This is the first year I am using this publisher for Science. So far, I am very pleased as a teacher. More importantly my son loves it! Last year the biggest complaint was science was boring. This author condenses concepts to a level that is more easily understood, particularly for a student that finds reading a chore. There are many experiments that literally use common objects, which is a plus for keeping the budget on track. The experiments help to reinforce the concepts in an interesting way. I am finding this year that my son is saying, "Can we do science first?"
Our 8th grader is just about to finish this text and it has been an exciting year. Although it has been a tough course, our student has learned to develop good study skills during this course. The concepts are taught thoroughly and with enough depth to prepare a student for high school. Dr. Wile writes to the student and the course is free of "politically correct" issues. Dr. Wile just tells it like it is. If you genuinely want your student to LEARN science, this is the book for you. Dr. Wile is very encouraging as states that even if your student is earning a C, it's okay because it is a college prep course. By the way, the labs are great and really do use at home ingredients. We all enjoyed our student's lab days.
In reviewing this curriculum in preparation to teaching the subject, I am pleasantly surprised at the ease in reading and comprehending the subject presented. The author does a terrific job of explaining and giving examples so that the student has every opportunity to learn and understand. This excites me and I am learning as I prepare.