rjsmomma wrote:We had a rough year with Apologia's General Science this year. My science loving dd stopped loving science and started dreading it. Some of this is a learning curve that she didn't do well with. In planning for next year's science (she did ask to stay with Apologia despite the problems this year), I started looking into what our state requires of it's high school graduates. Our state requires 3 science courses...
1. Earth/Space - I really haven't seen much on the market for this on the high school level - recommendations?
3. Physical Science - which I believe Chemistry and or Physics will cover.
I was a little surprised to find earth/space science included (though I remember taking that class in high school), because most homeschool science curriculums cover that in elementary. Not sure what I should use for that. Plus I was wanting to have dd take 2 biology courses in high school which may mean skipping physics (she and I are really okay with that:). She like biology and is leaning toward some type of degree in a biology/environmental/animal science type of field.
I guess I'm just asking if anyone has suggestions on how to fill in the earth/space requirement. Thanks
as homeschoolers, we usually don't have to do it exactly like public school track.
some of it will be what do the colleges want to see - especially if one is planning on biology, or related field. so.... keeping those factors in mind...
I enjoy the clicking of keys to look at state universities entrance requirements. I'm going with Michigan for looking up stuff. Michigan State wants to see "two years of science (biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science)" (on another brochure of MSU, it says 4 years stronger... but earth science is not required to be part of that path.) U of Michigan - for their engineering and math majors want to see "and four units of science–with at least one unit each of chemistry and physics." so, I'd plan more for college entrance, and multiple options are allowed in a strong science path.
doesn't mean you can't do earth science in 9th, but it's hard to find materials for that. and you'll have to add lab to make it a lab science in high school too... and ... hmm... options options...
but, I'd look into whether or not colleges in your state (public and private) want to see it or don't object to something like Biology (9th) , Chemistry (10th) , Advanced Biology (11th) , Physics (or Adv Chemistry) (12th). I know it did not hurt me never taking what the other 9th graders took. There were options in the mix. if you go different route than regular track in your state, and have time for dual enrollment in 12th grade ... is that going to hurt the college application? and what about out of state applicants who took earth science in 8th? they'll be ok.
If you have a stronger track, it probably will look good. I"m with you.... "earth science" tends to be 8th grade science with the major textbook publishers. I guess I was on "fast track" in my high school days because I took Biology a year early in 9th grade and other 9th graders did earth science stuff..... but yeah... those topics tend to fall in 8th... you might have to go to a secular publisher for your state or something..... abeka and bju list it as 8th grade... the few things I'm finding for high school earth science (should you go that route)... standard school textbook publishers
Glencoe (which is part of the mcgraw hill family of texts)
both of them have high school "earth science"
if you like young earth resources...consider searching for Geology at high school.
You might pull together a high school level program from Answers in Genesis's Geology All in One Kit offerings. They do seem to offer a "geology format" for secondary schools. lots of videos and such.
or plan for a slightly different route that allows for science in all 4 years of high school that would give time to take an advanced course. I don't see how having advanced courses in 12th in lieu of 9th grade earth science would hurt for college entrance since those state schools I looked at didn't require earth science.. it was ok to take it and didn't harm them... but not a requirement. They want to see 3 sciences, 2 with labs, and 4 years is better especially if you can do both Chem and Physics.
hope something in there helps a bit. key take away from my ramblings:
*if your state doesn't require homeschoolers to follow an exact sequence, then plan for what colleges prefer to see. and in science, there is flexibility in sequence.
I wanted to make sure I said this...... if you do earth science, it's not a bad thing or meaning that they'll never go to college in stem major or something like that.