Around January I started to get serious with my third child's learning. He had turned five the week we had his little brother in November and we were so close to the holidays I decided that January would be a better fit. My focus has been on just reading as he doesn't officially start kindergarten until September but I love adding in fun subjects like History and Science. For the past few weeks we've been working on Rainforest Journey from EdTechLens.
What it is and how we used it:
This is an entirely online Earth Science course for grades K-5. Your child receives their own personalized log in with you as the administrator. From there they follow a set out course of lessons. Each day/lesson brings you different activities. You might see pictures or watch a video depending on the day. Some days have questions for the kids to answer,an activity or worksheets. At the end of the unit there are assessments or test to take.
For our review we worked on the Kindergarten level. This includes 5 Units. You can work at your child's pace. Some days we did one lesson and other days we did several - just depended on my child's attention span and how much time we had to devote to the lesson. Typically we would spend 10-15 minutes working on it.
- Unit 1: The Big Picture of the Rainforest
- Unit 2: Adapt or Die
- Unit 3: Animals
- Unit 4: Plants and Fungi
- Unit 5: Ecosystems
The Units are broken down into the following sections:
My little guy is a beginner kindergartner. We are still learning letter sounds so he cannot read on his own yet. So for this course he used the options for the sections to be read aloud for him. I also asked him verbally a lot of the worksheet info because he isn't at the level of writing sentences. (I think if we were at the half way point of kindergarten - he could have done all of the work on his own - without modification.)Having the ability to modify was a huge plus because it made this course very workable for his age.
I like how gentle this curriculum is. Each lesson was short and sweet. The option for having the sentences read aloud to the student was a big plus for me. I also loved that all the worksheets included color pictures and were easy to click and print. The videos and pictures were beautifully done. We loved seeing pictures of the different animals, trees and bugs. Overall it is a nice course. Logging in was tricky until I realized that the program gave my son his own login and he had to sign in on that. (Not a big deal.) My only complaint is I wish that the videos had someone speaking about what we were seeing. I think at 5 my son would have liked that instead of reading about it separately.
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