Science in the Age of Reason Set

Science in the Age of Reason Set


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Grades: K-6

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Science in the Age of Reason is the fourth book in a hands-on, multilevel elementary science series that introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. It covers the scientific works of natural philosophers from the early 1600s to the early 1800s. Because the course covers science as it was developed, it discusses a wide range of topics including astronomy, medicine, botany, zoology, chemistry, geology, human physiology, electricity, conservation laws, and weather. Students learn not only the science that was being discovered at the time, but also the beliefs of the natural philosophers who were discovering it. As a result, students can see how a person's worldview affects his or her scientific conclusions.

Because of its unique design, the course can be used by all elementary-age students. Each lesson contains an interesting hands-on activity that helps illustrate the scientific concept that is being discussed, and it concludes with three different levels of review exercises. Students do whatever review exercise matches their specific level of understanding.

This product is a set consisting of the textbook plus the helps & hints book containing everything the parent/teacher needs to know for the subject.

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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 courses provides one year’s worth of science instruction. Each book is divided into six sections that include twelve foundational lessons and three challenge lessons, for a total of 90 lessons. 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 and provide excellent extension activities for older or gifted students.

Designed with the belief that children of elementary age can learn together, each lesson includes a hands-on activity or experiment (parental supervision required), approximately three pages of reading, and review questions at three levels of difficulty. The hands-on activities or experiments primarily use commonly found household items, although lab kits are available. Supply lists by unit are conveniently located in the front of the textbooks, making it easy to secure items ahead of time.

While the hardcover Text contains all of the instruction, the author has provided parents with a “Helps & Hints” softcover book which offers experiment and activity notes, answers to all three levels of questions, and optional tests/answers for those who want to incorporate assessments (reproducible for family use). The author recommends students keep notebooks of activities/experiments and lesson questions to evaluate learning. Some reproducible activity templates are included to facilitate this.

The first course, Science in the Beginning, teaches science topics as they relate to the six days of creation. Here is an example of the questions and how the 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.”

At this point, you may wonder how this compares to the Elementary Apologia curriculum. At first glance, the main difference is with the scope of topics. Dr. Jay’s new series provides students with exposure to multiple branches of science within the course of a year. Elementary Apologia takes one topic and studies it in-depth over the course of one year. Parents who have used the Jr. and Sr. High Apologia texts will find this new series is similar to the upper level Apologia texts, with lessons written in a friendly conversational tone, step-by-step experiment instructions and lesson reviews. Full-color graphics are plentiful but not as bountiful as in the Apologia elementary books. Also noteworthy is that each lesson in this book contains three pages of textual reading, which is less than the average daily readings in the elementary Apologia courses. Dr. Jay Wile’s excellent elementary series could ease the transition to the Apologia Jr. High Curriculum for a middle school student who is using a different program.

Texts are available separately as are the Helps & Hints. Sets include both the hardcover Textbook and Helps & Hints softcover book. Dr. Jay anticipates the release of other books in this series. Check our website or call to check availability or upcoming titles. ~ Deanne


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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My kids love that this science is based on experiments. With other curriculums, I tend to avoid experiments. I don't mind these, though, because they are mostly quick, use household items, and really aid understanding. We've tried lots of science curriculums and agree that this series is our favorite.
Rebecca G on Jul 2, 2023
Planning to use this as our main Science curriculum for our 6th grader.
Darcy on Jul 28, 2021
My kids love that this science is based on experiments. With other curriculums, I tend to avoid experiments. I don't mind these, though, because they are mostly quick, use household items, and really aid understanding. We've tried lots of science curriculums and agree that this series is our favorite.
Rebecca G on Jul 2, 2023
We used the previous ones and loved them.
Yelena V on Nov 21, 2021
Planning to use this as our main Science curriculum for our 6th grader.
Darcy on Jul 28, 2021
Jay Wile is our favorite science teacher and has well prepared my older students for college
Julie O on Jul 26, 2021
I heard the author on a podcast and it sounded amazing!
shonda l on Jul 22, 2021
I chose this because I like Jay Wile, and I wanted a Science curriculum that would correspond with our history studies this year.
Amy L on Jan 21, 2021
I think this is a fascinating way to study science. They introduce a scientist/philosopher and talk about their impact on science history and then include a corresponding experiment/activity.
Sarah M on Sep 18, 2020
Corresponds with history studies a bit.
Ruth S on Jul 17, 2020
Love the connection of history and science
Ruth B on May 15, 2020
I like how Dr. Jay Wile teaches.
Tracy S on Apr 24, 2019
We have worked through the other books in this series and LOVE it! The experiments actually work!!!
Cheryl B on Feb 27, 2019
TrinaRose W on Jul 21, 2018
recommended by a friend
Steve C on Jun 28, 2018
I want to do 'fun' studies over the summer and this goes along with the historical period we just covered this spring.
Linda J on May 30, 2018
we have loved the first two books in the series - and have done every single experiment. Easy on me as a Mom to make happen.
Edith S on Apr 10, 2018
Great curriculum I've used three others of this author <br />We really enjoy it.
Shari D on Jul 19, 2017
I always wanted to know more of the history of our scientific knowledge and the explanations make complicated subjects easy to understand.
Brooke S on Jul 3, 2017
My children wanted more hands-on activities instead of just reading and answering questions. We also want lessons to support our belief that all things were God created.
Aleya S on Jun 22, 2017
This course came after the last one and I like the ease of the format.
Jeanine L on Mar 22, 2017
Last I need in series
Tanya W on Dec 29, 2016
I wanted a science book as a supplement to the history we will be studying
Lori B on Nov 15, 2016
My child is using this book for school this year.
Faith B on Aug 10, 2016
We used the previous ones and loved them.
Yelena V on Nov 21, 2021
Jay Wile is our favorite science teacher and has well prepared my older students for college
Julie O on Jul 26, 2021
IS there a downloadable notebook that accompanies this textbook?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is just the text book and the Helps and Hints guide which includes the answers to the questions for each chapter as well as tests and the test answer key. However if you go to bereanbuilders(dot)com and then the course you are researching, at the bottom of the page you can click on product resources and then there are multiple free pdf downloads associated with this course. Two of them are printable notebooks. I stumbled on this resource with these textbooks while using the second book in the series. I wish I had found it sooner. I hope this is helpful to you. I tried to include the hyperlink to the site, but it wouldn't allow me to direct you to another site.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Fun for parent and child
Experiment actually demonstrates the central topic of the short manageable lessons.
August 19, 2023
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The best science program we have used.
I love that this Christian science program is organized by time period! It is very interesting, the experiments actually work and we learn why the experiments work.
September 22, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent resource!
Solid and rigorous curriculum that is truly interesting for the student. Experiments are easy to do with little adult help yet do a great job reinforcing concepts. This is our 5th year using this line of books and I've yet to be disappointed.
October 29, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Thorough science curriculum
Though the curriculum is advertised as being geared for K5-6th grades, I believe a better fit is possibly upper elementary -if they're more advanced, to middle school, and even early high school. Of course, this would not likely meet the credits needed at the high school level. So middle school is a great age for this curriculum. I like the chronological approach with this series; something most of us most likely didn't experience in our own traditional schooling. There are experiments with each lesson, which are relatively easy to perform, and the materials are typically items you already have on hand. However, most of the lessons revolve around these experiments so it leaves little opportunity to skip over. So on the one hand, if you've ever felt somewhat guilty that you haven't been doing experiments, this will compel you. On the other hand, your hand is somewhat forced to do the experiments, which can be frustrating. The material covered in the series is rich, and thorough, and the layout and graphics are nice, and the lessons aren't too long. Dr. Wile explains things relatively clearly, and the format is more conversational. In my personal opinion, I do find his writing redundant, and feel it could have gone through another round of editing to firm it up. Overall, I would recommend this curriculum.
Kristine SYou
April 23, 2019
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Science Learning Fun!!
This year for science we continued in the elementary science series by Dr. Jay L. Wile using the 4th volume entitled Science in the Age of Reason. In this text, we covered well-noted scientists from the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century time periods including Benjamin Franklin, John Dalton, Thomas Young and Erasmus Darwin (most interesting for sure). With an attention grabbing array of topics including electricity, zoology, botany, astronomy, weather and much more, we used this curriculum in our multi-level homeschooling with our 11 year old son, 9 year old daughter, and our 6 year old son. Not wanting to miss a lesson, we completed all of the 90 lessons including the Challenge Lessons (doing 3 lessons a week for ½ the year and dropping to 2 lessons a week to finish out the second half of the school year). Due to the ages of our children, we covered every Lesson Review question located at the end of each lesson which is designed with the varying ages of students in mind (Youngest, Older, Oldest.) Our oldest son who did the Oldest questions told me he felt that "the lessons were not too long and not too short." He was challenged to research more in depth concepts on his own in order to answer the more difficult questions. We attempted almost all of the experiments as this is one of the best reasons to use this curriculum. The experiments are done easily and are purposefully focused on the lesson concept and the text contains lists of needed materials for upcoming lessons—for easy planning. Our daughter told me, "I like science because the experiments are fun and they help me understand the concept." I enjoyed teaching the lessons from this information packed, scientifically solid, God-honoring, and colorful hardback text. While we received a discounted copy of the curriculum, the price point is well set as this science curriculum is a thorough, multiple-level learning experience. I have been homeschooling for 16 years and after using many science textbooks and programs this series is by far my favorite. We have used this series now for 4 years in a row and are looking forward to using the next volume already. This science curriculum is a fun learning favorite.

March 25, 2018
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect! Great with history or stand-alone science. Easy to do experiments and very engaging for all ages!
February 17, 2017
over 6 years ago

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