If you like the idea of learning science from a fictional story, Quark Chronicles might be a fit for you. Like Life of Fred for math, Quark Chronicles tells a fictional story that will engage students, then concepts are taught within the story. Follow Tom, Sally, Joe, and Mike as they trek their way through the universe on spaceship “Auntie.” They’ve gone through a wormhole and need to find their way back home, with many adventures along the way. Each book has 18 stories and is intended to take one semester. Botany, Zoology, and Anatomy are currently available in the series, with five more to be released. The authors maintain a neutral perspective, neither promoting creation nor evolution, sticking to the facts of science. There are no tests or quizzes, so the learning comes from the reading itself. This structure is more of a Charlotte Mason approach to learning.
The publisher offers notebooking pages for those who want something that will help with assessment or just written work. PDF notebooking pages (available through the publisher at barefootmeandering.com) offers suggestions for extra reading, as well as copywork and vocabulary drill. It also includes pages for narrations and experiment write-ups. ~ Donna