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New Science Curriculum!

I printed up a sample and left it in with other "get to some other time" stuff for a good long while. I find the extremely involved (find your own platinum bar and 2300-weight brass coil, three lemons and a chickadee egg) experiments to be a bit beyond me in the Lifepac curriculum. It's fun to test which items would be attracted to magnets, but not so easy when one of the experiments casually calls for good ol' Mom to generate electricity with a cardboard tube, some magnets and a bunch of wires. I got the DVD for the set... but I still wasn't pleased with *some* of the books in the fourth grade level. Which is odd, because I thought the science was fun to teach until this year. Some of the experiments are getting harder to implement even under ideal circumstances... which we're not in. And I didn't think that the video "matched" the experiment in the workbook very well at all, so I had to have the children just answer based on the experiment they DID see and just forget the other one.

I don't think it's wrong to choose a curriculum in part because it's easier to teach, knowing that the easier to teach stuff actually gets done. :)

This beginning chemistry curriculum I just ordered seems really cute. It's just at the right level for Emperor and Elf. Want to see a whole chapter online? Here you go. As you can see, there are several other small books for sale. I had a lot of trouble trying to order on this site; it seems to think I have a paypal account and wanted to just send me the stuff... so I had to cancel the order and re-try several times before finally giving up and going to Rainbow Resource Center. I got it there for a little cheaper, too, but I was hoping to buy some of her other things that RRC doesn't sell.

Oh, well.

We've worked through this first chapter and the boys absolutely love it. They're having a bit of trouble adjusting from the blatantly, obviously Christian curriculum that sneaks in questions like, "Who created the heavens and the earth?" into the workbooks every now and then. Questions like that can actually make or break your grade at four points each, so you'd better have your theology straight.

One of the introductory lessons in our new (I'm guessing secular) sample introduced the chemical compound for glucose sugar. I told the boys that the C stands for carbon. Now, what do you think the H stands for?

"HELL!" shouted Emperor.

Um... no. You can't mix HELL with carbon. At least, not that I've ever seen... Emperor was serious, too.

I think it should be an interesting experience, working with something a little less overtly religious. New mindset. Promise we're not pitching God to the curb, but learning some principles over which He is Master. Not to mention, the Atomic Chef is a pretty funny guy featured in the comic section.


  1. Carbon[sub]2[/sub]Hell = Humanoid sans Christ, right? That was a common equation we had to balance in high school [smile].

    Enjoy your new program. ...but, seriously, how could it be more fun than Ike, Justin and Brittany?

    ...shameless plug, I know. [smile]


  2. Curios, I just wrote something about how we handle religion, more in modeling than as a part of curriculum. I scheduled the post as I had just written something earlier, so I will post tonight.

  3. I don't see anything wrong with choosing a curriculum because it's one that you will actually be able to get done.

    Interestingly in Muslim countries, such as where I live, there would never be any question about if God created the heavens or earth. If anyone even posed the question wondering if he did not, he would be booed out of the room, harrassed on the playground at lunch, and everyone would hear about it all day long (this has happened with a couple of European children who did pose such a question).

    One Muslim man I know pointed out to me that he thinks in the West, God has been taken out of every day life. In Muslim countries, that is not so, he is considered part of everyday life in every aspect of life. I imagine it was like that during the Christianity of the Middle Ages.

    Expat 21 in North Africa

  4. I think HELL mixes with sulfur really well . . .


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