The Science of Seasons - A Topics Scheduled Science Curriculum

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Join Abigail, Henry, Grace, and their lively Fox Terrier, Beowulf, as they learn about the seasons!

This is a TOPIC based curriculum that is different from the 14-week schedule. It is different due to the method of scheduling and some of the content. Read below for more details.

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Click here for a list of books and resources that are used with this science curriculum.

I do NOT make any guarantees about this schedule, any of the books & materials scheduled, or anything else. USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Q: How is this different from the 14-week schedule?

A: As per a request, I've split things up so they can be studied season-by-season instead of a 14 week period via a weekly schedule. This is not a check the box type of schedule. You can start at any time of the year. Just do the short pre-unit and then hop into whichever season you are in! Cross-curricular studies that are included in the 14 week schedule are, for the most part, left out. That means I left out books that focus on language arts or cultures. I've also pulled the literature selections. The focus in this schedule is on science. This science curriculum is very flexible!

If you'd like to create your own daily schedule, I've included a Microsoft Word template for you here. Otherwise, schedule things as desired! A topics schedule is nice because you don't ever have the stress of trying to check all of the boxes. Just move through the books and activities as your schedule allows. You are never behind and always have time for rabbit trails!

Q: Is this curriculum Christian or secular?

A: It can be either. While The Science of Seasons set of books contains a few Christian references, it's not pushy and is in the context of the character's beliefs. It's also not mentioned constantly. That's one of the reasons I call my books Christian-friendly. It's there, but it's not shoved down your throat. The Science of Seasons also mentions other religions in a respectful manner (Jews, Hindus) in the context of seasonal celebrations in other cultures. As for the curriculum, all of the books used, except for The Science of Seasons are secular. I've included optional online Bible studies.

Q: What age is this curriculum for?

A: I think it would work well for 1st-4th graders, with the target grades being 2-3. As every parent knows, every kid is different. You might have a 3rd grader reading 300 page novels and a 6th grader who is still happy to read Berestain Bears. It's hard to pin grades to things when kids can be all over the map, especially homeschooled kids!

Take a look at the books and materials I've scheduled in to see if it's a fit for your kids. My curriculum is easy to adapt for almost any age - either younger or older. It also works great for multiple ages. Just use my schedule as a framework and substitute whatever books and activities are more appropriate for your children.

Please note that the Science of Seasons set of books by themselves are for grades 1-6! They can be used independently and just for fun.

Q: What topics do you cover?

A: These are the topics that are covered, if you do everything listed. Some topics are covered more in depth than others.

  • Arctic animals
  • Animal camouflage
  • Animal habitats
  • Animal migration
  • Butterflies and caterpillars
  • Earth's magnetic poles
  • Leaves changing color
  • Northern lights
  • Oceans
  • Plants
  • Seasons related topics (including the science that causes them)
  • Snow
  • Sun
  • Volcanoes
  • Weather
  • Whales

Want to know the topics specific to The Science of Seasons Activities book? Click here.

*Please note: I have not previewed every moment of all the scheduled videos or resources. Watch and use at your discretion. What is O.K. for one family may not be for another. If a video is unavailable, you should be able to find a substitute on YouTube. Videos are embedded below each weekly schedule. Watch on whichever day you deem appropriate.

Happy learning!

Click on each section to start learning.

NOTE: Sometimes an embedded video will no longer be available. Just do a YouTube search of the video title to find another version of it.

Pre-Unit

Do the pre-unit first and then jump into whichever season you are in. The things scheduled in the pre-unit are all pages that set up your child's knowledge about the "why" behind the seasons. I've also included the cutout cards in this pre-unit, which you can review over the other seasons, as needed or desired.

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