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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Science Shepherd: Introductory Science, Level A ~ a TOS review


We love to delve into science around here. Normally, McKenzie, who is 6, just goes along with the flow of what I am teaching the older girls. She loves sitting in on their lessons and doing experiments since I did not really have anything formal planned for her Kindergarten year. Recently though, McKenzie has just started to really wonder about everything in this big world we live in. Over the last few weeks I have been able to fuel her curiosity with the help of a new homeschool science program from ScienceShepherd called Introductory Science, Level A. Let me tell you a little more about it.

Science Shepherd Review

The Science Shepherd Science Curriculum was created by a homeschool dad of six children who also happens to be a medical doctor, Scott Hardin, M.D. Dr. Hardin and his wife experienced first-hand the need for quality, high level science curricula for the homeschool community. When they ran into road blocks of finding such a program to meet their children’s needs, they developed the flagship Science Shepherd Life Sciences and Biology programs to aid parents in adequately meeting the needs of teaching higher level science in the upper grades. With advancing technology, the company has been able to provide advanced modes of presentation through integrating video, pictures and graphics into a streaming teaching format.



Introductory Science, Level A is a complete 35-week science curriculum that includes 12 month access to daily on-demand video lessons as part of the course. The high quality video lessons are streamed over the internet site and are short lasting only 2-5 minutes tops. With this program you will cover topics in Earth, Life, and Physical Science such as:
Science Skills and Tools
Meteorology
Geology
Oceanography
Plants
Astronomy
Underwater Creatures
Flying Creatures
Land Creatures
Human Beings
Being Healthy
Ecology and Natural Resources
Matter
Energy
Motion and
Magnets
This video science curriculum is intended for students aged 6-11 and has a corresponding student notebook for Level A or B. It currently retails for $35.00 and includes 12 months access to the video lessons. The Level A workbook is geared for the younger age range, approximately ages 6-8, while Level B is for 9-11 year olds. The material presented is essentially the same at both levels, however, Level B includes additional content for older students. You can find samples of both Level A and Level B student workbooks. Level A retails for $12.00 and the Level B is $15.00. Each student will need their own notebook to complete the video course. A detailed answer key is also available to purchase for just $3.00. If you need more time that the 12 months’ access granted with initial purchase of the course, extensions are also granted and range between $.5.00-$15.00.
We have loved everything about this science program. It is the perfect amount of information for McKenzie and then some. She LOVES it and wants to complete her lessons first thing in the morning after her Bible and calendar lessons. Frequently we watched more than one video segment because she just wanted more and more. Because McKenzie was so eager to complete her work, it made learning so much fun for her.
We both especially enjoyed the video lessons and all the hands-on activities sprinkled throughout the entire program. I love that this curriculum focuses on a Biblical perspective. That is an important feature for our family. Because we have enjoyed this program so much I have scheduled to include this in McKenzie’s 1st grade year.
Science Shepherd also has upper level science curriculum, LifeScience and Biology, be sure to check those out if you have older students. Also, be sure to see what my CrewMates thought of the Introductory Science, Level A and B by clicking the banner below.


Science Shepherd Review

Company ~ Science Shepherd
Product ~ Introductory Science, Level A
Price ~ video course access:$35., student workbook, level A:$12.00, answer key: $3.00
Ages ~ 6-11 year olds

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