Tagged: Junior High Science and CM
I have a son who is almost 13. We are new to CM and I have been looking at different Science books/courses from the site. We have used the Apologia elementary series by Jeannie Fulbright for the last couple of years including living books but now it is time to move upward and onward. I’ve seen the 7th grade Apologia Exploring Creation W/General Science and I’ve heard alot about their upper grade textbooks but my question is do you know if these books follow the CM method? They look like a big textbook and I thought CM used living books for science. I just wondered if someone could clarify this for me and how I would go about using it to fit in with CM. Also if anyone has had experience with these texts and what they thought of them. They are quite a bit of money so I want to be sure. Thanks much for any input. Blessings to you and yours,
Apologia’s books are not living books in the CM sense of the word, however they are written in a conversational style. They present all scientific terminology and at least the upper level books are very thorough in presenting the material. I have a strong science background and I have been impressed with the material covered in the books.
Though you may be able to find some good living books covering some of the material taught in biology, it would be very difficult to find living books on chemistry, for example. As far as the General Science and Physical Science books are concerned, the material covered in each of these books is very general. If you have been very broad in your living book selections for science to this point, then these books will probably be mostly review. They do introduce some scientific terminology that is not usually presented in living books. So, if learning the correct terminology is important to you, you should start with at least the Physical Science book.
You can easily fit them into the CM style by continuing to read living books. You may not be able to find living books that correspond with the material being taught but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying living books!
If your child is planning on attending college, then I highly recommend that he complete a course in at least biology, chemistry, and physics. However, if your child has no plans for college then continuing with just living books and maybe some experiments might be okay. That is entirely up to you and what your state requires.
I know that the books can be expensive but they are non-consumable and can be used for all the kids in a family. The cheapest place to buy them right now is Christian Book Distributors.
Hope that helps.
Thank you so much Karen. That was very helpful since my son is planning on attending college. Also thanks for the encouragement about living books -we should continue to read them and enjoy them. I’m so thankful for the SCM team!
We just bought our first big fat “textbooks’–Apologia Biology. It sure did give me a turn when I unpacked the box–it looked like my old high school/college texts I hated! LOL But when I went through it, I found it wasn’t so bad. I like Karen, feel it is important for my sons to have a “traditional” science course. He wants to become a veterinarian and is very science-oriented. He’s enjoyed all the living books and nature study we’ve done, but he needs a good grounding in lab science courses to succeed in college. So we have a big fat textbook! LOL We plan on adding in several living books as well. I think that once the basic desire to learn is in place, that a student can then “make” his learning interesting himself, even if he has to cope with textbooks–which will surely happen for the college-bound. I know I did that in college myself by rewarding myself with M&M’s for successfully reading and outlining a boring chapter in something. ;-)
My 13 yo son enjoys the Thames & Kosmos kits and they go really well with “living” science books.
Hey! I thought that this might be helpful to somebody. Barb, aka. “Harmony Art Mom” just posted a link (on the AmbleRamble yahoo group) to a web page she’s created to share how she made Apologia’s Biology course more CM friendly, even coordinated the modules to Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study. I’ve bookmarked it to use when we do this Biology course in a couple of years. Here’s the link. http://www.squidoo.com/apologiabiology
My dd13 is currently doing Apologia General Science and it’s excellent. She is learning a lot and, although at first I was a bit concerned about how we’d go with it, I must say I’m impressed. I plan to continue with the series.
This is so cool, Linda; Thanks!
OOPS!! How embarrassing!!! Your post is cool, too, Linda. I am sheepishly correcting myself to say that I really like the link Beth put in for squidoo. Blush, Blush!!
That’s OK, Cindy. I must admit I was wondering about your comment until I saw your second post. I understand now…… (grin)
I have to thank you for your post about your dd enjoying Apologia’s General Science. The timing was perfect as my dh and I have been praying about our son and what would be the best for him. We are very close to ordering the course. Does your dd have just the textbooks or all the other goodies as well?
Thanks for sharing – truly!
My dd just uses the textbook and test booklet. We actually have the companion CD but keep forgetting to use it (duh). It mainly contains support material for the text. You can also get a CD with the whole textbook on it, but I prefer hardcopy. My dd has been chatting on for days now about incline planes, wedges and mechanical advantage so she definitely is gaining from this course….. :-)
Glad to help.
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