I still yet to get my hands on CGC, but I heard it was good too.
I guess the reason I went with Apologia is that its so pleasing as far as text and pictures, in addition to all the experiments/activities to be done are things that most of us have around the house anyway. Of course not to mention how beautiful they bring out the scriptures to give honor where it is due
I'm waffling on the one about doing science with both girls with that much of an age spread. I find it gets harder each year. I found it hard this year with my 4th grader and 2nd grader. My 4th grader can do so much more and should be too,kwim? The way I made it work for us was by reading the material together, but I made my oldest keep a science journal as well. I would give him vocabulary words after each lesson and he would have to write them out on index cards. Then the next day or two, he would match them for review.
In addition, this year I will have to use some of Calvert's science alongside our chemistry because we will be moving by the end of this month, then rebuilding a new home. So for the next year, or so I will have to use some things from our boxed curriculum to cut down on my lesson planning that I so enjoy.
One thing, I did notice about Calvert's 4th grade and up 5th and 6th grade is that they are covering like 17 or more pages when they do science twice a week
The first lesson is like covering the material, the second lesson day that you choose in the week is like the experiments. I know that in 4th g rade and up they are really using the microscope a lot and learning that function.
So for this next year, I am really having a hard time deciding because I feel like I didn't give my oldest enough science. Some other things I learned about how to really expand it for that oldest one is to give her science compositions to write as well.
I think the Apologia will strike a nice middle ground for your 1st and 6th grader. I see some things that your first grader will need help on doing, and your 6th grader needing to expand on what they are saying.
For example, when we did the chapter on each planet, I had him write a composition in addition the science activities they were doing.
I guess to sum it up, I think the Apologia strikes a happy middle ground since it is written on a 4th grade reading level. My second grader and my Prek was even able to understand. Some of the activities are so easy for the younger to do..
Like when we melted chocolate with a magnifying glass by the heat of the sun. I made my oldest list the materials, illustrate what he did, form a hypothesis and then prove it true or false.
So I think between that, the activities they have in the book, helping his younger brothers, doing vocabulary words and writing some science compositions in between he got more out of it.
I want to do some chemistry next year with them and that is written on like 5th grade level, but still 1,2,3 explanations so that my middle one can somewhat keep up.
I think its important on whatever you get, to be sure and find out the reading level. Because some science curriculums say for 1st to 4th grade but that means YOU doing most of the reading or teaching. I guess thats why I enjoy the Apologia series because my oldest was able to read it.
All I can say is that I have EXTREMELY PLEASED
with its appearance, simplicity, ease of use and user friendliness.....
Have you been able to get your hands on both of them to compare?