I don't love science. I know I'm supposed to. I'm married to a science guy (thank heavens!), but I struggled a bit with it in school and resented the time it took away from the fun subjects (English! History! More History!). It is the one hitch in this super-fun homeschooling journey. The kids have to learn science. Apparently it's not optional. To that end, I am always delighted to check out a science program with which I am unfamiliar - maybe this will be the one that makes me love science! Well, it turns out that I don't think I am cut out to love science, but, thankfully, I don't have to (I'm the mom, you know - I've seen that on a t-shirt). HOWEVER, Bridget Ardoin's Science for High School teaches science pretty much the only way I know how to teach, which happens to be Therese's favorite way to learn. Hence (ding! ding! ding!) - we have a winner! Therese had already started Chemistry, so we were both really excited to take a look at High School Chemistry in Your Home.
Most science programs are, more or less, the same. You read a textbook of varying quality, answer questions at the end of the chapter, do some labs, and take some tests. If you love science, that approach is probably fine. You'll get something out of it, regardless. If, however, science is not your first love, you'll not really warm to reading that textbook no matter how much you may love to read and regardless of how much you love all of your other subjects. Bridget Ardoin solves this problem (and, please note: I'm not saying that she calls it a problem. That is purely my own assessment of science!) brilliantly. She turns the process around. Let me explain.