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, don't really understand it, and don't have time to learn it, LOL, but need a good curriculum for her. And we don't have a lot of money to buy something with lots of bells and whistles. And she HATES Apologia, which is what most everyone uses or suggests. I was hoping since you were the expert of all experts, you might be able to point me in the right direction.
Thanking you in advance,
Debbie in OR
I wrote a blog post about putting weak areas first, as you suggested, and I even used science as an example. I wonder if that article will help even more?
Talk to you later!
I was just telling my husband--I SO appreciate your advice--it is so down-to-earth, practical, and wise!
My youngest and I are struggling with Rainbow Science already. I have been letting him read on his own, with me supposedly correcting his comprehension questions and labs. Part of our problem is that I have been so busy with appointments, activities, etc. outside the home--I KNOW I need to be home more to work more closely with him!
But something you said in this article rang true to me: I need to DO science with my youngest (even though I have absolutely no desire!), and put it first or it won't get done. I KNOW that will be a help in my struggling learner being able to understand the material better.
I have used the technique of putting "elective" activities at the beginning of the day (as I knew we would be apt to just forget about it later on as the day drew to a close), and that approach was always so effective in allowing us to accomplish the fun learning activities that we loved on a daily or regular basis (we are more apt to make sure the required subjects are finished at the end of the day than that fun subjects added on then).
Anyways, thank you once again for a great piece of advice that I will begin implementing immediately. I don't want to give up on the curriculum; and though I don't really want to do it with my son, I will if it helps (as I'm sure it will). And we will be SO MUCH surer to really do it if we put it first! =)
Answers in Genesis has some great science curriculum. We are doing Geology this year, and adding in some extra stuff to make it a full year course. My son loves it. I appreciate what Lee has to say, that you don't need to stick to the traditional science courses that they always do in public school. You can branch out into different areas of science that your child may be more interested in.
There is a science cirriculum that includes everything you need to complete the experiments in the cirriculum down to the paper clips. The creator, Andy Stratton, is a 20+ year veteran physics teacher and math teacher here in WA state. He and his wife Briana started this service to make science more accessible to busy, money conscience homeschool families. Their theory is that parents could spend a fortune in time and money trying to gather everything required to do the labs for most homeschool science cirriculums. They then tend to do only the book work and fail to do the labs. Well, science is fun and Mr. Stratton wants every kid to get the chance to have a chance to fall it love with it. I've given their web site and you should check it out.
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