I mentioned Real Science-4-Kids in one of my recent blog posts, but I failed to realize that I haven’t shared much with you about it. I couldn’t believe it! So now, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite science resources hands down.
Real Science-4-Kids was written by Rebecca Keller (Ph.D in molecular biology) in an effort to set a solid scientific foundation in an easy to understand way for her kids. She noticed that often the very basics of science, chemistry and physics, aren’t taught at all until high school. By that point, there is so much new language that it becomes confusing and burdensome for students. Dr. Keller believes that it’s best to begin understanding physics and chemistry as the basis for science (biology, astronomy, and geology) at the very beginning.
We started with the chemistry book in our home when Samuel was about four and even then, he understood it. The illustrations and simple explanations even had me understanding more of chemistry than I think I ever have. As a visual learner, Samuel finds the catchy comic book-like drawings both amusing and key aids to help him grasp the concepts.
Each section in the book is really short. This is perfect for those tiny attention spans, and it also prevents the danger of being overwhelmed with too much information at a time.
One of my favorite things about Real Science-4-Kids is that the accompanying science experiments are actual science experiments. They aren’t activities the kids are doing to prove a scientific point, rather the student is expected to make a hypothesis, test it out and really engage in the actual scientific method. Here is a video of one of the science experiments in action:
Since the time I purchased our books, the leveling has changed a bit, and they have restructured things a bit, but there is still the same great content in all of these fabulous books. There are also tons of supplemental materials I haven’t explored yet.
There are two main tracks when you are ordering Real Science-4-Kids. The first is the Focus On series. In this track, each subject is taken one at a time and can be taught over the course of a semester or a year. While you can teach the subjects in any order, it is recommended that you do Chemistry first, followed by Biology, Physics, Geology, and finally Astronomy.
The Building Blocks series is a leveled series that is intended to last over the course of a year. It will have concepts from all of the branches of science and will provide more content than the Focus On series.
All in all we have really loved this series and I highly recommend it either as a staple or a supplament for the young scientist in your home! If you’re interested in a peek inside, check out my video below.