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Jodi-FL

7th grade science

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My rising 7th grader has been in ps for the past 2 years. He is "top tier" in all subjects. He will most likely be returning to ps for high school (dad's wishes). I've used Apologia Gen. Science with my oldest 5 kids (4 graduated from homeschooling, one is currently in 10th in ps-honors classes), but remember it being kind of dry. I want to re-instill his love for learning, engage his curiosity again, but also set him up to be well prepared for public school honors science. What would you recommend? I'll have the rising 4th grader at home also. We do have a limited budget as I resigned my position (reading specialist in ps) and dh is losing his job in the next few months (bank merger/acquisition).

 

thanks for the suggestions-

jodi now in pa

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My olders used Apologia and would agree with your kids.  It got the job done, but. . . 

 

Ds12 has used BJU science since grade 5.  He did Life Science 7 online (the $99 December special with used texts) and is now doing Space and Earth 8.  It's much more interesting than the other program.  The teacher also is able to enhance the classes much better than I could.

 

Ds11 has used BJU science 5 and is now completing Science 6 with the texts.  He loves it as well.  I help him orally as well as with lab setups.  Texts etc are easy to find used.

 

Ds17 did BJU Chem. and was well prepared for entry into high school.

 

I'm relying on the experts here who say it's a very thorough program although everything I've seen of it would support this.

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My 6th grader, who came home from public school this past year, has really blossomed with Ellen McHenry's The Elements and Carbon Chemistry and the youtube channel Periodic Table of Videos along with assorted books which could be interlibrary loaned. We focused on Chem this year, but next year I plan on rounding it out with Physics, Biology, and Earth Science followed by high school Chem in eighth grade in preparation for AP Chem. Ellen McHenry's curriculum really brought out a love and hunger for science that he hadn't previously had. Also they are fairly affordable, especially if you don't print out the whole file. You could likely use them for your 4th grader as well.

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