Spectrum Chemistry
Featured , High School , Science / February 17, 2011

Spectrum Chemistry Content: Science Grade(s): 7th – 10th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $ || ? Pages: 290 Publication Date: 2000 Publisher: www.beginningspublishing.com Review Last Updated: May 28. 2017 Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Spectrum Chemistry is one-year student-directed chemistry course is done three days a week, one of which is a lab day. It is the equivalent of an honors chemistry for college-bound students. The textbook is concept-oriented, concise, colorful, and pictorial. Daily exercises reinforce the concepts while challenging the students to derive solutions to real chemistry problems. There are 32 labs in the year. The labs come complete with everything you need to do them, except a gallon of distilled water. Ten quizzes are distributed throughout the course. A study guide is provided to assure that your student knows before each quiz for what he/she will be held accountable. About the Author: Durell C. Dobbins is a homeschool father and a scientist who wrote the Spectrum Chemistry curriculum with his children in mind. Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used Spectrum Chemistry? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.

Time4Learning
Full Curriculum , High School , Most Popular / February 17, 2011

Time4Learning Content: Full Curriculum Grade(s): PreK – 12 Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: N/A Teacher Involvement: Minimal Monthly Cost: $$ || ? Pages: Online Publication Date: 2003 Publisher: www.time4learning.com Review Last Updated: May 27, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Time4Learning is a student-paced online educational tool covering preschool through high school. It combines 1500+ multimedia lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities in a student-paced environment that brings concepts to life. It is entirely web based, with no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase. The K – 8 program includes language arts and math. Math and language arts lessons are correlated to state standards. Science, social studies and art are also provided as a bonus to most grades. The high school program includes language arts, math, social studies, and science courses, along with the option of adding on extra courses for a nominal monthly fee. Other key features of Time4Learning: Students get individual logins and work on their own schedule and pace Parents can set the grade level independently for each subject The grade above and below are available in most grades for review and additional study Detailed lesson…

Geography Alive
Geography , High School , Social Studies / February 11, 2011

Geography Alive Content: Geography Grade(s): K – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: Online Subscription Publication Date: 2006 Publisher: www.teachtci.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Geography Alive offers interactive social studies textbooks. Each online lesson begins with an essential question that is woven throughout the lesson. Lesson games and Interactive tutorials come in a variety of formats to promote hands-on learning. Primary sources are embedded throughout the lessons. The Interactive Student Notebook challenges students with drawing and writing activities. Elementary: Social Studies Alive! Regions of Our Country presents five regions of the United States through the lens of four social sciences — economics, geography, political science, and history. High School: Geography Alive! Created in partnership with scholars from the National Council for Geographic Education, Geography Alive! Regions and People is a stimulating, case-study approach to geography. Geography Alive! Regions and People (High School) creatively challenges students to use the tools of geography to view, analyze, and understand the world around them. The seven mapping labs and the program’s case-study approach turn students into geographic thinkers. About the Publisher:…

Beautiful Feet Literature Guides
Geography , High School , History , Social Studies / February 11, 2011

Beautiful Feet Literature Guides Content: History & Literature Grade(s): K -12th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: Varies Publication Date: 2014 Publisher: www.bfbooks.com/ Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Beautiful Feet teacher guides takes the guesswork out of a literature approach to History. Daily lesson plans incorporate biblical principles, geography, poetry, character studies and much more! The high school level courses are more vigorous and therefore three to four lessons should be completed each week. Some of the Beautiful Feet Literature Guides have been completely revised and expanded. Now in full-color, they include additional books, resources, activities, comprehension questions, and web links. Available Study Guides: Early American History Through Literature Grades K-3 49 pages. Contains 107 lessons and it is suggested that 2-3 lessons be completed each week. Geography Through Literature 3rd – 7th Grades 24 pages. Contains 39 lessons and can be done in one semester by completing two lessons per week or over the course of a year by completing one lesson each week. History of Science 3rd – 7th Grades 36 pages. Contains 85 lessons, dozens of…

Lightning Literature
High School , Reading , Writing / February 7, 2011

Content: Reading Comprehension Grade(s): 1st – 12th Perspective: Secular and Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 160 Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.hewitthomeschooling.com ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** The Elementary Teacher’s Guide contains comprehension questions on the reading (and answers), instructions for the weekly composition, answers to the Student Guide, and suggestions for extra related activities. The consumable four-color Student Guide includes instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming) and workbook pages, a reading journal, dictionary pages, and sentence puzzles. Grade 1: Every week, students read a beautiful, classic picture book. Stories include titles such as Harold and the Purple Crayon, Stellaluna, and Make Way for Ducklings. Grade 2: Students begin by reading a beautiful picture book each week. Towards the end of the year, students move to classic chapter books. Grade 3: Students read chapter books, including titles such as Charlotte’s Web, Newbery Award winners like The Wheel on the School, and new friends like The Rickshaw Girl. Composition assignments begin to span 2-weeks. Grade 4: Students read a variety of great children’s literature, classic and modern. Two books written in verse encourage students to explore poetry in different ways than…

Apologia Exploring Creation Science Series
High School , Science / February 5, 2011

Apologia Exploring Creation Science Series Content: Science Grade(s): K – 12th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: Varies Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: www.apologia.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Apologia’s science courses offer rigorous and detailed instruction in a variety of science topics using an unapologetic Christian worldview. While not officially designated as “AP” by the College Board, Apologia advanced science texts are used by many families to successfully prepare for the AP science exams. Background knowledge and pre-requisite math skills should be noted when selecting a text for your child. Individual Apologia Courses Available Elementary Anatomy & Physiology Astronomy Botany Chemistry & Physics Zoology 1, 2, and 3 Junior High General Science Physical Science High School Biology Marine Biology Advanced Biology Chemistry Advanced Chemistry Physics Advanced Physics Apologia Online Academy offers online classes for grades 7–12 and adults in science, worldview, apologetics, and Bible. About the Publisher: Apologia is a family-owned corporation, with Davis and Rachael Carman serving as the stewards since 2008. The mission of Apologia Educational Ministries is to publish curriculum and resources and provide services that help homeschooling students and families learn, live,…

Saxon Math
High School , Math / February 1, 2011

Saxon Math Content: Math Grade(s): K – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 200+ Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: Saxon Math series Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers. According to the pedagogy * Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions * Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the end of the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency * Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year, ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them Saxon Math K-3 program is designed to teach basic arithmetic concepts as well as geometry, patterns, time, and more. Each lesson is scripted for the parent, which takes the guesswork out of teaching young learners. Manipulatives accelerate understanding of abstract math concepts, and worksheets provide cumulative review. Saxon Math for middle grades transitions students from manipulatives and worksheets to a textbook approach. The…

Calvert Education

Calvert Education Content: Full Grade(s): PreK – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Online & Book Publisher: www.calverteducation.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Calvert Education’s inquiry-based method of learning allows students to absorb subject matter and apply knowledge in vibrant, expressive ways. In sharing their own knowledge and techniques with their peers, individual students collaborate in a bright, open world of learning with endless possibilities. Elementary and Middle Schol Programs focus on the four core subject areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, and History. Students develop strong reading comprehension skills, write original composition pieces, develop critical thinking skills, learn fundamental math concepts, read classic literature, explore a variety of science topics, and learn about the world around them. The programs also include integrated technology lessons that coincide with subjects and lessons. Calvert Education is Available As: Complete Homeschool Program: Everything you need to teach your children at home is provided to you, including materials, step-by-step Lesson Manuals, access to the online planning tool – Calvert Teaching Navigator, and engaging online resources. Individual Calvert Classes: Supplement your existing homeschool program…