling. Thanks for the
great science." Jenny -- Lafayette, CA
topics are covered in the curriculum?
See the elementary or intermediate level sections of this site and click on the "topics" tab.
have a student who isn't highly academic; will they
be able to succeed with this program?
Although our curriculum is both appealing and challenging
for the academic student, each lesson is presented
in such a clear and concise manner, that any student
will find they can enjoy and succeed in science.
One mother put it this way:
"My daughter felt as though she
could accomplish something herself, instead of feeling
inadequate when it comes to school learning - she
was so jazzed and encouraged to share what she'd
learned and built with the rest of the family."
Betty - Bay Point, CA
many days a week does this curriculum take?
See the elementary or intermediate level sections of this site and click on the "overview" tab.
type of computer will this program work with?
All of our products are both PC (for Windows) and Mac compatible. Click here for specific system requirements.
we already have the curriculum, can we just purchase
the consumables for the curriculum, without having
to purchase the entire course again?
Yes, we offer a "supplies only" version, which includes everything except the CD. Visit our online store to choose this option.