I have really struggled with finding a GOOD homeschool science curriculum that covers a variety of topics and that are not solely focused on creation. (While we firmly believe in God, we tend to keep an open mind about certain things.)
I do have the state textbooks for the girls, but they have both struggled with some of the content. I *think* the reason is that science is not integrated daily into public school and rather is taught at certain times. (Like after the TAKS…now STARR is over for the year.) Either way, the state text has been a struggle, and I cannot spend an enormous amount of direct instruction since I do work full time. I found REAL Science Odyssey and so far this seems to be working.
I bought the digital version of it and then printed off the pages for each of the girls. Then I used my handy-dandy spiral binding machine to make a workbook.
I can easily go over the lesson with the girls and then there is an activity. This lesson had them making animal cells and plant cells out of jello.
The girls had an information worksheet to fill out as well as drawing pictures. So far so good…