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Found 22 results

  1. I've been planning on going with Spectrum this year, but recently noted someone posting that it is light? Care to comment?
  2. Ana has biology and Algebra I all but done. We'll finish this week. She did great with Biology via Apologia. We were planning on moving into Spectrum Chemistry next. However, she really struggled with Algebra. Once she switched to Life of Fred she did well but it really had presented a challenge. This has me wondering. Should I plan Chemistry and Life of Fred Advanced Algebra at the same time or wait to complete Algebra before beginning Chemistry? (She doesn't mind working through summers with a short break here and there.)
  3. Setting aside Apologia for a moment, which chemistry course/approach would you recommend for a sophomore who's not STEM focused, dislikes math (getting A- in Saxon), and wants to attend a university that asks for four years of science culminating in physics? When she starts chem next year as a tenth grader, she will have finished bio and most/all of Algebra II. Proposed sequence: ninth bio, tenth chem, eleventh physics, and twelfth AP Environmental Science. Tia
  4. Would Spectrum chemistry be enough to allow my son to take the chemistry CLEP?
  5. Any suggestions about a good Chemistry lab guide/kit? I've thought about Labpaq, about Robert Bruce Thompson's kit, and about a Thames and Kosmos set. Do any of you have experience with these kits? Are there other options I should think about? (Should I put something together myself instead?)
  6. I hope to use Spectrum Chemistry with ds15, but I need to be able to document 180 hours of work in the course. In reading old posts on this board, it seems that there are only a couple of hours of work per week. I don't think I can fib enough to stretch 2 hours of work into 5 hours for the week. What can I add to this course to fill the time? Oh, I'll be turning in the schedule (that details what ds15 did each day in the class) and samples of work done to Keystone High School for a science credit on my son's transcript. That's why I'm worried about showing what he's done for 180 hours.
  7. Thinking of going this route for 7th and 8th grade....this year my sixth grader is using Oak Meadow's Life Science.....Hoping The Rainbow may be a bit more rigorous even though I love the layout of OM and how it's taught to the child. Can anyone tell me what their thoughts are on The Rainbow and how well it worked? Thank you for reading and sharing!
  8. Guten Tag! I am 14, and a rising sophomore. I was looking at Spectrum Chemistry, and it looks pretty good. For anyone who has used it, was it throrough and rigorous enough? I completed Algebra 1 in my freshman year. Do I need to do Bridge Math over the summer? I don't plan on majoring in science or going into a STEM type of field (I'm the singing/movie type :D). Would Spectrum be good enough for a basic chemistry course? Thanks in advance!
  9. Like another member posted, we have done a hodge podge of science in the elementary yrs. Now I need to start planning things out a little better since we are starting middle school. DS is in 6th gr this yr and we are doing McHenry's Elements. Planning on doing Elemental Science Biology for Logic Stage next yr with my 4th and 7th graders. Not sure after that. I have Hakim's History of Science series and 6 of the Prentice Hall Science Explorer books. Not sure how I'll use these yet. What do you have planned for science through high school?
  10. Hi! For those of you who were accepted to MIt, could you please share what you did for science and math? My 7th grader wants to go there and I want to get on the right track. What tests did you take, books used, competitions? I figure if we map out a plan now and it looks good for them, then it will probably do just well for our state schools. I know we need to get on some math teams but not sure where to go with that. The area I'm in will involve me doing all the set up for that. But... please share if you don't mind Thanks
  11. I am planning on using Spectrum Chemistry next year for my 2 olders (both will be done with Algebra) and one additional freshman (a friend). I'd appreciate some insight on ideal scheduling. . . I'd like to plan it so we just need to meet once a week as a group to do exp'ts & the kids can do the reading/exercises on their own, with help from me (teacher) as needed. . . I was wondering if it would be practical to meet once a week for 3 hours? 1 hr to go over previous week's reading/exercises to preview any important concepts for the coming week. .. and 2 hrs to do exp'ts. Would that be a reasonable allotment of time, allowing approximately 2 hours of independent work each week (readings & exercises) as well, so 5 hrs/wk total? Is that too much? Where could I condense? TIA
  12. I know I've posted quite a few science questions, but I'm still pretty much floundering when it comes to science. We have not been consistent with science instruction until this year. We have done a lot of field trips and groups in the past for science, and I've been fine with that, really. This year we have used God's Design for Science. We finished The Human Body and are now doing The Planet Earth. I like those just okay. I like The Planet Earth much much less than The Human Body. We have done a lot of life science, a little earth science, but no chemistry or physical science. I had thought about doing a few of the God's Design for Chemistry and Physics for next year, and we might still do those, especially if I don't find anything else that I like. One thing I do like about God's Design is that it is designed for multiple ages, so it's easy to fold in the littles. All that to say that I would love to hear your tentative science plans for middle and high school. I'm trying to formulate something that will give me a general overview. My oldest will be in 6th grade next year, and she is the one I am planning for. I had planned to use Apologia General Science starting in 7th grade, but again, that could change. Thanks!!
  13. We are 2 years from high school, and I'm trying to understand what to do for science. I understand the reasoning behind the physics first movement (physics, chemistry, biology), yet I am not completely comfortable with this. "Conceptual" sounds great because it helps a student understand, but I just can't ignore the importance of being able to do the math behind the science. That said, I do like the idea of doing chemistry in 9th to prepare for biology since biology has a chemistry base. BUT.... I really don't know what chemistry would be good for a 9th grader. (DD will have Alg. I in 8th grade. Math is getting done, but doesn't come easily.) Spectrum Chemistry and Prentice Hall Chemistry seem to be the most popular as I read the science threads. I also know of Apologia, but is there anything else to choose from? Spectrum sounds very home school friendly, yet Spectrum and Apologia sound like they suffer from the same problem: They are only complete IF they are followed by an advanced class. I realize that chemistry "usually" is taken in 10th, yet I want to find a "complete" 9th grade chemistry that covers enough chemistry to prepare for biology and to prepare for PSAT and ACT testing. I would also like it to be home school friendly. See, I want it ALL! :D Does this exist? 9th chemistry 10th biology 11th physics 12th advanced science based on career choice If you were going to study science in this order, what would you choose for chemistry? (Just as an aside, I'm trying to determine the same for biology, and have found Shepherd Science looks interesting..... still a long way off from choosing.) Any help would be so greatly appreciated!!!
  14. So, I am thinking of having dd13 do chemistry next year (9th). She has already had Int Alg, and will do Alg2/Trig or PreCalc next year, so with math is great. What are your favorites texts/resources??? Have any you loved? Thanks!!
  15. Well, I'm settling into biology this year. But, what to use for Chemistry?
  16. After buying Apologia Chemistry I switched over to The Spectrum Chemistry. It has more labs (big plus!), the text is better formatted and easier to understand, and it seems to cover the nuts and bolts without omitting anything of importance. That said, I have a few questions: 1) If your child used it, how well did it prepare him/her for Chemistry in college? What type of chemistry class did your child take in college? Did your child say college Chem was do-able or a struggle after using The Spectrum Chem? 2) Would you say that after completing The Spectrum Chemistry there is enough material that one could pass a CLEP or AP exam provided there was extensive review (i.e. with a Princeton or Peterson's Guide, etc)? Thanks!
  17. Has anybody actually used the The Spectrum Chemistry? Any comments would be appreciated. Debb S.
  18. For those of you completing chemistry at home, what chemistry lab kit do you buy?
  19. I'm using Spectrum Chemistry from Beginnings Publishing for my 10th grader this year. I wasn't worried about the rigor of the chemistry text I used for her because I knew that she wasn't going to major in any science-related field. My next dd is going to major in the life sciences. I'm not sure what would be the best program for her to do. Spectrum Chemistry does get the job done and it's set up for hsers. I really like that. It's easy to figure out what you're supposed to do and when. It has quizzes on a regular basis and a weekly lab. I'm not sure it's broad enough though. I picked up Conceptual Chemistry at Half-Price Books for just $10 this week. It doesn't seem to be as deep as Spectrum, but it is broader. It definitely doesn't have as much math. I've watched a demo video and it looks very good. The labs look quite doable at home. Oak Meadow uses Addison-Wesley for Chemistry. Their course has labs with a lab kit. They have regular quizzes are set up for hsers. I would use it in a heartbeat if the textbook was newer, but it's from 1995. It would be 2011 by the time my middle dd started it, and my youngest (possibly a science major) wouldn't use it until 2014. I don't want to use a science text that would be 20 years old by the time we finished with it. I'm fine with a math text or literature text that old, but not science. What I'm looking for is a secular program (I know Spectrum isn't secular, but it has had only 2 paragraphs of religious material so far and we're most of the way through the book) that will be good preparation for a science major. I don't want something that skips basic chemistry and goes right into AP. I want a regular chemistry course that is excellent preparation for a science major. Math isn't an issue. My middle dd will be doing Algebra II at the same time as Chemistry. My youngest will probably be doing Geometry at that point. Is one of the programs I described above a good choice for what I'm looking for? Should I do a combination of two of the programs - like Spectrum for depth and Conceptual for breadth? Is there some other program I should be looking into?
  20. Next year, my two oldest sons still at home will be grades 9 and 11. The older of the two has just finished Lial's Intro Algebra, doing well, though with work. The younger of the two is still only halfway through Lial's Prealgebra and has a hard time with math in general. I was planning to have the gr 11 son do Spectrum Chemistry next year but couldn't decide what to have the younger one do. Now I'm wondering if it would be worth trying to have both of them do perhaps Conceptual Physics next year, and save chemistry for the following year, when they would be grades 10 and 12. At that point, I hope the younger of the two would be at least partway through Intro Algebra and would continue with it through the year. Would that be feasible? Or does he really need all of intro algebra under his belt before even beginning chemistry (my dreaded science!) ? I do know that the publishers of Spectrum also offer a Bridge Math program to use before tackling their chem course; if you've used it, is it particularly helpful? TIA.
  21. I am looking for a strong but do-able Chem course with labs to help prepare my dd to go into nursing school. I do not care if is secular or Christian, I just want it to be excellent. Any thoughts hive mind? From those who have btdt? TIA
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