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If you are looking for science vocabulary for early elementary, WriteBonnieRose has something for you.

During the summer months, we like to review science concepts. So we were excited to receive Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Print) from WriteBonnieRose.

What is WriteBonnieRose?

WriteBonnieRose is a Christian curriculum resource for homeschoolers and parents who want to enrich their child’s education.

You can shop by subject or age to find information about writing, history, science, copywork, geography, holidays, literature, missions, and more.


What is included in Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Print)?

This science program is called a curriculum, but I would classify it as vocabulary work. Each page has several science topic words with a black and white drawing to illustrate it and a definition. In the print edition that I received, students are asked to print the word below. Students can color in the illustration.

Many good science topics are covered. They include:

  • “Kinds of Animals and How They Live” covers types of animals such as mammals, invertebrates, and reptiles.
  • “Forecasting and Understanding the Weather” discusses different types of weather and what causes them. This was Sam’s favorite topic.
  • “What’s Going On Inside Plants?” talks about parts of plants, photosynthesis, and types of leaves.
  • For geography, read, “Exploring the Earth’s Landforms.”
  • “Energy and Its Many Forms” discusses types of energy people use and where they come from or how they are made.
  • In “Discovering Rocks, Minerals, and Crystals” Sam used a rock identifying book that we had to help him color in the different pictures. He said this was also his favorite because he loves how shiny some crystals are.

Parents need to read the definitions with students since some are a little technical. An example in “Kinds of Animals and How They Live” packet is, “Crabs are crustations that live in the water or on the beach.” But what are crustaceans? That is not explained. Another confusing definition includes, “Sea turtles are amazing turtles that live in the ocean most of their entire lives. ” But all turtles live in or near the water. Tortoises live on land.

In another part, sea jellies are referred to as jellyfish. I know this is a common mistake, but in a science book, shouldn’t they be called by their correct name?

In “Kinds of Animals and How They Live,” it talks about how animals are symmetrical. The directions ask students to draw a line through the lion picture to demonstrate this, but the picture is not symmetrical. This is confusing.
I would call this scientific vocabulary work, rather than a science curriculum, because the main body of the packets focuses on brief descriptions of the words. No experiments or demonstrations are included. There are no hand-on learning activities. It is not like reading through a science book for elementary students. Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Print) can be used as a review after more in-depth study of the science topic or a preview before beginning a science unit.

The parent packet includes many web resources to check out together.

Each packet ends with a few worksheets to help your students review the information they just learned. They are multiple choice and children are asked to circle the correct picture that answers the question.

How did our family use Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Print)?

My second grade son and I worked through several of the packets. He enjoyed drawing diagrams and pictures to complement the words. The copywork was very easy and he was asked to only trace the words. I would have liked to see some blank lines for him to print the words on his own.

I was disappointed because the website description made me expect a more complete curriculum; one that I could possibly use for a core science curriculum. Instead, it was a vocabulary exercise. The website says that students will “explore” the concepts, but I felt like we did a brief introduction.

As vocabulary work, it was just OK. I like the words and concepts chosen. The additional links to website information, movies, and resources were fun to look up. This allows parents the opportunity to decide how in depth they would like to go.

Sam and I did 2-3 pages at a time since there were several concepts on each page and he needed time to process them.

The tracing/printing practice makes it seem like a book for students just learning to write, but my second grader had difficulty understanding some of the definitions.

Over all, this could be a supplemental science resource, not a science curriculum. I think it would work if you were studying a science topic with several children of different ages and needed something for your younger students.

Where can you find more information about these curricula and resources from WriteBonnieRose?

You can find these and other curriculum materials from WriteBonnieRose by visiting their website or following these links:

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