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Building Foundations in Scientific Understanding is a K-8 program created by Ph.D scientist, Bernard Nebel. He believes that children have the natural ability to learn and be curious about science and wanted to create a curriculum that would allow them to develop scientific literacy. The goal of his program is to help kids be able to filter facts from “hogwash.”

There are three books in his program, divided into a K-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8 levels. Unlike other programs that are designed to cover a single topic each year, BFSU merges four different scientific categories each year, building on each other to create a stronger understanding.

  • The Nature of Matter
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science, Technology, and Engineering
  • Earth and Space Science

The program is a teach guide, written to the parent/teacher. There is no student workbook. Instead it focuses on helping the teacher understand what they are teaching. Then they can help encourage children to think for themselves, building on what they know already. Hands-on activities, observation, questions, conversations, and a personal science notebook are key. 

There are times in the program where the book suggests looking on Google for videos or images, etc, but there is also a free community were resources have been gathered together to make it easier if you would prefer. 


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