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Sep 5, 2014 - Curriculum, science    No Comments



Free Elementary Science Resource


Science Songs;  These educational songs are found throughout our K-2 curriculum. Through fun, catchy lyrics, science concepts are presented in a way that young learners will enjoy and remember. You can find more Science4Us videos on a YouTube channel.  or  View Science Songs 

Sciences Lessons:  Science4Us covers four “books” of science – Physical Science, Life Science, Earth/Space Science and Inquiry. The comprehensive curriculum includes 28 modules with over 350 online, animated activities. View Science  Lessons 

Hands-On Science Projects:  Students will enjoy learning fundamental science principles through engaging, hands-on experiments. These fun projects for elementary students use easily attainable, everyday household items such as balloons, magnets and eggs. (Warning: Some experiments may get a little messy!)  Hands On Science Projects

Nov 23, 2013 - Curriculum    No Comments

The Public Discussion on Education is Getting Interesting

EWlogoThe people who manage and critic public schools are only a few decades behind the homeschoolers.  But they are definitely talking about the right issues.   I’ll quote from Bill Farmer’s article in Education Week about Measuring Student Learning.

Learning is an infinitely complex process, yet as a society we seem determined to relegate learning to a single letter grade or percentage score aimed at sorting and ranking students. There can be some useful information captured by a well-written high stakes exam…Unfortunately, the elevated emphasis placed on these types of assessments, several of which are poorly constructed, oversimplifies the intricacies involved in truly documenting and understanding a student’s learning process. It is difficult to ignore the impact that this has on a student’s perception about learning.

In the high school setting where I teach, students appear to be conditioned to focus on the quantified end result. At the beginning of the year, I find myself having to counteract this tendency of students to only pay attention to the total number of points earned on an assessment…We cannot lose sight of the essential reasons why measuring student learning is so important. … but assessments also should be constructed in such a way as to provide students with the critical feedback necessary to guide their continued learning…

The original article includes comments on how he addresses this and admonishments to other teachers to try to do better. But, with education generally reduced to a process of credentialization somewhat detached from building skills necessary for understanding and success in the world, it’s hard to imagine his extortion making much impact.  It’s up the families and students to understand that grades are simplistic and short-term measure and that they need to take ownership of their own learning and growth.


What’s New? A Full High School and Middle School Science

Time4Learning Most people in the homeschool world who have spent any time online have now probably heard about Time4Learning.  But, in the fall of 2013, there’s some big news.

Time4Learning Adds a High School Curriculum. Announced in July and available in August of 2013, the Time4Learning high school curriculum for home school students covers the big four subject areas and then some. Time4Learning high school offers an online, interactive curriculum for ninth through twelfth grade that can be used for homeschooling. Courses are parent-supervised, student-paced, and designed to help students achieve college and career readiness.

Time4Learning’s second big announcement came in October of 2013, they added a very solid intense middle school home school science curriculum.   Middle school science is organized into three primary courses:

Earth/Space Science Course
Life Science Course
Physical Science Course
Nature Of Science Supplement

Nature of Science is also provided as a supplement for each of the courses. Materials are taught using a combination of animated lessons, instructional videos, worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects. All three middle school science courses are correlated to state standards.

Disclosure. I am not an unaffiliated party and this is not pure editorial. I have a financial interest in Time4Learning so this article should be considered promotional in nature!  I wish everyone disclosed.  I frankly am sick of seeing industry newsletters which claim to have “the top five writing programs” and which sound like an editorial review when in fact, these are just paid promotional spots.  This is an actual example of a newsletter that arrived from an industry leading group this week in my email inbox!