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RS4K Building Blocks-Middle School Books?

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I think they made a whole new series of books and still decided to keep using comic sans.  :glare:

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I think they made a whole new series of books and still decided to keep using comic sans.  :glare:

Hahahahahah!!!   It is 5:16AM here, and I almost woke up the whole house laughing at your reply.   

 

But...I know!?!   I was just looking at Mr. Q samples too....and guess what font he uses?!  COMIC SANS.   What is up with the use of comic sans in all of these science programs?!  

 

I keep telling myself that it is wrong to discount an entire program *just* because of the font.   BUT....you know....it is comic sans.  ugh.

 

Besides the annoying font, what other feedback can people give me?

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I'm pretty sure RSO uses it too... though it has a much better reputation. Scientists aren't good at graphic design?

 

More seriously, it looks much better than the original RS4K books, though I didn't like those at all - they were like glorified vocabulary programs. I wouldn't personally use it because I don't consider the author to be secular (she's a proponent of intelligent design and some of the language in the original series was leaning that way). However, without someone really reading through it, I don't know if it's an issue with this series.

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We used the Focus on Chemistry middle school. I really liked the textbook, and found that to be refreshing after just using science encyclopedias in other programs...even though it is comic sans. It is very well written without dumbing down the info for kids either. I didn't see any young earth references either, and I do believe the author claims it to be a secular program. I also hate really chatty textbooks, and this is just the right amount of information broken down for good understanding and visual aids. The experiments were set up well, even though the first two were a little boring. The Building Blocks series looks like the exact same content from the Focus series mixed to have a little bit of each topic mixed into each grade. I personally prefer the Focus approach.

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