Science Shepherd Fundamentals of Chemistry (Gr. 6-9)
Taking a complex topic and making it understandable to students is no light undertaking, and I am thrilled to see Dr. Hardin successfully take this challenging topic and make it student and parent friendly! The course is written to the student in a conversational manner. The concepts are clearly explained, the text sections are clearly defined, and the graphics are plentiful, with thoughtful explanations. Students learn about the study of chemistry and the general pursuit of science. Topics include scientific measurement and standardization, atoms, periodic table of elements, chemical bonding, matter, chemical compounds, chemical reactions, acids, bases, and solutions. Additional topics address chemical quantities (volume, mass and mole), organic chemistry, radioactive chemistry, and conclude with a brief history of science and scientists, with an emphasis on the compatibility of God and science.
The hardcover Textbook contains fourteen chapters (296 pgs). Each chapter begins with a key chapter preview and ends with a notable person of science, a review of key points, definitions and study questions. A vibrantly colored period table of elements is located inside the front cover in a two-page spread. While the text could be an excellent resource by itself, most families will want the PDF Test Booklet and Answer Key, which is available separately or in a set with the text (please note that this is a digital resource and is sent separately via email; this is not a printed booklet). This resource includes a four-day per week suggested schedule (one day per week is a scheduled catch up/study day). One thing I really appreciate about the suggested schedule is that concepts considered to be more challenging are scheduled over 2 days, allowing students the time to really grasp the information. It also includes the answers to the textbook study questions, printable tests, and the Test Answer Key. Tests are scheduled every 3 chapters. Tests are printable for family use. Labs are not included in the textbook. The author recommends Chemistry: Physical and Chemical Changes in Matter. Using common items, this book covers the key principles taught in this course and the corresponding lessons have been scheduled in the suggested schedule found in the PDF Test Booklet and Answer Key. Please note that this is not a print component and is only available as a downloadable PDF. After purchase, you will receive an email from the publisher with a link to download the file.
An exceptional course that homeschool families will appreciate for its thorough preparation for high school sciences. Chemistry, in particular, will be beneficial for future Biology and Chemistry courses. Families using the author’s excellent high school Biology course, will find this to be an excellent prerequisite that will set our student’s up to succeed in their high school studies! ~Deanne