Science in the Beginning Lab Kit

Science in the Beginning Lab Kit

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The corresponding lab kit from Nature's Workshop makes finding those "household items" even more convenient. Containing most of the more difficult items to find, this kit saves you time, allowing you more time to enjoy science with your children. You still need to provide various food items (eggs, celery, soda, etc.), binoculars and a few other household items.

Kit includes a 9 Volt Battery, aluminum foil, assorted nuts, various colors of construction paper, balloons of various sizes, black marker, trash bags, thin white box, candle, candle holder, cereal, clay-dough, straws, compact disc (CD), cooking oil, cork, cotton ball, crayons, D-Cell batteries, deep plastic bowls, digital thermometer, dish soap, duct tape, Epsom soap, feathers, flashlights, flavored gelatin, fluorescent light bulb, food coloring, forceps (tweezers), glass jars and lids, index card, iodine, foil baking pan, plastic bottles and lid, lima beans, magnifier, measuring cups and spoons, mirror, modeling clay, notebook, mentos, newspaper page, paper clip, paper cups, paper towels, pen, pencil, pepper, peppercorns, plastic cling wrap, plastic plates, plastic water bottles, rubbing alcohol, ruler, safety goggles, saltine crackers, scissors, paper plates, poly funnel, small shovel, spoons, straight pin, Styrofoam cups, sugar, sunscreen, table salt, tape, tea bag, toilet paper, toothpicks, turkey baster, umbrella, vanilla, vinegar, white cotton string, white paper, wood block, wooden matches and Ziploc bags. ~Deanne

Category Description for Science in the Beginning:

After much speculation and anticipation, Dr. Jay Wile's new elementary Science curriculum is now available, and, dare I say, it was worth the wait! For those unaware, Dr. Jay Wile is the author of the Jr. and Sr. High Apologia Science curriculum which was specifically designed for homeschool family use and he continues in the same vein with this newest offering.

Designed to be used every other day, this one year curriculum contains 6 units, one for each of the days of creation. Each unit includes 12 foundational lessons and 3 challenge lessons, a total of 90 lessons altogether, giving students an in-depth look at science through the lens of creation. While the challenge lessons may be considered optional if you have a science-resistant child, you will find they add depth and enjoyment to the subject being studied.

With the firm belief that children of all elementary ages can learn together, each lesson offers a hands-on activity or experiment (parental supervision required), three pages of reading and review assignments subdivided into three levels: Younger, Older and Oldest. Wisely, Dr. Jay has given you, the parent, the discretion to select the best level for your student(s), making this practical and easy to use with varied ages and abilities. Let me give you an example of the questions and how their level of difficulty increases from lesson 9, Day 1 of Creation: Younger Students: Where does your eye's lens focus the light that passes through it? What do the rods and the cones do in the eye? Older Students: Make your own drawing of the eye, based on the one you see on pg. 25. Label the cornea, lens, retina, and optic nerve. Make a note that the rods and cones can be found on the retina. Also, point out in the drawing where the blind spot is, and explain why it is a blind spot. Oldest Students: Do what the older students are doing. In addition, I want you to predict what would happen if I changed the instructions in the experiment. Suppose I asked you to hold the book so the red squares are just to the left of your nose. Then, suppose I told you to close your right eye and look at the red and blue circles with your left eye. Then, suppose I asked you to bring the book closer and closer to your face. Can you predict what you would eventually see? Write down your predication and then see if it was correct by actually doing the experiment that way.

The Hands-on Activities or Experiments primarily use common household items, but please note that we are working to offer a prepackaged kit for your convenience, please check online or call customer service to see if it is available. Supply lists by unit and "Materials that may take some time to acquire" are conveniently located in the front of the text, making it easy to secure items ahead of time. Curious about what materials may "take some time to acquire?" Here is a sampling of the above designated items: iodine, medicine dropper, Root Kill, Binoculars, compact fluorescent light bulb, etc. - things that are easy to buy, but you don't necessarily have on hand.

While the hard-cover textbook contains all of the necessary instruction, the author has provided parents with a "Helps & Hints" soft-cover book which offers experiment and activity notes, answers to all three levels of questions and optional tests (with answers) which are reproducible for family use. The author recommends students keep notebooks of activities/experiments and lesson questions to evaluate learning, but has graciously provided optional tests for the families who want to expose older children to test taking or those who like the test taking option for children of all ages.

At this point, you may wonder how this compares to the Elementary Apologia curriculum. At first glance, the main difference is the scope of topics. All science topics are presented in this one book, whereas the Apologia Elementary courses study a single topic in-depth. The format of Science in the Beginning is most similar to the upper level Apologia texts with step by step experiment instructions and lesson reviews. Fully illustrated graphics are plentiful but not as bountiful as in the Apologia elementary. Also noteworthy, each lesson in this book contains 3 pages of textual reading making it less than the average daily readings in the elementary Apologia courses.

This is a well done course that provides younger children an exceptional introduction to science topics along with offering your budding Jr. High student an excellent preparation for the higher level sciences. Set contains the hardcover Textbook and the Helps & Hints, or the books are available separately. ~ Deanne

After much speculation and anticipation, Dr. Jay Wiles new elementary science curriculum is now available, and dare I say, it has been worth the wait! For those unaware, Dr. Jay Wile is the author of the Jr. and Sr. High Apologia Science curriculum which was specifically designed for homeschool family use, and he continues in the same vein with his newest courses.

Designed to be used every other day, each of the curriculum


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

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Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
Heard wonderful things about it!
Preston C on Aug 23, 2019
Science is always hard to actually complete at home because we never seem to have all the supplies we need. I'm excited to have a kit with everything ready to go. No more excuses!!
Kelly M on Aug 15, 2019
Heard wonderful things about it!
Preston C on Aug 23, 2019
It goes with our homeschool science curriculum, and I want to be able to just grab the supplies without having to plan and buy every week.
Erica R on Aug 16, 2019
Science is always hard to actually complete at home because we never seem to have all the supplies we need. I'm excited to have a kit with everything ready to go. No more excuses!!
Kelly M on Aug 15, 2019
It is very time consuming to gather materials for lab. I would rather have it available and ready.
Ashley M on Aug 13, 2019
I wanted to make our science lessons easier by having everything we needed on hand!
abbie l on Aug 5, 2019
so I have everything available when we start this curriculum next fall
Karen S M on May 19, 2019
We will be using this curriculum for our Science homeschooling next year.
Kimberly G on Mar 3, 2019
For a fun hands on science.
Veronica D on Feb 19, 2019
I have the text book and saw great reviews about this kit. I'm a homeschooler and my children love science! I look forward to using this kit along with the curriculum.
Lexie T on Jan 9, 2019
I consistently skip science because I'm not prepared. I bought this kit so that the supplies are available and we can easily do a science experiment.
Terri K on Jan 7, 2019
The text book came with our curriculum and I just found out about the experiment kit from word of mouth on facebook.
Lindsey A on Sep 12, 2018
We chose this to go with our homeschool science book for our 4th grade year!
Tabethia L on Aug 16, 2018
to accompany our science curriculum for the year
Natalie D on Jul 23, 2018
I want it to go with my curriculum
Joel R on Jul 20, 2018
We are on lesson seven in Science in the Beginning and while the experiment supplies ARE simple and available, I can already see that having everything in one place will be invaluable for us. If I had older kids who could find the supplies on their own I think we could get by without the kit. (We have 2nd, K and preschoolers).
Caitlin H on May 8, 2018
make science easier
Lacey T on May 8, 2018
I'm hoping that by having everything we need conveniently available will make us more likely to complete the science experiments to go with our lessons.
Andrea N on Mar 28, 2018
I chose this because I am starting science in the beginning with my son and I bought the kit to save time
Taneka A on Nov 4, 2017
This makes Science so much easier for us!
KELLY O on Sep 25, 2017
I am so excited to have the lab kit at my fingertips as we work our way through Science in the Beginning. This will make science so much easier for us!
Jessica B on Sep 6, 2017
I ordered this so that I always have the supplies on hand that are needed for the science program we are using for school, Science In the Beginning.
Sarah D on Aug 29, 2017
It was highly recommended by others who use the same curriculum (My Father's World: Creation to the Greeks) to reduce the stress of pulling together the items needed for the "Science in the Beginning" experiments.
Jeanne R M on Aug 24, 2017
I am always putting off doing the experiments because I have to run around and gather items. This kit allows everything to be in one place. Absolutely genius!!!
Catherine H on Aug 18, 2017
So I wouldn't be scrasmbling or forget items for the experiments
Sarah D on Aug 16, 2017
price and amount of supplies included
jesiah w on Jan 5, 2017
Because we wanted to have everything on hand
Marsena H on Sep 27, 2016
A friend who was using the Science in the Beginning Set had highly suggested to buy the science kit as well.
Wendy L on Aug 16, 2016
To go with the textbook
Tiffany M on Aug 16, 2016
I like that I can have all of our science equipment ready to go without having to search the house or wait to try an experiment until I can get to the store. It's expensive to purchase but I'm hoping that it saves me time.
Melanie B on Aug 11, 2016
Amber H on Jul 18, 2016
I like the author and used his older science curriculum years ago. I was excited to see he had a new line of materials for elementary ages.
Paul B on Jul 17, 2016
We live 2 hours from town, and looking forward to not being stalled on our science experiments since we will now have everything!
Kevin B on Jul 16, 2016
I bought the books from Rainbow Resources at a home school seminar and at that time they said no lab kit was available. I just happened to look today and was thrilled that you now had the lab kit.
Susan E on Jul 5, 2016
I chose the Lab Kit because I tend to follow through on activities better when I have all the supplies I need--up front and in one place.
Mary H on Jun 7, 2016
My kids LOVES science and I know I need to make the experiments as easy as possible for me to follow through and actually do them! This kit makes it easier for me to "get it together". The easier the better and more likely we are to do the experiment.
Katherine R on May 9, 2016
Science is just plain easier and more enjoyable when you have all the items you need of an experiment within easy reach.
Pamela U on Feb 19, 2016
It goes with the science curriculum that I use.
User on Jan 18, 2016
To make our science lessons easier by having most of the items needed for the experiments.
Tammy D on Dec 8, 2015
Because we'll never do the labs otherwise.
Audria S on Dec 3, 2015
Science is not my most motivating subject to teach, but with an experiment kit to accompany the text (Science in the Beginning by Jay Wile) I feel more willing to and capable of tackling it with a smile. :) This is well worth the expense and will work for multiple students if you're okay with each one doing a part and not the entire experiment.
Windy S on Dec 1, 2015
It was what my granddaughter needed to complete her science experiments.
Karen B on Oct 19, 2015
It goes with our homeschool science curriculum, and I want to be able to just grab the supplies without having to plan and buy every week.
Erica R on Aug 16, 2019
It is very time consuming to gather materials for lab. I would rather have it available and ready.
Ashley M on Aug 13, 2019
Are the items in this kit organized in bags for each experiment, like the Apologia kits?
A shopper on May 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not for each experiment, no, since many items are used in multiple experiments. They ARE in bags with labels to help you find what you need as well as a guide that has each lesson listed in order and what you need to get from the box as well as anything you may need to provide yourself.
I have been VERY happy with this box since there is a simple experiment for every single lesson. That's a lot of small items that I would have to round up every time. I've found it easy to use.
The description says that I still need to provide "a few other household items" not included with this lab kit. That's what scares me. What are the "few other household items" that this kit omits that Dr. Wile uses in his experiments in Berean Builders' Science in the Beginning book?
A shopper on Jan 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The list of things you provide in addition to the kit is as follows, condensed from a list included with the kit (covering all 90 Lessons):

Kitchen items:
A glass of water
A clear glass or plastic bowl
A rectangular glass baking pan that is clear
A glass shorter than a pencil
Hot pads
Microwave, refrigerator, freezer, stove
A saucer
A small saucepan
Two pans that are taller than a saucepan
Oven mitts
A cheese grater
Kitchen tongs
Sink with a plug (several experiments)
Small cookie cutter or melon baller
Three dinner plates
Three small bowls
A serrated knife
A can opener
Two large metal spoons
Large bowl

Food items:
Can of Coke or Pepsi
Can of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi
Ice cube
An onion
A fresh orange or apple
A potato
2 2-liter bottles of Diet Coke
Ice cubes
A fresh carrot
Various food scraps
An egg
An uncooked egg
A hard-boiled egg
An uncooked chicken drumstick
A bone from uncooked t-bone steak (optional)
Shortening, lard, or butter
A few strands of cooked spaghetti
A cup of chilled lemon juice

Ten small coins (pennies)
A remote control and what the remote controls
A cheap digital camera with a screen
An additional flashlight
A plastic 2-liter bottle (For 4 experiments)
Four quarters
A broom
Samples of dirt from two different places
Eight small rocks
A knife
A houseplant
A deep cardboard box
A roll of toilet paper
A ball that fits in your hand (baseball)
A large ball
Some heavy books
Long-stemmed lighter
A bathtub
A small rug
A section of floor that is either hardwood, tile, or linoleum
Something with velcro
A shower with curtain rod
Two sets of pliers
An earthworm
A sock
Paper towels
A swimsuit
A metal can (like a soup can)
Magazine or book with smooth, glossy finish
Would you need a separate kit for each child?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: No, I don't think so. Each experiment can be viewed by all and depending on the child's age have them do different steps in the expirments.
Most of these seem like household items I would already have on hand. So if I decided to gather all items necessary on my own separately, is it likely I would end up spending more money than the price the kit sells for? Or is it worth spending the money to just have the whole kit readily available? What if I have more than 1 child? Do I need to have more than 1 kit?
A shopper on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've done this curriculum twice now--first without the kit, then with. And yes, you can gather most of the items on your own and probably save money. What I found, however, was that I didn't always have the right size of balloon or whatever, on the day we needed it, and then there was a trip to the store needed and the project pushed back, etc. If you're really organized and will truly have it all ahead of time, then go for it and save the money. You have to realize, that just like with prepared foods, you pay for convenience. I decided the second time to cough up the money for the convenience of having everything there when I needed it. And I got a few nice items I can actually use--nice set of measuring cups, umbrella. Again, not worth the full price of the kit, but a plus. On the other hand, I often find myself running to the kitchen for tinfoil, rather than using the piece provided in the kit. It all boils down to how much the convenience is worth to you, having everything in one place, right when you need it (i.e. peppercorns) What price do you put on that? Different answer for everyone.
what subjects are covered during the year: i.e.: animals? botany? chemistry?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The textbook corresponding to the Science in the Beginning Lab Kit progresses through general science topics corresponding with the 7 days of Biblical creation beginning with an excellent discussion of energy and light, moving through matter, water, astronomy, plants, zoology, human senses, and rest hitting a great variety of topics that are foundational for younger students to get a grasp on science. I worked through this kit and text with my 3rd grader last year; it's my favorite science curriculum yet for combining fun and easy science experiments with a very rich development of scientific principles.
Science in the Beginning Text
Science in the Beginning Text
Does this have enough materials for more than one child doing the program?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not to do each experiment twice; although you could do some of the most simple ones twice; but more than one child could certainly participate in the experiments with no problem at all. Each child could be given a task for each "one time" experiment so multiple children can participate. One example I can think of is putting a battery in salt water. The kit only comes with one battery, but you have to put it into three different cups, so you could either buy more batteries or allow multiple children to move the battery from one salt solution from the next. I hope that helps! I highly recommend the kit to make preparation easier!
What types of assorted nuts are included and how are they packaged?
A shopper on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There are four nuts - a peanut, a hazel nut, an almond, and a pecan - each in its own shell. The four nuts are packaged together in a completely sealed plastic packet that is within another zipper-sealed plastic bag.
What types of assorted nuts are included and how are they packaged?
A shopper on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There are four nuts in this lab kit package - a peanut, a hazel nut, an almond, and a pecan. All are in their own shell. They are packaged together in a sealed plastic pouch which is within another zipper-locked plastic bag.
Does this kit contain any items that are sectarian (religious)?
N C on Oct 12, 2015
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BEST ANSWER: The lab kit doesn't, but the book that accompanies the kit contains references to God and how He made things. Not a lot but some.
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I am so thankful I happened upon this kit and ordered it for our school year. I have never been great at completing science experiments because I often don't have some of the items on hand. However, with this kit, I now have everything I need for all the experiments in the book. It was packaged well and organized. I am able to find each thing I need for the week very easily.
September 16, 2019
3 months ago
We love science now thanks to the Science in the Beginning Lab Kit! No more skipping an experiment because we didn’t have the necessary items. This has changed our world!
September 5, 2019
3 months ago
We do science now!
I absolutely love having everything on hand. Alot of the items can be used later in the home. Husband laughed and said "hey we needed a turkey baster'. It even came with the composition book for journaling. I put everything into a plastic bin. Our science bin. It's nice having everything here. It could also be resold to some one with a very little rebuy list. it could probably be sold a couple times honestly. you need one hands size cut out of the trashbags, the white and black paper doesn't get cut, etc. Also, it even includes batteries for the flash light! I worried if this would be a waste of money. No, it was worth it. We don't skip science any more.
June 23, 2019
6 months ago
Nice to not have to source the items for our science lessons. Well worth every penny!
May 7, 2019
1 year ago
great to have
So blessed to have this kit, I love the explanation of what I will need for each lesson, either from the kit or small household items.... so forth a small bowl or table. we will need to get some other things but not to much.
February 9, 2019
10 months ago
So great!
Not finding materials is the number 1 reason I don't get science done as often as I want. This kit has eliminated all of that !
January 30, 2019
1 year ago
So worth the money!
I got this lab kit, though I was not sure it would really be that great an idea (the items are mostly common household things). I am so glad I got it. It allows me to pull out my text book, pull out the items I need and proceed with the lesson. I am very happy with this set (my only complaint is that instead of getting 3 long balloons and 9 regular ones I got 6 long balloons. I'm sure it was just a packing error on the part of whoever put this box together.)
September 14, 2018
1 year ago
Making science easy
I am really enjoying this science kit. I homeschool my 4th grader and she loves doing science experiments. It is such a relief to be able to easily help her explore science without having to stress over getting all the supplies together each week.
October 13, 2017
over 2 years ago
Exactly what we needed
We are in the middle of a cross country move so this lab kit is exactly what we needed. Science is getting done so thats a win! There are a few of the specialty items/food items you still have to gather but it is minimal (worm and onion for example). This kit is such a timesaver!
October 7, 2017
over 2 years ago
Worth the purchase!
An excellent purchase that my child is glad that I got. Now science in our home is more exciting than before, and my child is a lot more engaged. Before, I could never get our science tools together before a lesson, but buying this kit has definitely improved on that.
September 23, 2017
over 2 years ago

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