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Krystyna
07-25-2016, 04:54 PM
Hello! I'm looking for feedback on high school science resources that do not have a religious affiliation. The best one I have found for elementary and junior high is by Real Science 4 Kids, but I have a 9th grader this year and they don't offer a high school curriculum.

Thanks in advance for any input of likes or dislikes of specific science courses.

lbogaerts
07-30-2016, 11:52 AM
For biology you could use R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Biology Level 2 from Pandiapress: Life Level One | Pandia Press, History and Science Curriculums (http://www.pandiapress.com/publications/real-science-odyssey/life-level-one/#level2). While it's normally for middle school, you can easily adapt it to fit for high school: https://blairleeblog.com/2016/05/06/using-rso-biology-2-for-high-school-biology/

I also think that Elemental Science has things for the high school level: https://elementalscience.com/

Hope this helps!

ScienceGeek
07-31-2016, 10:56 AM
I just bought Holt's Modern Chemistry through the homeschool buyer's coop- you get a real text book, online access to an electron version of the textbook and access to labs, homework soln, test, etc. All for $99. Of course you'l have to buy some supplies for the labs but they look pretty reasonable. I'm going to supplement with some lessons from Ian Guch (high school chem teacher), Ian even has a textbook he wrote on his website for free. https://misterguchctas.wordpress.com
We're also going to do labs from the home scientist kit CK01A Standard/Honors Chemistry Kit (http://www.thehomescientist.com/kits/CK01/ck01-main.html)

I'm going to blog as we go through the course. https://homeschoolsciencegeek.wordpress.com/2016/07/09/high-school-chemistry-coming-soon/

Free Thinker
07-31-2016, 01:19 PM
I'll be following your blog, ScienceGeek! Thinking this might be what we do for 9th grade in 2017-18 :)

I've been looking at Miller-Levine Biology for High School as well. I currently have an 8th grader, and we are using this book- it's high school level.

Holt McDougal Earth Science Homeschool Package (029836) Details - Rainbow Resource Center, Inc. (http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/sku/029836)

inmom
07-31-2016, 04:43 PM
We used Miller-Levine for Biology. I could find the student text, teacher edition, and blank lab books very inexpensively at Abebooks.com. I purchased lab supplies through Home Science Tools. My kids did at least one lab a week---far more than the ps kids do.

For a not too mathy physics, look at Paul Hewitt's Conceptual Physics.

For mathy physics and chemistry, I "outsourced" the class to the university and had the kids earn dual credit.

As a former physics teacher, my opinion is that ScienceGeek's blog is great! I've been following it for a while now.

ScienceGeek
07-31-2016, 09:19 PM
Hewitt used to have a website with videos of labs and demos, its been years since I'v looked at it, but might be worth some digging.

I really liked the biology book we used 2 years ago, Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology by Audersirk, 9th edition. I learned with the kids and thought the book was really good.

Krystyna
08-01-2016, 05:33 PM
We used Miller-Levine for Biology. I could find the student text, teacher edition, and blank lab books very inexpensively at Abebooks.com. I purchased lab supplies through Home Science Tools. My kids did at least one lab a week---far more than the ps kids do.

For a not too mathy physics, look at Paul Hewitt's Conceptual Physics.

For mathy physics and chemistry, I "outsourced" the class to the university and had the kids earn dual credit.

As a former physics teacher, my opinion is that ScienceGeek's blog is great! I've been following it for a while now.

When we were using Real Science 4 Kids, I did a lab a week too. The kids in the local school were lucky to do as many in a year as we did in a month.

What university did you use for that, Carol? I'd love more info. Just getting into high school.

Krystyna
08-01-2016, 05:34 PM
Hewitt used to have a website with videos of labs and demos, its been years since I'v looked at it, but might be worth some digging.

I really liked the biology book we used 2 years ago, Biology: Life on Earth with Physiology by Audersirk, 9th edition. I learned with the kids and thought the book was really good.

Thanks! I'm definitely gonna be following on your blog too! It looks great!

inmom
08-01-2016, 06:44 PM
What university did you use for that, Carol? I'd love more info. Just getting into high school.

They took classes through a satellite campus of Purdue University. However, some universities in all of the states have similar programs where high school students can earn college credit. Most of the time it is while enrolled at a public high school where they have agreements about course curricula. But homeschoolers tend to take classes on the campus itself, typically starting in junior year but I've seen instances where some start earlier. All depend on the school. Ask around locally and see what they might offer.

skrink
08-01-2016, 07:08 PM
Loving this thread! I just ran across this article (http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/05/26/14-books-that-connect-students-with-valuable-scientists-struggles/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20160528) and thought I'd share.

ScienceGeek
08-02-2016, 12:31 AM
What a great list of books, especially since so many were about women scientists!

Shanti
08-10-2016, 08:04 PM
Hi,

I'm new here but wanted to pop in and say thanks for the different links that were posted. My oldest is in 9th this year and we're using Holt Biology with some experiments done with a bi-weekly Biology co-op and some experiments done at home. ScienceGeek, your blog is very inspiring at a time I was starting to feel very bored with our high school plan. And I haven't decided what we'll use for Chemistry next year so it's nice to see what others have done. We'll take Physics and the rest through the community college beginning junior year.

Sorry to cut into the conversation but it's so exciting to see suggestions and resources that we might actually use. =)