My worst memory of high school was my chemistry class. Honestly, I don't remember very much about this course except that I hated going to the point that I would make myself sick. My teacher was from another country as a part of a teacher-exchange program. He told my honors class we were stupid idiots multiple times a day, every day, for an entire year. I was afraid to ask questions and he gave us spelling tests because he said American schools were stupid. Yea, I didn't come out of that learning very much chemistry!
Currently my daughters are taking a weekly science class which makes my heart extremely happy. One less thing off my plate, they are learning in a safe and God-fearing environment, and they are collaborating with peers with the one subject I think that particular skill is highly valuable. Still, this class ends with Middle School and I am looking ahead to what we will do for high school. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to review the student edition go Chemistry by Dr. Dennis Englin from Master Books (A Division of New Leaf Publishing Group).
First of all, this book is intriguingly beautiful! The cover is only the beginning. When my youngest daughter saw this she said, "Oh! Are you going to learn how to make clouds?" Let me assure you the inside of the text is just as lovely! The illustrations and photographs are gorgeous!
The content of this text is as lovely as the illustrations. Beyond a few element symbols, whatever I learned during that horrific year of chemistry did not stick. I was a little bit intimidated opening this book initially. What if I was completely confused? There is no way I could guide my daughter through this course on the knowledge I have. I shouldn't have been nervous at all! The conversational style of writing really kept me interested! I haven't gotten through the complete text yet, but I plan to by the end of the summer!
There are experiments throughout each unit to help understand the concepts. Hands-on is always the best way! These experiments can absolutely be done in the home, but being a high school level course, expect the need to purchase high-school level equipment. Some of the items will be found around the house like food coloring and vinegar, but other such as balances and weights or a molecular model kit will probably need to be purchased. I personally feel this to be a valuable investment which will aid your student's learning as much as math manipulatives do in early math instruction. Don't skimp on the important things!
The teacher guide provides lesson plans, scheduling help, quizzes, and tests to give a full years-worth of high quality high school science. You can rest assured your student will have a wonderful foundation of chemistry once completed.
As with all of the Master Books' materials the quality of the science taught is paired with a biblical worldview of creation. This is as important to our family as the quality of the material. Biblical connections and seeing creation through that lens while still providing interesting and quality material is sometimes difficult to find. You will be very pleased with this particular study through chemistry!
Disclaimer: I received this title in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.