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<p>Does anyone here use Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding for their science spine?  If so, what do you like/what don't you like about it?  Santa, who strongly supports homeschooling ;) , brought the book for our family and we are excited to get started.  For those of you that use a different spine for lower elementary - what do you use? what is it like? </p>
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<p>I use it.  We just started it a couple months ago.  </p>
<p>I love that the book is really for me.  I take it and plan my thoughts and itenerary (which I love) and then approach it as if we were unschooling (which the kids love).  I will strike up the discussion part while in the car or while doing something that kinda connects.  Then, if it is a topic that the kids seem to want to explore deeper, we do activities/experiments/etc.  Sometimes we just do the minimums from the book, sometimes we go further.  </p>
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<p>My kids are 2nd and 5th grade though so we breeze through some of the topics--or at the very least take it a step further.  When we get done with this one, I will be ordering the next volume.  I do think my 5th grader is benefitting from it all.  She would love to just have experiments that explode.</p>
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<p>We have used different spines in the past.  But, they have all seemed to make science tedious.  My 5th grader specifically requested to unschool.  I can't completely do that (my own issues <img alt="orngtongue.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif">) but by using BFSU and then encouraging her to explore whatever catches her fancy--we are both happy.  </p>
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<p>Amy</p>
 

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<p>I ordered it the other day, shipping being what it is to Aus it might not arrive until the start of Feb. I have volume two on Kindle though so I already know I love the book :)</p>
<p>Really looking forward to using it.</p>
 
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