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    I hope it's okay to jump into this conversation. I am debating between RSO Life Science Level One versus Biology 2. (Hmm did I say those right? Why don't they have the same name? lol)

    Can anyone give me input on this? DD is 9 but generally advanced. Last year we did RSO Chemistry Level One. She liked it okay but I found it boring. Hoping Life Science/Bio will be a lot more interesting!

    I have no need to hurry her into higher level curriculum. I just want it to be engaging for her.

    TIA!
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    I think the Life Science (level 1) is much better than the chemistry level one. But you can download the preview (multiple chapters I believe) of both life 1 and Bio 2. The author was concerned when I said I was using RSO2 with my middle school group which includes 8 year olds but I don't expect them to read the book. They'v been coming to my classes for years with their older siblings and participate as much as they want - which is usually quite a bit and they get a lot from just watching the slideshow/movies with the older kids. So I would look at the previews with your daughter and ask for her opinion. The level 1 only has 1 page of reading for each week, but level 2 has quite a few pages and is getting into more details.
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    WOW, Crunchymom - thank you so much for sharing all those links! I'd actually already pinned a few of them from Ellen's basement - she's got great stuff.
    Stay at home physicist - Mom to C (17) and J (14)
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    Thank you all for your input! The biggest thing I'm worried about, I guess, is if we will miss out on good content if we skip Level 1. However, Chemistry Level 1 was pretty boring to me and I just didn't want to start a second Level 1 course for another snoozefest ...................

    Do you think we'll miss good content if we skip Level 1?

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    I wrote out a full list of links which the author of the curriculum (Blair Lee) just posted on her blog. I will pass on a list of the links for the last few units to blair once we have finished, and she may post them down the road.
    How Two Homeschooling Moms Used REAL Science Odyssey Biology 2 in Their Co-op | blairleeblog

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    Quote Originally Posted by popsicle1010 View Post
    I hope it's okay to jump into this conversation. I am debating between RSO Life Science Level One versus Biology 2. (Hmm did I say those right? Why don't they have the same name? lol)

    Can anyone give me input on this? DD is 9 but generally advanced. Last year we did RSO Chemistry Level One. She liked it okay but I found it boring. Hoping Life Science/Bio will be a lot more interesting!

    I have no need to hurry her into higher level curriculum. I just want it to be engaging for her.

    TIA!

    I bought the life science for my 8 year olds and Biology 2 for my 7th grader. We are starting on Monday so we haven't used it yet so this opinion is based on going through both.

    Life science covers a lot of material and terms; and I am going to supplement a lot to make it less "easy" because my kids love science and I don't want them bored. It covers lots, I love that it has the experiments every week and that will keep them interested. It introduces a lot of science in a fun, non-overwhelming way.

    But I don't think they could handle the content and experiments in Biology 2. As science oriented as they are; there is a lot of lab reports, more detailed labs, lots of terms to be learned, that would be too overwhelming for a child that young.

    again just my opinion. the one thing is the boys get to see their sister do the biology 2 labs so when it's their turn it will come easier. have you looked at the free samples of both they have on their website?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScienceGeek View Post
    The author, Blair Lee has just posted the schedule she used when she ended up teaching her son's co-op last week - has some good ideas like combining the microscope labs on some weeks and doing the other labs on the other weeks. She also posted a supply list when using the curriculum with a co-op.
    Hi ScienceGeek - can you post Blair's blog url? Also, where are you in CA? We're in Mountain View (near San Jose) and planning to start using it this fall. Which means, like, tomorrow. Eek.

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    We have been using Both life science and biology 2 for 3 weeks now and LOVE it.
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    Great thread and thank you for the links Crunchymom! I think I saw it through Pandia Press on twitter and pinned many of the resources you had listed!

    We will be starting this exact course very soon. I also have a 10 year old that loves science. We have done all the level ones from R.E.A.L Science Odyssey. I hope she enjoys this one just as much if not more.
    Home Learning since July 2005. Currently homeschooling my youngest (dd10)
    while my two oldest (dd 17 & ds 15) attend public senior high school (they both homeschooled until grade 9).

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