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My son is 12 (Dec birthday) and will be in 8th grade in the fall. Since 1st grade he has taken science classes through our co-op using Apologia's Exploring Creation series (Zoology 1,2,3; Astronomy; Chemistry & Physics). He also does electronics, bushcraft and gardening independently and loves reading all of David Macaulay's books. We're planning to study science at home this year, and I need direction! 

What is your favorite curriculum for this age? What should we cover before the highschool years? *A big plus if younger sibling (4th grade) can tag along!

Christian or secular, leaning towards Life or Earth science, hopefully something with good pictures and a few experiments. 

 

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Build Your Library level 8 is my hands down favorite. It's a literature based history of science year, so it's more of a general science course, though it leans heavier on physical science. 

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On 6/25/2022 at 3:08 PM, caffeineandbooks said:

@Lori D. has previously recommended The Rainbow.  It's a two year course covering physics, chemistry, biology and earth science and is aimed at 7-9th grades.  It's definitely Christian.  Perhaps you might jump straight into year 2 if you feel that physics and chem are already in place?

I love this suggestion! Now I know what we will do for 8th and 9th when the time comes!

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On 6/24/2022 at 6:41 PM, TreeLoft said:

My son is 12 (Dec birthday) and will be in 8th grade in the fall. Since 1st grade he has taken science classes through our co-op using Apologia's Exploring Creation series (Zoology 1,2,3; Astronomy; Chemistry & Physics)

Aren't those high school level texts? Or does Apologia have middle school level chemistry and physics books?

Which subject interests him the most? If it's physics, is he currently taking algebra 1?

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I can't say enough good things about TOPS science books for this age! And lucky for you, I've organized them by topic and grade, so let me see what would work for 8th grade Life or Earth science...

Rocks & Minerals #23, Earth sci, gr 6-12

Earth Moon & Sun #40, Earth sci, gr 5-12

The Planets & Stars #41, Earth sci, gr 7-12

Radishes #38, Bio, gr 3-8

Corn & Beans #39, Bio, gr 4-12

There's also a couple dozen more than would work for 8th grade for Chemistry & Physics. These books teach *real* science through hands-on experiments using everyday household materials. I already own 6 or so, and intend to buy about 20 more. 

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On 6/30/2022 at 4:56 PM, Malam said:

Concep

Aren't those high school level texts? Or does Apologia have middle school level chemistry and physics books?

Which subject interests him the most? If it's physics, is he currently taking algebra 1?

Apologia has a Chemistry and Physics book for late elementary/middle school level. https://www.christianbook.com/apologia-exploring-creation-with-chemistry-physics/jeannie-fulbright/9781935495987/pd/495401?en=google&event=SHOP&kw=homeschool-20-40|495401&p=1179710&utm_source=google&dv=m&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI087qtuHk-AIV1hXUAR2KrwfhEAQYASABEgKY9_D_BwE

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On 6/24/2022 at 6:41 PM, TreeLoft said:

My son is 12 (Dec birthday) and will be in 8th grade in the fall. Since 1st grade he has taken science classes through our co-op using Apologia's Exploring Creation series (Zoology 1,2,3; Astronomy; Chemistry & Physics). He also does electronics, bushcraft and gardening independently and loves reading all of David Macaulay's books. We're planning to study science at home this year, and I need direction! 

What is your favorite curriculum for this age? What should we cover before the highschool years? *A big plus if younger sibling (4th grade) can tag along!

Christian or secular, leaning towards Life or Earth science, hopefully something with good pictures and a few experiments. 

 

Berean Builders Earth Science is for 8th or 9th. Apologia has earth Science, too, but I think it's for K-6. Different curriculum but similar content that could be discussed together.

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