We have started school, but I haven't purchased a science curriculum yet... We do take monthly science classes at both the botanical gardens and the children's museum, and they've had the first class of the year for both of those. I'm thinking of going with Sonlight. I was thinking about cobbling a curriculum together by myself but that seems like, well, a lot of work, especially with rehabbing a house for which 'fixer-upper" is a kind euphemism To be honest, I am not really a "science" person, which is funny, considering I'm here. It was never my favorite subject in school, and though I've enjoyed reading about "big picture" science as an adult, and since I became a Christian, reading about and pondering how God created and the wonder of creation, I'm still a writer and artist at heart. But now, reading back over that, I guess I am kind of a science person, in as far as it relates to God and the beauty of creation... I just get bored with the nuts and bolts stuff, and I absolutely loathed subjects such as chemistry (reflected in my barely passing grades). Sooo... all that's to say I get much more excited about choosing the read-alouds we're doing for the year than I do picking a science curriculum. BUT my oldest often says he wants to be a veterinarian, zoologist or biologist of some kind, so I know I've gotta get in the game! He's in 2nd grade this year, and years past we've read a lot of science books and done some experiments, and last year we used "Science Notebooks", but I feel we need something a bit more intensive this year.
Charlene, try not to be too apprehensive about the Sunday school situation! As Christy said, some people are just genuinely surprised that YEC is not a universal Christian perspective and will be accommodating once you speak with them. We do house church with a couple whom we adore and who are very adamantly YEC. When we first revealed we were open to evolution and didn't find it incongruous with regarding the Bible as the inspired and holy word of God (well, actually, I'm open to evolution... my husband is less so, but still believes in at least an old earth), we had a pretty heated debate. But we have become even closer friends with them since then. As long as the focus is on our love of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, a lot can be overcome. Satan delights in dividing people. We and our friends both learned a lot from our "debate" and our friendship in general - they don't automatically think people who accept evolution are heretics or atheists, and my own prejudices have faded as well. I used to think it was really important that people did not interpret Genesis literally and accepted scientific proof for evolution, but that has dimmed in importance for me. If it does get contentious, you might reassure her that you believe the same things in essential matters like the lordship of Jesus