Previously, we checked out Science Lessons and Investigations - Grade 1. We also got Grade 2 at the same time. This curriculum is by Evan-Moor and just like with grade 1 I would not consider this a complete curriculum. It can supplement what you are doing or be a fun way to get experiments in but definitely not to use as your sole science curriculum. This booklet goes over plants, animals, earth science and physical science. What I do like about this book is that there is a materials needed page that you can copy and give out for your students to take home. So, if you teach a co-op or at a public school your students will know what to bring for each experiments. There is also a journal page so your students can write their thoughts about the experiments they are doing. Each lesson has a teacher overview, vocabulary page, reading and work over the reading. Some lessons will have a page to answer wonder why questions, others have experiment/investigation pages. The end of every lesson is a project for the child to complete.
Just like with the grade 1 booklet I also tore out the pages and staple them into a booklet so that our daughter can keep them to reference whenever she needs. I have looked over each lesson to see what it teaches. With grade 1 I felt it was more geared towards kindergarten since we had gone over everything when we did kinder. Grade 2 booklet I feel is better suited for 1st grade. Most of the work in these lessons we have already gone over during our 1st grade year. You could use these as a review to see what your child has remembered from the previous year. I have actually decided that we could each lesson as an open speech assignment. That way she can use the knowledge learned and get some practice with public speaking. Since we do not do a co-op I either video her speeches or have her give them in front of family members or friends.
I would recommend these as a supplement to whatever curriculum you are using now. They do provide a lot of information. However, I would suggest that you use them with the previous grade that they are intended for. Having your child present what they have learned is a great way for them to learn how to public speak and give them some confidence. The one thing I do not like about this booklet is that they are in black and white. It makes some of the pictures difficult to see. I also feel if the book was in color then it would be a bit more fun and engaging. WDo you have any supplement curriculum for any other subject that you like? Let us know in the comment section below. We are particularly fond of ones with projects because they make the learning more engaging.
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