momtogc wrote:I've spent a little bit of time looking over an Apologia General Science book, and I'm looking at some other options and could use some input.
I'm considering Answers in Genesis: God's Design series. Even though we used their Properties of Ecosystmes in ECC, the AIG website says it's for grades 3-8.
There is another book coming out from Apologia, in the Young Explorers author, Jeannie Fulbright, called Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics. I know it's not out yet, but just wondering if by and large this series is "too young" for a seventh grader?
I might also look at what Bob Jones has for science, although I don't really want to spend that much money on one subject.
I don't want to "mess up" and not adequately prepare my child for high school science, so choosing a good replacement for the coming year is very important. If you have used another curriculum for 7th and 8th grade science, I'd love to hear about your experiences. Thank-you!
My, this topic has come up several times lately. About the other things you mentioned:
1. AIG could be done at that age. I think they recommend doing 3 of their books a year, and you'd do all the experiments in the 3 books for your labs.
2. The Apologia Young Explorers seem borderline for junior high. I always see them mentioned for elementary school. The other ones not used in MFW are all zoology, and it would seem like you'd need to use all 3 zoology books, since it would seem strange to have a course about "1/3 of zoology" (maybe less than 1/3, since I don't think all animals are covered even in the 3 books?). There is some good info in those, but maybe not a lot of prep for high school level science? I don't know, just make sure that in some other areas (math, grammar), your student is stepping up towards high school type work so 9th grade isn't a shock
3. If BJU textbooks cost a lot more, then they can't be all that different than Apologia textbooks, can they? LOL. I know 1st edition of Apologia didn't have a lot of colored pictures...
I'm not the norm, but I still had flexibility with my son in 7-8th grade science. However, one thing I noticed was that towards the middle of each year, he seemed to take a step forward and be ready for more, or less interested in kiddie info, if you know what I mean. He'd start out the year wanting to find something he was interested in and that was easy enough to absorb quickly, but somewhere during the year, I was often able to reintroduce textbook science. And we really aren't textbook folks here, but Apologia did have some really good things in there -- I remember the lesson on the layers of the earth and Mr. Wile carefully told the students that he was going to present information that was all theory -- no one has ever, with any length of drill, seen below the crust of the earth. Wow, an honest scientist!
Also, here are some helps that we sometimes used:
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 305#p91305
Best wishes as you figure this out!