I have to admit, most of the time I left him to his own devices with this on-line science curriculum as it was very easy to him to set up and do independently. I appreciated that it wasn't just the man talking, but interspersed in the video would be full screen shots of whatever they were talking about.
He was inspired to do the lesson using two loves: making videos and minecraft papercraft characters. The object of the lesson was to show how things can be grouped with more than one category into units. Though the video only shows one category, the characters actually demonstrate different categories as well...type and age. It's one of the things I appreciate about the freedom to school at home and how easy it was to replace this lesson for one more attuned to my son's abilities.
My son thoroughly appreciated the creation science behind this program. God and his work is evident throughout the lessons.
He liked the videos saying "they are short and I learn something. I like that they aren't the same all the time, and if I didn't understand something I could go back and listen again." Later on I heard him talking with his father about "I looked that up on youtube after I heard it on Science Shepherd.. did you know .......?" I totally loved that he was inspired enough to dig deeper into subjects.
The workbook: I loved the look, feel and appearance of the workbook. It didn't get a whole lot of use, my lad would simply answer the questions out-loud, or just tell me what the lesson was about and I'd quiz him a bit. The teacher's guide was complete.
Science Shepherd is quite an affordable program, you can see the prices below. Daily lessons for 35 weeks for only $35.00.... quite doable. You can learn from the course without the workbooks, though they do enhance the learning without having to do the work of making up worksheets yourself.. and at $12-15 each...why bother?
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