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  1. Would you please tell me what kind of lab exercises are in Derek Owens' Physical Science course? Are there any kind of lab sheets or instructions for writing up a lab included? Thanks!
  2. The full course is now available for purchase here: http://www.lucideducation.com/PhysicalScience1.php Clicking on the Physical Science link to the left takes you to a page with all of the videos and the student workbooks for the first two chapters. You can try before you buy.:) If you purchase the full course, you do all the grading at home. You can also still take this course online, and Derek Owens will do all the grading and answer questions.
  3. I have the Algebra curriculum all set. Ds wants to study physics in the fall. What curricula choices do I have? He'll be doing Algebra 1 concurrently. I've heard of Conceptual Physics. What else would you recommend? This would be for a 7-9th grader who is very strong in the sciences.
  4. I'm still debating a good substitute for Apologia General and Apologia Physical. How about BJU Physical 9th done over 2 years in 7th and 8th?
  5. Should I order the Kolbe tests & plans to use with PH's physical science next year? Is it worth the money?
  6. Since we are doing Algebra 1 for 8th grade, should we do a 9th grade level physical science course too? Any thoughts?
  7. who are using or considering either the Holt Biology: Visualizing Life or Prentice Hall: Physical Science Concepts in Action (with or without the Earth and Space Science component) textbooks. I love science and find it fascinating, but it's not my background ("Boys and girls, can you spell English and Counseling Degrees?") so I'm scouring the Internet daily for relevent materials to clarify these topics for our son, The Padawan Learner. It occurred to me that, since I'm keeping a log of our daily lessons online at The Jedi Academy so PL can start work independently as needed and for future transcript needs, there might be people on these forums who would be interested in following along as well - and saving themselves the effort (and occassional hair-pulling) of duplication. Generally, I try to find materials and videos online, but I also include a few Netflix movies. Those resources fall more frequently in the History category, but there are a few science-related ones that we've put in our queue. They could, perhaps, be found through your local library, or simply ignored, depending on the library system's depth and breadth. So... if you're interested, you're welcome to follow along - either this year or in the future. To science! (Note: links repaired)
  8. Am I making a mistake by putting my 9th grade dd in a Physical Science class through our co-op? When I registered her, I was aware that many high school students begin with Biology, having taken Physical Science in 8th. When the registration system kicked her out because of her age (soon to be 15- she's an older 9th grader). The co-op director made an exception and placed her in the class, but it made me start doubting my choices for her. A bit about her: Last year she took General Science. It was her first outside class and a good learning experience. Her talents as great as they are, are not in the academics. She made a low B. I could have jumped her into Biology, but did not think that would work well, and thought it not unreasonable to do Physical Science followed by Biology, then Chemistry with an additional year for an alternative science, probably not advanced, but who knows? Right now her interests are mainly social and school is a necessary evil. She does as little as possible and in my opinion does not work at the level she is capable of. She does love science though, and maybe she something inside of her will kick her into a higher gear. Maybe she will prove me wrong that she doesn't have a science career in her future. She wants to work in wildlife rehabilitation. Which could require a science degree, or not, depending on what she wants to do. The more I look around, the more I see Physical Science looked down on as a high school course. I would rather she do well in Physical Science than become totally overwhelmed in Biology though. She needs to see that she can do well in school. So far her opinion of herself is that she isn't "cut out for it". She's sandwiched between an academically gifted brother and sister, and has decided her talents lie elsewhere - which they do... But if she loves animals and one day wants to do more, am I doing her a disservice by not pushing her forward? She will be turning 15 in a class of 12-14 yo students. Last year it was the same, in General Science she was in a class of 6th and 7th graders and she noticed. I just explained that it was a middle school course, and she was upper middle school. This year I'm sure it will come up again.
  9. I have a DD beginning 9th grade. I would love advice on physical science curriculum, general record keeping--including transcripts, and choosing courses that meet credit requirements.
  10. I'm really enjoying reading (and taking notes) from the Lit. threads for different subjects. It never occurred to me to look for Lit. for science! My ds (12) is enjoying BF Early American and World History and we are reading up a storm. Does anyone have any suggestions for literary suppliments for 8th grade Physical Science?
  11. We went over orally the on your own questions. (they had written down the answers, then we discussed the answers and made corrections). We went over the study guide (again I had them write down the answers to the questions and then we went over it in class)... however, my daughter got a 69 and my son got a 57 on the third test. It was basically they were fuzzy on the "spheres." What is an effective way to study for this course? The appeal was that I thought it could be done fairly independently. My daughter got all the study guide questions correct.. Could you detail for me exactly how your child studies for these tests? One thing is that I don't think I've given them enough study time.. and i don't think they know exactly what to do. thank you. Ame E.
  12. Hi all, Our science club will be studying physics and I need some ideas. We have 3rd graders through 5th graders in this club and we meet twice a month. Do you have any ideas on what we books and experiment resources we could use?
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