Ring of Fire Science

Myrna Martin’s Earth Science (Level 1) from Ring of Fire Science came in the mail last May and I have been saving it for Classical Conversations Cycle 1, weeks 13-18.  Finally my chance to use it has arrived and this is what I think of it.

This unit gives students a good overview of what Earth Science involves.  The lessons include

  • Inside the Earth
  • Earth’s Tectonic Plates
  • Igneous Rocks
  • Sedimentary Rocks
  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Oceans
  • Layers of the Atmosphere
These are all topics of memory work in Cycle 1. 

The rock samples that came with the complete kit came in a nice clear plastic box with a key chain microscope.  We love that microscope.  It’s so much better than a magnifying glass.  The magnification is 20X.  The rocks were nice and large and included a nice variety.  The lesson book also had large photographs of each of the rocks and a description of each next to the photo.  I really liked that.  We were able to match the rocks to the photos, making it a much more Montessori-friendly activity.

The text of the lessons was a little too complex for my 5 and 3 year old, (it’s meant for grades 3 to 6) but the activities were interesting and fun.  There is a test at the end of each lesson to see what your student understood.  We skip these.  Each of the 12 lessons also includes a hands-on activity to solidify the concept. Most of these activities worked or will work well with my children.  In retrospect though, the Hands-on Activity Books would have been a better fit for the ages of my students.

We were also sent a video of the lessons in the book.  The information was interesting (at least to me) but not presented in a very interesting way (especially for a 3 and 5 year old).  It felt a bit more like a high school lecture; Myrna stands in front of the camera and talks to you about Earth Science (in the order of the lessons in the book).  Myrna sure knows her stuff, but I feel there could have been more visuals to help with the presentation of the lessons in the video.

Ring of Fire Science has a great collection of Earth Science lessons.  The activities we got to try did a good job of cementing (pun intended) the concepts we have been learning.  If you find it hard to narrow down your hands-on activity choices to complement your geology studies, you may want to go take a look at these resources.

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for a frank review.  I was not compensated in any other way for the review.