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Number of Pages: 295
Vendor: New Leaf Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 10 X 7.5 X 1 (inches)|
Apologia's Worldview/Bible: Who is God? Lapbook PDF CD-ROMCandie DonnerKnowledge Box Central / 2016 / Compact disc$21.29 Retail:
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Theresa C ShellAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Excited for this Christian curriculum--would love a corresponding DVD!March 6, 2018Theresa C ShellAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3I just finished reading through this entire curriculum, and will use it with a student in a future semester. It looks great. I love that God is referenced throughout the text (not always frequently, but He does have a presence). I appreciate the pictures of the experiments in a step-by-step manner (in some places they are down below with multiple instructions above, and it would have been even more helpful if they were placed immediately following the instruction, so that we wouldn't have to look back and forth). And I love the history of Christian chemists (historical and contemporary) provided in Appendix II.
The material is mostly accessible, and the pace seems very doable. I love the way it begins slowly (defining basic words/concepts like molecule and hypothesis, learning about density, metrics, solutions and solvents, molecular mass, etc.), and builds into more difficult subjects (chemical reactions, chemical equations, the Periodic Table, ionic and covalent bonds, and so forth). It is not math intensive; and is much easier/slower paced than the chemistry course I took in high school (a science-minded student may want to begin with this one in late middle school/early high school, and later complete a more advanced chemistry course). I also was so glad to see some of the final chapters on comparing nutritional labels, environmental chemistry (pollution, smog, greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect), and soil testing, as each of these areas is directly applicable to life, and awesome to learn from a Christian perspective.
The text begins very strong, and ends equally strong. There were several times (especially in the middle chapters) that I was a bit lost with what was going on, and why/how it was relevant. I called my dad (who taught many years of high school science) to ask questions; and he not only answered me, but told me multiple stories about why this and that was applicable in "real" life, which I would never have considered. I think this text needs more stories. It does have several good analogies, and makes some important connections. For example, there is an interesting note in chapter 24 about why one rotten apple can cause the rest of the apples to rot; and chapter 25 includes a fascinating apologetic discussion of how the physical and spiritual natures of reality are both present. I would love to see more insights like these throughout the text, as some of the chapters are a little dry.
I would similarly like to propose the author create a corresponding DVD with 10-15 minute lectures that begin with stories or insights, as this is what one would get from a top lecturer in a physical classroom, and is the primary factor which most parent-teachers cannot provide.
The labs look fun, and very doable. Here is my own shopping list of lab supplies I do not already have to give a general (not extensive) idea of what might be needed: Small glass jar with disposable lid (will be damaged by experiment), Molecular model kit, Erlenmeyer flask (250 ml), Graduated cylinder (10 ml), Laboratory scoop, Filter paper, Spectroscope analysis kit (from Home Science Tools), Bunsen burner, Long balloons, 3 100 ml beakers, 1 250 ml beaker, Scale (Home Science Tools has one that looks like the book's), Weighing boats, Multimeter, Petri dish, Zinc metal, Copper metal, Iron nails, Wire with alligator clips, pH paper, Buret, Test tubes, Stirring rod, Barium hydroxide, Sodium acetate, Lugol's solution, Barium hydroxide, Soil testing kit, and 4 soil samples.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Master Books.
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