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Science with Living Books

We gradually moved from textbooks and popular curriculum for science in the upper years back to our CM approach - Living books.  It was scary :-), but little by little I became more confident with our changes.  We do keep a 'lab book' and most is completed via Nature Studies type Field Work.  Any testing was just included in the term exams and were in the same CM format as any other subject.  Our goal is not to turn out little scientists, but to have students who actually like science.  Some do naturally; others have all curiosity drained from them - that's why I decided to trust the CM philosophy & method for this area as well!

The Chemistry take II is the one we have gone through completely as written.  I sure wish I had studied Chemistry this way - so much more enjoyable and interesting!  The Biology is in response to so many of you asking for one.  We only used portions of it as listed and some of the other books were part of our piecemeal of dropping texts and adding living books here and there as we went :-)  Memorization was not a focus for us in Biology.  The Jeannie Fulbright book has the same content and even vocabulary and some of the same 'labs' as the high school version of Apologia though it it is set up to go slower for younger ages and we just sped it up a bit to fit our botany studies (It is also much more CMish!). There have been a few of you that 'beta tested' this last year and feedback so far has been good.  Those all tweaked to use the books from the schedule as they found most easily available and with the balance of 'difficult vs. lighter' books adjusted for their student.  The Environmental Science is not a guide or schedule, but a list of some of the things we used.  I have adjusted this study to fit the student's focus, i.e., the student who is in college studying Urban Ministry did more of those type of titles you see listed and the first student just had an interest and desire for fresh veggies and organic gardening.  Only the one with the interest has shown any indication of continuing use of the practical skills, but the other will at least know more when she is forced to use it in ministry or as a just starting out with minimal income :-p. Next year with my son will be focused more on the build/maintain/repair ideas.  I do want some raised beds closer to the house!  That is still in the works and I will add to the book list after that is done.

*Neither of these guides are focused on the math. - deliberately.*  I added a text to the final term in Chemistry just to make sure my students were briefly exposed to some of the math used in today's school classes - brief is the key word as you will see by the schedule; no problems are worked out or practiced, but the formulas, equations and purpose is shown to acquire a familiarity so they aren't lost in College level Chemistry.

Linda Dahl kindly put together a list of supplies for the chemistry spine (The Joy of Chemistry) by chapter.  I have that file available below.  I do suggest you spend some time gathering your supplies as it takes a little bit of work at the beginning and you might need to order some items online.

I have found that the Word documents haven't kept the formatting properly, so if you want to print it as is, without any tweaking, you might use the .pdf file instead!

If you find any corrections are needed, please let me know!  And any feedback is welcome.  Let me know how your studies have gone using the guide and schedule.
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