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4 Stars Out Of 5
BJU Science 6
August 30, 2016
I love BJU curriculum. We have been using the English and Heritage Studies for years, and have added the Science this year. Overall, it's still a great curriculum, but, like everyone else reviewing the product, I'm really annoyed that the answer key to the Activity Manual is on CD. Previous editions (which you can no longer purchase) had either a separate answer book in print, or reduced copies of the answer keys listed in the teacher's book. While a CD may be fine for a teacher grading a class of 20, it's not great for a parent homeschooling one or two kids. The cost remains the same for the product, while we are now using mass amounts of printer ink if we want printed copies of the answer key. (By the way, the review below, posted by homeschooling mom, provides an excellent solution to using a little less ink.) I am so hoping that BJU will notice all of the discontent on this and go back to the printed answer keys!
I am a big fan of Bob Jones and have used his science curriculum for many years. I was a little surprised to find that the answer pages were not presented in a book as previously done. I found this a small inconvenience but would prefer the previous way of buying a book. Otherwise, very happy with content and will continue to use for the next few years.
I have use BJU Math for 2nd - 5th grade, that's 4 years but, for 6th grade I had to return it for a more cost effective curriculum. The teachers edition does not have the answers printed in the book however, the answers are on the CD. This is a inconvenience because you have to pull up the CD each time you are grading the work. For the cost they should have provided the answers in the book. The book just has the dialogue that you would have with the student. You don't need the book for this, you can come up with your own dialogue. BJU Press fix this problem.
We haven't gotten very far into using this new Edition but we were disappointed to find that BJU has made a change in recent editions. Be aware! BJU is apparently no longer printing the answer key for the Student Activity Manual in the Teacher's Edition. A CD-ROM comes in the back of the Teacher's Edition with many resources, including the Activity Manual Answer Key. Unless you want to put the CD-ROM into your computer every time you want to check an answer, you will have to print it out. The Activity Manual is 252 pages! The most cost efficient way to do this at home is to Select the Print tab under File. When the printing dialogue box opens, find the box called Page Handling. Choose "Multiple Pages per sheet" instead of "Fit to Printable Area" and select 2, 4 or 6 pages per sheet.