Sassafras Science Adventures Volume One: Zoology
In The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume One: Zoology the zip-lining science adventure of Blaine and Tracey Sassafras begins - and we want you to join the journey!
Join the Sassafras Twins as they travel to exotic locales to learn about animals.
Together, you will learn all about the amazing animals that can be found around the globe. In the book, Blaine and Tracey Sassafras visit locations like:
- The African Grasslands to discover more about the lion and cheetah;
- The Amazon Rainforest to learn about the sloth and poison dart frog;
- And the Alaskan Arctic to study the musk ox and snow goose.
The twins will meet a variety of local experts who help them to learn about the animals in the region. Along the way, they will all discover a budding interest in science.
Adventure to the African Grasslands and discover the lion and cheetah; the Amazon Rainforest to study the sloth and poison dart frog; and the Alaskan Artic to learn about the musk ox and snow goose. The scheduled (optional) encyclopedias include The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia of Animals item #029186 and the DK Encyclopedia of Animals item #014569.
What a delightful way to learn science! Read a story, perform experiments, keep a log, and learn some science. This Charlotte Mason style, hands-on, inquiry-based science program might be just what your children need to understand and enjoy science. From the same publisher as Elemental Science, this program follows the Sassafras Twins as they travel the world. The underlying storyline is that the twins felt science was boring and pointless. Despite Mom and Dad's warnings, they continued their lackluster approach towards science and failed through science classes. Consequently, they are not able to be with friends over their summer break, and must spend their summer with their crazy (or is he?) Uncle Cecil. Uncle Cecil and his lab assistant, President Lincoln, develop a series of invisible zip lines and special carabineers that take Train and Blaisy (Uncle Cecil's names for the children) on the adventure of a lifetime as they learn to love science.
Each course requires the Reader, Guide and Scidat Logbook. The story-based science instruction is found in the Reader. The correlating Guides offer road maps for your travels. Divided into chapters, it contains summaries, additional information and instruction for the Scidat Logbook, encyclopedia readings and supplemental library lists, an experiment, vocabulary, copywork & dictation, additional activities and more. An appendix includes reproducible pages (for family use). The Scidat Logbooks become a record of your child’s journey. It includes illustrations, maps to color or mark locations, a place to document projects, and note pages. The Logbook is not reproducible, so you will want one for each child. A fair amount of writing is expected, making this a slightly more intensive curriculum. Parents with younger children may wish to assist them or “buddy” them up with an older sibling to maintain the family learning experience.
Each Adventure covers approximately one semester, and it is recommended (for the story purpose) that the books be completed in order. Each volume, however, begins with a brief overview of the previous book so it may be possible to start with later volumes if your young scientist has previously covered the topic. Optional supplemental resources are mentioned, including various children’s encyclopedias and library book lists for families wanting to study the topic more in depth. Occasionally, a scheduled title may not be available. Families may choose a similar resource and match the topic to enhance learning if they wish.
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.
over 4 years ago
over 6 years ago
The guide book is a must. It provides lesson plan ideas, additional reading ideas and weekly activities that could double as art or light writing. The guide also has weekly science demonstrations to perform, observe and record results. The lesson plans are broken down in either 2 or 5 day increments however, I found the program flexible enough that I do it in 3 20-30min sessions a week.
I purchased the optional lapbook as well, but found we both preferred the SCIDAT logbook. The lapbook and logbook are basically the same as far as content. It's just a matter of presentation - one being in workbook form the other in lapbook. We are a lapbooking family, but found this one boring.
As a side note, I am using this curriculum as a way to hone my son's note taking ability. I read the chapter at the whiteboard and write down the facts that he needs to record in the logbook. As his understanding of fact extraction has increased, he tells me what to write on the whiteboard and he copies it into his logbook. Works for us :)
To recap: Get the storybook, guide and SCIDAT Logbook and you will be good to go!