We are tackling the intimidating subject of chemistry with lots of success.
teaching science throughout the years has been a bit of a
challenge. For the most part, we have used a variety of science based
story books available at libraries, on-line and through Amazon. It has
Following the living book approach for
chemistry, we are reading the Mystery of the Periodic Table, but that
book alone is just not enough. After all, we are covering material at a
high level. In addition to understanding the history of chemistry,
it is necessary to do lab work and problems associated with chemistry to
really understand the subject.
When it comes to
highschool level science classes, many homeschool parents begin to doubt
their teaching abilities. Fortunately, there are kits and resources
available. For lab work we purchased the CK01A Chemistry Laboratory Kit from The Home Scientist, LLC. The kit is
wonderful. It comes with just about everything required: tons of small
bottles of chemicals, beakers, testubes and goggles. Also included is a
lab manual of highschool level experiments.
for us was finding a text book. After looking at popular homeschool
chemistry curriculum, I began to wonder what Michigan Technological
University, uses for chemistry.... It turns out they use a
text called Chemistry by Raymond Chang, the tenth edition. Well
the book sells for over $200 on Amazon. After thinking a little more, I
decided to check out earlier additions of the same book. After
all, how much do you think chemistry has changed in the past few years?
Well the eighth edition only cost about $1 plus shipping. Perfect!
Chemistry by Raymond Chang is an extensive college-level chemistry textbook. It covers at least two full semesters of chemistry and begins covering organic chemistry at the end of the book. We are covering one chapter every week or two and doing lab experiments each week. It is intense, but now that my daughter is older, she can work quite independently. I'm currently trying to keep up with her weekly chemistry reading in order to help answer questions. So far it's working well.
At the end of the year, or when we are through the book and labs, she will take the chemistry CLEP exam. I'll do an update post then to let you know how it goes.