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New Science Adventures!

from Stratton House

by Jane Boswell, editor of
Home Educator's Family Times
appeared in 1997; vol. 5, #4

Home Science Adventures from Stratton House are incredible! They are made for homeschool use and are designed for grades 1 through 8. There are activities and worksheets for all ages.

The kits come complete with enough high quality material to work with two children. If you have a large family or are working in a group, extra 'consumables packs' can be ordered, each providing enough material for two more children and at a very reasonable cost...*

Each kit comes with over a hundred pages of lessons, parent guides and worksheets in a handy folder and everything has been kid-tested. All of these are already hole-punched and will fit nicely into a three-ring binder. The materials can be used as a foundation for good science or to supplement regular textbook routine.

But, best of all, I felt like a kid at Christmas when I opened up that box of 'goodies'. The kit I received to review even included a pair of sturdy binoculars and a beautiful bird feather that I can make into a quill pen and so much more neat stuff that (I have to confess) I didn't want to share with anyone else.

Stratton House promises that these 3 sets are just the beginning. There's more to come. I can't wait! These are highly recommended - but parents, you'll have to share with the kids!!

* References to prices have been deleted.

 

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Spotlight Review of
Home Science Adventures

by Amy Menges,
CHEC Homeschool Update
appeared 1998, Qtr 2

The list of of "common household objects" needed with other curriculum had often been our downfall, so the first thing that appealed to me was the statement on the box that "everything is included." It's true! Even the paper clips are included! The only thing you need to provide is the use of scissors, an empty soda bottle to make a bird feeder and a three ring binder to keep the student's worksheets together (they're 3-hole punched). I sent my son to the neighbor's to get a soda bottle out of their recycle bin, and I was set.

The next pleasant surprise came when I opened the box. It's packed with fun stuff, including a pair of binoculars for bird watching, solar system stickers, and a neat little box of magnets. I was hooked. I couldn't wait to find out what all these "goodies" were for. So I started investigating the written material.

The parent guide is 24 pages, short enough to not feel intimidating. The beginning of each unit lists additional books and web sites that can be used for further research. Each lesson includes three parts. Lesson Notes give a couple of sentences of tips to help the lesson go smoothly. Keys provides the answers to the questions on the student worksheets. Further Explorations are additional ideas for older students or for kids who are having too much fun to quit. At the front of the parent guide they mention that a child could also keep a science journal of his observations if desired. The student's worksheets are equally well laid out. We found the lessons easy to use, and really fun to do. My children looked forward to each lesson almost as much as I did!

I highly recommend this curriculum for busy parents wanting an easy way to provide their children with fun, hands-on science.

CHEC Homeschool Update is the quarterly publication of the Christian Home Educators of Colorado.
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