Science Shepherd is a company that I had never heard of,but I thought it looked like it would be fun, especially for “Mr. Loquacious,” who has always been reluctant to “do school” as he puts it. I only recently discovered that this is because although he has been with us since he was age 8, and is now age 15, he has never been able to let go of the mindset that it isn’t really learning if you don’t have to do workbooks or worksheets!
“Mr. Loquacious” is, in fact, truly enjoying the curriculum we received. We were given for purpose of review the 383 page Science Shepherd Introductory Science student workbook Level B, the answer key for level B, and a one year membership to the online portion of the curriculum. Level B is aimed at ages 9 through 11, but with some of the difficulties “Mr. Loquacious has had in education and development, I decided this would be a good fit for him. Turns out, I was absolutely correct! 🙂
This program is SUPER easy to use! “Mr. Loquacious” simply goes to the week and day he is to study. He watches the video if there is one, and then goes right to the workbook to answer the questions. Each week is intended to be used one day at a time, covering an entire week in the book, and I have been having a hard time holding him back at all!
Along with the videos and the pages in the workbook, there are optional hands on activities. Thus far, he has not been super interested in the drawing activities. He tends to stack his drawing ability up against his brother “The Artist”, no matter how much I tell him that the two of them are different and so will their drawings be.
As you can see above, “Mr. Loquacious” is diligently working in his student book. In fact, he makes me get the answer key out after each and every section and tell him if he got anything wrong. If so, he re-does it on his own because as he says “I want to be sure I do it right, Mom.” What mom doesn’t love hearing those words, right?
Above, you can see “Mr. Loquacious” watching online videos in full screen, using my desktop computer. As he really does have attention difficulties, I was very pleased to note that so far the videos are running between two and five minutes, just about right for him.
So, “Mr. Loquacious” is liking this so much, that we will definitely continue on until he completes the entire program. And *I* feel good that he is really, really enjoying an educational product, and not having to be cajoled into working on it. 🙂
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