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The science adventure continues for Blaine and Tracey Sassafras with The Sassafras Science Adventures Volume 2: Anatomy! In this volume, the twins (and you) will learn all about the human body as they zip around the globe. Don’t miss a minute of their summer-long zip line journey with their crazy Uncle Cecil!
The Sassafras Guide to Anatomy has chapter summaries, SCIDAT logbook information, encyclopedia readings, additional book lists, experiments, copywork/dictation, activities, quizzes, and more! It gives you the tools to turn your anatomy journey into a complete science curriculum for your elementary students.
The Official Sassafras SCIDAT Logbook: Anatomy Edition is authorized and approved by the Sassafras twins. This logbook gives the student space to record what they have learned as they follow the human body adventures of Blaine and Tracey Sassafras.
Learn about the human body, visit an ancient tomb in Ethiopia (skeletal system), a garbage landfill in Texas (digestive system), and an Italian bistro (5 senses). The scheduled (optional) encyclopedias include: The Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia (1999 Ed.), DK First Human Body Encyclopedia item #026760, DK Eyewitness Books: Human Body (2014 Ed.), and the Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia item #010198.
What a delightful way to learn science! Read a story, perform experiments, keep a log, and learn some science. This Charlotte Mason style, hands-on, inquiry-based science program might be just what your children need to understand and enjoy science. From the same publisher as Elemental Science, this program follows the Sassafras Twins as they travel the world. The underlying storyline is that the twins felt science was boring and pointless. Despite Mom and Dad's warnings, they continued their lackluster approach towards science and failed through science classes. Consequently, they are not able to be with friends over their summer break, and must spend their summer with their crazy (or is he?) Uncle Cecil. Uncle Cecil and his lab assistant, President Lincoln, develop a series of invisible zip lines and special carabineers that take Train and Blaisy (Uncle Cecil's names for the children) on the adventure of a lifetime as they learn to love science.
Each course requires the Reader, Guide and Scidat Logbook. The story-based science instruction is found in the Reader. The correlating Guides offer road maps for your travels. Divided into chapters, it contains summaries, additional information and instruction for the Scidat Logbook, encyclopedia readings and supplemental library lists, an experiment, vocabulary, copywork & dictation, additional activities and more. An appendix includes reproducible pages (for family use). The Scidat Logbooks become a record of your child’s journey. It includes illustrations, maps to color or mark locations, a place to document projects, and note pages. The Logbook is not reproducible, so you will want one for each child. A fair amount of writing is expected, making this a slightly more intensive curriculum. Parents with younger children may wish to assist them or “buddy” them up with an older sibling to maintain the family learning experience.
Each Adventure covers approximately one semester, and it is recommended (for the story purpose) that the books be completed in order. Each volume, however, begins with a brief overview of the previous book so it may be possible to start with later volumes if your young scientist has previously covered the topic. Optional supplemental resources are mentioned, including various children’s encyclopedias and library book lists for families wanting to study the topic more in depth. Occasionally, a scheduled title may not be available. Families may choose a similar resource and match the topic to enhance learning if they wish.
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.
1 year ago
Pros: fun for children who enjoy constant action, regardless of logic and story continuity.
Cons: Not a curriculum. We bought the full set. For starters, the image of the lungs is backwards (which is more important than people realize, since the left lung only has 2 lobes to make space for the heart). Visual learners will never be able to erase this incorrect image from their heads. Second, only half of the nervous system is explained. The cranial nerves are missing entirely, and there is no reasonable distinction made between the CNS and the PNS (also more important than it would seem). Why is half the nervous system missing? Third, asthma is not explained despite being "somewhat alluded to," and the use of an inhaler is comical vs realistic (a long time asthmatic knows that you don't "continually puff" an inhaler, because you need to give time for the medication to work-its an inhaler, not a cigarette). The storyline for the digestive system is very confusing, the presentation of the reproductive system is also dismal, and I dare not go on, given how poorly executed this material was.
We decided to replace this with Apologia Anatomy and now my children are no longer confused, not to mention much less upset. The male sibling (Blaine), is treated, at times, as the "less intelligent" twin. Given how American Society has been trending in the direction of making men look intellectually inferior to women, this treatment distressed my boys. I confess, I didn't even notice it, but the chapters covering the respiratory system did create an unnecessary situation in which Blaine was largely absent as a meaningful character.
We really wanted this set of materials to work. Sadly, it was not only a poor substitute for a solid curriculum, but its not even interesting enough as a story to finish the book. My children refused to touch it well before the halfway point. Had I not purchased it way ahead of time (missing any chance for a return), I would have sent this back (something I have only done once in my 6 years of homeschooling).
Feel free to try it out, but I have to warn you, it really isn't what you think it is. Only someone who already understands anatomy will realize how bad it is. It breaks my heart how many great reviews there are from people who are being misled by content that is factually inaccurate on more than one occasion. There are things that are handled correctly. But when you look at what is mishandled, I cannot justify purchasing this with any serious desire to use it as a stand-alone curriculum.
And no, the recommended books (yes, they actually recommend further purchases!!) do NOT make up for the missing and inaccurate content (for anyone who knows what has been recommended and wants to point that out).