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  1. I'm interested in hearing how many labs your student did/is doing for biology. I'm interested in collecting the full range of possibilities, for all different class types/locations/formats. Did your student do biology at public school, at home, or via an online class? Or at a CC or coop? And finally, is this an area of interest for your student, or was this more of a box check/fulfill the requirement kind of scenario? TIA!
  2. My DS is going to be using Miller/Levine Biology book and we are going to be roughly following the kolbe syllabus. I'm lost on the lab component though. I'd rather not buy a lab kit or lab-in-a-box type thing. I'd like to be able to customize our labs. First- where do I get the lab ideas from? I know there are some in his bio book but where can I find others if we don't want to do those particular ones? Second- Do you have your child do a formal lab report for every lab or just certain ones? Third- I've heard of a "lab notebook" where they keep rough sketches/ideas. What does that "look" like per se? Fourth- How many labs should he do throughout the year? One a week? One a month? I've always loved biology so I don't know why I'm having such a hard time with this. I guess I'm just afraid I'm going to miss something and DS will be shortchanged, kwim? Any other advice will be greatly appreciated:).
  3. I don't post here very often, but I am a long time lurker who has soaked up a lot of information from wise homeschoolers who have 'been-there, done that'! I wanted to say thank you to those of you who posted about the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments and the lab kit that goes with it. I purchased both and am very impressed! We are going to be using the labs along with Apologia Biology this year, and the Illustrated Guide really adds a lot more depth for the labs. The kit is packed full of all the things actually needed for the labs except for common things from around the house. So thanks again for those of you who posted previously about this kit. I'm looking forward to using the Chemistry one next year.
  4. My oldest will be starting 9th in July and I'm trying to finalize our purchases. I am planning on her using the Miller\Levine Biology text along with the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology and The Home Scientist Biology kit. I was looking through the kit supplies and noticed that there were no dissection supplies. When I checked out the Miller Levine correlation page I saw that Chapter 9 (Chordates) was tied to "Lab Session XI-4: Investigating Vertebrate Tissues" from the lab guide. What exactly are these labs? I'm guessing they aren't dissections since there are no supplies to do so in the kit. I'm wondering if I need to purchase a dissection kit separately? Thanks for any insight\information.
  5. I've followed a couple of the LabPaq links in older threads and it looks like the website may have changed a bit. I'm not finding any kind of list of what might be included in the labs for any given course. In fact, it almost looks like they are moving to mostly customized orders or something similar. Can someone give me some detail about what you got from LabPaq? Was it a schedule of labs, instructions, materials, answer key? The FAQ is pretty obtuse.
  6. Hi Ruth, Your science postings have been so informative, thank you for taking the time...My question is how do you use the scientific method when you are doing something like dissection or watching butterflies go through the life cycle? These are some of the things we will be doing for our biology year and I would like to move beyond demonstrations. Any help would be great! Thanks. Carolina
  7. FYI, it's almost ready! Here's the link to the "straight from his word processor" draft: http://www.ttgnet.com/diy-bio/diy-bio-pdf-uncorrected.zip and here's the link to pre-order the actual book http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920017691.do He's particularly interested in feedback from home-schoolers on the first few narrative chapters, in case they've left anything out. It goes to the publishers on the 31st and the hardcopy is expected to be available in April. PS. No, I'm not getting a cut from this. I just really liked the chemistry book and can't wait for this one!
  8. I'm planning for next year and I just keep seeing the costs go higher and higher for biology. I'm considering Shepherd Science and with their textbooks, supplemental dvd's, and lab specimens, we're up in the hundreds of dollars. Add to that the cost of a microscope and I'm looking at spending as much on one class as I did for all their homeschool materials put together a few years ago. Outside classes aren't an option nor is borrowing or buying used from another home schooler. I don't know anyone anywhere near me that has actually taught biology. Can I justify giving credit for biology if ds just watches the lab dvd's and writes up what he sees? That way I wouldn't have to buy the specimens or microscope.
  9. As I have been reading up on things in preparation for the high school years, I have come across a lot of info about AP classes, tests, etc. My oldest is in 7th, so we still do not know if/which AP classes he will be taking. I have noticed that it is recommended that students take a biology class before they do the AP level. Maybe this would be honors(?). Which texts should I be looking at for this? As I said, I do not know if ds will be doing AP, but when we can we will approach things as if that is what we were preparing for. I know ds would prefer a secular science program. Other than that, he is open to ideas. Also, he is on track to have finished Algebra 1 by 9th grade. If we did Biology in 9th, would it then be Chemistry, Ap Bio, and then another Science? (he wants to do all 4 years) I am at a complete loss here, so any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Danielle
  10. This year I've put together an Earth Science curriculum for my children. We've discovered we enjoy keeping everyone together studying the same topics, with each child reading books at their own level. I'd like to do the same for biology next year. Ds 15 will be 10th grade and has requested a nonrigourous science next year. He's working on a couple of novels, studying 3 languages, doing TOG rhetoric, and studying a few topics of interest on his own. He's academic, but not interested in science. Ds 14 will be 9th grade and wants to be an engineer. We'll obviously need to use a rigourous chemistry and physics program with him. Do I need a rigourous Biology? I also have a dd who'll be 7th grade, and a ds who'll be 4th grade. They both want an experiment heavy science next year. Dd has requested lots of dissection. My current thoughts: 1. Use the Noeo Biology level 3 for grades 7-9 that's coming out this summer. I have no idea what type of experiments or books that will be used. It would be on level for my 7th and 9th graders, my 4th grade son can tag along, and it would be a bit light for my 10th grader. 2. Use Elemental Science's logic stage biology for my 4th and 7th graders. I have Apologia Biology and could rearrange the modules in it, and the units in Elemental Science so they correspond better and everyone could be on similar topics. The Miller/Levine Biology lines up more easily so I could use that instead. I'd move the unit on the human body to a point earlier in the year so we could focus on plants for the last quarter. Would there be problems rearranging the modules in Apologia? 3. Make up my own biology for next year. :svengo: Not my favorite idea. I'd need ideas on what each unit would be about, and then pull it together from there. Perhaps use the new Home lab book for biology that's coming out this spring for labs, and then find books on the major biology topics. :confused:
  11. Is there a schedule for matching up the experiments from IGtHBE to the Biology text (the "Dragonfly" (2002))? Also, would anyone happen to know if the Biology kit from Quality Science Labs will work with IGtHBE? Thank you!
  12. Here's an excellent article on one of the leading lights in the DIY biology movement. http://www.technologyreview.com/business/39597/ This young man is doing recombinant DNA and other very advanced biology work, literally in a spare bedroom, on a shoestring budget. If you have a student who's deeply interested in biology, it's worth checking out the DIY bio movement. Incidentally, the doomsday scenarios that are often used to create fear about DIY bio usually center on some kid creating and releasing a "super bug". Those fears are overblown to say the least. Even if a genetically-modified microorganism were released, it has zero years of evolution to adapt to its environment. It immediately finds itself surrounded by trillions of other microorganisms, all of which have billions of years of evolution behind them, and many of which would see the new microorganism as a tasty snack. The chance that any DIY bio enthusiast could intentionally create a dangerous pathogen that could survive in the wild are minuscule; the chance of someone doing that unintentionally are vanishingly small.
  13. Hello to all using M/L Biology (Macaw) Book and Lab manual.... Another mom and I have been exchanging questions and she proposed starting a support group to share tips and tricks we've learned....so voila... It's so helpful to know when we can substitute materials as well - and sometimes more fun... I thought if people put the chapter in the heading of the post, it would help people identify more easily where an answer might be... After time is spent chasing down some detail that wasn't well-explained, it's fun to be able to share it... Any other ideas/suggestions are welcome - the value of the hive is building together... Joan
  14. We're just a few weeks into our Biology class and have had dismal failure when it comes to the labs. This week we were supposed to do skin cells and blood yet neither process for preparing the slides worked! Today we couldn't get the protist culture to show anything. I am so frustrated and angry! How hard can this be, really?? I have an excellent microscope and good instructions yet none of us can figure this out! If this was 2nd grade science I wouldn't be as frustrated/concerned yet given that this is with my 10th graders, I feel our time is being wasted. Any thoughts/suggestions? Next week we dissect things like clams and starfish; hopefully we don't have as bad an experience as we've had with the slides! :glare:
  15. I'd gotten the Miller/Levine set but my ds preferred Campbell. Since dd is a lot younger, I'm now preparing to use ML Biology with my dd next year so lining up lab equipment. BTW we really liked the Biology Labs On-Line with Campbell Biology recommended by Kathy in Richmond and will use them again, but dd is still a bit young for them. Looking through the M/L labs, some seem quite interesting without a lot of fancy lab equipment and I'm wondering if people who have used this lab book could give tips about catching planarians hydras Daphnia and finding things like "auxin paste", glucose test strips, milk digestion aids, mushroom growing kits, agar for agar plates, bromthymol blue, and other items not common in the household without spending a fortune on a Labpaq... In one of the labs, students examine planarians because the stem cells that collect at the site of an injury allow them to regenerate body parts and even grow two heads :001_huh: Also looking for any other helpful tips from people who have done the labs. Thanks! Joan
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