Topic | High School Chemistry, help me decide!

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    This coming year, my 11th grade ds will have Chemistry.  So far, my plan is to have him participate in a lab class which meets twice a month for 2 hours. I have several living books/texts but I’m just not sure how to fit them all in; they all look so good and worth reading.  I have Apologia’s 2nd edition and was reading through the first module last night. I have no doubt that my ds will enjoy the text but, for him, it will be a lot reading and my hope was to get in a biography or two. (We could use audio books, I know.)

    If you went this route, how did you fit it all in?? I don’t know why, but last year when he did Biology, it seemed easier to fit in the extra books.  I have looked at other ideas about putting together your own curriculum for Chemistry, like on Barb Harmony’s site (I think).  But my health is an issue these days and I don’t know how much help I will be other than handing him the material and helping him with resources for explanations, etc.

    If you have done Chemistry with your children lately, could you offer some suggestions??


    I have not yet gone this route, but we are starting it this year. My plan is to assign 4 to 6 pages of text a day, and then 5 to 10 pages in a biography or living book Mon-Thurs. Labs will be done on Fridays. We did this with Biology last year and it worked fairly well. We alternate between oral or written narration and the On Your Own questions. One of mine also liked to draw and label his narrations. I had them watch videos that complemented the lesson (or were just fun and educational) during lunch once in a while.

    I have not read it yet, but we’ve planned on Crucibles: Story of Chemistry which is a book of shorter biographies. Plus a few others.

    Possible videos for chemistry:

    Chemistry 101 series

    Periodic Table of Elements (University of Nottingham and I think on Khan now)

    Khan Academy

    NOVA Kaboom (on YouTube; the history of explosives)


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