Let me introduce you to Novare Science & Math and their Science for Every Teacher curriculum. If you are a Classical Conversations family or love Memoria Press curriculum, then you will definitely want to take a minute and check out this great resource that we reviewed this month – Science for Every Teacher.
Novare Science & Math has a mission to instill a love for science in students. They want students to master the materials and strive to provide textbooks that focus the scope on their curriculum encouraging the integration of math and science. They are a Christian company and believe God created the world and everything in it and therefore science cannot be explained without God. However, it should be noted that their faith position is neutral, in that, there is no doctrine teaching. But God is most certainly present in their books.
The mission of the Science for Every Teacher book is to not just give information to the teacher to regurgitate but to provide clear explanations that go beyond what the teacher will actually be teaching.
Not to explain only what the students need to learn, but to equip teachers with a deeper understanding of the topics they teach, so they can provide a rich and scientifically accurate learning experience for their students.
This 294 page, softcover book, is amazing! I wish I had had this as a reference this year while we were studying physics during science during Classical Conversations cycle 2. Each chapter begins with a list of goals and a short chapter summary. There are diagrams, photos, charts, and sample equations to help the teachers better understand and, in turn, explain concepts. Key points are highlighted in separate boxes to make them stand out. There is also a section called “Ideas for the Classroom” which lists experiments and projects you can do to help your student grasp and master the concepts.
There are 15 chapters total, covering the following topics with regard to Physics:
- The Nature of Scientific Knowledge
- Scientific Method
- Motion on Earth and in the Heavens
- Newton’s Laws of Motion
- Simple Machines
- Atoms and Atomic Spectra
- Heat and Temperature
- Waves, Sound, and Light
- Pressure and Buoyancy
- Fields and Magnetism
- Geometric Optics
I started reading through the chapters right away and found so many things I wish I had used this year. I really look forward to using it next time we go through cycle 2. However, since the kids are in “rocket camp” this month, we had some relevant content to work through and discuss so it still came in handy.
Though I read through several chapters during the review period, making some notes for future reference and discussion, we focused our studies this month on Chapter 5, Newton’s Laws of Motion (and a little about Motion on Earth and in the Heavers, and Momentum).
The diagrams and drawings were very helpful to the kids to see what I was talking about and the chapters really gave me some great talking points with the kids. This is what I need. I had a pretty solid education and my knowledge of science is good. But college Physics was a long time ago and I want to be accurate in answering the questions the kids have. As they recite Newton’s Laws from memory, since we worked on these this year, and talked about what they learned as they built model rockets at camp, we talked about motion and physics around the dinner table. (What homeschool family doesn’t have science education at the dinner table, right 🙂 LOL)
I loved that I had Science for Every Teacher as a reference. I definitely can see me looking at more of these to have on hand. A good resource for science can be difficult to find. At least for everything in one place. I would say this is the one to have for Physics and imagine that the other books from Novare Science & Math would be the same. (check out other reviews to see what other reviewer say).
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with Science for Every Teacher and would highly recommend this. Memoria Press is recommending theNovare Science & Math Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home book for 7th grade, so if Memoria Press is your thing you may want to check it out. And if you are going into Cycle 3 next year with Classical Conversations, why not check outGeneral Chemistry.
Novare Science & Math has some great additional Biblical based science products that the Homeschool Review Crew reviewed including Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home, Introductory Physics, and General Chemistry.
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