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Christian Kids Explore Biology [Paperback]

Stephanie L. Redmond , David W. Taylor
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March 1 2007 Christian Kids Explore
This user-friendly, unabashedly Christian, one-year science curriculum for elementary students includes teaching lessons, gorgeous coloring pages, hands-on time, memorization lists, review sheets, creative writing assignments, and an awesome supplemental book list! Written for 3rd through 6th graders, it can easily be scaled down for younger students, making this an excellent choice for teaching all your elementary-aged kids together. The schedule of 35 weekly lessons calls for teaching twice weekly, allowing a family time for projects, exploration of resource books, field trips, etc. The conversational style gives students the basic information they need, making this an ideal first course in life science; especially useful for those following a classical approach!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Realistic Program Feb. 10 2012
By Jennifer Bogart TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Christian Kids Explore Biology by Stephanie Redmond is designed to provide a year of science teaching in the life sciences from a creation-based perspective for grades 3-6. Though it is written with families in mind and can be geared up or down, I found that it is a bit much for younger students, and you should definitely wait until your oldest is in 3rd and up to dive in as a family.

The 35 lessons are designed to be completed at a rate of around 1/week and the book includes coloring pages, printables, hands-on activity ideas, memory verses, supplemental reading lists, recipes, and a lot more. Each unit includes a test as well and the coloring pages for each unit are really spectacular. The main topics covered include: Biology Basics, Plants in God's World, Birds of the Earth, Mammals in the Wild, The Human Factor, Reptiles All Around, Insects High and Low, and Water Creatures.

Bright Ideas Press has also put together a downloadable bundle of all the printable sheets (a separate purchase) which is awesome! That is such a boon to me - much simpler than scanning each page I need in order to get a copy out of the book.

Like other titles published by Bright Ideas Press, Christian Kids Explore Biology is written by a real homeschooling mom, and as a result - it's realistic! I hope I don't come across as slacker-mom here, but this curriculum is pretty balanced - it has straight forward teaching sessions twice a week leaving room for additional readings, delight-driven studies, and hands-on activities. It doesn't micro-manage your entire science schedule for you (though it is slightly scripted and you can just open it and read the main content to your children.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Ideas In Science Curriculum April 11 2009
By K. Alphs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
While searching for a science curriculum to continue to build upon the scientific knowledge base our child has already acquired I discovered "Christian Kids Explore Biology" by Bright Ideas Press.
"Christian Kids Explore Biology" is a science curriculum which follows the teachings of "intelligent design" with the influence of the educational philosophies of Charlotte Mason and Classical Education.
The curriculum is divided into 35 lessons covering the topics of Biology Basics, Plants in God's World, Birds of the Earth, Mammals in the Wild, The Human Factor, Reptiles All Around, Insects High and Low, and Water Creatures. The lessons are divided into teaching time, checking it out, hands on time, quick quiz, memory work, vocabulary, coloring pages and "living books" to read. The curriculum contains notes for the teacher on "how to use this book" along with appendices including reproducible forms/maps, memorization lists, Scripture memory,ABC Animal Book, coloring pages, recipes/supplemental activities, answer key and book/resource list.
We are planning to follow this edition with the remaining books in the series on the topics of "earth and space, chemistry and physics" for science during the logic phase of the trivium.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Homeschool Friendly March 12 2009
By Heather Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We used this book as the backbone of our Life Science curriculum for our homeschool. It is unabashedly Christian. It opens with a Bible Study on creation and has memory verses for each unit. It does a good job of introducing the major branches of the plant and animal kingdom in simple language. Not generally being a "test" kind of mom, I found the unit tests to be great ways of verbally reviewing before charging ahead. My only complaint is that some of the units were young. Older kids (5th grade+) would need this heavily supplemented to be challenging enough to hold their interest.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Realistic Program Feb. 10 2012
By Jennifer Bogart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Christian Kids Explore Biology by Stephanie Redmond is designed to provide a year of science teaching in the life sciences from a creation-based perspective for grades 3-6. Though it is written with families in mind and can be geared up or down, I found that it is a bit much for younger students, and you should definitely wait until your oldest is in 3rd and up to dive in as a family.

The 35 lessons are designed to be completed at a rate of around 1/week and the book includes coloring pages, printables, hands-on activity ideas, memory verses, supplemental reading lists, recipes, and a lot more. Each unit includes a test as well and the coloring pages for each unit are really spectacular. The main topics covered include: Biology Basics, Plants in God's World, Birds of the Earth, Mammals in the Wild, The Human Factor, Reptiles All Around, Insects High and Low, and Water Creatures.

Bright Ideas Press has also put together a downloadable bundle of all the printable sheets (a separate purchase) which is awesome! That is such a boon to me - much simpler than scanning each page I need in order to get a copy out of the book.

Like other titles published by Bright Ideas Press, Christian Kids Explore Biology is written by a real homeschooling mom, and as a result - it's realistic! I hope I don't come across as slacker-mom here, but this curriculum is pretty balanced - it has straight forward teaching sessions twice a week leaving room for additional readings, delight-driven studies, and hands-on activities. It doesn't micro-manage your entire science schedule for you (though it is slightly scripted and you can just open it and read the main content to your children.

If you want everything and the kitchen sink in a science program, this one isn't for you - it covers the basics succinctly, in a timely fashion without bogging down or drowning you in detail - that leaves room for flexibility and your own expansions if you want to add them. Otherwise, it's a good core program that gets the job done from a creation-based perspective.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take it or leave it... Oct. 20 2010
By Kristi B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this science book on a recommendation from friend-just not what we needed. It covers lots of information, but really geared toward young elementary. My child is not much on notebooking or coloring. Just not a good fit for us.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Aug. 15 2012
By H. Harper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am using this book for homeschooling at kindergartener, first grader, and fourth grader. I find that the units have something for all three levels. The younger two enjoy the activities and seem to grasp most of the concepts, and the oldest is learning the vocabulary along with the units.

This book comes from a creationist perspective without being over-the-top weird and preachy. I am a Christian, but am turned off by books or curricula that over-use Christ's name, almost to the point of irreverence. This book has a clear stance, yet doesn't dwell on that at the exclusion of real science. I feel my kids are learning quite a bit from this book.

We look forward to trying others by the same author in future years!
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