CrossWired Science provides online science learning in a fun and engaging way with Sound, and Fluid Dynamics. Let’s face it, homeschooling families can use all the help they can get when it comes to streamlining our day. I know when I was homeschooling our children, anything I could use that would allow me to combine the children into one course was helpful. So even though we are only homeschooling two now who are both in high school, I was excited to have the opportunity to review this digital subscription.
CrossWired Science is a brand new science program that is quite different from most science curriculums. Rather than a textbook, the program utilizes videos to convey the necessary information along with worksheets, experiments, research opportunities, reading, devotionals and more. So it provides a wealth of learning opportunities along with opportunities to reinforce and grow your children’s faith. A Parent login and dashboard, as well as a Student login and dashboard, are available. The Student dashboard provides access to basically everything the student needs to complete the course. However, some links such as the additional videos are only available on the Parental Dashboard. The Parental Dashboard provides additional resources, planning calendars, answers to the worksheets, Quiz Results, Student progress, along with general links and unit links. The site is easy to navigate and to find what you need.
It is meant to be used as either a stand-alone curriculum or as a supplement and is good for children of any age. The curriculum is Biblically-based which is important for our family. More material and improvements to the program are being made daily. Currently, there are two Global Topics that are available – Sound, and Fluid Dynamics. Each of these is meant to take roughly a month to complete. Each Global topic includes 8 core videos. The Fluid Dynamics Global Topic core videos include topics like the Wright Brothers, Planes, whiskers, boxfish and Penguins, Bernoulli, and more.
The Sound Global Topic covers such topics as Sonar, how the ear works, how musical instruments work, how sound travels and more. As a parent who has taken a class on sound and music in college, I was impressed by the material for this Global Topic.
A suggested plan is included on the website. The plan is broken down for either those children who are 4-8 years old or those children who are over 8 years old. Students will watch the Core Videos and do the quizzes and worksheets if able. Then, each family has the freedom to select from the U-Choose selections such as Gold Digs or Digging Deeper or you can choose to use your own resources. Students can try either level 1 or level 2 on the link lessons. Students can read a book or magazine or start a collection. Families can also do research, reinforcement activities, experiments or even field trips. There is a tremendous amount of possibilities.
Both of our children have science curriculums they are already using and love, so we were using this more as a supplement. So currently, we are not doing the experiments, but I plan on having the two spend time this summer doing them instead. Also, because this is a supplement, we did not choose to do everything suggested. We focused primarily on watching the videos, discussing what we watched and doing the online quizzes. We loved how reading is required, but various reading plans are provided. If we were doing this as a stand-alone curriculum, we would utilize the Benge Books since we already have almost a bookcase full of them. These books are perfect books to read alone or read aloud and even when our children were younger, they enjoyed reading or listening to them.
So we did not work on this every day. My goal was to cover one of the global topics within a three month time period. I figured this plan would allow our children to go on any rabbit trails they desired.
Since our family plays instruments and sings, we decided to start with the Sound course. While in college, I took a course of the Physics of Sound and Music, so I was curious to see what would be discussed. I found myself learning quite a bit as I previewed some of the material for myself. The quality of the videos is excellent. The videos are short enough to keep the attention of younger students.
The courses are set up with two different learning opportunities – one for first-timers, meaning those who are going through the material for the first time as well as one for second-timers – those who are repeating the material or who already have extensive knowledge of the material.
Eventually, 24 Global Topics will be available that will provide for 6 years of educational opportunities. Over time, the depth and breadth of this program will be increased substantially. CrossWired Science plans on keeping the cost affordable for homeschooling families, which is important to me. It will provide for all Science material from kindergarten through Chemistry. So if you are looking for a fresh approach to science check out CrossWired Science and online science learning in a fun and engaging way with Sound, and Fluid Dynamics.
Other members of the Home School Review Crew are discussing CrossWired Science and their experiences this week as well. Click here or on the graphic below to check out other reviews by Crew members.