Builds Delight-Led Science
CWS is perfectly geared toward delight-directed learning--something I have not seen much in science curriculum.
General Links link to unique and fascinating topics. You are intentionally led to explore a vast array of topics that take you out of the theme you're studying, purely for the delight of learning!
This wonderful delight-led program engages all types of learning for a thorough and long-lasting Science experience.
CrossWired really has created a science curriculum that can arm parents to allow their student to lead the way in their understanding and deepen their love of science.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, y’all. There is so much here! It is a fabulously interesting program and the site allows for delight-led learning to reign freely.
Two of my girls have absolutely loved having the freedom to get in and see what looks interesting to them that day.
For the child who likes structure, we gave her a check list of what to do each day. For example, I told her to spend a minimum of 20 minutes on the site and then told her to pick videos one day. Another day I told her to pick from the experiments. Another day, I told her to do the reading plan (which actually was to go find a science book and read). So, while I didn’t have a pre-set curriculum to follow, it was easy enough to give her the checklist for CWS.
For the other two, I often ended up having to tell them to get off the site and get busy with their other classes! They would spend hours, literally, watching the videos in the topic. This is the type of learning that resonates with them well and ties many ideas together. It is wonderful to see them really digging in.
Personally, we enjoyed this program because we have recently become interested in notebooking. As we work through our homeschool year, I am constantly refining and changing our approach. Anna seems to do best when she is introduced a number of topics and then given the opportunity to choose a topic to discover further.