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Monday, November 22, 2010

Bright Ideas Press

Tyler at Bright Ideas Press gave the TOS Crew 6 options to choose from…I chose Christian Kids Explore Physics Book and the accompanying Activity Book. It is geared for 4th to 8th grade, so it is at the higher grade of my kids, however we did do Unit 1. The price of the book is $34.95 with the Activity Book at $12.95.


You can see Sample Pages and Table of Contents here.

{ The universe that we live in is the result of God’s thoughtful design and careful building. Physics gives us a glimpse into the materials, laws, and structures of that universe. Behold the wonders of creation with this series of 30 easy-to-understand lessons for grades 4-8. Each lesson helps develop an understanding of matter and energy and the rules they follow. Exploring physics is an exciting adventure! }

What the book contains...
There are 30 lessons within the 6 units, which include: The Foundations of Physics, Matter, Mechanics, Matter in Motion, Energy in Motion, and Electricity and Magnetism.
Each lesson contains a Teaching Time, a Review It section, Hands-on Time, a Think About It section and Unit Wrap Up questions. It also has a scripture, vocabulary definitions (called Name It), and fun facts (called Discovery Zone) in the margins. The Activity Book is a downloadable book that consists of coloring sheets, the Hands-On worksheets, Review It questions, and Unit Wrap Ups...which I feel is easier for printing purposes.

This is what we did…
I printed out a coloring sheet that goes with Unit 1, which is really an overview of the whole topic of physics. As they colored, I read to them each of the 3 lessons in Unit 1, asked the Review It questions, and then did the Hands-on portion. I worked with my 3 older children...grades 2, 3, 4.

What do I like about it?
I love that it is a christian book. I love how it talks about our Perfect Creator, who is a God of order and purpose. To quote the first couple sentences from lesson 1, "When we study science we get to know more about God and appreciate His power and greatness. Since God created the whole universe, any science is really learning more about the things God created." I love how it is really easily understandable. My kids were interested and I could keep their attention. It could cover all of the learning styles...visual as it has pictures interspersed, as well as them reading it themselves as opposed to me reading it to them, auditory it could be read aloud from a parent as I did or the student could read it aloud to themselves and kinesthetic with the hands-on activities. As we did the first unit I was excited to keep going and (re)learn about the exciting world of physics...but then again I love science!

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Disclaimer---I received this curriculum for free in exchange for my honest review.

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