Sunday, January 19, 2014

Planning With Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding (BFSU)

I'm in the process of planning for our next term and I want to make sure I get a bit more Science in the mix.  To that end, I'm planning out a lesson from BFSU once a week, and hopefully integrating it with my nature study plans.

So I sat down with my BFSU and opened up to the flow chart page.  After flipping back and forth from it to various lessons, I decided to search online to see if someone had made something a bit more concise for planning.  It took me a while, but I found two great resources and I had to post the two links before I lost them!

First, is a list of the topics in an order that ensure prerequisites have been met.  The author of the book is very adamant about NOT creating this list from what I've read on different forums, because he wants to keep flexibility in how they are presented.  That's nice, but I'd rather have a schedule I can change than one that is so flexible that I can't follow it!  Here's the link to the blog where I found it.  At least now I can assign a lesson to a week and easily know what to prepare for ahead of time.

Second, is "Lesson Plans" for each lesson.  The order is very similar to the list of topics above, but different since there are various ways to meet the prerequisites.  These lesson plans cannot replace the book, but offer a concise plan to follow after the book has been read.  It'll make actually doing the lesson a little easier I think.  If you want to download this, I suggest using the Google Docs link, rather than clicking on the picture, as it is much simpler to get the file.


  1. Thanks for these links. I am so relieved that I can just jump in and not have to spend so much time planning when I got the book later than I would have liked.

  2. I just checked these links and they are both defunct - any chance you would be willing to email a pdf of them? I'd love to do this with my kids next year.

  3. If you plan on sharing these again, can you let me know as well? Thank you!