Tuesday, April 17, 2012

TOS Review ~ Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space (Bright Ideas Press)

Today I am excited to share with you a wonderful Science product from Bright Ideas Press (you know, the ones who publish The Mystery of History and WonderMaps)! 
Christian Kids Explore Earth & Space is a wonderfully through yet simple text for teaching children about Earth & Space. 

In a Nutshell
~Geared towards Grades 3-6 (easily modified for both younger and older students)
~351 pages (6 Units, 24 Lessons, Glossary, Maps, Coloring pages, Scriptures, Recipes, Book and Resource lists, Answer Key and more)
~Topics Include: Earth's Creation, Earth's Structure, Plate Tectonics, Caves, Volcanos, Earthquakes, Rocks, Oceans, Groundwater, Glaciers/Icebergs, Atmospheric Pressure, Humidity, Air Composition, Weather/Seasons, Clouds, Precipitation, Thunderstorms/Tornadoes, Hurricanes, The Sun, Earth's Moon, The Other Planets
~There is some teacher prep necessary however most items needed are common household items or can be easily/inexpensively found.
~Activity Book ($12.95) available as a download (great for printing copies of Maps, Activities and Coloring Pages)

For links to Sample Lessons, Materials Lists, Table of Contents or to order click here.
Structure of the Earth Activity

My thoughts
My kids and I really enjoyed working through this text. The amount of information was just perfect for my kids' attention spans (ages 4, 6 and 12). We had fun doing the hands-on activities...in fact we had so much fun I don't have many pictures! My favorite part of CKE Earth & Space is that I can use one curriculum for all 3 children! One thing I don't really like is that the Activity Book is a separate purchase. All the pages in the Activity Book are included in the text so you can just photocopy them so you don't need the downloadable version. However, the download is very convenient for printing so you don't ruin the spine of the text. I would love to see the Activity Book download included in the price of the text or at least under the current $12.95 price tag.

Click here to read what my Crew Mates think of this and other CKE Science texts from Bright Ideas Press.

{Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.}
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