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  1. I have the 2nd edition BJU Life science kit and thought I would just use that next year and save some money. Boy was I wrong. I went through and added up the materials I would need for the experiments and it was over $120. If I had to purchase the books too that would be over $300 for one subject. Is that realistic? is this what science really costs? I love the look of the BJU and dd11 sat in on a heart dissection at our co-op last week and has become very interested. I just don't think I can swing the price. Anyway to cut cost on the experiment materials? ETA: Guess I should not type in the dark!
  2. Hi Chris, You asked this in another thread, but my answer got so long that I decided to put it in a new thread with tag. :D This is a research project that the text suggests for the Environmental Studies unit. It would work best in a group situation, but I found it so interesting that I assigned it to my ds. The goal is to put together a notebook that thoroughly...and I mean thoroughly...describes the environment in which the student lives. The "class" is to break up into groups, and each group is to do one section of the research. But alas! We had only one group, so I pretended to be a student, too, and ds and I worked together to put together our notebook. He was in 6th grade at the time. This project took about 6 weeks...working some during classtime...but mainly outside of the regular life science classtime. The BJU text gives a multitude of suggestions as to what to include in the project. I picked the ones that most appealed to us. I have SAVED the notebook and plan to add to it and revise it as my other children come through the course (it was suggested to do this in the TE). Here is a list of what we included in our notebook: Hand-drawn maps of continent, state, and county where we live with major landforms included with each (which would naturally get more detailed as the maps got more focused) and color-coded shading of biomes weather charts and accompanying hand-plotted graphs of our area's average monthly temps, precip, sunlight hours, sunset/rise times, and wind speed list and map plot of tornadoes that had touched down in our county in the last 30 years (we live in a tornado-prone area...I think the original assignment was to indicate severe weather episodes) list of physical features with #s and current river stages in our county a google earth map of our home and surrounding area with the soil types labeled (I found this VERY interesting since gardening is my hobby...:)...got this from a USDA site) printed maps of graphs of the 3 major local rivers with their average stages, flood stages, etc. printed map of major lakes in our county lists of the MAJOR organisms found in our area: mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects, trees, shrubs, vines, ferns, wildflowers (this was difficult to narrow down...we only listed organisms regularly and directly seen on our property) a written description of each season as experienced in our area...this included weather patterns and plant and animal changes/migrations a written report on the water resource(s) for our area and how water is used (we also included a neat article we found on the internet of the history of our local water...we live over a huge freshwater aquifer) a written report with accompanying map on energy sources in our state a written report with accompanying pictures of possible succession on our property (this, again, was VERY interesting to my son and me...what would happen to our property over the course of the next 100 or so years if humans completely abandoned it) a written report on non-food relationships exhibited by local species (son chose grape vines/large trees and insect camouflage to write about) a written report on the social relationship of a local organism (son chose honeybee...easy choice!) "outline" reports on 4 major local organisms of students choice (son chose river birch, coral honeysuckle, turkey vulture, and mudpuppy) and finally, a hand-drawn local "food web" with "grass" as the base species In retrospect, I am so glad that I made my ds do this project. It would have been very easy to skip, but I think he learned so much from it...not only a renewed respect and interest in his personal environment but also writing, mapping, graphing, research skills. It will be fun to add to and revise Our Environment notebook with the next 2 children...they will have an easier go of it because the base is already there. They can just add their own interests and insights. Enjoy!
  3. there are so many things listed on that website, what do I really need? I am not planning to do the DVD's, just the textbooks. What do I really need to buy? thanks!! Tina in SC
  4. I think we have settled on using BJU Science 7 with my 7th grader for next year. But, I would love to hear from others who have used it. We have never used a textbook for much of anything around here and I'm wondering if this is a difficult course to do at home. My son is advanced in his knowledge of Science, especially Biology, but he isn't strong on writing, though we are always working on that. I guess he's probably "average" in that regard but definately advanced in his understanding of Science concepts. He LOVES Biology and thinks he may want to pursue a Science degree in college. Is this a course that is "doable" at home? Is it a 5 day a week course? I thought I'd get a kit through Home Science Tools that has most of the supplies and also the course DVD's. Are there any samples of the DVDs anywhere? Thanks for any info.!!
  5. I have been reading Donna's thread with interest. If you are not using the DVDs how do you use this with your student? Does he read alone and then both of you discuss or?? Holly
  6. Is it necessary to use the DVD set with this course? How much easier would it make my life if I had them? If it's not critical to buy the DVD's at this age, at what level does it become a must? Thank you all in advance - Michelle
  7. for 7th grade which would you pick and why? I hear so many great and wonderful things about Apologia, but it honestly does NOT visually appeal to me. I tried listening to Mr. whoever it is on the sample yesterday online, but I dunno about it...my dh said the guy sure was happy! :lol: BJU appeals to me. I haven't been good about doing the experiments up to this point in our schooling. I would like to do better. I've looked at Home Science Tools for the kits that have all the necessary stuff to get the experiments done, but OMGosh! The kit is almost as expensive as the science books and dvds. I KNOW that I am not comfortable teaching this level of BJU science w/o the dvds. My ds loves A Beka science and even begged me to go back to it this year after trying something else. So, we did. I've looked at the online 7th grade samples of this as well, and I wasn't terribly impressed, but I'd love to hear from some of you that have used it and get a better idea if I should consider the video option or not. We have basically used A Beka science all the way through in one form or another. But I know that science is getting ready to change in the middle and upper levels and I'd love to hear your experiences. Thanks again! (I'm gearing up for our book fair and exploring our options so that I am not overwhelmed when the time comes.)
  8. I have Apologia General Science on the shelf for next year(7th Grade). I have seen lots of great reviews about BJU Life Science and I am wondering if someone will please compare the two for me. I have checked the BJU website and I can't seem to find a place to view samples of the text. Thanks
  9. Does anyone know the best place to purchase all of the lab equipment for this science? Is there a pre-made lab kit? Can I use one kit with more that one student? Does anyone have a favorite microscope that won't blow my budget? I am facilitating this science for a group this coming year, I would like to do all of the experiments without having to buy one of everything for everyone. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  10. I am stuck between doing Apologia General Science or BJU Grade 7 Science. Which one would you choose? And why?
  11. If I have one year (maybe two) to prepare a child to go to school for 8th or 9th grade. Which one of these would you choose? Is there something better? It seems like a class that focuses more on biology/chemistry (BJU) would be more appropriate than one that spends time on earth science (Apologia). She is not an earth science gal. She is science minded, and wants to work with animals specifically horses. She'll be in 7th grade next year, and we have not decided if we will homeschool highschool or not. For those of you who have used BJU Life Science, would you share your experiences? I've heard it is teacher intensive and tough. I would love to know more specific details. If we used the DVD/Homesat option, would that make science more like independent work for her?
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