Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TOS Review: Bright Ideas Press - Christian Kids Explore Physics

The universe that we live in is the result of God’s thoughtful design and careful building. Physics gives us a glimpse into the materials, laws, and structures of that universe. Behold the wonders of creation with this series of 30 easy-to-understand lessons for grades 4-8. Each lesson helps develop an understanding of matter and energy and the rules they follow. Exploring physics is an exciting adventure! - Bright Ideas Press

I was RELIEVED to read the "30 easy-to-understand lessons" part because Physics intimidates ME! I did take Physics in high school, and I did well, but the concepts covered in Physics seem, well, hard to understand NOW. (Or perhaps it's because I simply don't remember much from my high school Science years! LOL) So, when TOS offered it's crew the opportunity to review Bright Idea Press's Christian Kids Explore Science series, I "bit the bullet" and asked for Physics to try out with White Pine and Sugar Maple. Who would've known just how much Physics THEY already knew? Not me! LOL

• 400+ page Multi-Age One-Year 30 lessons Christian Science Curriculum Designed to be Used 2 Days Per Week
• Resource CD with Daily Lesson Plans, Material Lists, Follow-up Lesson Reviews, Activity Charts, Literature Study Guide, Coloring Pages, and All Printables.
• Lessons Include: Vocabulary Words, Review Questions, Hands-on Activity, Critical Thinking Questions Based on Activity, Coloring Page, and Wrap-up Questions

Missed the Focus - Grr! LOL - But White Pine and Sugar
Maple Reading Aloud Physics
Here's Sugar Maple Coloring her Chapter 1 Notebook Sheet
A Sneak Peak at Part of the Chapter 1 Review

Our Thoughts:
My older Saplings found Christian Kids Explore Science: Physics easy-peasy. (This curriculum is for grades 4-8; White Pine is in 7th grade and Sugar Maple 4th.) Now this is no indication of the quality of the program; we're just Science buffs! LOL Despite having no formal Physics curriculum, White Pine and Sugar Maple have picked up A LOT of concepts on their own. But the chapters are short, text easy to read and understand, and the hands-on activities simple to pull together. This curriculum could be used with younger, science-oriented kids starting in about 2nd grade. Overall, a great basic, multi-age Physics instruction curriculum that doesn't take a lot of prep work! Want more information? Check out what other TOS members have to say here, or click on any of the high-lighted links above or visit Bright Ideas Press here!

Disclaimer: As a member of The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, Our Side of the Mountain was provided this product free in exchange for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 


  1. Oh, this sounds GREAT! We love science around here too. I'm always on the look out for a good Bible based science book or curriculum for my kids. I'll have to check this out, thanks for posting.

  2. Great job on the review:) I need to add pictures of my kids doing the assignments for my next review too. It is fun to try new things


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