For the last few months, we have been using the Christian Kids Explore Chemistry textbook with my oldest (grade 5). Since my son has taken quite well to working mostly independently this year (with my guidance and oversee), I was determined to make this science curriculum fit into our new style of homeschool for him. So, that is what we did.
Christian Kids Explore Chemistry Overview
- Meant for kids in grades 4-8.
- There are five units of study in this textbook, each containing 5-8 lessons (30 lessons total).
- The lessons build on each other starting with the basics and moving on to more difficult concepts.
- There are coloring pages and extra worksheets for the hands-on child, in addition to the simple activities with each lesson.
- The lessons end on page 255 and there are another 100 pages of resources & answer keys at the back of the book.
- There is a study guide and help for the teacher.
- There are vocabulary words.
- There is also a resource CD included, for printable worksheets.
- This textbook is very step-by-step and detail oriented.
- I felt like it fully and simply explained an in-depth introduction to chemistry.
- Each concept built on the last.
- It was well organized.
- It was full of definitions for new/unusual words.
- It had hands-on experiments for each chapter, each quite simple & easy.
- It helped me to finally understand the Periodic Table of Elements!
- It allowed for independent study for the student.
- It was easily adaptable for either a straightforward or more in-depth/hands-on approach.
- It was great for a non-STEM person like me!
- It is very teacher-friendly… just open and go!
- There are scriptures included with lessons.
- The lessons point to the Creator of all!
- It’s great for those who are not that interested in science.
- It was easy to read and was well-written.
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- It was too easy for my 11-year-old-crazy-about-science son.
Just so you know, he reads high school science textbooks for fun. When I asked his opinion of the textbook, he said that he thought it was a “little boring”.
He read through the entire textbook 2 times or more (he speed reads), did a few of the experiments that interested him (see one of them on video on IG), and when I quizzed him with the review questions each week, he pretty much aced them all with little thought. He said that he knew most of the info already from his previous research (done completely outside of our formal school hours – like I said, this kid loves reading science books of all types).
So, the reality is that I personally did not think that this science textbook had any “cons”, it just wasn’t a great fit for my son who is quite advanced in scientific topics (he did NOT inherit that from me!).
However, this textbook will be used again in a couple of years when my next student enters 3rd/4th grade and I think that it will be the perfect fit for her style of learning (very hands-on, etc.). In fact, I may wait til 5th grade before using it with her, because she is not “into” science like my oldest son is.
Side thought: I LOVE how homeschooling allows us to adjust the curriculum for each of our children’s needs. Can I get an Amen?!
Final thoughts: I personally enjoyed reading through it myself and learned quite a bit about what chemistry actually is. I think that it is a great introductory curriculum for chemistry.
Check out Bright Ideas Press for all of your homeschool needs! Besides stand-alone subjects for grades 1-12, they also offer Illuminations which is a full curriculum covering Bible, language arts, literature, science, geography, history, and life skills built to wrap around The Mystery of History series. (Math is not included in Illuminations.)
This review was sponsored by Bright Ideas Press. All opinions and words are my own.