How many of you took chemistry in high school? (My hand is raised.)
How many of you remember any of the chemistry you took in high school? (My hand goes down...yours might stay up depending on how brainiac you are or if you are working in a science/math field! My bachelors degree is in Elementary Education, and not much science was/is taught in the lower grades these days, so hard core science is not something I've used since college.)
Many parents shy away from upper high school math and science courses.
I took Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in high school, as well as Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus (Calculus wasn't offered in my public high school back in the day). While I generally received A's and B's in my high school classes, I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant to "teach" chemistry to my oldest last year.
But that's crazy to be nervous about teaching chemistry! I mean, technically, if I got decent grades in Chemistry class in high school, I should be able to teach it to my children - or at least relearn it right alongside them, right? I finally remembered last August that really solid, good homeschool curriculum is written as if the parent and student are not familiar at all with the subject matter. In most cases, students are taught to work independently and think and learn on their own. This helps them to be excellent students in college.
I had already purchased three other chemistry courses over several years' time (Apologia, Bob Jones, and RealScience4Kids Chemistry), but they weren't the best fit for my family at the high school level.
While I have loved RealScience4Kids' curriculum, their high school program was only a half credit of high school-level Chemistry, and the author hasn't finished writing the second half of the program.
The problem with Apologia and Bob Jones was that even though we've used quite a few of Apologia's science texts in the past (and they are extremely thorough and much more challenging than anything I ever had in high school and college), the chemistry books were written in a way that made it more difficult to understand the concepts. I would have had to follow very closely and read the text myself to help my daughter when she had questions...and with three high schoolers at home right now, I just knew I wouldn't have the time to do that.
My dad, a mechanical engineer, also looked at Apologia's chemistry program and felt the same way - that most modern chemistry courses are written to make the subject much more difficult than necessary.
So, I did more online research and learned a bit about Friendly Chemistry. Sure enough, Friendly Chemistry was written to be nearly self-teaching if necessary. I'm so glad I came across this amazing high school chemistry curriculum!
Now that we've used Friendly Chemistry in our home for a full school year and will be using it with two more high schoolers this school year, I want to let you know what we thought of the program and then hold a GIVEAWAY for one set of Friendly Chemistry curriculum!
About the authors:
Dr. Hajda holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a master’s degree in secondary and higher education curriculum and instruction. He has taught science courses at the middle and high school levels for more than 20 years as well as at the community college level. Co-author Lisa, his wife, has a bachelors degree in veterinary science, a masters degree in elementary curriculum and instruction, and has completed coursework toward her doctorate in education.
If you're familiar with Friendly Chemistry at all, did you know this? Three percent of each sale of Friendly Chemistry goes directly to support the "Water 4 Haiti" ministry. How neat for the authors to bless others through the sales of their products.
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