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A Shameless Plug for Apologia Science

A Shameless Plug for Apologia Science
For science, I strongly prefer Apologia sciences.  Three reasons: Because my younger son passed a CLEP after Apologia Biology, Both of my sons got a 4.0 in engineering physics after Apologia Physics Both were granted an exemption from taking college chemistry after Apologia chemistry in high school.For these reasons, I know for certain that Apologia was a college prep science curriculum.  I know it's not a perfect fit for every family, because it's written from a...
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Guest — Andi
Do you recommend certain textbooks or companies for other subjects? I'll tell them you sent me if I buy their book!
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 00:44
Guest — Lee
I try to be very careful about what curriculum I recommend, because different approaches will work for different families, but Son... Read More
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 11:46
Guest — Lee
They took Engineering Physics in college, so I don't know the name of the textbook, I'm sorry! If you are looking for help with a ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:38
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"No-Duh" Math - a Follow-up

"No-Duh" Math - a Follow-up
My nephew has a masters in math, and teaches at a public high school.  He told me that he prefers Saxon, because he felt it was the most rigorous and college prep.  For that reason, if Saxon is working for you, I would continue to use it.  If Saxon is NOT working for you, then look at a math book from the other good choices that are out there, knowing that nothing is perfect and learning...
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A "No-Duh" Approach to Choosing High School Math

A "No-Duh" Approach to Choosing High School Math
In my opinion, the math or science program that best prepares your child best is the program that helps them learn the most.Brilliant, huh?As children get older, it's not just about the parents teaching style and the child's learning style.  When they become teenagers, you have to add a third dimension:  the student's preference.  Teens can have some issues that may interfere with a curriculum, even though it seems like a logical choice, and we may...
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Homeschool Physics - An Apologia Success Story

Homeschool Physics - An Apologia Success Story
It happened again.  I just found Kevin reading his Apologia Physics book.  For fun.  He's a junior in engineering school, got straight A's last quarter in all his engineering classes.  And he reads his Apologia Physics book for fun.  He is a "little nervous" about next quarter because he is taking quantum mechanics, so he wanted to review Apologia again before the quarter starts.  Good investment, that book.  Apologia PhysicsQuote of the day:"Getting good grades is...
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Guest — Julieanne
I'm nervous about Apologia Chemistry this next school year - and we may end up using a different text for Chemistry than Apologia.... Read More
Saturday, 08 February 2014 13:04
Guest — Annie Kate
Yes, Lee, Apologia Physics is phenomenal! But, as you said, Apologia products are not for those who have trouble memorizing (biol... Read More
Monday, 23 December 2013 15:52
Guest — J W
Oh, man, I'd be up a creek if I weren't taking French along with my daughters. They'd plot and scheme and crack jokes, and I woul... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2009 20:11
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Homeschool High School Science - Biology Equipment

Homeschool High School Science - Biology Equipment
It's time to shop for curriculum for next year.  If you are looking for science equipment, I love working with HomeScienceTools.com   I used them for most of my science purchases, and they are WONDERFUL to work with.  They have a nice section on "How to select a microscope" that can really help you decide.If you would like a suggestion for a microscope, this is like the one I got.I found it very helpful to have a...
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Guest — Alisha
I buy almost all our science stuff from HST. Love them! The things we have dissected do not smell like the ones we had to buy for ... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 05:58
Guest — Christy
I second HSTs! Great prices, excellent quality, fast shipping!
Saturday, 21 March 2009 19:03
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High School Math - How Fast Can You Run?

High School Math - How Fast Can You Run?
One mom wrote to me, concerned that her child's SAT scores might be low because he hadn't yet finished Algebra 2.  She wondered if they would be better off rushing through Algebra 2 at break-neck speed, hoping to increase his test scores. I do think that being 1/2 way through Algebra 2 may have affected the scores.  When finished with the course, math section scores should increase.  It can help if you re-take the test in...
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The 13 Commandments?

The 13 Commandments?
Christy sent me a question on facebook:"Why do high school students do biology first? Is there a scientific reason? Is it traditional? Does it have to do with testing?~Christy"Hi Christy,They do biology first because it doesn't require much math!!!Some science folk will tell you that physics should go first (because it's the tiniest particles) and that chemistry should go second (bigger particles and combinations) and biology should go LAST (because of the complex organisms.)  But biology...
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Guest — J W
Yup, it helps, thanks!
Saturday, 17 January 2009 17:23
Guest — Lee
Joelle, Colleges WILL accept non-traditional labs (at least most of them.) The also prefer to see at least one TRADITIONAL lab. ... Read More
Friday, 16 January 2009 12:48
Guest — J W
So, will colleges accept non-traditional "Labs?" How about if you dissect something you found somewhere (think roadkill), or do a... Read More
Friday, 16 January 2009 10:11
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Homeschool Science Lab Write-ups

Homeschool Science Lab Write-ups
For our science lab notebook we used was a cheap spiral bound notebook from the cheap Target back-to-school sales. You could also use printer paper or regular notebook paper, because the lab notebook isn't about the NOTEBOOK at all!  The science lab notebook is about the kids recording what they did during the science lab.  After reading the instructions from Apologia, I had my children draw a picture or graph of what they did, with a...
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Guest — J W
Then you take the nature-related entries to your local Nature Exchange! More on those at: http://sciencenorth.ca/enterprises/wo... Read More
Saturday, 20 December 2008 11:41
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Is Your Science Curriculum Working?

Is Your Science Curriculum Working?
If you have decided on science for this year, and it's just not working out, what should you do?It's always hard to decide when to stick with a subject and when to stop and try something else.  Jay Wile of Apologia says that since biology, chemistry, and physics are such different sciences, it's possible for a kid to like one and hate the other two.  Dr. Wile said that it's our job as parents to make...
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Guest — Becky
Hi- I agree...my son has been frustrated with our "group science"..he wants chemistry and is in 6th grade...sooo he is getting a c... Read More
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 05:47
Guest — J W
Note: I don't recommend the following as the SOLE source of science instruction, but it's something to keep in mind. This is onl... Read More
Monday, 01 December 2008 18:51
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Follow-up on High School Science Labs

Follow-up on High School Science Labs
Julie asked:I was wondering how they were going to show that they had a lab science. Did you do this just for the ones you did at home, or for everything? Our Public Works department offers science lab workshops that I thought I'd take them to.Hi Julie,We wrote "Biology with Lab" on the transcript.  I gave course descriptions for colleges, and the course descriptions was a paragraph long about how we taught biology.  Much of the...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Lorrie, Great question! I'll answer it in a new blog post, so that others can benefit from the question. Thanks! Blessings, L... Read More
Sunday, 30 November 2008 18:59
Guest — Lorrie
Thank you for the good information. I have been thinking I would put my son in a homeschool class when it comes time for the lab ... Read More
Sunday, 30 November 2008 18:10
Guest — Lee
Hi Connie, My brother-in-law is a public school teacher. He loves this site: http://highschoolace.com/ace/ace.cfm I looked at it ... Read More
Saturday, 29 November 2008 08:47
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Homeschool Science Lab Writeups

Homeschool Science Lab Writeups
For our science lab notebook we used was a cheap spiral bound notebook from the cheap Target back-to-school sales. You could also use printer paper or regular notebook paper, because the lab notebook isn't about the NOTEBOOK at all!  The science lab notebook is about the kids recording what they did during the science lab.  After reading the instructions from Apologia, I had my children draw a picture or graph of what they did, with a...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Juana, Yes, we did all the labs in each science book. All the critters, all the microscopes in biology - I loved it! Not the ... Read More
Monday, 01 November 2010 16:53
Guest — Juana Ruiz
Hi Lee, I was just wondering if this was all you did for your science lab? Or did they actually dissect any animals?
Monday, 01 November 2010 16:48
Guest — Lee
Hi Julie, I'll answer your question in a regular blog post, so that everyone can benefit from the answer. Great question! Blessin... Read More
Sunday, 23 November 2008 08:46
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More School in Less Time!

More School in Less Time!
Audrey asks:How do you balance what you feel they need to know and do with what they feel they want to know and do? There are not enough hours in the day!This question is actually TWO questions!Q1: How can you get more hours in your day? To some extent, homeschoolers will ALWAYS feel like there aren't enough hours in the day!  It's part of parenting, and even more a part of homeschooling.  There are some things...
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KISS - keep it simple, sweetheart! By the time my students graduate, I want them to: Be able to write a well-structured essay H... Read More
Thursday, 20 November 2008 14:32
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Consumer Math or Algebra 2?

Consumer Math or Algebra 2?
Traci asks:  Our daughter has taken Algebra I and Geometry.  She would really like to take Consumer Math, and begin a small online business, instead of taking Algebra II.  My question is:  How does this look to colleges?  It seems that when I look at what everyone else is doing, they always include those 3 maths. Tracy,If your daughter wants to go to college, then Algebra 2 would be very important.  It's extremely helpful to take...
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Guest — Me
Hey I took Consumer math instead and still got accepted to a University!
Monday, 07 May 2018 23:11
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Songwriting for English!

Songwriting for English!
Dear Lee,Steven and I are settling into school very well this year, thanks to your help. His guitar teacher said that for English in college he took a course on how to write songs, and since Steven is specializing in music he would like to know:1. Can he take a course in songwriting for English?2. Will studying audio engineering for science work instead of Lego robotics engineering?I have found a couple of nice curriculums that could...
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Guest — J W
I recommend my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, College of Communications. Check into the Radio-TV-Film program. M... Read More
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 16:12
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A New Twist on Saxon Math

A New Twist on Saxon Math
There is a new twist to Saxon Math these days.  They have started to offer a video course to complement their textbook.  It appear that there goal was to take the best of DIVE CDs, which utilizes the Saxon spiral approach.  They blend that with the best of Teaching Textbooks, which provides a step by step solution to every single problem.  They also offer a toll free number, if your student still has problems.  Because they...
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