Finally! A homeschool science curriculum where you can combine a multitude of ages, use "living books" and do lots of hands on activities!
Welcome to Otter's Homeschool Science!
For the 2008-2009 school year we studied WinterPromise's Children Around the World program. I was trying to decide what to do for science and started thinking, hey, why not study people for science all year too!? I went online and started looking at science programs...
Otter loves science. He loves experiments and science activities. The perfect science curriculum for him should have lots of hands-on things to do, lots of variety, engaging books with plenty of pictures and should really cover in depth what we want to study (which in this case is the human body and people).
I couldn't find anything online that totally fit the bill for what I wanted to do. Most science programs are pretty slim and, in our house, science is too big of a deal to be just a few books and a kit or two. Soooooo... I decided to just create my own literature based homeschool science curriculum and here it is, to share with you!
These programs are secular, but I've made some notes to alert Christian parents for any books that contain evolutionary references along with page numbers so you can skip or black out that material. There are only a couple of books that have these references, but the books themselves covered specific material so well for the target age group - I went ahead and used them.
We have three different versions so that you can combine a pretty big age spread, like we have here in our house. Click on the version you are interested in. Each program is 100% free, in honor of the many blessings our family has recieved.
Hi! I just wanted to thank you for putting this curriculum up for everyone to enjoy. After having used it, I realize how much time and thought was put into the planning. I used this with my second grade son and he absolutely loved it. He has learned so much...and retained the information. I'm amazed. He has a love for science after this year. It's going to be hard to compete next year.
This curriculum was created for Otter himself and is is designed for 2nd - 6th graders, although a student up to 8th grade would still be learning plenty of material (in my opinion), especially if you do all of the activities in the Blood and Guts book. This version of our program has a printable 88 page PDF guide, as well as an editable Word document so you can tweak to your heart's content. We also feature it online, with a week-by-week format.
Little Otter's Homeschool Science Curriculum- I got a request to make a youger kid's version, so here it is. Little Otter's Science is a gentle, literature based study with easy science explorations and hands on activities for the preschool through 1st grade crowd. You can also use the books in Little Otter's Science to substitute for titles in the elementary curriculum for students on the younger age of the spectrum or for those with special needs. Otter will be using many of the Little Otter's Science books as readers. You can choose from the two elementary programs to get the best fit.
Big Otter's Homeschool Science Curriculum - This is a high school science curriculum I created for Bear, so he can study the same material as Otter, only at a more advanced level. This program is designed to be a self study addition to Otter's elementary science with extra labs and the use of a high quality anatomy and physiology text. I've also included some fun books and DVD's for the survival and first aid portion of the study.