Home Science Adventures Complete Set II (Microscopic/Insects/Light)

Home Science Adventures Complete Set II (Microscopic/Insects/Light)

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Item #: 009784
Grades: 1-8

Category Description for More Home Science Adventures:

This second "triple" set contains Microscopic Explorations, Discovering Insects and The Wonders of Light.

The Microscope Explorations unit explores the basics of using the microscope as children investigate plants, animals, fungi and protozoa, as well as crystals and crystal formation. An easy-to-use Tasco pocket microscope is included with the fourteen lessons and parent guide, along with everything else you need to do the lessons, except an onion and a slice of bread. The materials contain over 30 experiments and should provide about six-weeks of hands-on science. There is enough consumable equipment for several children working together to share. Extra pocket microscopes are available.

The Wonders of Light unit looks fascinating, also. From mirrors to rainbows, polarization to phosphorescence, these 16 lessons (with over 30 experiments) explore one of the most fascinating and basic of God's creations. As with other units from this company, the lessons are extremely well laid-out, the parent's guide makes it easy to just open the box and go, and everything you need to do the lessons is provided. Who could ask for more?

Beginning with "Spiders Don't Have Wings (Thank Goodness!)," Discovering Insects explores the amazing world of the insect (yes, they cover that the spider is not an insect). Twelve lessons are filled with hands-on activities, observations, and experiments. Can you find an ant trail? (If not, come to my house!) Janine and Mark are "itching" (did someone mention fleas?) to start this one.

Category Description for Home Science Adventures:

Maybe we should send this one giftwrapped! Your children will think they've received a wonderful, exciting present when they open this box. Cleverly disguised as intriguing and fun activities, this hat-trick of unit studies (astronomy, birds, and magnetism) will provide a semester's worth of purely educational entertainment. When my son caught sight of the review sample, he literally begged to get started right away. Everything you need is included (except for scissors and a liter soda bottle) - down to the Dixie cups! No more excuses to set aside those interesting experiments because you didn't plan ahead. No more frustration because an item you thought you had wasn't there when you went to retrieve it. And no more crestfallen faces when the "best part" of science (the hands-on part) can't be done that day.

At the heart of this wonderful program, though, is the unit study itself. After you finish "ooohing and aaahing" over the supplies, you'll be happy to discover that the written material is every bit as impressive. There are over a hundred pages of student worksheets, parent guide, keys, and more advanced questions. The parent guide has teacher notes, safety concerns (if applicable), key, and further explorations for each of the lessons in the study. Lessons are self-contained, interesting, and very well laid out. Each centers around an exploratory activity, so children do science, instead of just reading about it.

The Birds unit includes an Identification Guide to Common Backyard Birds, a publication with full- color photographs published by the Bird Watcher's Digest Press. This same unit provides several well-conceived Bird Identification Sheets so children can keep a journal of the birds they spot. Lessons are extremely clear and easy to follow, complete with diagrams, charts, and illustrations as needed. Children over 3rd grade should be able to use the lessons by themselves, if necessary. Lesson sheets are hole-punched so you can put them in a student notebook. These sheets can be reproduced for other children in the same family only. The included binoculars have been recently upgraded from children's binoculars to glass-lensed 8 x 21 binoculars.

After using the triple set in our own homeschool, we are even more enthused about it. Mark really enjoyed the lessons and equipment, and looked forward to doing the lessons - it was a high point of his day. It's so easy for me to use, with very minimal preparation, and everything is there when I need it. The directions are so clear and easy to follow, Mark was often able to do them himself with minimal supervision or just my follow-up. The emphasis on doing science is a real plus, also, as Mark has plenty of writing in his other coursework. The student worksheets require short written responses, or the recording of data from experiments, which is just fine with him. I highly recommend this set of unit studies - especially for busy moms! We're not the only ones that love them; Cathy Duffy recommends these kits in her 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. Materials in the kit can be shared by two students.

Category Description for Complete Multi-Topic Science Studies:

Items in this section tend to be instructional frameworks, or unit studies with a "core" teaching resource supplemented with additional text and/or activity resources.

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2.625 (lbs.)
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Part of curriculum. Suggested item
Wendel G on Aug 4, 2020
simple, fun science exposure
Johannah L on Aug 25, 2019
Part of curriculum. Suggested item
Wendel G on Aug 4, 2020
Ready to go kits, designed for home use, and a combination of scientific areas to explore!
Julie M on Jun 1, 2020
simple, fun science exposure
Johannah L on Aug 25, 2019
We use this set in our homeschool curriculum for object lessons.
Amanda V on Aug 12, 2019
I heard great things about it and wanted hands on science experiments for the year.
Sally D on Jul 25, 2018
for home school
Tonya S on Mar 25, 2018
Part of our Science program
Dong N on Jul 3, 2017
This is scheduled in Mater Amabilis curriculum.
Rosalie L on Jun 27, 2016
This is part of Mater Amabilis homeschool curriculum.
Helen P on Mar 16, 2016
Ready to go kits, designed for home use, and a combination of scientific areas to explore!
Julie M on Jun 1, 2020
We use this set in our homeschool curriculum for object lessons.
Amanda V on Aug 12, 2019
Is this a complete curriculum or an add on. 1 semester or full year? And (last question) can I use this with 4 children or would I need 2 kits?
A shopper on Mar 6, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I would say that this is a complete curriculum for PK-4th/5th grade. Middle schoolers may need more, but I am not sure. There is enough here for a full year, if you plan to do one experiment a week. You would want to plan to do some of the experiments in warm weather (pond water observation and most of the insect stuff, for example). You can certainly use this kit with four kids, because the only thing they each need to have of their own is a copy of the worksheets. Just make four copies of the worksheet packet and put them in a folder or notebook for each student. But if you think they will have trouble waiting for their turn with the microscope, or if you want to have the students work more quickly for some reason, then a second kit would help you do the experiments more efficiently.
Does this come with a manual or book or just the materials pictured?
Stephanie on Jul 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There are instructional booklets for the different units.
How many days does it take to complete a typical lesson?
A shopper on Dec 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Each lesson takes one day to complete. We incorporate books from the library and field trips to round out the program.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect! This makes doing science projects at home SO easy! My kids love these kits. Everything is included and takes minimal preparation
January 3, 2023
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love It!
We are loving the kit. Very hands on and doable! We are actually getting science done, having fun and learning. Great purchase.
August 31, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Science is finally fun.
We loved the activities we've done so far. The whole family got in on the fun! I loved knowing that I could just open it up and go with minimal prep. It means we'll actually do it.
September 27, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
great kit
I've only used the insects up to lesson 3 but I'm impressed. Very hands on for the kids and easy for mom.
April 18, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very Easy
When you think of science experiments or kits you think about all the supplies you will have to get and prepare. Not with this kit it has everything you need and very minimal prep work (5 minutes at the most). They are short lessons which are perfect for my 10 and 8 year old.
March 23, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We highly recommend the Triple Set Home Science Adventure Kit My son enjoyed exploring the properties of light learning about insects and using the microscope to examine the world around us I did not expect the handheld microscope included in the kit to be that good but I was surprised It allowed us to examine things like fabrics and hair as well as a variety of other common household items without making slides The lesson plans were easy to follow and provided good learning opportunities All the materials were included to do the experiments except for a slice of bread It is very hands-on and I enjoyed it as much as my son did! I believe it is an excellent value
August 5, 2008

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