Great supplement to other curriculum!
I would strongly recommend this as a supplement to a science curriculum for children in upper elementary through high school, but do not in any way think that this qualifies as a full year’s high school curriculum. My autistic 10yo son loved it and learned quite a bit from it, and my daughter was using another curriculum from Timberdoodle for high school biology and found this to be an interesting supplement, but definitely not as intense and comprehensive as the more traditional curriculums. I think it is more middle-school level than high school.
from Crestline, CA
I know this series is billed as for elementary kids, but my rising 5th and 7th graders did it independently and loved it!
As science flunkies (we start, we stop, we don’t accomplish much) we hadn’t completed much, if any formal elementary science. They began this book in late May and I set them a schedule of one chapter per week. They did the reading on their own and discussed questions and completed experiments together. I required them to each keep a notebook of vocabulary and other notes (more for the older child). My younger child, who enjoys art, loved the drawing projects. For my older dd, it was a good introduction to taking notes and reading a text in preparation for high school.
They learned SO MUCH (and not just because they had had little previous science!) My younger dd, especially, still, a year later uses the technical terms she learned in this book, referring to monocots and dicots and intelligently discussing fungi.
They have since moved on to other books in the series, completing them in the same way. I think this is a great series for independent learning for older students.
Sandwich in WI
Not just for Grade School and High School Students
This DVD series is not just for grade school and high school students. I purchased this DVD from Timberdoodle when I signed up for a Biology class in college. I used the DVDs to understand the topics covered in class. At the end of the semester, I ended up getting an “A”. I recommend this DVD to anyone who is has a hard time understanding topics in Biology or is one of your weak areas. This DVD presents information that is well organized, simple and easy to learn. Also, it is mixed with a bit of humor so it’s fun to watch.
This DVD (Evolution: The Grand Experiment DVD) is an excellent tool for providing children and adults with the biblical perspective on creation. In Evolution, the Grand Experiment, secular scientists acknowledge the obvious problems with evolution. The material accompanies any science curriculum well; we have used it with God’s Design for Life to discuss the amusing historic understandings of spontaneous generation and other flawed concepts of the natural world. Anyone wishing to be informed on the creation/evolution debate should watch this and read the book as well.