If you are looking for a great science program for your elementary child then you will be interested in checking out Science4Us.com and their great, interactive, online science curriculum. Our kids love science so when given the opportunity to review Science4Us.com and their Science4Us.com Online Subscription program we jumped at the chance.
What is Science4Us.com
Science4Us.com is a K-2 online, science curriculum. Though designed for kindergarten through 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th graders may find the curriculum fun and helpful to review. This unique, complete science curriculum is one that the child can use on his own and move through assignments scheduled by his or her parent.
Science4Us.com come begins with a teacher account which gives you access to lesson plans, teacher strategies and instructional videos to help you use the site to its max potential. In the reports section, you see what you child has been work on and how the children are doing on the various subjects. When you first get your account you sign up for the Teacher account and then add your students. It seems it has been designed for classroom use; however, it is very homeschool user-friendly.
We used Science4Us.com about 4 days a week with our Pre-K son and 2-3 times a week with our daughter. The online notebook was one feature that my daughter liked that our son had trouble using but otherwise they both liked the Science4Us.com online subscription program.
We tried assigning lessons from the parent area, which worked fine for my daughter for review but did not work out as well for our son. He liked to just explore the lessons. So we would sign on together and then chose the topic he was interested in exploring and then we would read the 3 interactive learning session first and then I would turn him loose on the games to continue his learning. He found games he really enjoyed. Some were more difficult for more second grade science or third grade science students and those games we skipped over but the rest were pretty easy to use for even a learned as young as he.
I liked that there was a wide variety of games to help the child work with the information that had just been learned. The video lessons were interesting and kept the interest of both children. The user area was easy to maneuver and understand for the kids and for the parents. It was very colorful and interactive. My son was happy that there was full-screen mode for the videos.
We really enjoyed Science4Us.com and the Science4Us.com Online Subscription program. My Pre-K son really enjoyed it and our 3rd grade daughter enjoyed the simplicity of reviewing topics we were covering or have covered in the past. The colorful, interactive setup of the program makes it easy to use with a lot of variety for learning and review. Our Pre-K son is 4 years old and he was able to utilize the kindergarten science curriculum on his own and though I did not have assist I did go through it with him, which was fun for both of us. I did not do it with my 3rd grader. She was able to use it completely independently. I think that there were parts that were difficult to understand for my Pre-K son. Since he is a non-reader, he had to have things read to him. But that wasn’t a problem for him, he quickly caught on how to play the games and go through the videos.
Pros: online, easy to use, colorful, interactive, complete, reasonable cost
Cons: not everything reads to the user, only goes through 2nd grade, no hands-on
The Science4Us.com Online Subscription program is available for $7.95 per month per student. This means that you can have a full year of science curriculum for your elementary school child for less than $100 for the year. This is a good deal for just about any science program.
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