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  • Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Ideas Pr; Student edition (March 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892427052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892427052
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,188,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 10 2012
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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Bright Ideas In Science Curriculum April 11 2009
By K. Alphs - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Homeschool Friendly March 12 2009
By Heather Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Solid, Realistic Program Feb. 10 2012
By Jennifer Bogart - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not all that I'd hoped... Nov. 23 2013
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
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This year we switched to this curriculum, Christian Kids Explore Biology, and I tried again to find a Christian science curriculum that we would like and that would be easy to use.

I liked the philosophy of this author and many of the points she draws out in the lessons. But, unfortunately, after two lessons, I quickly realized that there were lots of holes in the curriculum and it was difficult for my kids to follow auditorily. There is no student book and the text would be way above their reading level if I were to copy it for them (which isn't legal since the text portion of the book isn't reproducible). I worked through several lessons and assembled additional materials and supplements so that the curriculum would be what I thought it should be.

Here's a quick example. Instead of clearly saying, "There are two types of cells: Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic. Animal and Plant cells are both eukaryotic, but they have some differences." The book says on page 8, "Eukaryotic cells have a particular organelle inside called the nucleus... and on pg. 9, "Some cells do not have a nucleus. They are called prokaryotic." No examples are given of what a prokaryotic cell would be. Then the assignment asks kids to label an animal cell and a plant cell, before first saying that both of these cells are eukaryotic because they have a nucleus. That was Lesson 2 in Unit 1. Honestly, I love the stuffing of this curriculum, but there just isn't enough of it and there are statements that are missing so that me (a non-science lover) can teach it easily. I was constantly running to the internet so that I could thoroughly explain the lessons to my kids. I had to clarify that there weren't more than two types of cells. I also wanted my kids to know the word "mitosis" which wasn't mentioned in the lesson at all.

So, where does that leave me? The reason I had switched because of my concerns about evolution and natural selection and how that teaching permeates secular science curriculum. I've looked for a curriculum that I like as well as Harcourt Science. Now I've tried two and have looked at many others. But Harcourt Science works for my kids and it works for me. As my oldest daughter said to me today. Mommy, "I know creation is the truth, but I like this book and how it teaches." So, I'm switching back through 6th grade and will find another curriculum to use for 7th grade and beyond...

As a side note, make sure you either get a copy of this book with a cd of the reproducible pages or you purchase a download of the reproducibles from the publisher's webpage if you're going to use this curriculum. This is a horrible book to try and copy from. The binding is very tight and it's not possible on my inkjet printer.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Take it or leave it... Oct. 20 2010
By Kristi B - Published on Amazon.com
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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.


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