I like Real Science 4 Real Kids. I have a BS degree in Biology/Chemistry and I prefer non-religious based Science texts. If you are looking for a Bible based Science curriculum this is not for you. This is strictly based on science and known, proveable facts.
Here are the outlines for the three texts (Bio/Chem/Physics)
Real Science-4-Kids Biology, Level I pp. 66
Ch. 1: Living Creatures
Ch.2: Cells-The Building Blocks of Life
Ch. 4: Parts of a Plant
Ch. 5: How a Plant Grows
Ch. 6: Protists I
Ch. 7: Protists II
Ch. 8: The Frog Life Cycle
Ch. 9: The Butterfly Life Cycle
Ch. 10: Our Balanced World
Real Science-4-Kids Chemistry, Level I pp. 64
Ch. 1: Matter
Ch. 2: Molecules
Ch. 3: Chemical Reactions
Ch. 4: Acids, Bases, and pH
Ch. 5: Acid-Base Neutralization
Ch. 6: Mixtures
Ch. 7: Separating Mixtures
Ch. 8 Energy Molecules
Ch. 9: Polymers
Ch. 10: Biological Polymers DNA and Proteins
Real Science-4-Kids Physics, Level I pp. 65
Ch. 1: What is Physics?
Ch. 2: Force, Energy, and Work
Ch. 3: Potential and Kinetic Energy
Ch. 4: Motion
Ch. 5 Energy of Atoms and Molecules
Ch. 6: Electrical Energy and Charge
Ch. 7: Moving Electric Charges and Heat
Ch. 8: Magnets and Electromagnets
Ch. 9: Light and Sound
Ch. 10: Conservation of Energy
Send your kid to school. Home school with give them social disorders.
A Beka has pretty good science. They're in Florida. Also Calvert has pretty good science, but they're a little expensive, they're in Maryland.
my mom used "5 in a row", I DO NOT HAVE social disorders
Have you checked out TOPS science?
For texts, I like Joy Hakim's Story of Science (there are three books in the series.) I also love The Usborne Internet Linked Science Encyclopedia because of the internet links, and the encyclopedia is good on its own as well. We read each section and then look up the links afterward, and find them to be fun & educational.
I would also recommend the science/social studies & geography games at www.iknowthat.com. You need to register but it's free, and they don't email you or anything. They just keep track of your child's points and cards etc. at the site.
TOPS ( http://www.topscience.org/ ) has secular science materials (mostly physical science, but I know there's some biology). If you're looking for a Bible-based science, try Apologia. The first link below will take you to their recommended schedule; it starts at seventh grade, but Jeannie Fulbright has written a similar style of curriculum for younger students (see second link below)
Bob Jones University has pre-K to 12'th grade curriculum. You can just type in there name on google and read all about it...thats what I did.
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the person that said secular science in based on proven facts.
Still waiting for all that proof of evolution and point of origin to start rolling in (snicker snicker)
Now, off my soap box and on to real science.
My favorites are ABeka and Apologia. My daughter used both and is one of the stongest science kids I know. She is currently taking a secular biology course through Texas Tech (which is the exact same course the 9th graders are taking at our PS highschool up the road) and she has a 100% average in the course mid way through.
100 percent. I do not have access to answer keys and I never even see her tests (they are mailed to a proctor)
I firmly believe that her success in science comes, not only from a God given gift she has, but from a very strong scientific background she has from these two awesome Creation based programs.
funny how she can study science for four years from a "God's eye-view" and smoke a secular class.
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