We “do school” year round, but we do tend to take it easy in the summer with a lighter work load. For us, homeschool science is a must-have all year long. The Learning About Science Collection, Level 2 by WriteBonnieRose was the perfect way to keep Monkey learning over summer without being to labor intensive!
The Learning About Science Collection, Level 2 is geared towards elementary age students in grades 1-3. This collection includes eight pdf books that cover the following topics:
- A Closer Look at Body Systems
- Forces and Simple Machines
- Plants: How They Grow and How They Help Us
- Scientists and the Scientific Method
- The Cycle of Water and Types of Clouds
- The Solar System: Planets, Earth’s Moon, and Constellations
- Understanding Food Chains
- Why Do Animals Hibernate?
Each book includes review activity sheets and an answer key.
How We Used the Learning About Science Collection, Level 2
When we were first introduced to WriteBonnieRose and the Learning About Science Collections, I made the assumption that each level corresponded to a grade level. After doing a bit more research, I was happy to discover that the topics didn’t overlap it appeared we could use them in any order. The only real difference I noted is that the sample for level 3 appeared to use a smaller font for the word tracing section. Level 3 also has the option of cursive rather than print.
I ultimately decided that we would review the level 2 collection because it had the most topics that Monkey was interested in. I just knew that he would love the books about space, forces and simple machines, and the body systems.
I was surprised though when I asked Monkey which topic he wanted to start with, he chose “Scientists and the Scientific Method.” Definitely a good choice, just not at all what I was expecting!
I printed out our first book – which we began referring to as the “science packet” and we were off! Monkey is a fairly good reader at this point, so I was able to just hand him the packet and let him get to work.
I did have him read some of the passages out loud to me to ensure he was actually reading the information and also to help him with the pronunciation of some of the science terms.
He worked at a pace of 1 page a day. Each page has a few short paragraphs to read as well as pictures to color and key vocabulary words to trace.
Monkey generally dislikes coloring and worksheets, so he could only tolerate 1 page a day with minimal complaining (mostly because he was interested in the subject matter). If you have a workbook loving kid or a color-er, you could probably work through the book at a faster rate.
The Scientists and Scientific Method packet introduced the scientific method, different types of sciences and the specific names for the scientists that study the sciences. It also introduced some of the famous scientists through history. At the end, there was a 2 page review with multiple choice questions.
After completing the first packet, Monkey decided he wanted to learn about food chains. The Understanding Food Chains packet follows the same general format as the Scientists and Scientific Method packet, but adds in a task for the student to complete the food chain for each ecosystem.
This packet covers an introduction to ecosystems and food chains and then provides specific information to the food chains in the Australian woodlands, boreal forest, coniferous forest, ocean, pond, (and more!) ecosystems.
I also took a look at the Solar System book because I wanted to see how Pluto is handled. I’m one of those goofy people who is emotionally attached to Pluto – I’ve come across a few books about the solar system that completely leave Pluto out and I can’t stand it! In this book, WriteBonnieRose includes Pluto as a dwarf planet (no problem with that!). I would have liked to see some discussion about how it was once considered a planet and the reasons why it was downgraded from full planet status to dwarf planet status. I personally think the history there is really important and that kids need to understand that especially with technological advances, there is still very much to learn and discover and some things that are commonly understood as “fact” can change.
I should also note that the Learning About Science Collection, Level 2 came with a “Discussion Helps” file that includes many links to creation science websites. We did not use any of these resources as they don’t align with our beliefs. The books themselves are neutral with no discussion of the origins or age of the earth.
WriteBonnieRose is offering an AMAZING deal for our readers! Until August 15, 2018, you can get 50% off on the bundled Learning About Science Levels 1, 2, and 3! Just enter code “REVIEWCREW50” at checkout.
I really liked the science packets. I thought it was cool how there was different subjects and different things to do in the packets. My favorite kind of scientist is a volcanologist – even though that’s a really hard name to say! I had to practice it a lot to be able to say it right.
After I finish the food chains packet, I want to do Forces and Simple Machines!
Don’t forget about the special offer! Now through August 15, 2018 you can get 50% off the Learning About Science Collections 1, 2, and 3 by entering code “REVIEWCREW50” – I’m heading over right now to get Level 1 and Level 3!
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