In a Nutshell:
Science Weekly is a bi-weekly instructional module focusing on science and designed to look like a newspaper/periodical (reminiscent of Weekly Reader). Each colorfully illustrated issue is four pages long and covers one science-related topic at six different levels (one per order/paper). It is published fifteen times a year, and costs $19.95 per level for home use, or $4.95 per paper for groups of 20 or more. This product is for public or private schools or homeschoolers.
- Level Pre-A (Kindergarten)
- Level A (Grade 1)
- Level C (Grade 3)
- Level D (Grade 4)
How many issues are there per year?
Science Weekly is published fifteen times per year, twice per month in September, October, November, January, February, March and April, and once in December.
How much does Science Weekly cost?
- A yearly subscription to Science Weekly is $19.95 per child, with Teaching Notes included (one set of teaching notes covers all levels).
- If you have an order of at least 20 subscriptions, you can get the classroom rate of $4.95 (these must be delivered to the same address). This could be ideal for a homeschool co-op or group.
- Main Concept Vocabulary and activity
- Math and activity
- Writing in Science activity
- Challenge activity
- Bringing it Home activity (Lower Levels only)
- A homeschooling family that doesn't have a formal science curriculum, but feels the need to include more science in their month, and would like a bit of direction. If your family enjoys getting mail, likes science, and doesn't mind digging deeper on their own into a topic to develop a useful unit study (ie. finding some real books to read , designing a project, guiding deeper inquiry-based discussions, watching a related movie, playing a game, etc.), you'd probably like this publication. If I was someone without a formal science curriculum, but wanted to do SOMETHING for science, this wouldn't be a bad place to start.
- A homeschooling mom who has a child who is interested in science, and would like a small science supplement that arrives in his mailbox a few times a month. This child would need to be self-directed to get the most out of the included experiments and activities.
- Any child who enjoys getting mail would probably like this, though there are other publications for the same price that will probably provide more information, reading opportunities, and more activities than what are offered in this small newspaper.
- A Homeschool Co-op Science teacher who can take advantage of the group rates (each parent paying for their own child's subscription) might find this a valuable supplement or base for her lessons.
- Classroom teachers from Public and Private Schools would probably find this a useful tool for their classes. Several of the activities we saw involved interviewing or counting and tallying your classmates reactions/experiences. It brief and could easily be completed in one classroom period.
- Someone who is looking for an all-inclusive curriculum solution to teaching science. This is a nice handout, but in order to thoroughly cover a topic (such as the flu, like on the issue we had), you would need to add picture books, deeper discussions, more activities, etc...and if your kids are anything like mine, they will want to know MORE than what is included in this publication.
- Very science-y types will probably expect MORE than what is included in this publication.
- I just did not think that for the price of $19.95 per a child for 15 issues of four pages long it was a good deal. However, if you are struggling with where to go with your science, and feel you just need a little nudge to get you more involved with that subject, then maybe this is just what you need. I'd recommend ordering a higher level than your child needs (preview available levels by viewing the Coral Reefs issue HERE), then using the topic and information in the issue as an introduction to a bi-weekly science topic, then spending the rest of the two weeks until the next issue arrives digging in deeper by finding books to read, online activities to do, movies to watch, making a lap book, etc. Voila! Science.
- If you had a co-op or group of local homeschoolers who would order with you to reach the 20 minimum orders to recieve the discount (hey, Homeschool Buyer's Co-op needs to do that!), then I can see ordering one or two subscriptions for the varying levels in your home as a supplement to your science curriculum, or as a jumping off point for your own science studies.
"Kids need to learn about keeping germs away from others and protecting themselves from germs. This is a nice way to get them that information. I think it is a clear, simple introduction to the subject, and can help students practice their reading and thinking skills in an interdisciplinary way. I really like the visual representation of germ-sharing as shown by the experiment. After introducing the topic using Science Weekly, I'd also go to the library and find a few books on the subject, read them during the week, and it would be an easy, but complete lesson."
Her suggestions for adding to the unit: Germs are not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick, Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger, Germs, Germs, Germs by Bobbi Katz, and Magic Schoolbus: Inside Ralphie by Joanna Cole.
**BONUS!! Info you want to know! Check out their new Interactive Issues HERE...each of these interactive issues (Pyramids, Living in Space, Kites, Hurricanes, Dams) is a fun way to try out their product. The BONUS is that each of these FREE! issues has MORE content and pages than the print version you receive in the mail. And guess what? You can print up these free issues (and their extra content), too. I think if the print version was as long as the interactive one, I'd be more likely to subscribe for the Three Amigos next year. Just a thought.
Another BONUS! Print up FREE! supplementary coloring books HERE for these topics: Sun, Dams, Hair, Photosynthesis, Gravity, and Forests.