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wende
07-24-2012, 09:41 AM
DD15 wants a chemistry curriculum. I showed her the chemistry unit I wrote. Not what she wants. I showed her a stack of living books. Not what she wants. She says she wants something set up like Life of Fred - a chapter to read, then questions to answer. And spaces to journal thoughts and add on what she learns. She does not want to lapbook, or open ended notebook. She wants either notebook/worksheet pages in a binder, or to just write in a composition book like she does with LOF. Boxed curriculum is just so out of my realm, I'm surprised she even wants to go this direction, but.... Anybody have any suggestions for a high school chemistry curriculum that might fit the bill?

Jodi B
07-24-2012, 12:32 PM
Have you looked at Real Science 4 Kids (http://www.gravitaspublications.com/)?

It is written by a homeschool mom who happens to have a Ph. D. and approaches science with the philosophy that chemistry is the basis to start with. We are trying her curriculum for this next fall, and I like what I see! She is also respectful of worldview and does not promote one over another.

ETA: You can get it from other sites for less -- check Rainbow Resource and Home Science Tools. :yes:

Marcia
07-24-2012, 05:44 PM
Have you looked at Apologia?
https://apologia.securesites.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=63

If you click on the sample module, it will give you an idea of how it's set up.

Renee
07-24-2012, 07:40 PM
I would look at Apologia. My ds15 did their Biology last year and is doing the Chemistry this year. We also did a 2 day lab with Landry Academy. They also offer online courses. they are at homeschoolscienceacademy dot com
Renee

CINDY LB OH
07-24-2012, 07:41 PM
This book came to my mind first, but it wouldn't be a complete curriculum. I originally got it for my dd, but she ended up wanting something more "like a real chemistry class".

Exploring The World of Chemistry (http://www.christianbook.com/exploring-the-world-of-chemistry/john-tiner/9780890512951/pd/12957?product_redirect=1&Ntt=12957&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP)

So my dd did Apologia Chemistry her 10th grade year and liked it. But I should preface that with, she liked it once she got past the heavy math that he puts at the beginning. She didn't like that at all because math is not her thing, but once she got past that she liked it. She actually ended up getting through only half the book, so I called the course Intro to Chemistry since I didn't think she finished enough for credit for Chemistry 1.

Kelly K
07-24-2012, 08:21 PM
RS4K is written for late elementary, although it is very thorough. I probably wouldn't use it for a 15yo. We're eventually going to use Apologia. This year we're doing bio and using Sci Shepherd.

wende
07-24-2012, 10:36 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out.

Heather (WI)
07-24-2012, 11:09 PM
I was going to suggest Apologia, too, so I guess I'm not much help! Sorry! Hope you find something that fits your dd well. :)

wende
07-25-2012, 07:49 AM
Have you looked at Real Science 4 Kids (http://www.gravitaspublications.com/)?

It is written by a homeschool mom who happens to have a Ph. D. and approaches science with the philosophy that chemistry is the basis to start with. We are trying her curriculum for this next fall, and I like what I see! She is also respectful of worldview and does not promote one over another.

ETA: You can get it from other sites for less -- check Rainbow Resource and Home Science Tools. :yes:

I've seen it for the elementary students, but didn't realize she had high school level as well. Can't seem to find any kind of preview or sample, but I'll keep looking. Thanks for the info. :)

wende
07-25-2012, 07:56 AM
This book came to my mind first, but it wouldn't be a complete curriculum. I originally got it for my dd, but she ended up wanting something more "like a real chemistry class".

Exploring The World of Chemistry (http://www.christianbook.com/exploring-the-world-of-chemistry/john-tiner/9780890512951/pd/12957?product_redirect=1&Ntt=12957&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP)

So my dd did Apologia Chemistry her 10th grade year and liked it. But I should preface that with, she liked it once she got past the heavy math that he puts at the beginning. She didn't like that at all because math is not her thing, but once she got past that she liked it. She actually ended up getting through only half the book, so I called the course Intro to Chemistry since I didn't think she finished enough for credit for Chemistry 1.

The math is part of what concerns me in Apologia. My dd has a hard enough time with math (just finished LOF pre-algebra) that I don't want to make science miserable for her. The World of Chemistry looks right up her alley. I'll let her explore her options and see what she thinks. Thanks!

monica911
07-25-2012, 11:42 AM
Have you looked at Friendly Chemistry? I haven't used it, but I plan to when my daughter is in 10th grade (she will be using Science Shepherd Bio this year).

http://friendlychemistry.com/homepage.htm

Shelly in MN
07-25-2012, 11:57 AM
We were in a "we just need to get this done to graduate, let's make it as palatable as possible" situation with chemistry. Chemistry 101 filled the bill perfectly for us. Watch the DVD/read the material/answer the multiple choice tests. And, math worries are not an issue with this program.

Becky in CA
07-25-2012, 01:58 PM
We have used ACE science for several years now. We haven't had a chance to use their chemistry, but, if it's like their other courses, it is worth checking it out. You can see samples on CBD.com.

My youngest will be skipping chemistry to go straight to physics since he's more interested in mechanics and engineering. We will be doing their physical science this year which is an intro to chem/physics.

wende
07-25-2012, 03:42 PM
We were in a "we just need to get this done to graduate, let's make it as palatable as possible" situation with chemistry. Chemistry 101 filled the bill perfectly for us. Watch the DVD/read the material/answer the multiple choice tests. And, math worries are not an issue with this program.


Thanks for the suggestion. There seemto be quite a few "Chemistry 101" courses. Do you remember the author or publisher?

ETA:Nevermind! Found it on CBD. :-)

wende
07-25-2012, 03:43 PM
Have you looked at Friendly Chemistry? I haven't used it, but I plan to when my daughter is in 10th grade (she will be using Science Shepherd Bio this year).

http://friendlychemistry.com/homepage.htm

Downloading sample now! Thanks!

Shelly in MN
07-25-2012, 11:49 PM
Thanks for the suggestion. There seemto be quite a few "Chemistry 101" courses. Do you remember the author or publisher?

ETA:Nevermind! Found it on CBD. :-)

Oops, sorry!

Yes, it's the Wes Olson/Westfield Studio one. :)