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Friday, July 13, 2012

Pandia Press R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey and History Odyssey REVIEWS

Is it wrong that from the moment we started Kindergarten, I have been anxious to dive into first grade?  I have been researching homeschooling since my oldest was 2 years old, different methods, different curriculums etc..  I really liked the approach that a Classical Education takes I teaching Science and History, as well as using REAL books, as opposed to textbooks (this is also a Charlotte Mason approach).  So I was on the hunt for Science and History curriculums that incorporated these approaches, but gave me a good guideline of topics to cover, as well as activities (for ease of planning).  I was so excited when I stumbled upon Pandia Press, and was even more so when I was given the opportunity to review the products! 

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey – Life Science I

Format:  Ebook

Positives: 
*  One of the few science curriculums I found that follow the Classical Model. 
*  Hands on experiments with lab sheets with each lesson. 
*  Comes with a list of recommended books which is at the front of the book
*  No supplementation needed, I’m one that finds I supplement with curriculums I have used, but I have not felt the need to do so with this one
*  Try before you buy offer, you can download several lessons to try them out before you purchase.

Negatives:
*  The only negative I have is that a lot of the recommended books are out of print, making them hard to find.  I did get some from paperbackswap.com and amazon.com used books, but I was also able to find similar books of the same topics with no problems. 

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Observing living v/s non-living

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Edible cell models

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Skeleton model

History Odyssey – Ancients I

Format:  ebook

Positives:
*  After you get past the first couple of lessons there are hands on activities with each lesson
*  Each lesson gives a list of recommended books, and a list of required texts is given at the beginning of the book
*  Aside from the first couple lessons where there was no real hands on activities, I have not felt the need to supplement with this curriculum either.
*  Uses Story of the World
*  Also has the try before you buy option

Negatives:
*  Like the science, many of the recommended and some required texts are out of print and hard to come upon, in most cases, however; I have been able to find suitable substitutes. 
*  The first few lessons have no hands on activity, so I supplemented some of my own  (I have only pictured the activities we did that were in the curriculum).

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Building a zygarutt

Overall the curriculum is pretty flexible and adaptable.  It’s very hands on, uses REAL books and follows a Classical Approach, all which are bonuses for me!  We really are enjoying the curriculum and are looking forward to diving back into it very soon!

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