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.

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ALEKS Online Math
Math / February 16, 2011

ALEKS Content: Math Grade(s): 3rd – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: N/A Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Online Program Publisher: www.aleks.com Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From ALEKS’ Website: ** ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn’t know. ALEKS offers complete math programs in: Elementary Math Pre-Algebra (traditional & remedial) Algebra 1 (traditional & remedial) Algebra 2 (traditional & remedial) Geometry (traditional & remedial) Pre-Calculus Calculus Business Math Statistics (regular and AP) AP Chemistry ALEKS is accessible from virtually any computer with Internet access, making it a flexible and mobile educational solution for your children. ALEKS offers unlimited online access for both PC and Mac computers. A Master Account allows parents to monitor and direct learning progress. While no textbook is required, a selection of popular textbooks can be easily integrated with various ALEKS course products. When you choose to integrate a textbook with an ALEKS class, a custom syllabus aligned with the textbook will be automatically assigned to your class. This syllabus can be revised by the teacher using the ALEKS…

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Real Science 4 Kids
Science / February 6, 2011

Real Science 4 Kids Content: Science Grade(s): 1st – 8th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Varies Publication Date: Publisher: gravitaspublications.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Real Science 4 Kids has two different product lines: Focus On series, which is a single-subject, semester-long, unit study, that introduces kids to five science subjects (chemistry, biology, physics, geology, and astronomy). Building Block series, which is a rigorous, multi-subject, yearlong, “upward spiral” program where kids build concepts sequentially each year. With either product line, your child will learn science by doing science, much in the same way graduate students and post-docs learn science by doing science: they read, do experiments, research some ideas, read some more, do more experiments, research more ideas, and over time master the subject. All of the books introduce real science to students and this means scientific facts and theories that are currently accepted by the scientific community. However, the books also introduce students to the philosophy of science and encourage students to explore opposing viewpoints when it comes to interpreting what these facts and theories may mean to individuals, groups, and…

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REAL Science Odyssey
Featured , Science / February 5, 2011

REAL Science Odyssey Content: Science Grade(s): 1st-4th (Level 1); 5th-8th (Level 2) Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 250 (varies) Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.pandiapress.com Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Each book of REAL Science Odyssey is a complete one-year science curriculum. Each topic in the REAL Science Odyssey series is presented in an entertaining story-like format and is followed by hands-on activities along with background science information, parent instructions, labs, reading lists, journaling ideas, and websites. RSO Biology (Level 1 – 1st to 4th grade) The course is divided into three sections: the human body, the animal kingdom, and the plant kingdom. Students study the major body systems through making models and doing tests on their own bodies. Classification and the five kingdoms of living things are studied as students make an animal kingdom book. Animal kingdom labs include examining real worms, mollusks, arthropods, and butterfly metamorphosis. Students learn about the plant kingdom through looking at the makeup and function of seeds, flowers, leaves, stems, and roots. Each topic and/or subtopic will include 1 to 3 lessons complete with lesson story, labs, reading, and…

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Noeo Science
Science / February 5, 2011

Noeo Science Content: Science Grade(s): 1st – 6th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Varies Publication Date: 2008 Publisher: logospressonline.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** This science curriculum is designed especially for teaching science at home. Its variety-filled structure is best described as a balance between the classical method and the Charlotte Mason approach. In contrast with a single textbook approach, the variety of study materials and activities will encourage more interest in science and guide children into discovery of the complexity, order, and wonder of God’s design.

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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,…

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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…

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