Science in the Beginning Set

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Grades: K-6

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Publisher: Berean Builders

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7 year old loves science now!
What we love about this science... one hands on activities, that this non crafty mom loves doing. The experiments really cement in the information so that what is being taught is retained! It's not forgotten a week later. Quote from 7 year old " I love Science now, the other science was ok, but we never did anything fun.. it was a lot of bla bla bla. Now we are doing real science." The other science had a fancy journal, she likes the composition journal she uses here. She says it makes it her own and make her feel like she's smart to have her own journal. The activities are short, the reading is two pages, the other science was 45 minutes of reading! The activities in this science are fun. I bought the kit, so we have a science tub. Nice to have everything on hand. It's amazing what children retain. Not exhaustive on vocabulary either. For instance one lesson discusses 4 types of energy. gives examples of each. She draws pictures of each in the journal. So once a week, we look through the journal and have her explain her drawings real quick. There's plenty of room for discussion, and for her to make predictions to the answers, alot of times she is correct, because she understood the experiment! I highly recommend this science book. I was scared to try it because of lack of reviews. We are spending the summer doing a lesson 4-5 days a week, it takes about 30 - 45 minutes depending on how long we drag it out with discussion and journaling. And every day is something new! It also will review buy saying, remember in lesson 3 we did so and so activity... remember this happened and why.. so even though it's something different every day, it does gently review though out. Love love love this science. Our other sciences we tried, Apologia young explorers, evan moor skill sharpeners grade 3, Janice Vancleave's (multiple titles) Mason Jar science experiments.
June 23, 2019
1 month ago
Great for multiple kids
We have been enjoying this book for science quite a bit. The lessons are short and simply explained so that my son (age 6) was kept interested and engaged, as well as my 3 older daughters. I loved that I could do the lesson with all of them yet the assignments were on a young to older student basis (that is, a simple, oral answer for the young students, to some harder assignments for older students). Also, the experiments are interesting and for the most part easy (and you will have most of the items needed around the house). Lastly, I appreciate the way it is arranged (by days of creation) and the way the author points to God through-out the lessons. I am also learning things!
May 15, 2019
11 months ago
Thorough science curriculum
I will include the same review as the other books in the series, though I will add a special note for this book. By the time I got to this series, my then 4th graders had already done multiple creation studies so in retrospect I would have skipped this book and started with the Ancient World one.

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 2 years ago
Love this!
I use this in conjunction with CC. I like up which days we're learning about with our CC cycle and then I do the other stuff when CC isn't in session. It works very well. Simple experiments. Well explained.
January 30, 2019
1 year ago
So glad I purchased this science curriculum!
We're currently on Lesson #20 and so far we've enjoyed every lesson. The experiments are very simple and practical. The explanations are so clear and concise, that even my youngest child is understanding the principles being taught. I am learning so much, along with my kids and it's helping me appreciate more God's power to create magnificent things. I am glad that I selected this course for our family and I highly recommend it.
September 30, 2018
11 months ago
So fun
We love it! My kids look forward to science every time. I love the short and effective lessons. We enjoy the simple, no hassle experiments for each lesson.
August 31, 2018
11 months ago
Easy to use, fun to do, and lots of learning
I have never enjoyed a science textbook as much as this one! My 6th grader could do nearly everything completely independently. My 2nd grader needed some help, but it was fun and we all enjoyed these lessons. As an added bonus, the publisher has a free pdf download on their website of notebooking pages for each lesson. Winner!
July 30, 2018
1 year ago
We Love This Curriculum
My son - who is in 5th grade - LOVES this science curriculum. The hands-on activities are very engaging, and the text is informative without being overwhelming. He actually enjoys the journaling/notebooking (for the older/oldest students) entries in each lesson, too. He constantly asks to do more than one lesson at a time. We had tried something else previously that didn't work as well, and I am so glad we switched over to Science in the Beginning!
November 14, 2017
1 year ago
Great curriculum
We love this curriculum. We find it enjoyable and appropriately challenging.
September 23, 2017
over 2 years ago
Science in the Beginning
My son is very inquisitive. He also like activities. This series has a short intro, a matching activity/experiment, then more text to talk about what you just saw happen with the experiment. It really helps to have that "see it-learn it" method. We are also very excited about the chronological approach to science.
July 21, 2017
over 2 years ago
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Dr. Wile's science textbooks are excellent. I was using General Science for my oldest and my youngest was so interested that I decided to use Dr. Wile's elementary science for him.
Zelena O on Jun 21, 2019
It looks like a fun science for my experiment loving daughters.
Veronica D on May 8, 2019
Dr. Wile's science textbooks are excellent. I was using General Science for my oldest and my youngest was so interested that I decided to use Dr. Wile's elementary science for him.
Zelena O on Jun 21, 2019
For homeschool. I like how the lessons are structured.
Ivy L on Jun 20, 2019
It looks like a fun science for my experiment loving daughters.
Veronica D on May 8, 2019
So my 4th and 6th grader could work on science together. This was highly recommended and the sample pages interest both of them.
Rebecca S on Feb 18, 2019
good reviews and lesson plans on Homeschool Planet
Suzanne E on Nov 27, 2018
Because of the Bible base and focus on hands-on learning.
Donna W on Oct 14, 2018
A friend recommended
Liz B on Sep 12, 2018
Because it was creation based.
Grant B on Aug 30, 2018
I saw Dr Wile in Missouri at GHC 2017. The way that science is presented I think will go well with the way my children think.
Amorita K on Aug 24, 2018
I love that it is for all ages.
Stefanie S on Aug 22, 2018
My husband and I choose this book because we liked the wide range of topics covered.
Jill P on Aug 12, 2018
recommended by friend. gives opportunity to instruct multiple ages at same time.
Joanna A on Aug 11, 2018
Excited to start this series...I've read nothing but great reviews.
Linda D on Jul 31, 2018
Great reviews
Wendy Z on Jul 16, 2018
Easy for me as a homeschool mom.
Fun for my child.
gina a on Jul 13, 2018
Would like a creation view of science.
Jeff B on Jun 11, 2018
Starting Homeschooling and wanting learning to come alive and be exciting, I felt this will fit that style I'm looking for! kids are 5 and 8
Jasmine M on Jun 4, 2018
High Reviews and Research
Brandi B on Jun 2, 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
Thoroughly researched this and the reviews look promising. Love the idea of more hands on activities to extend the learning. I like that it doesn’t just concentrate on one thing at a time because that’s not really how life works, many things are interconnected. I’m excited to try the next ones that seem to be more historical and science, which I like even more but I thought we should start with the first in the series.
Joscyln D on Mar 20, 2018
Christian Based
Cathy Duffy Recommended
Logical sequence
Teacher friendly
Series Follows in Step with Classical Conversations History Cycles
Christina A on Mar 13, 2018
I read recommendation by a Classical Conversations mom for this curriculum and decided to try. i like that it has experiments and lab materials
Tatyana K on Feb 1, 2018
I learned about and heard good reviews about this product via YouTube and Cathy Duffy Reviews.
Casey D on Dec 6, 2017
Looks like these books are super awesome christian science books and had a lot of great reviews. I love Jay Wile conversational approach to science and very informative and colorful. Great quality for a decent price. It sounds like it is easy to teach and experiments can be done at home with stuff around the house.
Susan B on Oct 16, 2017
After doing some research I learned that this Science was a better fit than what we had at home already.
KELLY O on Sep 25, 2017
Our child is in a homeschool co-op class that requires this book
Adrienne S on Sep 12, 2017
My children have really enjoyed other books by the author and we wanted to try out his new science series.
Elizabeth B on Aug 23, 2017
I researched science curriculum options for a very very very long time and this was the final option. Hopefully it works well for us
User on Aug 18, 2017
It was recommended by a friend.
Sarah D on Aug 16, 2017
From what I read, the reviews were very good. I have a student who isn't a science lover at this point and thought the variation of topics might create interest.
Samuel B on Aug 14, 2017
To do with my son entering grade 5.
User on Aug 13, 2017
I felt that this book would be the perfect fit for the multiple grades we have in our home.
Renee M on Aug 11, 2017
Recommended by a friend. So far we are loving it. Short, simple lessons and a short, simple experiment every time.
Theresa O on Aug 2, 2017
Read good reviews and I love how they use sciene with Creation in chronological order of events.
Lorena C on Aug 1, 2017
Christ-centered and easy to use
POLLY F on Jul 10, 2017
Dr. Wile is brilliant and I absolutely love the structure of using the days of creation to teach science.
Gloria A on Jul 8, 2017
I chose this because there is a hands on activity every lesson.
Katrina S on Jul 8, 2017
I wanted a study of science that progressed with our study of history. It's all interconnected!
Meredith B on Jun 20, 2017
I saw Dr. Wile at the Illinois convention and he answered many of my questions. I feel confident that the chronological approach to Science is the right choice for us.
Melanie G on Jun 12, 2017
My sister in law recommended it.
Brenda C on Apr 15, 2017
I have read encouraging and positive reviews about this book, so I would like to use it for homeschooling my kids.
Analizza N on Mar 28, 2017
We decided to switch science programs after a few weeks of our current curriculum, which was not working for me or my daughter. After looking at many reviews we decided to go with this one. It's been really wonderful.
Kristi B on Feb 17, 2017
I need a science curriculum that is more enjoyable to read with more hands on experiments.
Maria C on Jan 9, 2017
I love that this science curriculum is chronological!
Jessica F on Jan 3, 2017
The author was recommended by a fellow homeschooler and the book has information relevant to what we wish to study this upcoming semester.
Aja F on Dec 30, 2016
I have been looking for a good Science program with a creation perspective that can be used with various ages as a family that also has plenty of hands on learning and covers a variety of topics throughout the year. After reading reviews from Cathy Duffy and so many others, this curriculum really appeals to what I am desiring for my children.
Angela R on Oct 25, 2016
I like that it can be taught to multiple grades in one classroom.
Nathan W on Sep 19, 2016
Cathy Duffy Review
Andrew L on Sep 9, 2016
I've read positive reviews about this product and I want my children to learn science from a Christian perspective.
Kina S on Aug 26, 2016
we are doing an online class that required these books
Jilma r on Aug 22, 2016
For homeschool. I like how the lessons are structured.
Ivy L on Jun 20, 2019
So my 4th and 6th grader could work on science together. This was highly recommended and the sample pages interest both of them.
Rebecca S on Feb 18, 2019
Does this come with the notebook for the notebooking assignments? Or is that sold separately?
A shopper on Apr 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the notebook is not included. That is actually from a separate publisher although it's designed to go with the course and is done with approval from the author. Here's the link for the notebook:
Is there a particular order these sets should be taught in (In the Beginning first, Ancient second, and so on) and what grade levels do they follow? I realize there are different comprehension levels in the chapter questions, but having an incoming 1st grader, I wonder how far these would carry her. Thank you.
Darlene on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is no particular order, but we are doing them to correspond to the time period of history we are studying. The books are designed for all elementary students. We started this year with Science in the Beginning, because we are covering OT and Ancient Egypt in history this year. I am using it with my second grader, and she loves it! I wish they had been around for my older children. They were closer in age, and it would have been a wonderful, comprehensive way to do elementary science with multiple grade levels. I like these books better than any other elementary science curriculum, and I have used many over the years. There are three books out so far with the third going through the 17th century. The comprehension questions and activities for older children are appropriate and challenging enough for older elementary children, so it would be a series that you would be able to use for a while - assuming that Dr. Wile is going to release more books in the series.
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