Hi Susan,hsmom3 wrote:I will have a 7th grader next year and I see that MFW recommends Exploring Creation w/General Science. I have two other children that will be in 5th & 6th grades. We will be doing Exploration to 1850 next year. I definitely want to make sure I do the right thing. I love doing most of our subjects together but I also know it is important for my children to learn independent work as well. I also don't want my 7th grader to get behind in science.
Has anyone used this science book? Could I wait until 8th grade for him to start? I'm just curious what others have done. Also is it a "heavy" science book or is it written in the style of the elementary science books? Thanks so much for your help!
This science is definitely different than the Apologia elementary series. Different author, different style, and much different amount of material covered!
I've seen families make all kinds of choices with this book --
- start in 6th, 7th, or 8th
- use it over 1 year or over 2 years
- skip the first book, skip the second book, or do both books
I'm not sure what year of MFW you will be doing, but most of the MFW years offer suggestions for *either* beefing up their science with library books *or* adding Apologia.
When you make your decision, keep in mind the several purposes of adding Apologia at this time include not only teaching science, but teaching independence and another step up in work. You don't want to do elementary work until 8th grade and then put your child into shock when high school work comes along LOL! Perhaps you will be stepping your 7th grader's workload in other areas or according to another plan, but just want to be sure you're thinking thru some kind of plan for that.
Hopefully someone currently using this will give you more specifics!