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4 Stars Out Of 5
Could Be Clearer
October 8, 2015
I think the hardest part of homeschool, especially the high school years, is that I am not an expert in all of these subjects and I rely on the teacher's book with answers (especially in science, which was not my strongest subject). What I find annoying in this Biology Lifepac is that often my daughter will study definitions from the glossary in it and put those answers on worksheets and tests (which is what we did as students back in the day), but the answer book will have a totally different answer.
For example, a work page is asking what an acid is. My daughter had used the glossary and wrote, "Any substance which donates a hydrogen atom during disassociation. " So, since that is what is in the glossary, why is that not also the answer in the teacher's book? But instead in the teacher's answer book it says, "A substance which produces H+ ions when added to water." Is that basically saying the same thing as the glossary? I wasn't 100% sure, so I went and looked it up online and found some info about acids and disassociation and water... Apparently both answers (from the glossary and the teacher's book) are correct? But worded and explained differently? One mentions hydrogen atoms and disassociation. The other mentions positive hydrogen ions and water. Why can't the answer in the teacher's book be the same as the glossary definition? That would be very helpful to homeschooling parents who haven't had biology in many years. Just keeping things simple, user-friendly, and consistent would be great. I also think that helps student in their learning as well. It can be time-consuming and hard to study for a science test in general, when each word has its one, simplified glossary definition. It's hard on them if they see it worded differently in a few places and are not sure if it means the same thing or which definition to memorize and study. I can understand the book can get into explaining it more thoroughly. That's fin. That's educational. But having one concise, clear answer is very helpful to both students and us homeschooling parents/teachers.
I would probably still recommend this to a friend if you want something that is somewhat affordable and has text, work pages, and tests all together. I do like the format very much. Just more consistency in answers would be great.
I have not used this curriculum yet, but since receiving the product in my hands it looks good. I compared it to Apologia's table of contents and it really looks similar in scope with the exception that Lifepac has anatomy included. Apologia is good (we used it for Physical Science this year), but I am looking for covering the basics without the course being hard. I am also going to supplement with Biology 101 videos.
We tried this after several people told me it was so easy to use and "gentle learning". We considered it no learning! My son thought it was "foolish" in it's presentation. My younger son used the grade 7 Life Sciece at the same time and found it just as boring. Sorry, I can't have a better opinion of this. We used th Apologia Biology instead and had a good experience with it.