Waiting for our upcoming “single” science titles for K-3? Those entitled, “Look Up and All Around”, “Grrr, Wiggle, Chirp, Splash!” and others? I do expect them to take awhile to officially publish even though they are essentially complete already. I just have other priorities to work on (personal and business) so I’ll let you in on some easy tips for how YOU can get things reasonably close to what those thinner books would be like.
Let’s get started!
Here are 2 ways you can teach science with the “Peppermint Stick” style:
- Teach one book per grade. (Kindergarten could be split easily into 2 years of material for a very fun JK/SK!) Level A is designed for grade 1 (Canada), Level B for grade 2, and Level C for grade 3. Each book is available now (Spring 2019) as a second edition e-book! (Our first edition bound paper books are on clearance while quantities last.) Note: If your children have not yet studied science topics beyond informal exploration of the outdoors or watching stuff on video AND are also in grades 4-6 for other subjects, you could begin with Level B or C and then add more in-depth project-based learning as interests arise from these foundational lessons. Example: If simple machines, soil types, weather elements, or the basics of electricity have not yet been studied, the suggestion is to begin with Level B and/or C because there really is a LOT covered in these books both in science concepts as well as skills for how to learn in science.
- Mix and match the units within all four e-books to end up with 4 units each year which are then provided for a group of young children of multi-ages to learn together (K-3 or perhaps up to end of junior levels if science has not be studied formally before). Use the planning guide “Four Year Repeat Plan” (sometimes I ended up calling it “rotation plan” – it’s the same thing) to help you sort and assemble the pages from the four e-books into 16 smaller units/binders.
This post is all about how to prepare to teach exciting units of science with way #2!
The pages are comprehensive, fun, and complete enough on their own but many moms also have a few “extras” they like to add – stuff they find online elsewhere or come up with on their own. Our PSLC curriculum works well with moms who don’t add to it and moms who do – it is VERY FLEXIBLE! ♥
So here are the steps to split the 4 big e-books which you can purchase in our online shop into 16 smaller ones:
To learn more about how our science curriculum works, see this blog post to download the first number of pages of Level B.