Science Level K 5-Day Program
NEW for 2020!
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. All experiments tie directly to the content each week. Sonlight’s great books provide the context, while the experiments allow your children to experience scientific practice for themselves.
From the heat of the sun to the eyes of an insect, Sonlight Science K teaches your children to think like a scientist. They will use real scientific skills and practices as they explore rainforests and encounter reptiles, insects, plants and more. Science K builds on children’s natural curiosity. It also includes a high-level introduction to forces, matter, and other STEM topics that will set them up for a lifetime of learning and application.
Every week, your students will engage in an experiment directly tied to the rest of the content you study that week. Beyond preparing students for what we know today, this level will begin to teach them how to learn for the future. Literature provides the context, while the experiments allow your children to experience the scientific process for themselves. Do you know what makes wind blow? Or why a bee’s honeycomb is a hexagon? Have fun with your student as they apply and appreciate what they discover.
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 with teaching information, comprehensive lesson plans, student activity pages, answers, supply and book lists, quality children’s books from publisher’s like DK, Usborne and Magic School Bus, Discover and Do Science experiments (DVD or digital), and lab supplies. Please note, there are some additional, common items that you will need to supply.
Getting started is easy! Not only does the Instructor Guide provide everything you need to teach successfully, it also addresses evolution, and young earth/old-earth creation, equipping and encouraging parents to discuss different views with their children. Student Activity Sheets are included in the 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, the heart of the hands-on, living book science instruction is essentially the same. The 4-Day course omits a few activities and readings, yet remains an excellent option for teaching science. Currently in the process of being revised to meet Next Generation Science Standards, the revised Sonlight Science program is now available for Kindergarten. Additional changes include experiments that directly line up with the readings and a Discover & Do Science Experiment Book(s) . 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 are optional to help families not able to complete the hands-on activities. Families familiar with Sonlight, will appreciate the greater focus on the scientific method and engineering design.
If you’ve ever wished you could pull together well-loved resource books, experiments and activity sheets for science - without a major time investment - Sonlight Science is the answer! These courses are well organized, complete and flexible to meet your homeschool needs. Each complete program is a kit that includes high-quality books like DK, Usborne and Magic School Bus along with science experiment supplies and an Instructor Guide that pulls it all together for you. Available in either a 4-day or 5-day per week scheduling option, the leveled (not graded!) kits means children close in age or abilities can learn together - a win-win for homeschooling families.
Unsure if the 4 Day or 5 Day-path is best for you? Be assured the heart of the hands on, living book science instruction is essentially the same. The 4 Day course omits 3-5 books, depending on the level, yet remains an excellent option for teaching science at home.
The Instructor’s Guide is the heart of the course. Daily schedules, discussion questions, teaching notes and tips, book and supply lists, illustrated student activity pages and reduced pages with answers are all included. Although written from a Christian worldview, you will notice some resources include evolution or old earth dating. The IG provides excellent information on teaching children alternate views while allowing freedom for the parents to teach according to their beliefs on these topics. I appreciate the flexibility and vision for parents to equip their children for the challenges that may occur as they interact outside our homes. Guides are 3-hole punched and ready for your binder. Student Activity Sheets are included in the Guide, and also available separately for multiple students or refills. They are also reproducible for purchasing family use.
Resource books vary by topic and are chosen for their excellent topic, appeal and gorgeous illustrations. For example in Kit A, several Usborne Beginning books are included along with an Usborne Science Activity book and the Graphic Library book, Isaac Newton & the Laws of Motion. Each level’s (except Level F) included lab supplies minimizing prep time. ~ Deanne
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.