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Exploring Creation With Chemistry and Physics Textbook Binding – August 1, 2013
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Jeannie Fulbright is a mother of four and the author of Apologia's Young Explorer Series. Jeannie and her husband, Jeff, have dedicated their time to teaching and encouraging families, speaking on topics such as developing a powerful prayer life, building a strong marriage, nurturing a happy and healthy family, and handling the nuts and bolts of homeschooling. You can access many of Jeannie's encouraging articles and subscribe to her blog at jeanniefulbright.com.
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The supply list is quite lengthy due to the large number of experiements. It will be to your advantage to copy the list from the back of the book, gather everything you have, shop for what you don't have, otherwise you will be spending a lot of time looking around the house for stuff on science class days.
The only "negative" is that there are a very large number of "Try This" activities, which makes working through each lesson take a long time. I almost think it would work best to do all of the experiments for the day at the beginning of class time, then read the material, referring back to the experiments. Otherwise you read a paragraph, do an experiment, read some more, do another experiment, and so on, back and forth.
While this is a K-6 grade book, we are using it for 7th grade. The next step in Apologia's line up is General Science and it looked to be quite boring and tedious so we opted for this instead. An Apologia representative discouraged me from using this book in 7th, but it seemed to be the right choice for *us* and our needs. My child is just barely 12 years old and is enjoying this curriculum very much.
It is turning out that I actually really do like this curriculum. I find it to be very thorough for a grade school level. I am using this for my 6th grader, and it is easy to teach. The book explains concepts well in a way that I can understand and teach her, and in a way that she gets it. I really like and recommend the accompanying notebooking journal Chemistry and Physics Notebooking Journal (Young Explorer Series) as it is full of pages to jot down what the child has learned and even illustrate things like atoms and molecules, it has crossword puzzles of the science terms they have learned, and even additional experiments if the many experiments in the book are not enough for you, or you could pick and choose the ones you want to do. So the notebooking journal really is great for reviewing and helping the concepts to stick in their heads.
The only complaints I have are that I wish this curriculum came with tests. I realize it is a growing trend to not test kids in the home school world, and I can respect that. But I think it gives my child accountability, so I have had to make up my own tests, and I have even had her make
do-your-own tests in which she goes through the chapter and makes up her own questions, usually by finding terms in bold. and then has to go back and answer them. This does help more than you would think. It is much like an open book test, but at least she is having to go back over and look these terms up.
So tests would be nice, and my only other complaint is that some of the experiments did not work for us even though we followed the instructions. This can get pricey and a waste. The one using alum to make crystals--we followed it to a "t" and nada. And the rock candy, we failed at that too, I later found a youtube video that explained that if you dip a skewer into sugar first, it will give the crystals something to adhere to. We should have tried that. Some of the simpler ones have worked, so you just have to pick and choose the ones you want to do, maybe based on expense or how easy it is to do. I do recommend researching on the internet the more complicated experiments to see if there is a better, more fail-proof way.
But overall, this is a great curriculum, and if it came with tests and tweaked some of the experiments, it would get five stars!
I paid full price for this item. All opinions are my own.
1) Quality, through content that is age appropriate- yet not dumbed down
2) Very nicely done graphics.
3) Experiments only require easy access household materials generally .
4) It is written to the student and is fun in tone.
5) Gives a non-evolution perspective to the subject matter.
I purchased this for my 4th and 6th graders- but likely will have my 10&11th graders also read through it...it's that good!!