Health, Safety and Manners 1 Student (3rd Edition)
The softcover, consumable student reader includes age-appropriate readings, colorful graphics, and activity pages.
The way a person takes care of his body and treats others while he is young will affect his quality of life when he is older. It is never too early to help your child develop good manners, health practices, and safety habits. This 75-page reader teaches your first grader the importance of eating healthful foods, taking care of his body, being safe at and away from home, and being kind and respectful to the people around him. This text includes engaging activities to help children be accountable for good habits and review exercises to help instill basic health and safety practices.
In Discovering God’s World, students review topics taught in the kindergarten course, and learn more about our sense organs, energy, animals, insects, plants, and seasons. Various activities are planned, for example: making a balloon jet, ramp races, raising tadpoles, observing the stages of a butterfly, making a bird feeder and more. Homeschool curriculum lesson plans include expanded daily lessons for history, science and health. It also includes a schedule for art and music (sold separately). Expanded daily lesson plans teach history, science, and health alternatively throughout the year. Grade 1 focuses on social studies and community helpers first, followed by science, history, and health. Discovering God’s World is divided into 35 lessons, with a 3 day per week schedule. Lessons will take about 20 minutes. Thursday and Friday are dedicated art or music days. If you elect not to add in art or music, these days become flexible to meet your homeschool schedule or use them to read aloud living books that relate to the week’s topic! Colorful and consumable, the softcover student textbook is written as a student reader designed to build vocabulary and comprehension skills through discussion. The text also includes a variety of age-appropriate activities, from color by numbers to matching exercises. There is no grading at this level, as the focus is introducing topics of interest and the loving care of a Creator God. Teacher guides contain answers, teaching notes, reading assignments, comprehension questions and more.
At the kindergarten level, Abeka prioritizes the 3 Rs: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Families wishing to introduce science in kindergarten have the option to do so using the God’s World course. Designed as an interactive course, children read aloud (or co-read with a parent) the lessons from the consumable softcover textbook, which also includes coloring or activity pages. At this level, early learners will focus on familiar topics to inspire their curiosity. Topics include health and the human body, weather, seasons, seeds and plants, animals, and the seashore. The teacher edition includes smaller formatted student pages, discussion questions, simple demonstrations, and hands-on activities to reinforce the lesson. Parents will also find teaching notes, a scope and sequence and brief lesson plans. It is recommended that science begins after the (also optional) social studies material at this level. There are 29 lessons, with a recommended 3 lessons per week, 20 minutes per lesson schedule. Under this plan, students would finish the curriculum in roughly 10 weeks. I appreciate the instinctive flexibility the number of lessons provides which allows parents to prioritize their child’s learning needs and family schedule. Student and teacher material is not reproducible.
Beginning in first grade, science and health are separate, complementary courses. Families may choose to do one or both courses. Science in Grades 1-3 introduces children to God the Master Designer and guides them into understanding God’s plan for creation. At this level, student textbooks are consumable. Building upon the foundation of God the Master Designer, the upper elementary levels, grades 4-6, teach foundational scientific principles as well as the process. Glorifying God for His magnificent creation is a central theme, as children learn more about God’s orderly, law-abiding creation and refute the man-made idea of evolution. Textbooks are no longer consumable at this level, and families will want to purchase the separate activity books and/or test and quiz books. Worth mentioning, Abeka streamlined the 1st and 2nd grade curriculum lesson plans to help homeschool parents of little ones. At this level, lesson plans cover health, science and history, with single subject teacher guides sold separately. Grades 3-6 curriculum lessons plans (sold separately) combine health and science with history. Teacher guides for Grades 1-6 contain reduced-size student pages with the correct answers, margin teaching notes with reading assignments, discussion/explanatory notes, comprehension questions, activities, exercises, and more. Grade K-2 materials are sold individually. Grade 3-6 materials are sold individually or in the Student Kit and Parent Kit at a kit discount. Both the student and parent kits are necessary to teach one student.
Instilling an academically solid, God-centered understanding of all branches of science from the early elementary years through high school is the mission of this traditional curriculum. Uniquely, Abeka focuses on mastery of the sciences from a young age through two pathways. First, the science curriculum follows a spiral approach to learning, which means students review previously learned concepts each year, expanding on known concepts and learning new material. The second path, if you chose to use Abeka curriculum in other subjects, is the integration of the grade level scope and sequence, which takes the material taught in science and reinforces it in other subjects like language arts and reading comprehension. While this approach is helpful for mastery, it is not necessary to use other Abeka courses to gain a thorough understanding of the sciences. Scripture references are KJV.
Following a traditional philosophy of education, the basic components include a student text and a teacher edition and/or answer key. Student textbooks are full color and written at a level that each learner can read and understand. Teacher edition content will vary depending on the grade. At all grade levels, Abeka science is teacher led and not designed for independent student work, although at the higher levels, students may be able to do some reading and related activities independently. The K-2 teacher guides include all the information needed to teach science successfully from the scope and sequence and lesson plans with teaching notes, to the activity suggestions and answers (except kindergarten). Beginning in Grade 3 through the high school courses, teacher resources have been divided into separate categories. While this may seem overwhelming, targeted teacher resources help parents and teachers find what they need quickly. Additional supplemental resources may be available. Student and teacher books are not reproducible. See individual descriptions for more information. ~Deanne
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.