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  1. So I learned a new thing about this forum. When you aren't signed in, you can't see the signatures. :-) if I had looked again after signing in to post....
  2. Is there a link to this curriculum? I did a search and couldn't find anything.
  3. Lol--that's how I read it at first and thought, "Wow, that's WAY more offensive than American!"
  4. Thanks for getting my wheels turning in a more productive way, Ruth! Tonight at swim practice I'll be doing more paging through my stack of books!
  5. In our state, home school parents set the graduation requirements. Nothing is mandated by the state. Public school kids are required to have three credits of science "in preparation for proficiency at the high school level on" our state's mandatory testing for public schools. The large state university here requires proof of labs and three years (pick three different year-long courses) of either biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated science or physics. My goal for ds is to have a basic understanding of how the world of living things works. I see it as a definite part of being an educated adult. I want him to have a good foundation in case he wants to learn more later. I don't think he will ever be a STEM major but he might want to go into physical therapy or work as an athletic trainer. I want him to be a good steward of the earth and see how living things are so connected. For resources he prefers hands-on, non-fiction books and videos. For scheduling, he does better with shorter, more frequent blocks. He absolutely hates writing but I am looking to strengthen this skill. Cell biology seems to be necessary so we will go with that. Of the other choices you listed, probably human anatomy since he has already expressed an interest there. Genetics because I think he would find that interesting and ecology.
  6. Thank you for the link! Definitely good things to think about.
  7. Sorry i missed this. we were out of town for awhile and I haven't been checking the boards. I'm realizing that I'm a bit over my head so your advice would be useful!. :-) For the first few weeks I want to focus on what biology is and the scientific method. Last week we read a few chapters from Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. That is a fascinating read! We laughed a few places because his brain seems to go where my ds's does. Darwin sometimes seems to "humanize" the animals he is observing. From what I've seen we definitely need to cover the cell and its various processes. My ds is interested in anatomy but is a bit hesitant about dissections (although if we do some I think he will be fine once he sees it is not the same thing as cutting open a freshly killed animal). He mentioned that biology would be good because he wants to know how his body works. (He's very athletic!). I want to cover evolution but that doesn't seem to be an issue since it permeates most of the books I have. We know many young earth people so it is also important to me to spend a little time on the theology and evolution question although I suppose that would be counted under theology credits. This is our oldest child and not very academic. His math skills are a bit weak. He has zero interest in attending a four-year college but may want to go to a junior college--if they will let him play baseball. I plan on having him do some oral presentations (his strongest area) as well as some written work. I haven't finalized any lab plans yet. We still do nature walks and he keeps a nature journal.
  8. From reading lists, here's what I have so far: The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology (selected chapters) Exploring the Way Life Works by Hoagland and Dodson The Voyage of the Beagle by Darwin (selected chapters) Microbe Hunters by De Kruif Dark Life: Martian Nanobacteria, Rock-Eating Cave Bugs and Other Extreme Organisms of Inner Earth and Outer Space by Taylor The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Stewart Fabre's Book of Insects by Fabre Life in Cold Blood DVD Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Lives of Flowers by Russell The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Thomas (selected chapters?) The Biology Coloring Book Cats Are Not Peas: A Calico History of Genetics by Gould In the Womb DVD Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Brand and Yancey Human Anatomy Coloring Book Finding Darwin's God by Miller Test of Faith DVD from Faraday Institute This is what I have ordered and found online as free texts. I tried to cover the different kingdoms as well as observation and the scientific method plus genetics and reproduction and the cell. Also evolution including the debate/theological concerns since we are Christian (and are friends with lots of YECers!). I don't have anything on fungi though. Dang it, or protista unless that is covered in Dark Life. I might do The Life of Mammals DVD. I have a few things on hold at the library and still need to look over everything when it gets here. Then figure out how to schedule it all in. And add labs. Any glaring gaps? ETA: We will never get through all this!
  9. Thanks for more suggestions! Has anyone read Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers? It has good reviews on Amazon. Just wondering how it would work for botany. It seems very interesting. It was cheap on Amazon so I went ahead an ordered it but I haven't seen it on anyone's list.
  10. Yes. The plan I linked has a lab day every other Friday, along with keeping a nature journal (which we already do) on the opposite Fridays.
  11. Thank you! That is helpful. I came across another plan here: I bought the Apologia biology about five years ago because I got it for such a great deal but now the thought of using it makes me want to cry. Lol Yesterday ds was asking why we couldn't read several good books like we do for other subjects. Sadie, are you taking this approach with other sciences (chemistry, physics)?
  12. I thought something had been posted about this before but I can't find it in a search. Has anyone used a living books approach to high school biology instead of using a text book? I've seen some book lists online but has anyone done it? I think this way would work so much better for my oldest but for some reason I'm afraid to make the leap. It feels so out-of-the-box.
  13. This has been good for my dd (9). She is the same size as her 12yo brother. He is very small for his age and she is rather tall. They are both very competitive with each other. Because she can beat him sometimes she thinks she can beat anyone. It has been very good for her to lose! This past summer is the first time she was on a team. She did very well and absolutely loves it. Right now she is only doing practices. (Her practice and then swims with her brother's class too!). She could swim from the first time she went into a pool. We've started looking into competitive leagues. There is a USA team nearby. Expensive though! She definitely has the drive and talent so I'm thinking we need to make it work.
  14. I'd disagree with your conclusions :-) but it gives me a better idea on where you are coming from. Thanks!
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