We’ve used lots of Apologia in the past and I wanted a break from it. My 10th grader is using Guesthollow Biology this year and really enjoying it. I wrote more about it on the thread asking about Guesthollow if you’d like to read more of what I liked about it.
Retrofam—I so glad to here your review. Last weekend I ordered DD the first book of ACE biology and the first for PACworks biology. I’m going to let her pick between the two once they get here. I’m done with Apologia and I’m done trying to make living books work. :p I have never found a CM friendly science I really like, so this coming year we are trying R&S science textbooks for the youngers, a couple of Tiner books for the middle one, and worktexts for my high schooler. Maybe we will prefer texts for this particular subject. We still have nature walks, object lessons, and notebooks for a more living component.
That’s great! I have met Dr. Wile, and he is very gracious. He isn’t offended when homeschoolers choose a different curriculum.
I found that Apologia works for my gifted teens. They use it in a relaxed way.
Other choices are probably less rigorous, but that isn’t the end of the world. Maintaining a love of learning is important too.
We have been using Sabbath Mood Homeschool for science this year. For the most part I like it. I have a 12th, 10th, & 7th grader. My older two do well with it, but my younger one I’m on the fence about simply because he needs work writing and making cohesive sentences so his narrations are pretty unpolished (all in time tho I remind myself).
I actually have had my younger two in the same for Biology and Chemistry (middle form) and my oldest by himself for Chemistry I (high school form and he is doing nutrition for biology this year as well). We finished the Chemistry units at Christmas break time (went 3 days/week for 12 weeks and do biology for 1 day each week) and I will say I thought the high school chemistry was more interesting than the middle grades one. The middle grades one was more history of chemistry and my boys really didn’t enjoy it that much. Now they are all doing the middle form of physics because my oldest hasn’t ever had physics and Nicole says in the FAQ that if they haven’t done physics before to use this one first). They seem to be learning a lot and the boys are enjoying the book greatly. I’m reading along with my youngest and am enjoying it too!
Overall I’m pretty happy with it and I think my boys are liking it better than Apologia. None of them are super into science and Apologia was just over the top for us in the high school books.
Lastly, I did look into Guest Hollow for Chemistry over the summer and decided against it because there is a lot of reading. My friend and I gathered all the books on her list from the library and when I emailed the lady she said that yes, they do read all the books in full. That stack as several feet tall! While it looks like a super thorough curriculum and appears to be a lot of fun, it was just too much time spent on one subject from my vantage point and would cause less time to do other things so I opted not to go that route for my boys.
Just my 2 cents and then some! 😉
I’m an AMSCO fan but I do admit it’s a wee bit “straight facts” and I do create a course around these texts with lots of other resources – books, videos, experiments, etc. and by requiring CM narrations.
Here is their link – https://www.amscopub.com/science.html
We’ve done Marine Biology and Biology with these texts.
Physics we used CPO texts and again built up a course around it to meld with our CM ways.
Here is their link – http://freyscientific.com/stem-solutions/cpo-science/overview
Very hands on and a lot to purchase if you are one who needs the full package ready to go, but if not you can also easily tweak their curriculum too.
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