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Driving myslef batty trying to choose and am quickly running out of time. My son is a science-ambivilent 7th grader, who has had a good basic background in all sciences, except chemistry and astronomy. These are the three we have narrowed it down to:


Mr. Q Advanced Chemistry-he and I both like the approach and the cooking experiments. I would guess that we would follow it next year with his upcoming Advanced Biology and A&P (assuming it is released in time).


Ellen McHenry's The Elements AND Carbon Chemistry-His personal favorite option, and again, we both love the informal style, combined with having more of a variety of types of activities to do. Not sure what we'd do next year, althought I *think* we would follow it up with Mr. Q's Advanced Biology, as above, becuase of the style. Is this enough alone?


The Rainbow Science-both of our least favorite, mine due to price and not sure why it's his, although he liked the idea of the science kits that come with it. He just wasn't as into the text of RS. Would be both 7th & 8th gr.


Thanks for your input. :)

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The only curriculum on your list that we have used are the Ellen McHenry Chemistry courses which we loved. Probably our favorite science ever. At ds 's request we did Christian Kids explore Physics that year too--he wanted a chem/physics year. My copies are old and I believe the course has been updated since. I think they could make a full years program depending on how much time you spend on science--we spend a lot.


You could always add some astronomy in if time allows. The NASA education website has some free resources--TOPS science guides. Unfortunately I bought them. I believe there are 3 different ones there. In one you make and use a slide ruler which was interesting.

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As a supplement, check out the Periodic Table of Videos for a Mythbusters-type approach to chemistry :D


If you're looking to add some simple labs, the American Chemical Society has published 2 free inquiry-based chemistry programs: Inquiry in Action and Middle School Chemistry. All the labs in the 1st course, and many in the 2nd, use common household materials and equipment.



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