Exploration Education

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krev52

  • Reviewed on Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • Grades Used: -
  • Dates used: 2016-2017
I homeschool and had one child using the elementary version and one using the standard version this past school year. As a busy parent of 4 homeschool children, I greatly appreciate that all kits come with virtually everything you will need to do experiments, all portioned out in Ziploc bags by unit. Genius and such a help!!!

My husband and I were also VERY impressed by the depth of the teaching material and by the hands-on nature of each lesson. Lessons are short enough to maintain attention and deep enough to present important concepts properly for the age of the student. The hands-on nature of this course, interspersed interactive questions in the CD portion of the course, and science notebook/logbook kept interest high, which in turn promoted excellent retention.

My husband is an engineer and I have a medical background. We are both impressed by the emphasis of doing experiments, collecting data, interpreting the data, and learning how to articulate hypotheses in the standard version. It was difficult for my son to do at first, but by the end of the year, he was collecting and interpreting data quickly and effectively. Excellent program! I highly recommend it!!!

school@home

  • Reviewed on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • Grades Used: 8th/9th
  • Dates used: .
Exploration Education is a wonderful course. My daughter is learning so much. I am so happy that a friend told me about the course. Many courses that are geared towards homeschoolers or learning at home are rather incomplete. Exploration Education provides almost everything needed which made it so efficient and the quality of the course is fantastic. It is perfectly aimed at the student and encourages them to take on a lot of responsibility and still allows the parent to be involved if they choose. My daughter learned more than she expected to learn and also found out that she can follow very explicit directions on her own, with superb results which gave her an amazing sense of self-worth and accomplishment. This has been a wonderful step for her for entering high school science.

luvhomeschooling

  • Reviewed on Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Grades Used: 4-6th
  • Dates used: 2010
We really liked Exploration Education's Intermediate science curriculum. It was thorough, fun, and easy for my kids to follow through with. I literally handed them the box and said, "Go do your science." Then I was free to work with another child or do one of the other million things on my list.

Not only was it truly self-directed, but my children retained the information they learned.. They liked the practical applications, and LOVED having the cool finished projects.

A few things this course offers that I have not found other places:
-teaches my student to follow directions (you can tell this program was written by someone who has worked with kids)
-teaches follow through--student learns to finish what they start
-teaches problem solving skills in real life situations (why does your car pull to the left?)
-my student gained hands on project experience.

Overall, our experience was very positive and I have recommended Exploration Education to my friends.

annamay79

  • Reviewed on Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • Grades Used: 2nd
  • Dates used: 2013-2014
I let my 2nd grade son choose between a couple of different science curricula last year, and he chose Exploration Education.

Pros: We got through the entire book, which is unusual for us! My son enjoyed it for most of the year, though by the end he was tired of it. We liked assembling the car, boat, etc. This program requires no preparation as a parent/teacher. I felt like it covered a great range of topics and the things that we learned come up in conversation regularly.

Cons: I was turned off by the number of typos in the book, and we were very annoyed that some of the experiments/activities did NOT have the results described in the book. For instance, two magnets did NOT pick up more paper clips than one magnet, and two magnets did not attract paper clips at a shorter distance than one magnet.

I don't regret using this program, but it would be much improved with some edits.
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