Jill Posted November 10, 2011 Share Posted November 10, 2011 I need to find a science curric that ds, who will be 10 in Dec, can sink his teeth into. We've really enjoyed the Scott McQuerry books but need a little more depth. Up until now I've just supplemented but I'm running out of supplements that are chewy enough in themselves - Bill Nye's great but ds is starting to leave that level behind. I'm comparing the CPO middle school Life Science to EM's Life Sci + Elements +Chem. I note that McHenry's website has a Bible History category. Are the science programs fairly nondenominational and "old earther"? I'd be ok with that, I'm not okay with a creationist slant. I haven't seen anything in the samples I've read but I figured I'd double check. I like the playfulness of the text and the cartoons; it doesn't seem to distract from the content but my ds is a little hit and miss with that kind of thing. McQuerry's writing style is a bit playful too but I'm wondering who here has had issues with that in EM's texts? And if anyone has further analysis or comments on these I'd appreciate that too. The CPO LifeSci book also looks really good to me with my biggest concern being whether we'll be able to do some experiments/demonstrations or not. Are there many projects in there with specialized supplies we might have a hard time accessing outside the public school realm? I noticed a plant based experiment with 4 clover samples; I was thinking I can probably substitute other plants but the example made me wonder if supplies might be hard to get. And are there many demonstrations or not so much? I also haven't been able to find out how much the teacher guide is (web server errors I guess...) and how necessary it might be, any ideas? Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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