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Old 04-10-2019, 01:32 PM   #1
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Exploring Science Series by John H. Tiner https://www.rainbowresource.com/prod...Series%29/8429

Memoria Press science products https://www.memoriapress.com/curriculum/science/

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey

Quark Chronicles

Houghton Mifflin homeschool science https://www.hmhco.com/search/shop/ho...tegory=science

Pearson homeschool Interactive Science https://www.pearsonhomeschool.com/in...locator=PS2t4c

Science Academy series https://www.rainbowresource.com/prod...my+Series/4376

Usborne Science Encyclopedia and other Usborne science reference books.

Big Fat Notebook Series, the one for middle school science. https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Yo.../dp/B07BGGFTXQ

Real Science 4 Kids. Written by a homeschool mom with a PhD in biophysical chemistry. https://www.rainbowresource.com/prod...ations%29/2727
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https://gravitaspublications.com/focus-on/
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For junior high and high school we have used Apologia science. We have found them very challenging but do-able. The experiments require some advanced planning to have the items on hand, but most are common items. Dd has really enjoyed Apologia Biology and doing the dissections. Ds and I found the Chemistry to be very challenging but we made it through! We have not used anything above Chemistry as ds took Physics from the community college. I appreciate the creation perspective of Apologia.
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I've really enjoyed the Apologia books we've used. I think they're very well done. I like the notebooking journals that go with each book. I think the high school books are very rigorous without being too hard to understand.

There are a few things, here and there, in the books for younger kids that had me but overall I think they're fantastic.

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Right now I'm very intrigued by the science products at Memoria Press. I'm hoping to order a few soon.
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Currently we're using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey.
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My spectrum kid loves the Big Fat Notebook series. We have all of them. This is the one for science. https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Yo.../dp/B07BGGFTXQ

These books are great for covering the standards without any fluff. We do tons of 'real world' learning, using books not textbooks, doing science, talking about science, etc. This books ties it all together and helps us see that he'll be on track to take high school science without any gaps. He enjoys reading it for fun.
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I am SUPER excited about this series!

Real Science 4 Kids.

Written by a homeschool mom with a doctorate in biophysical chemistry. Like me, she took college prep classes in high school yet was blown away by the learning curve in 200 level college science classes. While homeschooling her kids, she wanted a science program that introduced more real science at younger ages but couldn't find one. So she wrote her own. I've looked through the sample chapters and labs and I'm definitely ordering some of these next fall. This is exactly what I have been trying to find for several years. And what I have been creating on my own when I teach a co-op class.

There are two main lines in Real Science for Kids:

The "Focus On . . . " series. There is a series for elementary and one for middle school and focuses on one main discipline of science. Astronomy, geology, biology, chemistry, physics.

Building Blocks of Science is a typical science curriculum, elementary and middle school. It covers all the disciplines each year.

I am so excited to try this next year. When I wanted to teach a co-op class on astronomy, I found NOTHING at the middle or high school level that went beyond just the basics. No wonder I was struggling in college astronomy. It's just not taught until college, beyond the basics of the solar system and types of stars, etc.

Here's the website:

https://gravitaspublications.com/
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Sample chapters of Building Blocks with labs are available here:
https://gravitaspublications.com/building-blocks/

Video of the author explaining why she developed this program
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