Friday, April 8, 2011

TOS Review: Science Weekly

Science Weekly is a newsletter-style full color science supplement for elementary aged kids. It is available for six different grade levels from kindergarten to fifth/sixth grade. There are 20 issues per year on different science and math topics ranging from fractions to green buildings to the moon. Science Weekly is full of information on that particular topic and activities that kids can do on their own and a few things they need supervision for such as the Weekly Lab project.

We reviewed the issue on composting, which was very timely for us since we were beginning the preparation for our garden. Farm Boy was super excited to begin gathering items for the Weekly Lab which was designed to show whether or not water was needed to make compost.

The Teacher's Notes, which are included for homeschools upon request, are the lesson plans and background info for the topic. 

There are also several interactive issues available on the website including Pyramids, Living in Space, Kites, Hurricanes and Dams! The last page includes a link to download the PDF.

15 issues for $19.95 per student per year The bulk rate is starts at 20 issues for $4.95 each so it would be great for co-ops or homeschool groups to group buy!

For a free sample issue download on Coral Reefs. The Sport Science issue is available from the order page.The interactive issues are also available for download.

Science Weekly is a fun supplemental tool but could be cost prohibitive for larger families unless the subscriptions were part of a group buy. With two kids, it isn't something that I would necessarily put on the "must buy" list for our curriculum at $19.95 but would love to have it at $4.95 per kid. I love the interactive part of the site too and those are available free for download to print at home. Science Weekly would make a great addition to our Workboxes.

Legal Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew I received a sample set of Science Weekly free of charge for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.


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