Our homeschool science curriculum was not only educational, but fun! Emily and Laura doing a demonstration speech for 4-H.
Laura had an easy A in her college Physics class thanks to the curriculum we used. Thank you Laura for your input below!
Science classes in my homeschool high school? What about the experiments? Won’t I run the risk of blowing the house up?! Relax! High school science classes can be some of the most enjoyable and exciting classes you will ever take. Now that I have taken science classes in college, I am very thankful for the excellent homeschool science curriculum.
My college physics class last spring actually covered the same information as my high school physics textbook! Wouldn’t you like to have a college class just like that?! You can, if you use a quality science program.
So, just what makes a quality science program, anyway?
You might be thinking that one science textbook is the same as the next-they all cover basically the same material in basically the same order. But that is where the resemblance ends. One book may explain things very clearly, while another may be a jumble of science jargon students don’t understand. One book may have helpful experiments to illustrate main points, while another may simply have random, useless experiments to fill the lab requirement. The differences can be huge. When you are choosing a science textbook, then, you want to choose one that is clear, readable, engaging, and informative, without being overwhelming.
Sounds like a pretty tall order, doesn’t it?!
Amazingly, we have managed to find a homeschool science curriculum that fills all of those requirements and more. It’s called Apologia, and is written by a science professor named Dr. Jay Wile. Courses in biology, chemistry, and physics are available, and my family uses the chemistry and physics books. The courses are designed to fully prepare students for college science classes, and are completely comprehensive. As I mentioned, my college physics course covered the exact same topics as my high school course. Both the chemistry and physics courses contain 16 smaller sections, with practice problems at the end of each section, and a quiz at the end of the module. After every four modules there is a test. The teacher’s guide and test booklet are included, and a CD-Rom is also available. The course can easily be reused for multiple students, as long as the tests are copied from the booklet.
Although the CD-ROM is extra, I would highly recommend it. The CD has the pronunciation of the more difficult words, and contains videos of the experiments you can’t do at home. Most of all, this course was written for homeschool students to use on their own. Dr. Wile assumes that the parents will not remember enough of their science to help the student, and he writes very clearly and explicitly. My younger sister and I have both used the courses with very little trouble or confusion.
Dr. Wile also writes from an unapologetically Christian perspective. It’s refreshing to have a science course that does not continually jab at Christian scientists. Everything considered, I really cannot imagine a better home school science course.
So, are you ready to go for it? It really is that simple. With a little research, you can choose the science course that is right for your family. You don’t need a huge, confusing or boring textbook! You don’t have to blow up your kitchen in the pursuit of chemistry knowledge! Your student can learn all he needs to know about science without any headaches or frustration. Have fun with your homeschool science curriculum!