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New Format FAQs

Are all the Science units going to be bound from now on and have Journals or just the new ones?

Starting with Paleontology, all new and updated Science units that are released will have the new format, including a Course Book and Student Journals. Any units released before Paleontology will be available in the previous unbound format until that unit is updated.

When all the Science units are updated to this new format, will the old (current) formats still be fully usable? Will the videos still be available?

Yes. When the current editions of our Science units are updated, the videos will still be available and families can still use those units.

What do the Student Journals include?

The Student Journals contain activities, pages, and games that are highly integrated with the lessons. Additionally, Lesson Extensions for grades 7–8 are now included in the Grades 7–8 Student Journal. Each child will need his or her own Student Journal to participate.

Are the new Science units, which are now labeled as grades 3–8, still appropriate for a 1st or 2nd grader to complete along with older siblings?

Many families find it very easy to include younger children in the family-style learning of our Science units so you only need to teach one unit to all of your children. We encourage you to view the sample pages that will be available on our website when the units are released to see if they are a good fit for your family. There will not be a Student Journal for grades K-2.

Science for Little Hearts and Hands was created specifically with families who are teaching only children in 2nd grade or younger in mind. Science for Little Hearts and Hands could be completed for younger children in addition to completing our Science courses for older children.

Is the Course Book consumable like the Student Journals?

Course Books are primarily non-consumable but do include a few items that are consumable such as the vocabulary cards. These components can be altered in order to be reused and each family could decide how to do so (lamination and no permanent gluing to a science wall, for example). Student Journals are consumable.

Will all of the updated Science units be designed for grades 3-8?

Yes. Our updated and newly released upcoming Science units will be designed for grades 3-8. We will also have additional courses in our Science for Little Hearts and Hands series geared towards grades K-2. Many families find that their younger children enjoy joining in with their family-style learning even if they are teaching children in grades 3-8.

Will the new Science units be available as a PDF download as well? Can you download the read-aloud books?

PDFs of the new format of Science are available for purchase for the Course Book and Student Journals. Correlated reading books and the 7-8 extension books are not available in PDF format.

Is the PDF of the Student Journal priced higher than the physical journal?

Yes. Our pricing is set with many factors taken into consideration. We are happy to provide the option of both physical and PDF format so parents can determine the best option for their family.

General Science FAQs

In what order do the Science units go?

Science units do not need to be taught in any particular order. They are designed for you to choose when you want to teach each subject.

In what order will future science units be released and when?

We anticipate the following schedule for our new and updated Science units. All dates and the order of expected release are subject to change.

By the end of 2022
Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish (Updated)
Marine Biology (Updated)
Geology (Updated)
Health and the Physical Body (New, this replaces The Human Body Part 1)
Chemistry (Updated)
Botany (Updated)
Space (Updated)
Energy (Updated)
Birds (Updated)
Mammals (Updated)

Early 2023
Arthropods (Updated)
Weather and Water (New, replaces Water and Our World and Meteorology)
Health and the Human Mind (New)
Ecosystems (Updated)

How do I plan my science curriculum for the year? How many units do I need for a school year?

The Science units do not need to be taught in any particular order. They are designed for you to choose when you want to teach each subject. Each unit has a varying number of lessons, and each will take a different amount of time to complete. We recommend that you complete at least 2 lessons a week. Each unit includes 6–24 lessons. Many families will select 2-3 units to focus on for the year.

Do I just need one copy per family or group?

For the new format Science units, you only need one copy of the Course Book per family or group. You will need one Student Journal per child.

The previous version of the Science units included a copy of the PDF so parents could print additional pages for their children, as needed. Please keep this in mind if you are using a prior version of a Science unit as the new format does not include a PDF with the purchase of a physical copy and instead includes all student pages in the Student Journal. 

Are the Course Books consumable in the new format?

Each unit includes activities that will be cut out. Items that can be reused, such as the mini books are included in the Course Book while one-time-use items are generally found in the Student Journal. Just a few Course Book pages may need to be adapted by the parent if they desire to reuse them. For example, a very small number of activities in the Course Book may be written on but the parent could choose to have the children write on a separate piece of paper or a whiteboard. Sample pages are available to view these portions of the Course Book.

What age should my child start Science?

Our Science units are designed for children in grades 3-8. Many young children enjoy Science and may begin when they are kindergarten age. If you have only younger children, you may be interested in our Science for Little Hearts and Hands, which was created to inspire a sense of wonder in young children, to spark their curiosity in the world around them, and to introduce Science to children in preschool through 2nd grade. 

Can you use the new Student Journals with the old format?

The Student Journals were designed to be used with the new Course Books; they do not correlate well with the old editions. The format is what is changing the most in the new Science units but some content has changed as well to streamline lessons, adapt activities so they are now in the Student Journal, and other changes to improve usability for families. Some lessons are changing completely in regards to content while others will be similar. As the current editions of our Science units are updated, customers who previously purchased the physical units will continue to have access to their free PDF download of the prior edition as well as access to the videos and other resources. Families can continue to use and enjoy the previous editions of the Science units.

Are Science units written from a Young Earth or Old Earth perspective?

The Good and the Beautiful Science units are faith-based, but focus on only very basic Bible principles, allowing all Christians to use the units and add in their specific beliefs. The units work for those who hold both Young Earth or Old Earth theories.

Old Format FAQs

How should I print the previous Science units?

When printing the previous edition of Science units, make sure you print any hands-on pages single-sided. This will include vocabulary words, mini books, and activity sheets. Lessons may be printed double-sided, but physical copies are all sent single-sided for the previous edition. 

Why did the previous units not come spiral-bound or hole-punched?

Previous Science units were not bound to give parents and educators the option to organize the units as desired; however, an overwhelming number of customers requested a more user-friendly format so the Student Journals and bound Course Book were designed. PDF options are available to allow printing preferences of choice. 

Previous Science units are not spiral-bound because so many pages need to be cut, removed, or copied. Units are not three-hole punched because they contain items such as mini books and vocabulary-wall words. Many customers hole-punch their units after removing the portions they’d like to keep whole and use a 3-ring binder to keep everything organized. See ideas about how the courses work and how to organize the Science units by viewing the videos below.


How to Organize The Good and the Beautiful Science Units

How the Courses Work