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    I'm looking for a biology curriculum for my daughter next year...has anyone done RSO Biology 2 for 9th grade? We both like the look of it and that it has microscope and dissection labs. Was thinking we would supplement with more dissection labs than it seems are included to beef it up a bit. Thoughts on whether or not this would fly for her Freshman year of high school? We are also looking at Oak Meadow's Biology but the labs seem very crafty and dry. I already have the Holt text (got it cheap and will use for reference if we don't use for curriculum).
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    I would think it depends heavily on your daughter's future plans. If she is planning to apply to college and major in science, it might not be enough for a strong admission application. But if college is not in her plans, than why not.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    RSO has a blog post about using biology for high school.
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    The author, Blair Lee, has a couple resources listed on her blog to adapt RSO Bio2 to high school level:
    https://blairleeblog.com/2016/05/06/...chool-biology/

    Likewise, she's spelled it out on the Secular, Eclectic, Academic homeschoolers site:
    https://seahomeschoolers.com/using-r...level-biology/

    We did it in 5th grade and dd loved it. Our plans for high school, though, will have her take biology, chemistry, anatomy and nutrition at the local community college. She'll take AP Earth Science at a semester school in Wisconsin. So that means 5 classes with labs NOT mommy-graded and it's all because that's what she says she'd like to do.

    Credit where credit is due, though: Blair Lee's Bio2, Astronomy 2 have been great for my slightly science-mad kid.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastweedpuller View Post
    The author, Blair Lee, has a couple resources listed on her blog to adapt RSO Bio2 to high school level:
    https://blairleeblog.com/2016/05/06/...chool-biology/

    Likewise, she's spelled it out on the Secular, Eclectic, Academic homeschoolers site:
    https://seahomeschoolers.com/using-r...level-biology/

    We did it in 5th grade and dd loved it. Our plans for high school, though, will have her take biology, chemistry, anatomy and nutrition at the local community college. She'll take AP Earth Science at a semester school in Wisconsin. So that means 5 classes with labs NOT mommy-graded and it's all because that's what she says she'd like to do.

    Credit where credit is due, though: Blair Lee's Bio2, Astronomy 2 have been great for my slightly science-mad kid.
    We've been looking at Conserve School too! It's a wonderful opportunity and not far from us either.
    May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave. Learning at Home with Me
    Homeschooling DD (13)

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    She does plan on college...thanks!
    May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave. Learning at Home with Me
    Homeschooling DD (13)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happydays525 View Post
    She does plan on college...thanks!
    Happydays,
    Here is a post from InMom from a while ago:

    " This is what we did. I purchased older used editions of Miller & Levine student and teacher's manual from either Amazon or Abebooks. I also bought corresponding lab books. We did as many labs as I had materials for, which usually ended up to be at least two a week. We already had a good microscope. The rest of the materials I purchased through Home Science Tools.

    Most standard textbooks used in schools tend to have far more material than can be realistically covered in one academic year. So I first decided what was important for them to know (cells and functions, botany, animal kingdoms, etc.) and what they could pick up from other classes (human biology = health) and we could ignore. I then planned accordingly. To help with planning, every once in a while I would look at this blog, Quarks & Quirks, where a homeschool mom posted lessons for a year-long biology course. For those with no idea where to start, it is a gold mine of material.

    I put together my own tests using various free textbook companion sites I found online that have test bank questions."

    The books are "Biology Concepts and Connections" (I got the 7th edition) and "Exploring the Way Life Works the Science of Biology" by HOagland, Dodson, and Hauck. I plan on following the Quirks and Quarks plan and ordering anything needed from HomeScience Tools. We have decided on our science in this order though: Physics (Algebra based), Biology, Chemistry. We will have somewhere in there Ecology, Sustainability. We used the NOSB resources for a course on Marine Biology--it was very good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv2HS View Post
    Happydays,
    Here is a post from InMom from a while ago:

    " This is what we did. I purchased older used editions of Miller & Levine student and teacher's manual from either Amazon or Abebooks. I also bought corresponding lab books. We did as many labs as I had materials for, which usually ended up to be at least two a week. We already had a good microscope. The rest of the materials I purchased through Home Science Tools.

    Most standard textbooks used in schools tend to have far more material than can be realistically covered in one academic year. So I first decided what was important for them to know (cells and functions, botany, animal kingdoms, etc.) and what they could pick up from other classes (human biology = health) and we could ignore. I then planned accordingly. To help with planning, every once in a while I would look at this blog, Quarks & Quirks, where a homeschool mom posted lessons for a year-long biology course. For those with no idea where to start, it is a gold mine of material.

    I put together my own tests using various free textbook companion sites I found online that have test bank questions."

    The books are "Biology Concepts and Connections" (I got the 7th edition) and "Exploring the Way Life Works the Science of Biology" by HOagland, Dodson, and Hauck. I plan on following the Quirks and Quarks plan and ordering anything needed from HomeScience Tools. We have decided on our science in this order though: Physics (Algebra based), Biology, Chemistry. We will have somewhere in there Ecology, Sustainability. We used the NOSB resources for a course on Marine Biology--it was very good!

    This is great, thank you for taking the time to find it and share it with me!
    May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave. Learning at Home with Me
    Homeschooling DD (13)

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