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  1. I'm supposed to teach Apologia General Science to junior high kids at a Christian co-op next year. I don't love Apologia; it's long winded. The experiments seem not great. These kids have been using the Young Explorers books and Real Science for Kids. What would you suggest for alternatives? The leaders are young Earth, so it needs to be YE or not mention dates. Thanks!
  2. We started Apologia science last year and my oldest two - dd11 and ds13 - have finished the Land Animals and the Swimming Creatures. I think dd11 will do the Flying Creatures next but I'm stuck as to which one to do for ds13. I was thinking the General but read someone else thought the Chem & Physics would do well for 7th. And then I'm thinking ahead as to where Physical would come in.... What would be a good schedule for these starting with 7th grade?
  3. I am considering using the Apologia Academy recorded classes for my upcoming 8th grader net year. He has some LD and is currently doing general science. He reads the text as he listens to the MP3. I think he could benefit from the teaching portion, but I am wondering if he will be able to keep up with the course. I'd love to hear from those who have sed these courses and your experience with them. Would you recomend the courses or a child with LD? Thanks.
  4. So we just did our first day of this curric. It seems good, though it took about 45 minutes to read the 5 pages, narrate it back and do the notebook page (draw two favorite animals and write their genus & species name under picture). They have already memorized Kingdom Phylum Order... etc from CC. I may be a wimp, but it seems like the future this is going to take a big fat hour... or seven. My boys are VERY interested in science and seem to have decent vocabularies for their ages, but they are 7 and 4. (Obviously, it's mostly the 7 year old doing the written work.) They did enjoy it a LOT today. Do any of you follow the two days per week, two weeks per "lesson" schedule they outline? Is it doable with my crew's ages/etc.? (And IF I should skip things, what would you skip?) How are you liking it?
  5. Have any of these been published yet? Was there a delay? Any news?
  6. A friend very kindly gifted me several boxes of science equipment. They include a CD-ROM of Exploring Creation through Biology, with a set of dissecting equipment and boxes of slides; a serious-looking microscope from National; and a CD-ROM of Exploring Creation through Chemistry, with two sets of lab equipment (chemicals, test tubes, eyedroppers, etc.). Of course, I can use all of the lab equipment regardless, my questions are about the CDs. They state on the back that they are high school, college prep level courses. So, what I'm basically trying to figure out here is whether they will be useful to me or should I pass them along to someone else. My oldest will be an 8th grader in the fall, I'm ok with hanging onto materials years in advance if they're good. My questions are, succinctly, 1) are these good programs that I should hang onto; and 2) is there a lot of (or any) religious material in them? (We are a Muslim family, but homeschool secularly for most subjects.) I didn't check the edition, but I know they are at least 5yrs old; if not me, would they be of benefit to someone else, even without the lab equipment (I'll be hanging onto that)? Thanks in advance for any help.
  7. So would Apologia be considered "dumbed down"? I ask because my son took the SATII test after taking a class with that text and going through a prep book and was really unprepared. He did fabulous in the class with 100% on almost all assignments. I think I have read here that others using Apologia had the same experience, and the other two students who took the test from my son's class were also unprepared (and they studied soooooo much more than him, with multiple prep books). I really don't know if it was the text or the teacher, though I have my suspicions about the teacher. :glare: I am wondering if we should stick with Apologia or move on to something else for Chemistry.
  8. XPost from Logic Sub Board I'm considering using Apologia General Science or Physical Science next year. I have very science oriented, strong readers. I don't generally have a problem with a creation oriented text. But I'm wondering how much I'm going to bump heads with the book in the section relating to geology and fossils. Our family does a lot of fossil hunting in our free time. I guess I would describe us as believers in a created universe who don't ascribe to a young earth timeline. Could someone with the book give me an idea of how these topics are addressed?
  9. tell me the good, bad, and ugly. I thought I had science figured out... but this looks good without a bunch of books, and like something DD might enjoy reading. Don't tell me it isn't real science because they don't teach evolution. I am not interested in those type of thoughts. We do generally believe in an old earth, directly created by God and a young human race. You might let me know if it would be okay with those beliefs, or if I might want to supplement in addition to the young earth teachings of Apologia, which are fine, as I am interested in those. And you know, I can't stand not having an active thread on here. :tongue_smilie::lol: Thanks!
  10. Hello, What would be the advantage of the MFW Apologia General Science Lesson plans? There are several free plans out there. I've used a Donna Young schedule with my older 3 to get them going until they were on their own schedule. However, I see that my next 2 children need a written up schedule in front of them. I was just going to print my old schedule but it sounds to me from other posts that MFW has plans that are more specific. Does anyone know if the MFW schedule is more detailed than the Donna Young plans which have: Pages to read, experiments to do, or questions to answer each day Bookmarks with vocab words, checkboxes for dailywork, and space for few notes. Thanks!
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