I have a question! I have a VERY science-orientated little boy and am considering using R.E.A.L Science Odyssey to support ME in providing enough science to keep him happy.
My understanding is that each of the level one books (Life, Earth and Space, Chemistry) is designed to take one academic year BUT it doesn't matter what order you do them in. EXCEPT that Chemistry is not to be the first one (it is labeled as for grades 2-5 rather than 1-4).
I have some questions for any of my readers that have used these. First, WHAT IS IT about Chemistry that makes it inappropriate for first grade? Is it that it builds on knowledge (vocabulary, procedures, etc.,) that are learned in either Life or Earth and Space? Or, did the publisher just think that 1st graders are too young for chemistry in general.
Second, I'm hoping someone else has done what I am thinking. If not, if you have done any level of the program maybe you can give me some input on whether or not you think my idea would work. I am thinking about beginning all three levels at about the same time and working on them concurrently for three years instead of doing one book a year for three years. I hoped I could perhaps use them as support in as Montessori a way as possible if say we worked in the Earth and Space book on a day he is interested in space and worked in the Life book when he wants to think about plants or animals, etc., We might get further ahead in one or another as his interests dictate.
Does anyone who has worked with these have any thoughts?