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    I am still on the fence about Oak Meadow Environmental Science. I like the product but I am having a hard time justifying the cost, when I am fairly confident that I can create a similar course for my child at half the price.

    I am considering purchasing a text book, teacherís manual, and a lab/activities book. With that, I will add a couple of environmental books to read, research and report on current environmental events through out the year and add in some field trips.

    If you have created a science course for your child, how did you go about it? What are some things that you did that you would have wanted to do differently?

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    Mary Beth,

    Your plan seems quite sound. That's exactly what I did with my kids for science in high school, even for biology, which I was not comfortable teaching as it's not my area of expertise (physics and math).

    More than anything, include as many labs as you financially can. I would have loved to do more, but was somewhat limited on equipment for a few.

    Also, for topics you might feel the text is a little light on, there are always documentaries and YouTube.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Thank you for responding. Out of curiosity, did your teacher's manual contain other information regarding activities or is it only answers to the end of the chapter questions? I've never purchased school teacher's manual before. Just curious as to what the books are like.

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    Creating your own High School Science
    It depends on the publisher. If it's high school level, I suspect there will be a lot of "extras" included. When we would get adoption copies at school to choose what we'd use for the next 5-6 years, each science text came with an entire large box of stuff-lab manuals, worksheet booklets, test booklets, enrichment activities, etc. However, if you look at the pictures below, sometimes they include small images of those "extras" within the teacher's book. (This is a math teacher's edition as I sold my biology one, but they tend to be similar in layout). My eyes aren't so great anymore, so when I want to see those small images included in the margin, I scan them into my laptop, then enlarge them.

    (I apologize for them being upside down!)
    Teacher edition028.jpg Teacher edition029.jpg
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Thank you so much. I appreciate you help.

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