Christian Kids Explore Physics with Digital Companion Guide

Christian Kids Explore Physics with Digital Companion Guide

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Item #: 041404
ISBN: 9781892427212
Grades: 4-8

Product Description:

Includes 30 lessons grouped into 6 units: "Foundations of Physics," "Matter," "Mechanics," "Matter in Motion," "Energy in Motion" and "Electricity & Magnetism." This volume was also authored by Robert W. and Elizabeth J. Ridlon.

Publisher Description:

Science isn’t just for the specially gifted, and physics doesn’t have to be reserved for high school! Accessible to all, 30 challenging lessons present the basic concepts of physics, including motion, electricity, magnetism, and matter. Featuring conversational, accessible lessons that can be used with students in multiple grades, this easy-to-use homeschool curriculum will give children knowledge of scientific principles that they can bring to bear when they reach the advanced sciences! This book features 30 lessons, each designed to take approximately one week. One-year curriculum.

Grades 4-8. Answer key provided; fully reproduced questions with bolded correct answers. Extensive book and resource list with appropriate grade levels also included. 405 indexed pages, softcover. Reproducible consumable workbook. Reproduction allowed for families.

Discover God’s majesty—from a single molecule to an entire universe! Embark on a lifelong quest to know God through His creation with our award-winning series, Christian Kids Explore Science.

Worried that science just isn’t your strongest subject? We understand, and we designed this curriculum with you in mind! As the teacher, you’ll find each book in the Christian Kids Explore series both accessible and intriguing, regardless of your prior science background. Your students will learn to observe, question, and explore our world. Are you ready to plant a true thirst for discovery?

Category Description for Christian Kids Explore:

By identifying a need in her own homeschool and filling it, homeschool mom Stephanie Redmond has constructed a user-friendly, biblically-based science program that you can easily use with multiple levels of children at once. Each volume includes lessons to read, hands-on activity instructions, unit reviews, lists of suggested supplemental resources, and more. While you will probably locate some supplemental resources, the bulk of what you need is contained in just one book, which keeps things simple (no searching the house for misplaced workbooks or activity books!). Volumes are broken down into 24-35 lessons organized into units. While the number of units varies per book, you can plan on completing the course in one year (or less) if you take the author's suggestion and complete one lesson per week. Most instructors divide the lesson up into two 60 to 90-minute sessions – one for reading and one for activities.

The first portion of the lesson contains the instructional text which can be read aloud, or read independently by older students. Although intended to introduce and explain science concepts, the text is conversational and well-written. Lesson vocabulary definitions, related scriptures, and science facts appear in the margins, and several questions follow the reading for either discussion or a short quiz. If time and interest permit, you will probably want to supplement the lesson reading with library books or other resources. You'll appreciate the author's extensive resource lists in each book's appendix which offer ample suggestions. In Biology, the author recommends these activities for the "reading" part of the lesson: making and reviewing unit vocabulary flashcards, reviewing the main topic(s) of the previous lesson, reading the current lesson, memorizing the vocabulary for the current lesson, and spending any remaining time reading from supplemental sources.

The second half of the lesson is the activity portion. There is quite a variety to these, and they relate very well to the lesson content covered in the reading. Each activity includes an objective, a materials list, and step-by-step instructions. Occasionally, a simpler activity for younger students is included if the main activity is likely to "go over their heads." Rather than answering questions following the activity, students are usually directed to fill out the provided "Checking It Out" form, which is like a lab activity guide. They'll record the objective, hypothesis, procedure, results observed, and what they learned. Examples of activities found throughout the series are: building a terrarium (Biology), making an edible sedimentary rock (Earth & Space Science), finding household products that contain strong bases (Chemistry), calculating bicycle wheel speed (Physics), or making a fossil (Creation Science).

You'll find everything else you'll need either in the unit introduction, in the appendix, or in the downloadable digital resources. Units begin with a list of vocabulary covered, a comprehensive materials list, and any other information you'll need to cover the unit. A multiple-choice "Unit Wrap-Up" is provided at the end of each unit for review. Appendices with reference lists, answer keys, and a glossary are included at the end of each volume. Each book also includes a digital download code inside the front cover. This downloadable resource includes: daily lesson plans, reproducibles (experiment forms, maps, memory lists, coloring pages, field trip journal forms and more), materials lists and a bonus literature study guide. ~ Jess


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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We just purchased Earth and Space and it is just perfect for what we need right now for our children. I plan to continue teaching science with Christian Kids Chemistry and Physics.
Mia L on Mar 7, 2023
Required reading for school
Sharon J on Sep 1, 2020
We just purchased Earth and Space and it is just perfect for what we need right now for our children. I plan to continue teaching science with Christian Kids Chemistry and Physics.
Mia L on Mar 7, 2023
I teach this series at a homeschool co-op.
User on Feb 16, 2022
Required reading for school
Sharon J on Sep 1, 2020
Private School Curriculum
Sharla S on Aug 31, 2020
required book from co-op classes
Jessica M on Aug 30, 2019
my son is taking a self paced course using this book.
Wendy N on Aug 8, 2018
Needed it for my kids online homeschool class.
Kristie G on Aug 10, 2017
We decided to do Bright Ideas Press Illuminations curriculum. The hands on approach is something my boys wanted.
Carrie S on Oct 20, 2016
It goes with Illuminations. We have not found a science curriculum we thoroughly enjoy. Hoping this is it.
Danielle N on Aug 9, 2016
I chose to purchase this product because it is on Bright Ideas Press Illuminations year 2 curriculum list. Rainbow Resource Center was recommended to purchase from. The prices were great and I love the free shipping on orders over $50.
Heather T on Aug 9, 2016
I believe it will be a good supplemental source to understanding what is the study of physics.
Karen J on Jun 13, 2016
Creation based science curriculum
Contessa T on Feb 19, 2016
I teach this series at a homeschool co-op.
User on Feb 16, 2022
Private School Curriculum
Sharla S on Aug 31, 2020
Which edition is this?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think it is the first edition because it does not say otherwise. I looked at mine and nothing was listed except the copywrite date. There was only one date listed.
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Bright Ideas in Science Curriculum
Christian Kids Explore Physics is authored by husband and wife team, Robert W. Ridlon, Jr. and Elizabeth J. Ridlon. Their approach to teaching physics is simplistic: We learn new and complicated things every day---from computer programs and games to new moves in a sport to a new song on a musical instrument. We are always learning. Physics is no different---it takes time and perseverance.

The curriculum presents the concepts of physics from a Christian worldview perspective.

Christian Kids Explore Physics contains 30 lessons and six unit reviews which cover the topic of physics. The curriculum is comprised of the following components:

A Note from the Author

How to Use This Book

Unit One

The Foundations of Physics: What Physics is All About; Measuring; Famous Physicists; Wrap Up

Unit Two

Matter: The Composition of Matter; Atomic Physics; Molecules and Mass; Solid and Liquid Matter; Gases; Change in States of Matter; Wrap Up

Unit Three

Mechanics: Force; Gravity; Work; Friction; Energy; Wrap Up

Unit Four

Matter in Motion: Motion in a Straight Line; Motion in a Circle; Newtons Laws; Projectile Motion; Momentum; Wrap Up

Unit Five

Energy in Motion: Electromagnetic Energy; Radio and Television; Light and Color; X-rays; Heat; Sound; Music; Wrap Up

Unit Six

Electricity and Magnetism: Electricity; Electric Current; Magnetism; Earths Magnetic Field; Wrap Up

The curriculum also includes: Glossary, Coloring Pages, Book and Resource List, Answer Keys, Index and About the Authors.

Each lesson unit introduces the topic with a unit timeline, vocabulary words, and materials needed for the unit. The lesson itself is made up of two building blocks: Teaching Time and Hands on Time. I would highly recommend purchasing the resource cd download which contains the reproducible pages in the back of the text.

Overall, we have been pleased with this curriculum as it lends itself to the Classical Education and Charlotte Mason philosophies. Scientific concepts are presented in an engaging and easy to understand manner. This allows the student to build upon their interest through research and scientific experimentation.
March 31, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5
This past school year I used the Christian Kids Explore Chemistry curriculum with my four kids ranging from 2nd to 7th grades We all loved it and I found the format very user friendly It helped us understand the basics of chemistry that chemistry experiment kits can't without being too overwhelming for my 2nd & 3rd graders We especially enjoyed creating our own research cards on the elements from the periodic table My kids were inspired to memorize over 50 element symbols and I even catch them checking out library books on individual elements There were a few "experiments" that were far too simple for my older kids The only thing to change would be to make the curriculum longer But then again we had time and clearer understanding to really get something out of the experiment kits I used to extend the curriculum to fit our school year
July 21, 2008

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