Curriculum Review: Christian Kids Explore Chemistry from Bright Ideas Press

Chemistry.  Seriously?  If you had told me two months ago that my two oldest would be starting Chemistry this Spring, I probably would have laughed at you.  I haven’t been very diligent about teaching Science.  It’s on my husband’s list.  (Of things to fix.)  So, you wanna know the weird part?  I loved chemistry in high school.  I took chemistry and advanced chemistry.  I had my best friend’s dad for a teacher.  (Hi Mr. Weathers!)   In fact, I really loved Science.  I took Biology and Advanced Biology even though it was highly evolution-centered content.  I argued with my teacher and got bad grades, but I still went back for more.  I loved the Creation Science class I got to take at Cedarville University.  That was amazing.  I think it was really called Earth Science, but it was wonderful.  We got to go dig marine fossils from Noah’s flood at the side of a road.  (On an exposed cut through a hill.)  So with that background, you would think that Science would be pretty high on my list. I am happy to say that sometimes it just requires the right materials.  I *love* Christian Kids Explore Chemistry.  Seriously.  First of all, the reading comes in very small chunks.  Each short section can be read in one day.  The next day, the kids can do the hands-on section and read the follow-up for that.  The hands-on sections are perfect for my 11 and 13 year olds.  I loved the first one in which the kids had to list the chemicals in household cleaners, shampoo, and cereal and then compare the list.  Boy was that an eye opener!  The second activity was one that stressed the importance of accuracy in measurements and experiments.  I loved how simple it was.  The best part is that this is something that the big kids can and will do on their own.  I have been reading along and trying to keep up with them.  Apparently when it comes to chemistry, I can’t help myself.  But, I wouldn’t have to do anything.  So far, they have even been taking care of the hands-on activities on their own.  Well, I did save a cereal box for them since those usually go out to recycling on grocery day.  But for the most part, they can find the supplies and figure out the hands-on element on their own. I am very pleased to be using a curriculum that does not require any re-working because of content that does not jive with our world view. In each section, bold words are included with definitions in the sidebar.  Review questions are asked after the reading.  Questions are also asked after the hands-on section.  Occasionally, an easier alternative is provided for the hands-on activity, such as a word search.  The end of each unit has a set of review questions.  A separate pdf file with just the student pages is available.  My kids have been writing out the vocabulary words, answering the review questions if they are not related to the vocabulary words, completing the hands-on section and questions, and talking about what they read with me.  We are keeping all of their materials in a notebook and cutting and pasting as necessary.  I will mention that my daughter was a little frustrated with how the pdf of the student pages printed.  Sometimes the pages are off-set or a little blurry. This is not a big deal to me, but she likes to have everything perfect so it might be a consideration if your child has that tendency.  We solved that by having her cut out the section and paste it into her notebook and she is pleased.  My son just sticks all his student pages into a folder… In addition to Christian Kids Explore Chemistry, I received the pdfs for the student pages, teacher’s guide, answer keys, and supply list.  The supply list is very handy as a pdf. I love having the student pages as a pdf.  The book is just $39.95 and the cd for the printables is just $9.95. My Bottom Line:  We are finishing this book and I am definitely planning to purchase others in the series from Bright Ideas Press. I am very, very happy with this curriculum and give it my highest recommendation.  That is pretty rare.

Disclaimer:  As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review on my blog.  Here you have it.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  If you are curious, you can find out what my other crew mates have to say about this and other Christian Kids Explore Science materials.

Amy Blevins
Amy lives with her husband and six beautiful children in Southern California. Besides blogging, Amy enjoys homeschooling, hiking, reading, singing, teaching, and serving Jesus above all. Welcome.
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