Small confession: I mentioned in my last post that I have spent very little money on Ian’s curriculum this year. It just occurred to me that his science curriculum is rather expensive, but I bought it years ago when our local homeschool bookstore went out of business. With all of the resources available at the library and on the web, we could probably have done without these books, but because we already have them, we are loosely following God’s Design for Chemistry and Ecology.
On top of the textbooks, we are reading The Mystery of the Periodic Table and an Usborne book of science that also has a section about chemistry. The Mystery of the Periodic Table is an excellent book published by Bethlehem Books. I bought it over the summer at V-Stock, and have since read it for myself, read parts of it out loud to Jesse, loaned it to a college student who is taking chemistry this year, and now Ian and I are almost finished with it as well. It is very well-written and entertaining to read.
On top of book resources, Ian has watched all of the episodes of Crash Course Chemistry on YouTube and a few other videos as well. There is a good one on Netflix called Hunting the Elements. He now knows more about atoms, elements, and their properties than I did when I graduated high school. Thanks to fantastic animations on the web, along with great explanations, all backed up by textbooks, he is better able to understand what is going on with chemical bonds and reactions. I haven’t taught him about chemical equations, but that’s about the only thing he is missing.
Ian has a book with lots of science experiments in it, so when I save up a little money, I am planning to buy what I need from Home Science Tools, so he can have some hands-on experience too!