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What order do the science units go in?

Most of the science units do not need to be taught in any particular order. They are designed for you to choose when you want to teach each subject. However, we do recommend that Introduction to Energy is completed before Energy; Heat, Light, and Sound.

Are the science units consumable? Do I just need one copy per family or group?

Most pages in the science units are non-consumable, such as mini books, instructions to the teacher, charts, experiment instructions, and so on. However, each unit contains a small number of pages that are consumable, such as worksheets for the children.

You only need to purchase one copy per family or group. The printed packets will also come with a PDF download of the unit so that you may print any additional pages you’ll need if teaching more than one child.

In what order will future science units be released and when?
Because we have different teams working on different units at different speeds, we do not know exactly what order science units will release in, and we do not have any release dates, although we hope to release at least three units a year. Here is the release order that we anticipate:
  • Botany
  • Mammals
  • Ecosystems
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Reptiles, Birds, and Amphibians
  • Forces, Motion, Gravity, and Simple Machines
  • The Human Body: Part 2
How do I plan my science curriculum for the year? How many units do I need for a school year?

The science units do not need to be taught in any particular order. They are designed for you to choose when you want to teach each subject. (However, we do recommend that Introduction to Energy is completed before Energy; Heat, Light, and Sound.) Each unit has a varying number of lessons, and each will take a different amount of time to complete. We recommend that you complete at least 2 science lessons a week. Each unit includes 6–24 lessons.

Why do the units not come spiral-bound or hole-punched?

Science units are not spiral-bound because so many pages need to be cut, removed, or copied. Units are not three-hole punched because they contain items such as mini books and vocabulary-wall words. Many customers hole-punch their units after removing the portions they’d like to keep whole and use a 3-ring binder to keep everything organized.

What age should my child start science?

Our science units are designed for children in grades K–6 with extensions for grades 7–8. Many young children enjoy science and may begin when they are kindergarten age.

Are the lesson extensions for grades 7–8 sufficient to cover grade requirements?

Some feel that the lesson extensions are sufficient for 7th and 8th graders, while some do not. You may take a look at the lesson extensions in the sample pages and make your own judgment. Keep in mind that our future high school science courses will cover all of the K–6 topics again in greater depth, so students will eventually receive all the information they need. We do not have plans to release science courses for grades 7–8. However, we are working on optional books for 7th and 8th graders that accompany each unit and give students practice reading more difficult science material.

Can you provide more details about future high school science courses?

Our high school science courses are projected to begin releasing in 2019. We plan to release the following courses: Earth & Space Science, Biology, and Physical Science. These non-accredited courses will be faith-based and self-directed through a course book, including hands-on experiments and some online videos, with parent-administered tests. The courses are being created by a talented team composed of college professors, educators, writers, reviewers, and editors, all overseen by the vision of Jenny Phillips.

How should I print the science units?

When printing the science units, make sure you print the consumable pages single-sided. This will include vocabulary words, mini books, and activity sheets. Lessons may be printed double-sided, but our physical copies are all sent single-sided.