Hey, guys! This homeschool post is to share with you what we are using in science and health for the 2017-2018 school year in both Grade 3 and Grade 6.

We chose Book Shark for our science course this year. I much prefer a secular curriculum when it comes to science. I find that this subject is more smoothly presented when I connect any Biblical or Spiritual concepts that applies than to  weed through opinion and other doctrines that lie heavily in religious-based curriculum. For our health studies, I am not as picky!

 


Group Content

 

We will cover two major content areas as a group in our science studies, agriculture and nature study. For our agricultural studies, I typically write the lessons myself because I teach those topics in a very cultural way. For our nature studies, we are using Exploring Nature with Children. This curriculum is one-year long, and we will only be pulling certain lessons to cover a designated topic per month, so this will last  much longer than a school year for us.


Grade 3 Science

 

With Book Shark, we will cover Biology, Taxonomy, and Human Anatomy. The cost of this program ($202) and my personal homeschool budget for grade 3 science did not agree! So, I thrift-ed all the books (except Magic School Bus) from third-party vendors totaling ~$60. Then, I bought the teacher’s guide (which includes the student activities/consumables) for ~$45 directly from Book Shark.

Here are the books needed for the level 3 program:

I bound the student activities together into a science journal for easy use, reference, storage, and safe-keeping. There is a required experiment kit, but I have chosen to purchase those items on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Last, we will be using Flocabulary to supplement our science lessons.


 Grade 6 Science

 

With Book Shark, we will cover Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Genetics.

Here are the books needed for the level 6 program:

  • Encyclopedia of Planet Earth
  • What’s Science All About?
  • Genetics
  • Chemically Active!

Again, I bound the student activities together into a science journal for easy use, reference, storage, and safe-keeping.There is a required experiment kit, but I have chosen to purchase those items on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Last, we will be using Flocabulary to supplement our science lessons.


 Grade 6 Health & Sex Education

 

My son has been studying health and sex ed since Grade 4. It started off very light and each year I up the ante a little as he is growing and developing more with each day.

I am usually not a fan of Abeka Book, but I really like their level 5 health book. (So, I grabbed a copy from CBD. I did not purchase the teacher’s guide or the quizzes. I purchased the Enjoying Good Health text and the answer key to the text only.

I typically write my own lessons and printable for sex education using books I have chosen for the year. {Sometime I share individual download on my site for my members.}

Here are the two books we’re using in Grade 6:

{I will also be using these books for Grade 7 and Grade 8 as well.}

Last, we will be using hand-picked lesson from a Human Development and Sexual Health packet I downloaded from TPT. (It’s Canadian based, but it was the best thing I could find in my budget that taught about emotional and psychological health on a sixth-grade level.)

What are using for science and health next year? Do share!