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  1. Hi Everyone, I don't know if you remember the sad story of these videos being suddenly taken offline? Well, here they are back online again. I was writing the teacher about offering some kind of package for the DVD's and she said that they were all online for free. I was astonished...but here they are. Click on the little WATCH (with TV icon) in each episode. After trying to do the Giancoli level physics where my son was not progressing fast enough, we ended up going back to easier material. I bought the DVD's because at the time they were not online any more. Overall my assessment of the program is that on a continuum it would fall in between Conceptual Physics and Giancoli Physics. For people looking for a secular program that has math but is not AP Physics B level, this would be a good fit probably. At first I had the Apologia Physics with it. But ds has finished that and is now finishing things that were not covered in Apologia but are covered in GPB. We are also using Holt Physics. (one of the books the teacher who developed the program said that she used). There are topics covered in Holt Physics that are not covered in GPB and we will do those shortly. I wonder how long they will stay online this time...maybe it would be good to do the program in the summer? The teacher said that she was surprised that they were online again too. Joan
  2. The American Chemical Society has a terrific ebook called Inquiry in Action: Investigating Matter Through Inquiry available for free download. All the experiments use household materials, and it includes worksheets, lab sheets, discussion questions, teaching notes, and assessment rubrics. It looks like there are about 35-40 activities/experiments, grouped into 7 topics. It's designed for K-8 and it's really well done! Jackie
  3. I will be doing a correspondence course next year but also plan to do some of my own classes. I want to do Chem. Lab and photography but am trying to figure out if I should do those each for half a year. I also would like to do Greek literature studies for at least half a year, I am just worried that colleges would think I was lying because I was taking so many classes. This is my planned Junior year schedule: Pre-Calc (Honors)* English III* American History II or Ancient History (Haven't decided yet)* Chemistry* Italian III* Health Science* British Literature* Photography (1/2 year) Chem. Lab (1/2 year) Greek literature study (1/2 year or full year?) * means outside course Would a college think I was lying if I put this on my transcript? I could prove it to them with school work and such but I would prefer not to go through such a hassle. Also, out of the last three, should I do them all half year or should I do two half year and one full or one half year and two full?
  4. The boys got to look at kits at the learning store this past week. They are really interested in Chemistry, crystals, and energy! So, I want to plan around their interests this upcoming year. We tried RS4K Biology this year. It seemed fine at first. I liked that it was just 10 chapters so we were not stuck on one science subject for the entire year. My kids like Science but they hate trying to stretch that subject out an entire year. They need time to explore nature when it's nice out. We do a lot of nature study style science normally. The experiments weren't any good. They didn't turn out well or they didn't make sense or they just weren't any fun. Any suggestions? I'll include what I have in my cart so far. Are these good kits? Some of it may just be for our youngest boy. Our VA pays for all our supplies, so we can't purchase Christian materials. I do have Apologia general science and I was thinking of doing some things out of that book for some subjects. I haven't really looked through it yet. It was given to me for free. I have some elementary Apologia books, as well. We haven't covered the Botany one yet and I might hold onto that for Spring. I prefer to order stuff through Homes School Science Tools because the VA will do it for us and just ship to our house. Here is what I've got on my cart so far RM-GEODSET Medium Crack-Open Geodes, Box of 10 1 $15.95 BK-ELEMENT The Elements Book 1 $27.95 KT-CHEM1K Chem C1000 Kit 1 $79.95 CM-ELECARD Elements Photographic Card Deck 1 $34.95 CE-SLIMKIT Slime Science Kit 1 $9.95 KT-MSBSLIM Slime, Gel & Goop Science Kit 1 $19.95 KT-CRYTREE Crystal Tree Kit 1 $3.25 KT-FIZFOAM Fizzy Foamy Science 1 $19.95 KT-CHEM500 Chem C500 Kit 1 $31.95 KT-GSENBAT Enviro-Battery Kit 1 $11.95 AS-TELEKIT Telescope Kit 1 $12.95 RM-CRYSTAL Crystal Growing Experiment Kit 1 $10.95 KT-POWERHS Power House Kit 1 $139.95 KT-GLOGERM Glo Germ Gel Kit 1 $32.95 KT-MSBRAIN Mysteries of Rainbows Kit 1 $19.95 KT-MSBGERM World of Germs Kit 1 $19.95 CM-PELEM36 Elements Poster 1 $12.95 KT-STEPSCI Stepping into Science Kit (This would be for my Grade 2 who will be doing Oak Meadow 2) 1 $32.95
  5. What have you used and totally loved? Totally disliked? Teacher intensive? Open and go? I'm all :bigear: :bigear: :bigear:
  6. We are looking for a high school chemistry science course, but I am hoping to find one that is not rigorous. Can anyone give suggestions? Thank you, friends!
  7. The kit from Thames and Kosmos is not working for me!!! I can't seem to understand what they are trying to do half the time and the experiments aren't working for us!!! I guess I'm hopelessly inept...and I spent so much money on this. Anyone have any comments? Anyone have any cheaper recommendations for Chemistry experiments for 3-8th graders? thx, Whitney
  8. Been debating with hubby on this one. He says chemistry was hard for him in high school. He and Grandma both suggest I wait 'til 11th grade to offer Chemistry to son. I am noting in the local ps and with stuff like Apologia or BJU, they suggest to do Chemistry with Geometry. Son will be in 10th grade next year. So far, he is doing well in Algebra I with a 95% average. I realize the leap from Biology (this year's science) to Chemistry is big with more memorization and labs. Son has dysgraphia and is Asperger's. He enjoys Science and is bright. But is waiting 'til 11th grade a disadvantage? Help. Anyone who has done Chemistry please advise. Would like to know all POV on all angles. We are leaning to a coop Chemistry class next year. My only concern is we will be meeting 1x a week for labs. I have a feeling they will offer Apologia. (I am not thrilled with it -- but do not have a choice at this point) My only other option is to outsource an Integrated Chemistry & Physics (ICP) class 2x a week with another coop that uses BJU Press material and supplements. My concern is having son keep up with the pace of a coop class -- but it needs to be done. Life skills, kwim?
  9. Hi, I am a non-science person and decided to delegate out the chemistry portion of our studies this year (my daughter is in 10th grade). The program she's enrolled in is not adequate. It's an online book that she finds really confusing, meeting with the teacher at class once a week is not enough, and, to make a long story short, she is not progressing adequately (I was hoping she could take the AP exam this spring; we have the prep book from College board but it's a) dull and b) presumes some basic knowledge, which she just doesn't have yet). Anyway, I'm looking for a curriculum or study guide that she could use, like a voice in her ear, so she can get a basic feel for the concepts and use the course materials provided by the teacher and the AP book for extra practice. I'm looking at Apologia (not sure if it's too basic at this point), BJU (might be too much of a full course), Chemistry the Easy Way (not narrative enough? she's a word-problem person) or any other suggestions anyone has. Thanks in advance!
  10. Hi there. I'm new here and learning the site as I go. I was publicly schooled all my life and I've never really really self-taught myself subject matter. I'm currently going on my second semester in my first year of college without foundations in the (4)areas below. For me that would be: Chemistry Physics Calculus Pre-Calculus Could you provide great links? Could you tell me effective ways of instilling the knowledge? Also any detailed advice on how to be self taught and teach yourself these things is much appreciated. I will visit every link. Also, I think the full fledged thing might be, not sure, but could be harder to grasp than an introductory course in these subjects. Actually I think algebra and trig are more familiar so just the pre-calc intro course would be sufficient. I can't wait to learn physics and chemistry. Baby steps, thanks.:seeya:
  11. I'm trying to design a high school course using a college level textbook. This text (chemistry) is used for 2 semesters in college. How would I go about deciding *where* to divide the book for a one year high school course? From past experience I find that high school chemistry texts vary quite a bit in content esp. when one factors in the texts written specifically for homeschoolers. The text is: Chemistry: the Central Science. It was recommended by the author of the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments (Robert Thompson). I'm not necessarily wanting to do AP level work, either. So...should I just line up a lot of high school texts and see which units are common? Is there a standard (other than AP) that I can use?
  12. Do I have other (secular) options besides R.E.A.L. Science and the Mebane/Rybolt books? Can you give your input on these and anything else you've used for third grade chemistry? We're using R.E.A.L. Science for Earth/Space and I'm not completely in love with it, but I'm not ruling it out for next year. Last year we used Living Learning books, but I thought it was way too light and wasn't happy with their lack of CS.
  13. I'd like to use Fizz, Bubble, and Flash! as well as The Elements by Ellen McHenry to enhance our chemistry studies this year. The Fizz... book is listed in NOEO's Chemistry II booklist (Logic stage) and The Elements, I believe was for ages 9+ :confused: Would either of these work for an advanced 8yo, or should I wait until our nex go-round with Chemistry? I don't want to use up all the great resources now and not have as much selection when we get back to Chemistry in grade 7. :D
  14. This just came up on the hs2coll group...these are science courses developed for rural schools that cannot get qualified science teachers. There are two semesters each of physics and chemistry with video teacher, student note-taking sheets, and labs for each episode. http://www.gpb.org/chemistry-physics I'm very curious if anyone has used these and their analysis of them - level of math required, covery of topics, etc. Also do you know the book that they use? (In the first episode, the teacher is holding up a book but it is too small to see the publisher.) I'm going to write to see if they will give home ed'ers the teaching materials... It's amazing this is free on the net.
  15. I listened to an intriguing interiew yesterday on PBS' Science Friday. One of the interviewees was William Gurstelle (of Backyard Ballistics, et. al. fame). Anyhow, they were talking about how to make things pop and blowup and whatnot at home (safely and legally). One of the panelist's comments struck me: he stated that the kids chemistry sets used to create awesome reactions have gone the way of the diving board. They were apparently thought too dangerous and the chemicals and experiments included in today's chem sets just don't inspire. He talked about the numbers of his science colleagues that got their start with their Christmas chemistry set. I thought back to my brother and the hours he spent in his room with his chemistry set (and he's now a PhD science professor). So, I'd like to get one (or make one) of those old-fashioned, inspirational, safe but lively chem sets for my boys. Have you found a really good one? Has anyone made their own? Before I check out a bunch of library books and research something that's not my area, can anyone point me in the direction of a kit or book that lays this out? I do have Gurstelle's books and the potato cannon remains one of my boys' all-time favorite creations. Thanks all! Lisa ETA: Here's a link to the PBS broadcast.
  16. I am looking for a chemistry curriculum for upper elementary kids. Can't decide which one to choose... Real Science looks more "meaty" then Noeo... Noeo looks more CM... I might use these in a small co-op. Anyone used these and can comment? Or maybe something else? Thanks
  17. Has anyone used this with a 5th grader? I am planning on using The Elements first, then thought I would follow up with the Carbon Chemistry. After looking at the samples, I'm thinking it might be too much for my dd. Of course, we won't really be getting to it for another 9 months or so. Any thoughts?
  18. For anyone who is or has prepared their student for the SAT II chemistry test... do you know where to find a list of the labs that would normally be demonstrated/ described for high school chemistry and therefore possibly tested? We have the SAT II chemistry prep book which has just a couple of examples... Thank you! Joan
  19. I'm looking into chemistry labs and have appreciated all of the recent discussions about various lab options. I'm hoping for input on two more: (1) Has anyone used Green Chemistry Labs (student and teacher manuals)? I've looked at the sample (on the site below); the labs appear complete and the explanations well written. BTW, it's aimed at schools, but the authors are working on a homeschool version (at least one of the authors, a chemistry professor, homeschools). https://www.uu.edu/books/GreenChemistryLabs/ (2) How about ChemLab virtual labs? Anyone use? http://modelscience.com/ Thanks! Hilary
  20. What I really want (and probably won't get) is a literature based program like TOG that would list out real books I could use to cover a topic, and experiments/project that can be done to illustrate the concept with a few thinking questions I could go over with her once a week to make sure she got the concept and get her thinking about it on a little deeper level. So what is the next best thing? Heather
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