Science, Update

Working Away on Years 6-8

We are hard at work on the middle school curriculum and wanted to show you guys what we are up to at the moment.

We’ve chosen the three Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding books (Middle School Science Education for Years 6-8) as the spine of our Year 1-9 Science curriculum. We love BFSU, but it is notoriously teacher intensive, so we are in the process of (literally) deconstructing it! This is us laying out all the lessons to organize them physically.FullSizeRender

We’ve also brought in a long time friend to help with the process. He’s a nuclear engineer who put himself through grad school teaching high school science in an impoverished rural school district. He’s just as impressed by BFSU as we are, though not so much by our lay-everything-out-on-his-floor process. 

He’s also helping us with scheduling high school science and helping us watch all the MIT lectures again. (His actual response was, you want me to sit in the recliner and take notes while smart people talk about physics? I’m in.) We’re still on track to put out the middle school curriculum in December, though it’s definitely going to be late December.

 

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Math, Subject Sequence, Under Construction

Year 1-12 Math Sequence

For those of you who are looking for a sneak peak of the earlier grades, we posted the Y1-12 Math Sequence. This allows you to see the recommended sequence of books for a single subject, as well as expansion options for each year. Options for the main math sequence are under way and will be posted soon!

After a bit of back and forth, we are also moving primary sources to their own page for each grade. They take up a lot of real estate on the page, and for ease of reading we’ve decided to move them over the course of the next week. We don’t want anyone to be surprised by our construction dust!