Thursday, April 18, 2019

CrossWired Science: A Science Curriculum Review

We love getting to try new curriculum through the Homeschool Review Crew, but one of the biggest blessings is being introduced to faith-based companies and programs that align with our Christian worldview.  Today's review is a brand new science curriculum from CrossWired Science, where their first and primary goal is to please God.  That outlook and their desire for students to delight in studying God's nature and creation has made this such an encouraging experience.  And when I say new, I mean so new that they are still adding new topics and new elements all the time new!  For this review, we were given access to their first 2 topics: Sound, and Fluid Dynamics, but that is just the beginning of what will eventually be a multiple year science curriculum for multiple ages.
What Is It?
CrossWired Science is an annual digital subscription to a science curriculum priced very affordably at $27.95.  It is intended for students 4-18, but the program as a whole seeks to reach anyone interested in learning.
What Does It Include?
A subscription gives access to Global Topics (i.e. Sound or Fluid Dynamics) that ultimately cross over into all the different sciences while highlighting God's extensive design and power.  Not only that, it also incorporates multiple learning avenues.  There is a suggested calendar that maps out how you can utilize all of the resources, but ultimately this an extremely versatile curriculum where you can mix and match if that works better for you.  If you were to follow the calendar, each Global Topic should last 6 weeks.
Within each Topic there are several lesson types, including:
  • Core Videos
  • Experiments
  • General Links
  • Unit Links
  • U-Choose
  • Field Trips
  • Reinforcement
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Gold Digs
  • Digging Deeper
  • Devotions
All of these work together to spark a greater interest in the subject and deepen the learning.  This is a lot of material and information!

How It Works
As the calendar suggests, students begin with the core videos of the selected Global Topic and then a variety of other activities are then incorporated to facilitate deeper understanding, often with a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' type of approach.  This makes the program very versatile to any age and compatible with most any homeschooling approach or other curriculum. It does require a lot of parent/teacher direction for younger grades, but for high school and motivated middle schoolers, this could be a great independent study program. The hope and long-term design of CrossWired Science6yl is for entire family learning with the addition of 24-30 Global Topics, like Sound and Fluid Dynamics, that create a strong scientific knowledge base to draw from and revisit.

What We Thought:

This is a huge resource and it was all a little overwhelming at first.  We originally dove into the videos and quizzes before I had adequately explored all of the parent/teacher resources and recommendations.  Reading those (especially the calendar), made everything a bit more clear and less intimidating.  The videos and the information they make available are excellent and big hits with the kids.  I love what the company is trying to do and their focus on glorifying God and making science more intrinsic to all learning. The potential learning is just endless, which makes the price seem like a steal!  It is exciting to see all the things this company and program will bring to the educational community.
Ready to Try It Yourself?
 Whether you are looking for a full science curriculum or just needing something to supplement fun activities over the summer, now is a great time to dive into CrossWired Science! For my readers, the coupon code write21 will get you $5 off your subscription.

With the younger age of my kids, we certainly haven't used the program to its fullest yet.  For greater detail or a different perspective, check out other crew reviews at the link below!

Sound, and Fluid Dynamics {CrossWired Science Reviews}
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