When I revamped our homeschool plans, one of my major goals was to create a more interesting chemistry curriculum for my tenth grader, Grace. She started the year using Discovering Design with Chemistry, which, really, I think is a perfectly good option. I read the first few chapters of this book myself and really liked the conversational style. Obviously this is not a secular choice, but even so, the religious references are few and far between, and we did not find it to be an issue. The issue was the amount of time chemistry was taking Grace – even working for an hour a day, she was not able to keep pace to finish the program in a year, and she found the material a bit dry and hard to follow. So, I tweaked her program.
Now she is using:
- The Elements – an absolutely gorgeous book with a 2-page spread for each element 1-100, plus space for the other elements too. I love this one!
I had Grace choose several “real” chemistry books to supplement with. Her choices:
Since I had purchased the lab kit for Discovering Design with Chemistry, and since Grace had already done several of the labs, I decided to just have her work through the rest of those labs in order. They won’t necessarily match up with her LOF reading, but we’re okay with that.