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Ok! I am doing the RS4K Pre-Level Biology this year, I want to make it last the entire year, it was suggested with the well-trained mind, and while I haven't read *a lot* of that as of yet, I want to do just biology for this year, and not mix it up with another science.<br><br>
So any suggestions to supplement and make the Pre-Level Biology last the entire year? I don't have the books yet, so its hard to know what exactly is included. But Id like to have some links and recommendations and get started with that.
 

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Good heavens, I totally misread the question, so never mind. But where did you get Biology Pre-level 1? I thought they didn't have it out yet!
 

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I think your answer was right on! Thank you for the links (they came through my email otherwise I wouldnt of had them.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I got the books from the publishing website gravita i think it was. they were released on the 25th of august, I found out from a mama on here.
 

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I've never laid eyes on Pre-Level I but I did level I with my then-7yo last year and it lasted about a month. It was fun, well laid-out, but a little basic for our tastes, especially the latter half, and there wasn't a whole lot to it. Maybe that's because of all the stuff we'd just naturally covered in the course of interest-led life-learning.<br><br>
So, for what it's worth, here are some of the biology-related things we've done over the years.<br><br>
We have pets and livestock and friends with livestock and visit farms and organic gardens regularly. The kids have watched lambing, raised baby chicks, cared for laying hens, milked goats and such.<br>
We have a small pond and have raised tadpoles to toads in it.<br>
We've observed moth and butterfly chrysalises etc.<br>
We grow sprouts in the kitchen all winter and have a variety of indoor plants.<br>
We have an organic vegetable garden and fruit trees at home. Each child has their own small "square-foot style" garden plot that they plant and tend.<br>
We created a gardening and environmental education club for families that meets weekly through the warmer months. Lots of nature walks, sometimes local 'experts' come to talk to the kids. Lots of group projects and activities.<br>
We have a microscope that gets used regularly to look at biological specimens.<br>
We tend various compost piles and bins and have a red wiggler vermicomposting bin.<br>
The kids play outside in natural areas almost every day.<br>
We go on family walks / hikes / etc. on a regular basis.<br>
We litter-pick along the highway and lakeshore.<br>
The kids spend lots of time just being and exploring in natural environments.<br><br>
I'm sure there's other stuff, but that's what pops to mind.<br><br>
Miranda
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think your answer was right on! Thank you for the links (they came through my email otherwise I wouldnt of had them.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I got the books from the publishing website gravita i think it was. they were released on the 25th of august, I found out from a mama on here.</div>
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Oh, that's so funny that you saw my long post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I went back and looked at your OP and was like, "Yeah, that's not even CLOSE to what she asked!"<br><br>
I seriously can't believe it's out now. I wanted it so badly but heard it wasn't going to be ready in time, so I went with WP instead. I have four...count 'em, FOUR...science curricula in my possession now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: It's a good thing she loves science!
 

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What a great list! We've done quite a few of them, some aren't in our realm, but others I'm going to do! I really want to do the chicks, I'm trying to talk my mom (lives on a farm) into having them once they are grown, she wants to, and has a hen coop, but isn't quite on board yet.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I held on for it, I really liked the look of the pre-chemistry, but really wanted to start with the biology. It wont make it by the time we start our lessons on Tuesday, but we are doing some other basic stuff first, so its ok. I'm so excited I found out through the mama on here that it was releasing at all, or I would of never known!<br><br>
My kids adore science, as their mama does too, so I'm just really psyched about compiling as much fun stuff as possible. I think I'm going to get the Mudpies to Magnets, I have the other science experiment book from last year, and love it.
 

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Miranda, I'm a little worried now. I just ordered the Pre Level chemistry for Ben who just turned 7. He is fascinated by atoms and all things chemistry right now. I looked at the table of contents and it sounded good. I am glad it won't last all year. I'm wondering if I should have ordered the regular level?<br><br>
Thanks for the biology list, I love the expansiveness of biology.
 

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I've never seen Pre-Level I Chemistry, but I did work through Level I Chem with my ds last year at age 10. It seemed considerably more challenging than the Level I biology that my dd did and was at a good level for him. (Maybe it's just that our lives are filled with biology already, but not so much with chemistry ... but I do know some other people who have commented on the Chem being considerably more challenging.) I would guess that pre-Level-I Chemistry would be about right for a 7-year-old.<br><br>
Miranda
 

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Thank you Miranda <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I looked at both choices again last night at RR and am feeling more confident this morning about the pre level. Ben talks about atoms A LOT <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I appreciate your chiming in because I consider you our (at least my!) resident science "expert" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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