Monday, April 7, 2014

Science Package

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One of our packages last week was a huge box of science goodies. Both boys have been using Apologia science, but I confess that while the information in the books is great I'm not a huge fan of the way a lot of things in the book are represented. The bottom line, for our family, is that we're not interested in the Old Earth Young Earth debate in our children's science books. That's not why we choose to teach our children science.

It's a true struggle these days to find science material, & often a lot of homeschool material in general, without having to choose between Old Earth material & Young Earth material. Regardless of our own personal stance on the issue, I just don't want it in our curriculum. I wanted a science curriculum that wasn't going to push either form of creation upon us. I'm not opposed to creation being mentioned anymore then I'm opposed to evolution [in small doses] being mentioned, but I didn't want one's personal religious beliefs being pushed through the curriculum.

That left a very few options for us, but one we were really smitten with was Noeo Science. I was a little worried about it being meaty enough, especially compared to what we were formerly using, but we were willing to give it a try & find out for ourselves how it would work.

Due to some of the biographies the kids will be reading this year I wanted to go with the physics options for the boys, with each of them being at their own level. That meant we needed physics II & III. The way the science curriculum works isn't foreign to us, as we've used SL science in this very manner before. You read sections of real books about topics, perform experiments, & record your findings. Pretty simple really.

So when our big package arrived this week I was pretty excited, until I realised I'd made a huge ordering goof-up. When I went to place my order they said shipping to Australia was free. I was shocked & figured it was a glitch so I threw heaps of stuff in the cart to see if it would effect it any. Nope, it continued to say shipping was free. However, not wanting to find a surprise shipping bill I removed everything I didn't need from my trolly before placing my order. I'm really glad I did, because low & behold I got that surprise shipping bill.

Only, when I deleted stuff I deleted some of the wrong items, whoopsie! I ended up with Physics III for Morgan as well as a few of the books I couldn't get here for him, but somehow had the Chemistry kit instead of the physics kit. I ended up ordering Jayden Chemistry II & the experiment kit that goes with that. So I'll need to place a second order to pick up the physics kit as well as the other physics manual & experiment kits.

Thankfully the order arrived so quickly because even with my clutch I should be able to reorder the missing items & have them here in time to start our new science in Term 2. The kids are extremely excited & can't wait to dig in, something about new science kits seems to do that to them.

1 comments:

Kylie said...

Hi Kendra, I'm very keen to see how this goes for you. After chats on the Cm Group I'm strongly considering trying Noeo next year.