Family Style Homeschooling - Adapting Elementary Zoology from Master Books
"Zoology is the study of life, often connected with biology and focused on animals, which is why we have those places called "zoos" all across the country. However, while the secular focus of zoology is on life origins and evolution, this course celebrates the wonder of God's creation and His unique design of all life on earth. This course has been developed to enhance learning about the diverse and amazing animals we see in our world. From the tiniest to the largest, you will be exploring what makes them unique as you celebrate their place in the world God created."
This course was designed for roughly a 4th - 6th grade level. The lessons are designed to take approximately 30-45 minutes, five days a week. It is scheduled for 36 weeks.
The set available from Master Books includes five books: How Many Animals Were on the Ark?, God's Amazing Creatures and Me, The Complete Aquarium Adventure, The Complete Zoo Adventure, and God's BIG Book of Animals. The set also includes the Teacher Guide which is where you will find the student worksheets, quizzes, weekly lesson schedule, and answer keys.
Tip: I like to combine my Teacher Guides for each subject into a larger guide with both copies. This definitely is an investment of time initially, but it makes life so much simpler for me in the long run. I can open the book and grab both copies of whatever worksheet we're working on and pass them out without having to flip through multiple copies. It might not seem like a lot, but it makes a difference. However, as SOON as my children are comfortable working directly out of their books, I will abandon this practice and each child will just have their workbook. I so look forward to this! So if your children don't need worksheets removed to be able to focus / not get overwhelmed, for your own sanity disregard this tip lol.
We pile onto the couch and usually have a basket of pencils, crayons, markers, etc on the ottoman. I give each of my older kids a clipboard with their worksheet for the day, and the younger ones too if they are going to be participating. There are often coloring pages, connect the dots, and similar activities that both my kinder and preschooler enjoy doing.