I may have mentioned a few dozen times that I’m not all that “sciencey.” I mean, I love a good science experiment, but I just don’t dig science the way I do a good literature or math lesson. Maybe you’re like me, and you need a science curriculum that has everything already in one box: books, supplies, and experiment instructions. In that case, an all-in-one science curriculum is the answer for you (and me)!
As a homeschool mom who isn’t into science, I’m always on the lookout for a science curriculum that will make life easy for me. I don’t want to have to hunt down supplies. I can’t summon the energy to plan lessons. And, I certainly don’t want to research experiments to go along with our science studies. I mean, I’ve just worked myself up to becoming a nature study homeschool mom. Chemistry and Physics seem like more than I want to pursue.
So, what are my options?
Well, we’ve used some excellent science curricula over the years. They were thorough and used living books, which as relaxed Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, is on my checklist. But, they didn’t make experiments easy on me. I had to hunt down supplies and try to recreate a lab in my kitchen and hope I bought the right saturation of whatever chemical we were using.
I really wanted the experiments and the supplies in a box already prepared for me.
And so, I went the subscription box route. These had fabulous experiments with all the supplies included each month. The kids loved them, and we had a blast recreating fun activities. But, they lacked the continuum of a complete curriculum. One month we were experimenting with polymers; the next, we were building a desk light. I felt like we were a little haphazard, and maybe this wasn’t the best idea for a science curriculum.
Now that my kids are in middle school and high school, I need to get a little more serious about a thorough curriculum that is Charlotte Mason based and has inspiring hands-on activities.
Welcome, BookShark Science, to our homeschool!
What is an All-In-One Science Curriculum?
An all-in-one science curriculum is just what we needed for our homeschool. But I had a horrible time trying to find one. Nothing checked off all my boxes.
That is until I was introduced to BookShark’s new science program. It is an all-in-one science curriculum. That means it includes:
- an instructor’s guide,
- living science books,
- activity sheets,
- directions for hands-on experiments, and
- supplies for the experiments.
Everything is included, so I don’t have to search the house, place an order, or run to the store to grab something for our activities. Because the last thing you want to do is scramble to find something you need for today’s science lab.
BookShark puts everything in a box and ships it to you. And this makes me extremely happy. With the press of a button, I have everything I need for this year’s science delivered straight to my front door.
- No researching.
- No extensive planning.
- No endless orders of supplies.
It’s all in the box and laid out perfectly for us to get started.
Does BookShark Science check off all the boxes for a perfect science curriculum?
Like I mentioned before, I have a checklist of what I think is a perfect science curriculum for us. Now, these may not all apply to your family, but they should help you see if BookShark would be a good fit.
Is BookShark Charlotte Mason based or literature-based?
Yes. My first checkbox is always will it fit in our relaxed Charlotte Mason homeschool? BookShark is a literature-based curriculum. If you aren’t a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, then you should know that a literature-based curriculum is one that relies on literature (aka living books) instead of textbooks. These can be in the form of fictional or non-fictional books, biographies, and illustrations.
The books we received in the Level H package were living books. We were especially excited to see one about the Industrial Revolution, which coincided perfectly with our American History studies.
And, this is another thing I like about BookShark — the levels are not by grade. Now, I know you’re thinking, “But, wait, how do I know what is right for my child?” Even though they are separated by levels doesn’t mean that they aren’t organized by an age range. But, because it’s a range, I can choose subjects that line up with other areas of our curriculum. So for middle school, we had options of 5 different levels. We chose the one that my daughter was most interested in, and I knew would get her excited to learn.
Does it include experiments and hands-on activities?
Yes. Each topic has several hands-on activities. In fact, there are many different options, so you can choose as many or as few as you wish. We started with learning about electricity. The middle schooler put together the experiment on her own while the baby cousins and I watched. She was so impressed with her ability to make a bulb light up (as was the 3-year-old).
Are all the supplies included for each experiment?
Well, in all honesty, no. But that’s because there are some things that you will have in your home. However, all supplies that you might not have on hand like wires, bulbs, etc. are included in your box. This is my favorite part of BookShark Science — the all-in-one curriculum box.
Are the Instructor’s Guide and Lesson Plans easy to follow?
Yes. I really like the way the Instructor’s Guide is laid out. The lessons are duplicates of the student worksheets with answers included. But, my favorite part of the lesson plan is that it is a 4-day week. As a family who loves to fieldschool, this gives us plenty of opportunities to have a Fun Friday and head out on an adventure!
Does BookShark teach Christian or Secular Science?
BookShark may look familiar to you. It is the faith-neutral twin of Sonlight. We’ve used Sonlight in the past and have enjoyed their choices of literature and their lesson plans. BookShark takes all the awesomeness of Sonlight and keeps the curriculum free any particular religious doctrine. Here is a quote from the publishers.
I appreciate this philosophy. As Christian homeschoolers, I realize that not all Christians believe the same way I do. So, I prefer a curriculum that leaves religion to me to teach and concentrates on the science.
Want to learn more about BookShark Science’s All-In-One Curriculum?
You can learn more about BookShark and its other programs for homeschoolers on their website, Twitter, or Facebook page. If you’re a busy mom who needs a little help taking things off of your plate, then check out all of BookShark’s curricula. You won’t be sorry.
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