tiffany wrote:Two of my kids will be doing Apologia Biology together starting in August, and I need to gather materials. I will not be collecting the lab items myself, so I'm wanting input on which kits people have liked- and if and where they purchased a microscope. Thanks!
I was happy with our purchase from HomeScience Tools.
They have recommendations on their site for kits for many programs, and a cross comparison list for microscope shopping.
I went with this one
http://www.hometrainingtools.com/home-m ... I-4100STD/
and bought the apologia lab kit for it.
you might want to ask around local friends to see if anyone has the slide set just sitting around. or the ability to rent you/loan a microscope. or even the dissection pans and tools.
I was amazed that I was able to get "free specimens" because someone had unopened ones after changing their minds. We did 3 out of 4 (minimum in the apologia book for that portion of lab credit.) So we never did the frog. There was alternative experiment for frog dissection and my oldest just had to skip dissection. Even with her dad being lab partner...
and guess what? I didn't want dead frog in the house. right? what? that specimen totally freaked me out. I had to take anxiety meds on it. It creeped me out. ok. so, I put a notice on local homeschool forum "free frog to cut up....." it was gone within an hour to some mom whose 9 year old son really wanted it.
but, silly me silly story here..... b/c I had the free specimens (which you don't have to order until you are closer to module 11), I only ordered dissection tools. Silly me... I forgot the pan! We had to improvise with cardboard and egg cartons and it all worked out.
enjoy the pond water experiment
I got our water from a local greenhouse. I had my biology text with me and said "I just need about 16 ounces of really scummy water from bottom of a pond and I"m too scared to cross into private lake across the street." The owner just looked at me and said "ok.... over here." LOL
and you'll really think I"m a homeschooler on this one...
early on there is some experiment to grow mold or look at mold from blue cheeses or something. What I should have done, in retrospect, was to just go to the cheese counter at kroger, and take my biology book and ask for sample, or even pay for just a spoon ful of that stuff.
I mean. roquefort cheese isn't cheap, right? ok. so I end up getting the smallest smallest pre cut stuff at the cheese shop at kroger. And guess what? I was able to give the rest away to another family or two doing apologia. Only on homeschooling forums do you post "For Give away: 1 ounce of roquefort cheese. Perfect for apologia biology lab module" and then the week and all of that. yep.... gone in less than an hour as well.