REAL Science Odyssey – Life

By Pandia Press

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Curriculum details

  • Aug 5, 2024 - May 30, 2025


REAL Science Odyssey is a secular, hands-on science program for homeschoolers. Each lesson consists of reading material, followed by a hands-on activity or lab.

The activities are really the focus of the program, and you will probably spend more time on them than on the textbook. This provides a break from the more reading-intensive subjects in our curriculum, but does require some preparation on the part of parents. Sample activities include making paper models, raising butterflies, observing the night sky and observing tardigrades under a microscope. Most supplies can be found around the home, with the exception of a microscope for the biology courses.

The REAL Science Odyssey books can be pricey, but you can save money by purchasing the e-book (PDF file) versions and printing them yourself. The publisher also has occasional sales at its website,

The Life Level 1 course is designed for K - 2nd grade (there are separate biology courses for grades 2-5 and middle school). This course is designed to be completed in 36 weeks (eight months), working on science one day per week.

The course book can be purchased at This page also includes a free sample of the e-book where you can view the table of contents and try a sample lesson.

The course book contains excellent suggestions for books to read in conjunction with each lesson, and we recommend checking out as many as you can at your local library to read as part of the course.