I did pretty good piecing science units together here and there this past year, but I was looking for something that would require less planning time from me. When I was asked to review Exploring Science, a 36-week curriculum from Elemental Science just for k4/k5 kids, I said yes! I was hopeful this might be our kindergarten science solution for the upcoming year. (Be sure to scroll down for an Elemental Science giveaway!)
What is Elemental Science?
Elemental science is a 36-week science curriculum with a classical bent. They have curriculum for all ages. Exploring Science is one of the 2 early years programs geared for Pre-k – K. (See Finding Joy’s Review of Intro. to Science.)
I was given the digital versions of Exploring Science. This came with a digital student workbook and the teacher’s guide. I printed out the student pages and had them bound at my local copy center. I used my iPad to read the teacher’s guide and purchased my own copy of Science Play, which is necessary for this program. Here’s an overview of what is covered:
Unit 1: Exploring the World Around Me
Unit 2: Exploring Water
Unit 3: Exploring Air
Unit 4: Exploring Weather
Unit 5: Exploring Plants
Unit 6: Exploring the Earth
Unit 7: Exploring Chemistry
Unit 8: Exploring Sound
Unit 9: Exploring Motion
Want to see more? Check out the online sample pages of Exploring Science.
How We Used Exploring Science
There are two different schedule options to choose from. What I really appreciate is that each week can be done on its own– it is not dependent on doing previous weeks. This is awesome for me, the teacher who likes to do things out of order. Also each unit can be done separately from all the other units. We actually started with Unit 2, Exploring Water.
My girls had no idea they were “doing” science. They thought they were playing! They were learning that water can change shape.
What kid doesn’t like playing with water? They were playing and learning about properties of water and having fun.
My 5 yr. old documented her results in her own science notebook (which she loves!)
My Thoughts on Elemental Science
I have certain expectations of science curriculum, especially materials geared toward young learners. I believe that young children learn through play, need to have many hands-on opportunities, and need to be outside and observe nature. I was pleasantly surprised that Exploring Science fit my requirements!
Exploring science has age-appropriate activities. This curriculum has nature study activities, easy-to-implement experiments using basic household items, art activities, and play activities. The student booklet has a nice combination of coloring pages, dictation/writing pages, and places to add artwork. I like that the emphasis is on the activities, not the worksheets.
The teacher’s manual had everything scheduled nicely, and I have really enjoyed the spine book, Science Play. Even though this curriculum has a classical bent, at this level I think it can be used with any homeschool method and even used by parents just wanting to give their child more science experiences. I am using this curriculum with my 3.5 yr. old and my 5 yr. old and we will see how far we get this summer! We’ve already completed one unit and my girls are excited to do more!
Tomorrow, stop by Mary’s blog at Homegrown Learners to read about her experience with Physics Grammar Stage. She’ll be having a giveaway as well. Be sure to visit Connie’s blog review from yesterday to learn more about Biology Grammar Stage.
Elemental Science Giveaway
You can win Exploring Science by entering below (thank you Elemental Science!) And since you will need Science Play to use this program, SpellOutloud is going to give that to the winner as well! That way you will have everything you need to start this curriculum with your little ones.
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Disclosure: I received the Exploring ebooks for free, but was compensated for the time invested to do the review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to do a positive review. This review was coordinated by the iHomeschool Network. Affiliate links are used within the review. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.