I am looking for a complete science curriculum for my 11 year old. The science he's been getting here in Norway has left him at at third grade level (he's in third grade in all subjects apart from reading).
I have found Real Science 4 Kids and The Singapore Math Science but there may be more out there. Have anyone tried the two courses I mentioned or another course? What did you think about it?
The reason I want a complete curriculum is that I want to make sure that everything is covered properly. I have had physics and chemistry at college and biology in high school so I am pretty sure I can teach it, but I am also expecting a baby before we start in the fall, so I don't want too much prep time. My son works really well on his own, fortunately.
I am wondering which one will work best later on, I mean, Singapore Science MPH continues with other science books until grade 11 but the Real Science 4 kids although more hands-on, makes me unsure what grades it covers. What would build on RS4K after those are done? Would I be able to jump into the Grade 6 Singapore Science series or would we be lost because we didn't do the previous books in the same series?
I see the level 2 in RS4K is not done yet and no word on when it will be done apart from the Chemistry book that is out already.
Our core science is Singapore MPH, but we've found it doesn't take the entire year to cover it, even when moving at a leisurely pace. So I guess you could call RS4K a supplement for us, with more hands on work. I'd say the age range is roughly late elementary school.
That's smart, to have it as a supplement. I might also do MPH until my son is caught up a little better and then start Real Science. I have already decided to do Singapore Math, especially since it is very to the point with no frills so we can breeze through that and be more thorough if we hit a snag.
My son is very intelligent and very motivated to learn (thank goodness!), but the school system here and the fact that he is so easily distracted with tons of kids around (ADHD) has held him back. Thanks for the encouragement, I think you are right, we will be fine!
Your son sounds just like my 10 year old — he is also ADD, and had a lot of difficulty learning in a classroom full of kids, but he is very intelligent and motivated to learn on his own. He's also a very visual learner (and easily bored), so I've found that he learns best with really engaging, interactive materials that he can use (mostly) independently. Have you seen the CyberEd online science series? It's won a ton of awards and it's available through the Homeschool Buyers Coop till the end of this month (it's not otherwise available to homeschoolers). Each course is $45-50 for a one year subscription. I've bought the Life Sciences course and the Earth and Space Sciences course for my son for this year (5th grade), and plan to do the Physical Sciences course next year. Those three are rated for Middle School, but there are also HS level courses in Biology and Chemistry. Here is the link to the Coop page (it's free to join) about the CyberEd courses. There is also a link on this page that allows you to do some sample lessons. It seems very complete, it's a spiraling curriculum and it includes online testing as you go. My son loved this program and can't wait to start it. https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/index.php?option=com_epp_offer&Itemid=323
The coop also offers some online/interactive math courses if you are interested in checking those out. We will be using the Destination Math courses (3 & 4) to get him caught up, then will move to the YourTeacher.com courses for Pre-algebra. (Destination Math correlates with Saxon textbooks, but can also be used as a stand-alone math course, which is how we're using it, or in conjunction with other textbooks.) You can do a free trial subscription to see if your son likes it. https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/37331360/
Being ADD and dyslexic, my son vastly prefers working on the computer to reading text books or doing workbooks, so I am trying to use as many interactive, computer-based curriculum components as possible. (We will also be using the Reading for Meaning language arts program, which uses a "graphic organizer" approach.)