Science in the Ancient World Set

Science in the Ancient World Set


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Grades: K-6

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Science in the Ancient World is the second book in a hands-on, multilevel elementary science series that introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. Because each lesson is built around an activity or experiment, it is engaging for all K-6 students. In addition, there are three levels of review for each lesson, so the parent/teacher can choose the depth at which each student is expected to grasp the material. The course contains roughly 90 hours of instruction, 35 of which are composed of hands-on activities.

The course covers the scientific work of natural philosophers who lived from about 600 BC to the early AD 1500s. It concentrates mostly on what these ancient scientists got right, but it does spend some time discussing what they got wrong, because even the mistakes that scientists make can sometimes advance our understanding of the natural world. Of course, when the students are taught something that is now known to be incorrect, they are made aware of this fact!

Because the course covers science as it was developed, it covers a wide range of topics including human anatomy, medicine, optics, heliocentrism, geocentrism, sound, music, magnets, how steam is used to generate power, the motion of objects through a medium, combustion, levers, pulleys, plant growth, plant anatomy, tree ring dating, the atmosphere, astronomy, the basics of graphing, plastics, density, water flow, friction, and erosion. Throughout the course, students learn that most of the great scientists who lived from AD 500 to the end of this time period were devout Christians who did science because they thought they could learn more about God by studying His handiwork.

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.

Category Description for Science in the Ancient World:

Science in the Ancient World, is divided into six chronological time periods: Science before Christ (570 B.C- 370 B.C.), Science Before Christ (424 B.C. - 120 B.C), Science Soon After Christ (40 A.D. - 200 A.D), Science in the Early Middle Ages (490 A.D.-1368 A.D.), Science in the Late Middle Ages (1320 A.D. - 1519 A.D.) and Science in the Early Renaissance(contributions of Leonardo DaVinci). The great discoveries of early natural philosophy and science are studied through the brilliant minds of Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Archimedes, Galen, Roger Bacon, and Leonardo DaVinci along with many others. Topically, students will be introduced to human anatomy, medicine, optics, sound, music, magnets, plant growth, the atmosphere, density, water flow, erosion and more.

Category Description for Science in History by Dr. Jay Wile:

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


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After using subject based science curriculum for many years, the idea of a sequential history based science approach was intriguing. The sequencing was a good match for our Classical Co-op.
Stacey S on Jul 12, 2023
First time using this series in our homeschool co-op
Amy P on Sep 6, 2022
After using subject based science curriculum for many years, the idea of a sequential history based science approach was intriguing. The sequencing was a good match for our Classical Co-op.
Stacey S on Jul 12, 2023
Dr. Wile's programs have proven effective, not dogmatic in Christian beliefs combined with science, but rather logical presentations of evidence with many opportunities for the student to learn and be persuaded.
Elizabeth C on Apr 27, 2023
First time using this series in our homeschool co-op
Amy P on Sep 6, 2022
I have purchased Dr. Jay Wile's books previously, and they are the best I have ever seen. They are very easy to understand, even for those who are not scientifically minded. My kids also enjoy them for recreational reading!
EMILY C on Jul 27, 2022
We loved Dr. Wile's Science in the Beginning book and can't wait to use this next one in the series. The lessons are informative yet short enough to hold the attention of younger students, and my kiddos (and I!) look forward to the experiment with every lesson.
Piper on Jun 28, 2022
This was recommended by a charlotte mason leaning homeschool mom on youtube and also a top pick on Cathy Duffy Reviews. I am hoping it is closer to a living book than textbook and will fit nicely with Story of the World.
Breanna J on Jun 22, 2022
I love the added incentive to do experiments. I love that it is chronological.
Sally B on Jun 15, 2022
This is the best science! In the words of my children, "I love science! I remember EVERYTHING now!" It's true, they really do retain the information with the way this is done. It is an excellent program.
Tabitha S on Apr 11, 2022
Having tried their upper grade curriculum, and loving studies which are chronological and expand on our studies of specific eras, this looks like an awesome way for us to tackle science.
Mary S on Mar 14, 2022
It was recommended from our homeschool co-op
Lindsey S on Oct 22, 2021
Dovetails with Volume II of RC History's Connecting with History
Kellie W on Aug 26, 2021
I'm thrilled that Jay Wile has put out an Elementary Science series - his high school series' have been fantastic for my older kids. :)
Pam D on Aug 20, 2021
need for my kid to home school
farah a on Aug 17, 2021
My child is excited about history and about hands on activities so I think this science curriculum will flow for us!
Jessica K on Jul 17, 2021
Have used Jay Wile science previously
Nicole A on Jul 7, 2021
My daughter (second grade) really enjoyed Science in the Beginning where each lesson has an experiment to accompany and illustrate the topic. I appreciate that each lesson is short and the experiments easy to execute by using mostly household items. We are going to continue in chronological order with the series, so Science in the Ancient World is next!
KARINNA R on Jun 3, 2021
looks amazing
Erin B on Mar 29, 2021
Giving this a go for a new science curriculum
Lee S on Mar 15, 2021
Interesting and fits Medieval Study
MaryRose O on Sep 4, 2020
Interesting approach to science. We will be doing ancient civilizations this year, so this will pair nicely. Also picked because I liked the wide variety of science topics offered throughout the year. I can use with both of my elementary age kids.
Natalie O on Aug 23, 2020
Needed for class.
Riannon M on Jul 31, 2020
My kids have been working through "Science In The Beginning" and love it. We are looking forward to continuing this learning adventure with "Science In The Ancient World".
Heather H on May 7, 2020
I chose this curriculum because it followed a history cycle and ease of use.
Stephanie G on Apr 28, 2020
looks fun with my youngest
Audria S on Mar 25, 2020
I chose science curriculum because I felt it would compliment our chronological history.
Renee E on Feb 29, 2020
We've used Science in the Beginning and I like how the lessons incorporate a biblical worldview and build upon each other. The labs are easy to do at home without having to buy too many extra things. I can use this curriculum easily with my 6, 9, and 10 year olds.
Sarah M on Jan 30, 2020
We loved the Science in the Beginning book! Thorough and very interesting!
Karen D on Jul 25, 2019
like the series and the author. Coincides with our history curriculum
Marie M on Jul 22, 2019
co op
User on Jul 4, 2019
Used science in the beginning and liked it.
User on Oct 11, 2018
A friend said it was excellent.
Sandy W on Sep 6, 2018
Excellent Science Curriculum. We completed Science in the Beginning and it worked well for the variety of learners we represent!
Elizabeth B on Aug 25, 2018
I absolutely loved the Science in the Beginning book and used it last year for my 2nd grader. We both loved it! I learned sttuff I didn't even know! It creates a curiosity and joy of learning and reminds me of how my dad taught me to love science. My son really enjoyed it and I hope this next one in the series is just as good!
Chasya G on Aug 24, 2018
Needed it for a co-op class
Lynne N on Aug 17, 2018
To go along with Sonlight World History Year 1 or 2
Andrea P on Aug 14, 2018
Required for our students private school class.
Penny J on Aug 8, 2018
our tutor loves J. Wylie
jill q on Aug 5, 2018
The combination of history and science makes for a new and exciting way to learn. Not being stuck in the same type of science for a full year is also refreshing.
Rebecca B on Jul 20, 2018
Recommended by a tutor
Elise P on Jun 16, 2018
Because it's aligned with the classical model:)
Christina A on May 24, 2018
I liked the idea of studying Science from a chronological perspective and tie it into our history curriculum.
Kerrie W on May 9, 2018
It corresponds with our history and looks enjoyable enough for me as the teacher so I’ll be more motivated to teach it.
Tonia H on Feb 25, 2018
looking for an easy to implement science curriculum to add to our science studies
Loreal B on Feb 4, 2018
Like JAy wile series. Good price here
Deborah R on Jan 22, 2018
We really enjoyed Science in the Beginning and wanted to continue. Love that the notebook assignments give options for different ages of learners to express what they learned at their level. The lessons are short but informative, and the reinforcement through the experiment and simple notebook exercises helps them retain information and give them something to look back on and review. This product seems to cover everything I was looking for.
Christopher D on Oct 18, 2017
We used this curriculum in the past and my children loved it! We're back for the next book which will also somewhat line up with their studies in the Middle Ages.
Becky A on Sep 25, 2017
I chose this item because I liked that it will enable us to teach our boys (Grades 2nd and 5th) together, it is reasonably priced, and very hands on.
Charlene B on Aug 25, 2017
Doing ancient world for history as well
Kim S on Jul 20, 2017
I like that its chronological.
Beth S on Jul 10, 2017
We loved Science in the Beginning and are looking forward to continuing the series.
Elizabeth K on Jun 23, 2017
Dr. Wile's programs have proven effective, not dogmatic in Christian beliefs combined with science, but rather logical presentations of evidence with many opportunities for the student to learn and be persuaded.
Elizabeth C on Apr 27, 2023
I have purchased Dr. Jay Wile's books previously, and they are the best I have ever seen. They are very easy to understand, even for those who are not scientifically minded. My kids also enjoy them for recreational reading!
EMILY C on Jul 27, 2022
Could this double as a history course?
A shopper on Jun 30, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Not unless you added A LOT! You could theoretically get books from the library to go along with the time period, but I wouldn’t. I have used Story of the World along side it, and it’s been great. If you look at the Berean Builder’s website, they have several of the more popular history curriculums linked, and you can print off a list of how the history books line up with the same time period in the science books. So, for example, it will say for weeks #-# in science, it will coordinate with chapters #-# in said history curriculum. Hope that helps!
About how long does each lesson take?
Celesta on Jun 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Depending on the experiment, I would say that it takes no longer than 30 minutes, start to finish, to do the program. We prepped the kit ahead of time, so each lesson had it's own bag, which made it really simple for grabbing the experiment and then moving forward to the lesson. My family really enjoyed this program and the experiments. We learned a lot, myself included!
Would this curriculum be enough for a 7th or 8th grader who is college bound for a degree in a science field?
Sandy on Apr 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I can't answer your question directly because I used this book with younger students, but I will give you my experience, and maybe it will help you make a decision.

The book is broken up into concise lessons about one scientist at a time. The units are chronological, not subject-based. For example, you might study Aristotle for five lessons. Each lesson gives a brief overview of one aspect of Aristotle's contributions to science. You might learn a little about his philosophy in one lesson, a little about his astronomy in another. In my opinion, it is a disjointed way to learn about science. If your 7th-8th grader already has a solid foundation in the different branches of science, it could be interesting for him to put some of the chronological pieces together, but he won't get a thorough study in any one branch of science unless you are prepared to do some significant supplementation. That said, I found the experiments to be very well-thought-out, easy to execute, and applicable to the lesson. The book also does a very good job of teaching students how to hypothesize, experiment, and record results.
Is there a master list of supplies needed for each of the experiments, separated by lesson?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is a list of supplies in the front of the book. It is broken down by Parts. Part 1 contains lessons 1-15. Part 2 contains 16-30. and so on..... Just about EVERYTHING on these lists are things that you will have in your home. There is also a great list that is called "Materials that might take some time to Acquire" and this list has the things (also by Part 1, Part 2 etc....) that are more likely things you need to buy. They are still easy - things like a pineapple, super glue, 2 magnets, etc.....

Honestly, this is one of the easiest to use programs I have used in years. The Binder-Builder makes this a REAL KEEPER of a program!
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Rated 5 out of 5
Science + History = Fun
My kids and I love connecting science with history. Putting it in context gives us another level of appreciating how knowledge came to be. We also love the experiments!
September 6, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 3 out of 5
It’s not for us. I love the concept but my daughter doesn’t like it because it’s boring for her.
September 14, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a really awesome science curriculum that works well with Story of the World. I love that we are learning about science through stories and experiments.
January 28, 2021
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
Perfect for hands on learners!
My 3rd and 4th grade boys love this science curriculum! The activities/experiments are easy enough to set up they can usually do them themselves but go along with the lesson perfectly.
September 30, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
We are loving this curriculum. We do it along with our history so it makes it all seem more interesting. I am enjoying this myself so it makes me want to actually do science with the kids. I feel like they are learning just enough and very engaged. The best part is that RR has a PDF workbook put together that you get for free so you have something more organized for your kids to fill out if that’s important to you. Love it!
March 31, 2018
over 5 years ago
Response from Rainbow Resource Center
The workbook referred to in this customer's review is available as a downloadable PDF on our product page but is a Berean Builder's workbook PDF.
April 2, 2018
Ruth T Staff
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy and fun
Very homeschool mom friendly! My kids love this curriculum for elementary science
August 30, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to Use and DS3 looks forward to doing it!
I am using this with my 4th grader after using the first book in this series last year (Science in the Beginning). When I looked at them originally I was afraid they wouldn't be "meaty" enough because the lessons looked so short and easy.....I have changed my opinion! We originally chose this curriculum because DS3 requested 'an experiment every day!' and this book delivers. The experiments are fairly simple and usually don't require any prep or special materials, but they are interesting and always pertinent to the lesson. By the end of the year, my son had created an impressive notebook and learned a great deal....the best part is, because of the 'bite-size' lessons he has retained most of the information and he was often inspired to look for more information on his own. Science in the Ancient World is just as good!! I love the way the author presents the big picture of science and how it intersects with makes the science facts come alive. We love this series and will continue to use it!
August 23, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Looks solid
I purchased this to be able to integrate the lessons chronologically into our 2nd grade Veritas Press history this fall and am looking forward to using it. I'll be continuing with Apologia Elementary Series when there are chronological gaps over the next few years - we'll see how it goes!
July 13, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Science in the Ancient World Delivers!
How would you like to travel back in time and learn about great contributors to science like Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Galen, and Leonardo da Vinci to name a few? Science in the Ancient World is the second volume following Science in the Beginning in this series of elementary science curriculum written by Dr. Jay Wile. It is a chronological science curriculum that explores important scientific concepts in science before Christ was born through to science in the early Renaissance. The lessons explain this era of science in context to the day and age in which the scientific ideas were discovered and studied and how they are viewed today. This curriculum constantly engaged our 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Just as Science in the Beginning is structured, I am overjoyed that the multi-level approach was part of this program as we loved learning together. As a mother of 10, time is a precious commodity and somehow Dr. Wile seemed to know this when he designed his hands-on experiments. Most, if not all, items needed for the experiments you will find around the house. Sometimes we did the experiments multiple times because they were so much fun. (I even heard my older high school and college teens lamenting that they never had the chance to do such cool experiments.) Adding to the fun factor was a high level of learning retention! Science concepts were effectively displayed through the fun experiments, lessons, and end of chapter questions. Our children's lab books became full of drawings along with answers to key objective questions for each lesson. This home educator could not be more thrilled. The chronological study of science was very appealing as we moved through our own history study and Science in the Ancient World blended beautifully. We are looking forward to continuing our science learning adventure with the next volume, Science in the Scientific Revolution!
March 23, 2016

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