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Stinky, Slimy, Senseless Science

Stinky, Slimy, Senseless Science
A wise homeschooler once said, "If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it's slimy, it's biology. And if it doesn't work, it's physics." For children interested in medical or science careers, it's important to cover the stinky, slimy, and non-working topics of science.  For children considering a general college degree, cover a couple of the "regular" sciences, but then branch out if you want to.  There  are some great science options out there.  May favorite, by far,...
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Monday, 13 December 2010 08:07
Guest — Luke Holzmann
"If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it's slimy, it's biology. And if it doesn't work, it's physics." [smile] I like that.... Read More
Monday, 13 December 2010 06:32
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Homeschooling Middle School - Making Science Fun

Homeschooling Middle School - Making Science Fun
The goal of middle school science is to make it a fun topic that children will want to continue when they get into high school.  There are so many ways to make learning fun, it's almost hard to list them all! My 7th grade daughter is looking for some FUN science - not just busy work. I wondered what you would suggest to whet her appetite more than I am doing now. We have been using...
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Guest — Amber
Jennifer, I'm so glad you brought up 4-H, especially in science! There are so many great programs and projects focused on science... Read More
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 07:45
Guest — Jenifer
Lee, You touched on 4-H as a resource. I would like to add to that. I am a huge proponent of using 4-H in homeschooling. You might... Read More
Monday, 25 October 2010 08:24
Guest — Kriss Trent
http://www.homeschoolscience.com The first sentence on their web site is "Make science your children's favorite subject." Even t... Read More
Monday, 25 October 2010 06:40
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Using Calculators in Your Homeschool

Using Calculators in Your Homeschool
Calculators are used in public schools. Calculators can be used in a homeschool.  Calculators are neither evil nor a God-given right. Calculators are a tool that can help students do math faster, much like a computer will help students write faster.   Calculators can't really teach math concepts anymore than a computer can teach a student to write, but they can be a great tool. When students are very young, the emphasis is on learning how to...
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Guest — Nina
If you are teaching your high school aged kids advanced math, sophisticated computation tools like graphing calculators make the c... Read More
Sunday, 23 January 2011 10:59
Guest — Anna-Marie
My husband and I were just discussing this a few days ago. We decided to introduce it around 5th grade. Maybe we should consider... Read More
Monday, 18 October 2010 19:22
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Homeschool Science - Choosing Curriculum

Homeschool Science - Choosing Curriculum
Not everyone loves Apologia.  I always encourage parents to use what works for their student, because not all children learn the same way.  It's more important that a curriculum WORKS than if it is popular, inexpensive, or highly rated. I'm hoping you can help me.......this is my first year to homeschool a high school student. My daughter is now in "9th grade" and I am completely lost with regards to science. I am not into science,...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Ann! I wrote a blog post about putting weak areas first, as you suggested, and I even used science as an example. I wonder i... Read More
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 06:06
Guest — Ann
hi Lee! I was just telling my husband--I SO appreciate your advice--it is so down-to-earth, practical, and wise! My youngest and I... Read More
Monday, 04 October 2010 18:52
Guest — Margaret
Answers in Genesis has some great science curriculum. We are doing Geology this year, and adding in some extra stuff to make it a ... Read More
Friday, 01 October 2010 22:18
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How Do You Teach the Creation-Evolution Debate?

How Do You Teach the Creation-Evolution Debate?
Do not shy away from the creation-evolution debate. While not critical to teach to younger children, high school students need to have some understanding on both sides of the debate.  Although we didn't shy away from the debate in our homeschool, I wish I had covered the topic even more. Students need to become informed so they can provide reasoned arguments  for their beliefs. Without understanding the issues, they can't reasonably form their own belief system. They need...
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Guest — Lisa
This is a great article and I can see from the comments that it can quickly add fuel to the debate. I am in a very conservative a... Read More
Sunday, 20 October 2013 07:25
Guest — Kim
Joan, Creationism aligns with true scientific research and is compatible with science. Science is merely observing things and off... Read More
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:24
Guest — Joan Jahoda
Don't you need to teach a child the difference between belief and science? Belief has no place in this discussion since the only f... Read More
Friday, 21 June 2013 04:23
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What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?

What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?
I'm a huge fan of Apologia sciences!  I believe it's wonderful college preparation, and that their Biology, Chemistry, and Physics can provide the highest quality college prep education. On the other hand, I have heard mixed results from their General Science and Physical Science curriculum.  These are recent additions to Apologia, actually.  Years ago, they only provided Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Prior to that, the author Jay Wile recommended using unit studies to encourage the love...
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Guest — Lee
Lois, if your state wants four years of science, why don't you branch out a bit? Go for geology, astronomy, ornithology, or somet... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:23
Guest — Lois
At a recent home school conference/book fair, the lady working the Apologia booth told me you can count 8th grade physical science... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:13
Guest — Lee
Right - and there are different levels of science classes in other schools, from AP to remedial. As homeschoolers, we can also pr... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 07:19
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Incorporate Cartooning Into Your Homeschool

Incorporate Cartooning Into Your Homeschool
Any suggestions on how to incorporate cartooning into completing math assignments? So far, my son has come up with 1001 ways to destroy a math book. You can do anything in cartoons, but in reality, you can learn algebraic concepts.Hi Lois,There are some comics in Harold Jacob's book. I have no ideas for actually incorporating cartooning into algebra (LOL!)I have seen cartooning as an art, as occupational education (when you make it a business) and as...
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Guest — Ann
hi Lois-- If your math program is like Saxon or Teaching Textbooks, he will review that concept over and over in subsequent lesso... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 12:34
Guest — Lois
Thanks everybody for your comments. It's a character issue with him mostly.....he doesn't see why he needs to do something he does... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:25
Guest — Lee
Here is the book by Lucy's son: http://mubbybooks.com/featured_book.htm Blessings, Lee... Read More
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 15:39
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Online Lab Material

Online Lab Material
I know that each parent can determine what is right for their own child.  My job is to support independent homeschooling, however.  When I get  questions about alternative education programs, I don't want parents to feel that I'm being judgmental.  On the other hand, I do try to point out alternatives that retain independence, so you can ensure the successful education of your child.What about online lab material.  Have you seen anything like  this available for...
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Washington Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair

Washington Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair
Washington Homeschool Science & Engineering FairSaturday, March 20th, 2010  2:00-5:00 p.m.New Location: First Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchYou are invited to attend the third annual "Washington Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair" on 3/20/10 from 2-5 p.m. in Renton, WA.Attached is a Student Registration Form due 2/28/10. Each student needs an Adult Volunteer available at the fair to listen to other students' projects. Additional volunteers are needed for families with more than two children participating. Each student will give...
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Is Apologia Science Rigorous Enough for the College-Bound?

Is Apologia Science Rigorous Enough for the College-Bound?
Are Apologia science textbooks rigorous enough for college-bound students?  Sure, they are popular with homeschoolers, but how GOOD are they as science books? Are Apologia science textbooks fairly rigorous, for college-bound students?  I've heard a few conflicting reports...~Jill in SeattleApologia is a very rigorous college prep series.  I don't usually recommend specific curriculum, because I know it's all about "fit" more than a textbook.  When it comes to science, though, I had such success with the...
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Lee Binz
Hi Jen! YES they are WELL prepared. No additional content needed - the study guide for the test is enough. And a student should al... Read More
Friday, 21 February 2020 17:25
Guest — Jen Gaerthofner
Thank you for taking the time to answer! I appreciate your time and advice.
Friday, 21 February 2020 19:05
Guest — Jen
Can anyone speak to whether or not this Bio text prepares students well for testing like the ACTs? I wonder if there isn't some a... Read More
Friday, 21 February 2020 16:23
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Teen Itching to Learn Programming?

Teen Itching to Learn Programming?
Here is an idea for teaching your homeschool children computer literacy!  The Scratch Website from MIT may be a perfect fit!  Read this article in Communications of the ACM, called Scratch: Programming for All.The article says that "Digital fluency" should mean designing, creating, and remixing, not just browsing, chatting, and interacting.  It says that just using a computer is like knowing how to read, but not write.  They promote computer programming in a fun, non-threatening way...
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Guest — Michael Badger
Scratch is an incredibly friendly programming language to learn. It's drag-n-drop interface makes programming a snap that anyone c... Read More
Thursday, 03 December 2009 16:45
Guest — dawn devore
Thanks for enhacing my children's life.
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:20
Guest — karen
My kids love scratch.
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:03
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Biology for a Struggling Learner

Biology for a Struggling Learner
Homeschoolers can make accommodations for struggling learners, just like they do in other school situations.  If your child needs extra help learning, then you can provide that help.  The important thing is that they learn!  Mary had a question about how to accommodate her daughter in biology, and still determine credit.Good Morning Lee, Thanks for the information on credits that was helpful. My daughter did biology last year and struggled. She did the first part of...
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Homeschooling - Break Free of the Public School Mold

Homeschooling - Break Free of the Public School Mold
You don't need to behave like a brick and mortar school when you are homeschooling science and social studies.Any articles/advice about teaching Science/Social....making sure they're covering what they need, without falling back into the whole teacher/student mode? If your child is planning to go into a hard science like biology, engineering, or medicine, then they will REALLY benefit from learning biology, chemistry and physics in high school.  If they don't seem interested in science, then sometimes...
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Botany for High School Credit

Botany for High School Credit
Colleges want to see three sciences and at least one science lab, but you still have a lot of freedom within those requirements.My daughter has expressed interest in studying Botany for this year (she's a freshman) instead of studying a traditional Biology course.  I have found a great course for her as well as additional supplemental materials.  I want to make sure before I purchase the materials that our course will be accepted by colleges/universities as...
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Guest — Nancy
I'd like to hear what people have found for Botany. That is the third science that we are planning on besides Chemistry and Physic... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 21:36
Guest — J W
There are many fine science curriculae out there, but I'd like to second Lee's recommendation of Apologia. It's fantastic. I'd r... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 12:46
Guest — Lee
Hi Julie, We did biology, chemistry and physics with Apologia because my son was going into engineering. When you have a child th... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 08:52
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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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