We’ve ended our search for a homeschool science curriculum! We’re now using Introductory Science from Science Shepherd. It’s been a useful addition to our routine. Read on for our opinion and help determining if it might work for you.
About Science Shepherd & Introductory Science Curriculum
Science Shepherd is a homeschool science curriculum developed to address the need for quality higher level homeschool science curricula. The Introductory Science Curriculum is a complete science course for students ages 6-11. The courses are taught by video and accompanied by a student workbook. We reviewed Introductory Science Workbook B, which is suited for students ages 9-11. Here are the details:
- The 35 lessons cover topics in earth science, life science, physical science and science skills.
- Topics include creation, geology, biology, astronomy, oceanography, meteorology and several others.
- Video lessons are 2-5 minutes long.
- Video courses include 12-month access.
- Workbook activities are designed to reinforce the concepts taught in the video lessons.
Our Science Shepherd Introductory Science Review
The workbook and video lessons are divided by weeks. There is a video and workbook pages each day and a science activity each week. The video portal is very well organized and easy to use. Students simply click on the video they need for the day and then click to watch it full-screen. While the videos are very educational, they’re not incredibly exciting. I suppose he doesn’t always need to be entertained, though and it does keep his attention.
Most days, my son completes more than one lesson because the videos and workbook pages are so short. Again, the videos do keep him engaged, so although I wish they were longer, I’m happy he’s willing to double or triple-up without complaining. I have also worked hard to focus more on critical thinking than rote recall, so I’m not a huge fan of the fill-in-the-blank type questions in the workbook. I know it’s necessary in a course like this and I appreciate that there is some variety in the workbook activities.
This curriculum does indeed work for us. It’s not exactly what I’ve been looking for, but my son enjoys it and he is definitely learning. We have struggled to find a science curriculum that fits. I’ve been looking for something that’s comprehensive but also includes a heavy hands-on approach. This has not been as hands-on as I would like, but again, he enjoys it and can explain what he’s learned after finishing a lesson.
We’ve given Science Shepherd’s Introductory Science Couse 4 1/2 Mamas!
 It makes mama’s life easier. I don’t have to worry about teaching the hefty science concepts I’ve long-since forgotten from elementary science.  It’s kid approved, and he really enjoys the biblical approach that was missing in his public school science classes.  It delivers what was promised.  The course is very affordable. Access to the Introductory Science video lessons is just $35, the workbook is $15 and the answer key is $3.  The program is quite useful, but not necessarily unique.
I hope you’ll find our review helpful as you plan for your homeschool science lessons! Click the banner below to see what other Schoolhouse Review Crew members thought. Are you familiar with Science Shepherd? Let’s chat about your experiences in the comments!
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