1. God's Design and complete the Physical World series
- Fun - Jessie's really had a lot of fun with the chemistry books this spring, so I'm sure she would enjoy these as well.
- Multiple ages - I could combine the girls and either let Benny tag along or set up some parallel reading for him. Jessie could also complete the challenge sections to bump up the difficulty a bit.
- New Content - Physics is one area of science that she has not covered yet.
- If I go this route for 7th, then I'm at a loss of what we would do for 8th. Following this up with physical science would be somewhat redundant
- Jessie has really enjoyed doing some science independent from her siblings this year.
- Independence - Since it's written to the student, Jessie could complete the program independently.
- Coop option - This is what our local coop uses, so I would have the choice of letting the labs be completed at home or in a class setting.
- Textbook learning - Normally I steer away from textbooks, but at some point Jessie is going to need to learn from one so it's definitely something I want to practice at some point.
- Duplication of content - Modules 5-8 would duplicate topics from earth science this year. Modules 9 and 11-15 look to duplicate the topics from the human anatomy and physiology book that she completed this fall.
- Set up - I personally wish that they had broken the text up into two columns per page which would be easier to read.
- Coop option
- Textbook learning
- New Content - the physics portion of the text would all be new information for her
- Duplication of content - It looks like the first 8 modules covering atoms, the atmosphere, and weather would duplication topics from this year's chemistry and earth science.
- Set up - same as above
- Fairly independent - These are designed for classroom use, so I would expect to need to do some level of teaching or at least discussing to cover the content.
- More depth - Comparing the sequence of BJU to Apologia there is definitely more depth of coverage this route.
- Textbook learning
- DVDs available - I could get help teaching if I needed
- Some overlap of topics from this year but there of plenty of other material that does not overlap
- Classroom oriented - As with any classroom oriented curriculum some of the ideas will not work as well in a home setting
- Cost of lab equipment - To complete the labs at home I will need to purchase a microscope, slides, and some dissection supplies
- No coop availability - No lab partners or class interaction
Another decision down... YEAH!!