{totally wonderful} elemental science review – intro to science

I am so excited to share with you about this wonderful science program that my family has been blessed to review the last couple weeks. It’s from the company Elemental Science – a curriculum provider that embraces the classical model of education. Our family reviewed Intro to Science part of the Early Year Program. I specifically asked for a program to do with my younger kids – those busy boys of mine – because they absolutely love science and I, the busy mom, have been sorely negligent in intentionally setting aside time to work through science with them. But, look below, look at the delight when we worked together. That face? Makes these moments priceless and so worth it.

Why I love Intro to Science

The Intro to Science program is designed to use with Kindergarten to First Grade. My Caleb fits right in this category. However, I involved all of my boys in this science adventure. Even sweet two year old Samuel. His favorite experiment? It was when we mixed colored water {yellow + blue = green} which is from Unit 5 on Color. The look of delight on his face was priceless! Now, know that I could tell my kids that yellow and blue makes green, but seeing it? That’s real learning. In fact, Samuel still wanders around talking about the green water.

What I appreciate about the Intro to Science Early Year program is the intentional, easy to follow, and focused approach to introducing science to those younger ones. They are eager to learn, really, but often we just need a system, a routine, a guide to help us make use of those learning moments that are all around us. This is a huge benefit to me, that busy busy mom, as everything I need to do, read, and buy is clearly defined. Plus, it is so much fun! Now, I will warn you – don’t leave the food coloring out for that very curious two year old to grab. Otherwise you’ll end up with this:

Quick overview of Intro to Science

The program is divided into 36 weeks {we’re going to be using it all summer long — it’s absolutely perfect for this} with six units – Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Meteorology, Botany, and Zoology.  These are topical studies {the author Paige Hudson designed it this way} and each unit can be used on it’s own. This summer, after we finish the Chemistry section, we’ll work through Botany and Meteorology {we’ve had enough wild weather here to make that truly applicable}. I’ve often found that our family works better when things are in bite size chunks – the six week unit approach works extremely well. It takes the pressure off and makes the unit manageable. Below is a slideshow of us working through an experiment with chalk and color – you’ll see how easy it is – and how engaged my Elijah was!

Besides the teacher’s manual {which is easy to use and thorough} you’ll need the Student Sheets {which are included in the bundle online } and two other books – More Mudpies to Magnets {a staple in our home as well as Mudpies to Magnets} and The Handbook of Nature Study {which I highly recommend having in your home – another staple you’ll see a picture towards the bottom of the post}. She also recommends the Usborne First Science Encyclopedia.

A week with Intro to Science

Now remember – Intro to Science – is an overview meant to spark interest in science.  I can tell you, that is exactly what happened in my home. Science time became a most looked forward time of the day. The program is gentle and yet thorough at the same time. It’s scheduled so that you choose between a 5 days a week for 10 minutes or 2 days a week for 20-25 minutes plan. Honestly, we were somewhere inbetween this on our days – I tend to let them run with whatever they’re learning in the moment. That’s what I love – the flexibility to make this excellent program work for you. Isn’t that what we all need? Freedom and options at the same time?

Below you’ll see some more of our experiments – we were discussing solids and liquids. The best part? It was when we got to melt crayons and make liquid crayons which hardened back into solids crayon cookies that were beautiful and bold colors.

Just so you know, the teacher’s manual is easy to use as it clearly states the topic and main idea for the week. Then, you as the parent, introduce the topic {I’ve shown you some on color and solids and liquids}, then there are experiments and nature study, then there are recommendations for additional books {which can easily be found in the library}, and finally some additional {and optional} activities to do with your littles.  As a nature study example for the lesson on solid and liquids we went outside to explore and examine our pine trees to look for the natural wax found in the tree. After we walked around I read some facts from the Handbook of Nature Study to further the curious interest.

Finally, for those of who you enjoy planning ahead there are schedule sheets that you can fill out with supplies that you need and how you need to prepare. I love those planning sheets – they make me feel so organized – so I’m so grateful for Paige for the extra time putting them together.  And the supplies? They’re easy to find {although she does offer the complete supply kit which I’ve done before with other science programs because then I’m not wandering around trying to find a feather and one styrofoam cup} and not expensive.

Bottom line? This science program is perfect right now for our family and my curious little ones. I’m excited to continue working through it this summer and into the early fall. And, I know the boys are as well – Elijah wakes up and asks me which experiment we’re going to do today.

Win Intro to Science – giveaway! 

Elemental Science is giving away one copy of the Early Years Intro to Science to one of you. I’m grateful for their generosity and know that one of you will be blessed with this wonderful curriculum. Simply enter below using rafflecopter!

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Tomorrow, stop by Aadelโ€™s blog at The Temporary Tents to read about her experience with Lapbooking through the Human Body. Sheโ€™ll be having a giveaway as well. Be sure to visit Tabithaโ€™s blog review from yesterday to learn more about Earth Science Grammar Stage

disclosure: I received the Intro to Science ebooks for free, but was compensated for the time invested to do the review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to do a positive review {although, I must tell you I really do love this product}. This review was coordinated via the ihomeschoolnetwork which I am a part of. Affiliate links are used within the review. Please read my disclosure tab on the top for more information. Thank you.

49 Responses to “{totally wonderful} elemental science review – intro to science”

  1. May 31, 2012

    Danielle Reply

    Oh my!!! I would LOVE to win this!!! My kids can’t get enough of science experiments!! Thank you for the opportunity!!!

  2. We’ve melted the crayons before… I wish I had thought to discuss states of matter with it!

  3. We are planning on doing some study in Physics this summer… Their Physics through Grammar http://www.elementalscience.com/phys_gram.html looks pretty neat!

  4. My girl looooooves science and this would be so fun this summer! I would love to show her the crayon experiment!

  5. After visiting the site,I would love the physics or chemistry for grammar age – such a tangible way to learn and know science – I wish I had this growing up!

  6. Oh how my boys would love this!! We’d love to do the water color experiment. Simple, but makes it so real. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I just visited their site and it all looks too good to choose just one! I have Prek that would love the Exploring Science and then Kindy/1st that would love Intro to Science. Even the history program looks like it’s worth a good look!

  8. May 31, 2012

    Triadic Academy Reply

    Out of the experiments above, I think my kids would get a kick out if the colored water mixing the most.

  9. I think my little Samuel would love the mixing colors experiment as well.

  10. May 31, 2012

    karen Reply

    I think getting the kids to learn about nature and the wax on trees is awesome.

  11. May 31, 2012

    Abby Reply

    I would love to teach my little ones about the wax on the trees.

  12. May 31, 2012

    karen Reply

    I have a 3rd and 5th grader and would like them to do biology so would love grammar and logic biology! Or I would ask and see if we could do one together for their first year!

  13. May 31, 2012

    Abby Reply

    I really like the Intro to Science, it would be a good fit for the ages I have.

  14. May 31, 2012

    Rebekah K Reply

    This would be so nice. Science with it all ready. I would like to try the crayon experiment with my girls 4 & 6.
    Thanks.

  15. May 31, 2012

    Unknown Reply

    Wow! This looks incredible for any age that likes science. Would love this in our home.

  16. May 31, 2012

    Unknown Reply

    I’d like to try the mixing colors. My 3yo is always talking about colors.

  17. May 31, 2012

    Rebekah K Reply

    All of their products look nice. I guess if I had to pick I’d say Into to Science. I’m excited to learn more.

  18. May 31, 2012

    Mandy Reply

    My boys would love this! We love science, and I would be especially excited to get into the zoology unit! My oldest so LOVES nature and animals, so that would be so fun!

  19. May 31, 2012

    island girl Reply

    The crayons look fabulous! Looks great!

  20. I was so excited when I saw this giveaway this morning! We are beginning homeschooling kindergarten this year and I have fallen in love with the experiments in the more mudpies and magnets book. This would be perfect for us! Thank you for the opportunity!

  21. May 31, 2012

    ablogcalledlove Reply

    Great stuff, thanks for sharing! Checked out their website and the intro to science looks right up our alley, as my little one is just now four. And the experiment kit — awesome stuff. <3

  22. May 31, 2012

    Kelli Becton Reply

    but I want to do them all! the outdoor nature is my first choice – but I want to do them all with the boys – they’ll love it- thanks for hosting!

  23. May 31, 2012

    Kelli Becton Reply

    I would choose “logic stage” biology – I think – they all look really great – but that’s the first one!

  24. May 31, 2012

    Jenny McDaniel Reply

    I would love to win this for my daughter. She would really enjoy doing the mixing of colors and seeing what colors make what.

  25. May 31, 2012

    Erica Reply

    Perfect timing! I’ve been researching science curriculums. My boys would love to melt crayons!

  26. May 31, 2012

    Erica Reply

    Oh my…I think I’ll have to buy both Exploring and Intro to Science. I can’t make a decision to save my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. May 31, 2012

    Marni Reply

    This looks like such a great and simple way to get little ones excited about science. I would like the Intro to Science and my boys would enjoy getting outside to see the connections between the experiments and nature. I know my boys would love for us to do more science and this kit makes it so much more mom friendly!

  28. June 1, 2012

    Katie Law Reply

    This looks like the perfect program for me as well with it all laid out and in one place ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. June 1, 2012

    Kelly Reply

    I think my kids would be thrilled with the making colors experiment. I’d like to try the chalk grating one!

  30. June 1, 2012

    Kelly Reply

    I would like to get the experiment kit from elemental science to go along w/ the curriculum.

  31. June 1, 2012

    Melissa Reply

    Melting crayons in the name of science would be fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. June 1, 2012

    Rebekah Reply

    Just popping by to say I just discovered your blog and I have been reading through so many of your posts. your words and message make my heart happy. Thank you for your beautiful expression through your writing and photographs. Looking forward to following you.

  33. June 1, 2012

    Hippie Housewife Reply

    The chalk experiment looks so interesting! We’d love to give that one a try.

  34. June 1, 2012

    Hippie Housewife Reply

    The Biology for the Grammar Stage would be well used here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. June 1, 2012

    Caroline Reply

    Wow, I LOVE science, so this look interesting to me, along with interesting for my kids! The chalk/color experiment you showed looks so cool and explorative. Thanks for this review! I hadn’t heard of this company before.

  36. June 1, 2012

    jen Reply

    Oh how I would love to win this! My kids would have so much fun!! We would love to do the color experiment…but all science if FUN!

  37. June 1, 2012

    Jamie Reply

    My kids are intrigued by the liquid/solid transition! The melting crayons would be an awesome thing to do with them!

  38. June 1, 2012

    Lynn Reply

    Glad you found such a special program to use.
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  39. June 1, 2012

    Anonymous Reply

    This looks awesome!!!!! I want to try the crayon experiment. It is impossible to get into our homeschool co op Science experiment class..This looks just as good!!!

    Liz D

  40. June 1, 2012

    Caterina Reply

    My kids would love the crayon experiment.
    Thanks for the chance to win,
    Caterina

  41. June 1, 2012

    Cellista Reply

    I’d love to win this for my youngest. I’ve used several ES products and am looking at Earth science/astronomy for next year.

  42. June 1, 2012

    Cheryl Pitt Reply

    Oh how my Bram would love this!

  43. June 1, 2012

    Cheryl Pitt Reply

    I left a comment before I read the question – my first comment would be that Bram would love the crayon experiment.

    For visiting Elemental Science – I’m torn between Exploring and Intro. But since Bram would just be tuning 5, I think Intro would be the best fit ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. June 1, 2012

    Melissa L. Reply

    What a great review! My little girls would love this. Just an fyi – the links to the books (Mudpies, etc.) didn’t work for me. I just love your blog. Thank you!!

  45. June 1, 2012

    Kerry Reply

    Looking forward to using this with my 2 ds. Right now my eldest is so into knowing what happens when colors mix. We haven’t done liquids yet. He would love it

  46. June 1, 2012

    Kerry Reply

    Right now I’m most interested in Wxploring science since my ds are 4 and 2

  47. July 30, 2012

    ebooks Reply

    It was a inspiring post and it has a significant meaning and thanks for sharing the information.Would love to read your next post too……..science ebooks

  48. October 1, 2012

    Lexi Reply

    Thank you for your review! I am planning to use the Biology for Grammar Stage this coming spring with my daughter. But I hope to try this program with my younger 2 kids next year. It sounds like what we are looking for!

  49. July 27, 2015

    Melanie Reply

    I just came across intro to science today. As I was researching science options for the fall. Great review, thank you! It looks great. I’m excited to order it! Just wanted to find out from someone if that supply kit is necessary or not. Can’t decide if I should add that to my order or if it’s easy enough to come up with those things without spending that extra right now. I know this is a post from 2012 but hope you still receive comments ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you!

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