This is the third year we have used Living Learning Books for our science curriculum. This is the perfect science curriculum for homeschooling parents who prefer a unit study approach to science, and who like to use “living books” rather than textbooks.
Now, I know that it would be easy enough to put together my own unit studies for science, but it takes a lot of time – and this program is relatively inexpensive for the time it saves me. For each unit, the author has put together a list of resources, including books and movies that you can find at your public library. She has also created coloring pages, vocabulary, and project pages for each section.
There are three levels: Life Science, Earth Science and Astronomy, and Chemistry. Each level uses an Usborne Science Encyclopedia as the basic text, which you can then supplement with as many books and films that you can find time for. This year, we’re doing the Chemistry study, and the author has combined some simple reading covering the basic concepts and vocabulary for each lesson with several experiments that demonstrate the concepts learned. The experiments have been a lot of fun – and they use items we either already have around the house, or can pick up at the local supermarket.
In conjunction with the reading, vocabulary, and experiments, I have used the Chemistry videos from the Schlessinger Science Library series. I can’t find them to purchase anywhere – and they’re only available on VHS – but if you can find them at your library, they are wonderful.
Since we’re finishing up the third level this year, and are ready to do a study of Physical Science, we’ll be moving on to a different curriculum next year. I only hope it’s as interesting and easy to use as Living Learning Books.