This physical science LifePac is just as outstanding as the others we have used. I have a child with a reading comprehension problem so I like the fact that the course is divided into smaller booklets and the text for each lesson is short. This allows her to answer questions every few pages. Having self-tests every few lessons reinforces her comprehension.
I'm very happy with the experiments in the 9th grade Science Lifepac. As I was going through the workbooks for the 2011-2012 school year planning lessons and activites, my list of supplies for experiments is very short. There are a few we will not be able to do because of the supplies needed.
I expected teaching 9th grade science to be a challenge but I feel this curriculum did not help much. We are now in the 7th of 10 booklets.I consistently find the content of the chapters were are not detailed enough for the expected answers on the tests. I expected the test answers would include definitions or explanations covered in the chapters but this is not so. The calculations in the Astrology portion is not clearly explained and I required additional material to cover this area.If you do not have previous experience in teaching 9th grade science DO NOT pick this curriculum.
The program overall looks very thorough and fairly easy to read. To get the most out of this product the parent should be prepared to go over the material with the child and complete the hands on activities. A parent with little or no physical science (pre-physics) experience should reach out to someone with a science background for assistance for further explanation. While the text is easy to read, it does leave some "Why?" questions for the student. This product works best for a child who enjoys reading and has good reading comprehension. Overall, a good product for the cost.