Science Level A 4-Day Program (2021)
NEW for 2021!
Brand new philosophy, brand new books, brand new experiments, brand new worksheets! Teach your children to think like a scientist, to use the skills and practices that real scientists use. Each weekly experiment helps bring to life the scientific content read each week. Sonlight’s great books provide the context, while the experiments help students apply scientific practices and principles to the topics they read about each week.
Sonlight Science A will prepare your children to become future scientists by training them to think scientifically. Beyond studying classic scientific topics, Sonlight Science A creates a learning environment in which students can gain the skills and practices used by scientists and engineers to answer questions, solve problems, and innovate and improve their own designed solutions.
From the Solar System to human body systems, Sonlight Science A nurtures children’s natural curiosity and provides daily opportunities to explore the world around them. They will use real scientific skills and practices as they explore our natural earth: from weather, geology, natural habitats and animal life to what makes us ill and why we eat. Science A includes a high-level introduction to light and sound waves and other STEM topics that will prepare students for a lifetime of scientific curiosity, learning and application.
Each easy-to-complete experiment helps the topics you’ve read about that week bloom into practical, real-world experiences. Each experiment provides students with a topic-related question to explore. As they discover answers to the questions for themselves, they gain experience in solving problems independently. Do you know how plants drink? Or why we have seasons? Have fun watching for the many “aha!” moments this course will provide.
Have you ever wished you had time to pull together well-loved books, experiments, and activity sheets that would enhance the study of science? Sonlight Science has done the work for you! Offering a well-organized, complete homeschool science program, there is a 4 or 5-day program available to meet your family’s needs. Each Program Kit includes an Instructor Guide, as well as quality children’s books from publishers like DK, Usborne and Magic School Bus , and lab supplies. Please note, there are some additional, common items that you will need to supply. Getting started is easy! The Instructor Guide provides everything you need to teach successfully. Teaching information, comprehensive lesson plans, student activity pages, answers, supply and book lists are all provided. It also addresses evolution, and young earth/old-earth creation, successfully equipping and encouraging parents to discuss different views with their children. Student Activity Sheets are included in the instructor’s guide and are reproducible for your family, or available to purchase separately. If you are unsure whether to purchase the 4-day or 5-day path, be assured that the heart of the hands-on, living book science instruction is essentially the same. The 4-day course omits a few activities and readings while still providing the excellent science instruction you have come to expect from Sonlight!
The Sonlight Science series is in the process of being updated to meet Next Generation Science Standards (currently Level K through Level C). There are, however, some additional changes to note: experiments directly line up with the readings and the addition of a Discover & Do Science Experiment Book . The Discover and Do Science DVDs are being phased out in the updated editions and are available as a download from Sonlight for an additional cost . These optional resources help families who are not able to complete the hands-on activities. The included Discover & Do Science Experiment Book contains teaching information, step-by-step instructions, and worksheets for all planned activities and are complete without the video component. Levels D through Ghave an updated 2020 copyright. Although not aligned (yet) with the Next Generation Standards, out-of-print books have been replaced and the Instructor Guides and Student Activity Sheets updated to align with the book changes. See individual descriptions for more information.
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.