Science is one of our favorite subjects, so I was excited to have the opportunity to review the Introductory Science program from Science Shepherd. This online program is a fun on-demand video series for children, 6-11 years old, that gives a great introduction to science.
The website is very easy to navigate making it easy to find what you are looking for quickly. Introductory Science is a 35 week course with 5 videos per week. The website breaks down the videos into 5 week increments, with each weeks videos in one spot. This made navigating to the day’s video an easy process. The course includes 12 months of access making it something you can do at your own pace. No need to rush or feel like you are going to miss something. You have 52 weeks to complete the 35 week course!
The videos are between 2 and 5 minutes, are engaging and the images used were great quality. These things kept the kids interest for the short time needed and made the information stick.
The workbook is a simple review of what they learned in the videos. We were provided the Level A workbooks for our review. I loved that the workbook was not too intensive. The simplistic form of the workbook was perfect for her to complete before she checked-out. There are only a few questions and activities for each lesson so she never felt overwhelmed.
One of the things we strive for are short lessons, so this curriculum was perfect in that regard. Each science lesson started with the few minutes of watching the video and then we worked on the workbook questions and activities together. Between the two items we were working on science between 15 and 20 minutes each day. Exactly what we were striving for!
This would be a great curriculum for anyone wanting to start introducing science topics, skills and fun. The Introductory Science curriculum starts with creation, works through geology, astronomy, oceanography, meteorology and more! It’s a great introduction to those topics and it’s nice to know you have the basics of each covered so you will have a jumping point when you dig deeper, later.
While we still prefer a living books curriculum to a video curriculum, I do think this was a fun extra for Sunshine and could easily work as the main science curriculum for your child, depending on your preferences.
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