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Review of Supercharged Science’s e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum

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Homeschool science can be so intimidating for moms to teach but Supercharged Science makes it easy with their fun e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum. With a sixteen-year-old daughter who is not a fan of the majority of homeschooling science textbooks, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make science come alive for her.  I have been following Aurora Lipper’s science videos for a number of years. However, when I saw she now offered the ability to go through either grade-level courses or to go by topics, I knew we needed to try this online homeschool science material.

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Supercharged Science is the creation of Aurora Lipper, who is a mechanical engineer.  Because my father was a draftsman and designer when I was growing up. her background impressed me.  The company offers science education to both families and teachers and helps people have fun while learning science.

 

There are two main ways to use this program:  first is by topics – so families can pick and choose what information they wish to study or second is by grade level.  Supercharged Science takes all the guesswork out of what to cover and arranged the material into appropriate grade level courses.  All of the high school materials are consolidated into the “Advanced Topics” section for the grade level material. 

The materials may be used as a stand-alone science curriculum or used in conjunction with your existing science materials.  In the case of using the material with an existing science material, deciding to use the topic arrangement will probably work better for your family.  However, if your family is using this program as a stand-alone product, then deciding the use the appropriate grade-level choice might be a better selection.

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With videos, worksheets, experiments and more this curriculum has something for everyone for K-12.  Because we are in the midst of finishing up our science curriculum for the year, for this review, we decided to select topics that interested our daughter.  I loved the fact the material is meant to be self-directed, so it required little preparation or oversight from me.  I love how this online homeschool science curriculum can be used by students of all ages.

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The videos included are of high-quality. We loved the variety and abundance of experiments to choose from for all of the topics.  However, I believe the sheer number of experiments could be overwhelming to many parents.  I love the advice of starting with an experiment or two to hook the students before moving into the videos and workbook pages.  We loved the advice of keeping a Science journal and taking pictures while completing the experiments.

Our daughter was more interested in watching the videos to gain scientific knowledge rather than doing the experiments.  Because we were using this as a supplement to our existing curriculum, I was fine with that decision.  She primarily concentrated on the Sound and Light units along with the Life Science units.  My plan is to have her do more of the experiments this summer when her father has more freedom and flexibility to do them with her.  Science and math are two subjects she prefers to do with her father rather than me.

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We are including pictures and videos for two of the experiments.  Our daughter wanted to make a lava lamp, but we ran into some difficulty because we had to improvise for the food coloring.

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The second experiment we are sharing is the Bull Roarer from the Sound unit.  For this experiment, we did not have any cotton string, so we tried some nylon string as well as some cotton yarn.  Here are some photographs from our experiment.

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My one wish for this curriculum would be the option of having the ability to complete the worksheets online rather than having to print everything out.  Because we are a military family and every pound counts when we move, I am trying to make our homeschool as digital as possible. So the idea of having to consistently print things out somewhat bothers me. I understand the logic behind having a notebook to use as reference material or to demonstrate what material was covered, but I would prefer to be able to keep those records digitally so our family does not have to worry about anything happening to the pages. For right now, our solution was to have our daughter answer many of the questions orally rather than writing them out.

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You can find Supercharged Science on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superchargedsci/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aurora_lipper
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/superchargedsci/supercharged-science/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/auroram42/videos

 

This online science program is definitely hands-on and offers a large variety of choices for students and parents to choose from as well as a variety of ways to approach the material.  So if you find the idea of teaching science to be intimidating,  Supercharged Science makes it easy with their fun e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum.for yourself.

If you would like to read reviews of this program by other members of the Homeschool Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of CrossWired Science – Sound, and Fluid Dynamics

CrossWired Science provides online science learning in a fun and engaging way with Sound, and Fluid Dynamics.  Let’s face it, homeschooling families can use all the help they can get when it comes to streamlining our day.  I know when I was homeschooling our children, anything I could use that would allow me to combine the children into one course was helpful.  So even though we are only homeschooling two now who are both in high school, I was excited to have the opportunity to review this digital subscription.

CrossWired Science is a brand new science program that is quite different from most science curriculums.  Rather than a textbook, the program utilizes videos to convey the necessary information along with worksheets, experiments, research opportunities, reading, devotionals and more.  So it provides a wealth of learning opportunities along with opportunities to reinforce and grow your children’s faith.  A Parent login and dashboard, as well as a Student login and dashboard, are available.  The Student dashboard provides access to basically everything the student needs to complete the course.  However, some links such as the additional videos are only available on the Parental Dashboard.  The Parental Dashboard provides additional resources, planning calendars, answers to the worksheets, Quiz Results, Student progress, along with general links and unit links.  The site is easy to navigate and to find what you need.

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It is meant to be used as either a stand-alone curriculum or as a supplement and is good for children of any age.  The curriculum is Biblically-based which is important for our family.  More material and improvements to the program are being made daily.  Currently, there are two Global Topics that are available – Sound, and Fluid Dynamics.  Each of these is meant to take roughly a month to complete.  Each Global topic includes 8 core videos. The Fluid Dynamics Global Topic core videos include topics like the Wright Brothers, Planes, whiskers, boxfish and Penguins, Bernoulli, and more.

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The Sound Global Topic covers such topics as Sonar, how the ear works, how musical instruments work, how sound travels and more.  As a parent who has taken a class on sound and music in college, I was impressed by the material for this Global Topic.

A suggested plan is included on the website.  The plan is broken down for either those children who are 4-8 years old or those children who are over 8 years old.  Students will watch the Core Videos and do the quizzes and worksheets if able.  Then, each family has the freedom to select from the U-Choose selections such as Gold Digs or Digging Deeper or you can choose to use your own resources.  Students can try either level 1 or level 2 on the link lessons.  Students can read a book or magazine or start a collection.  Families can also do research, reinforcement activities, experiments or even field trips.  There is a tremendous amount of possibilities.

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Both of our children have science curriculums they are already using and love, so we were using this more as a supplement.  So currently, we are not doing the experiments, but I plan on having the two spend time this summer doing them instead.  Also, because this is a supplement, we did not choose to do everything suggested.  We focused primarily on watching the videos, discussing what we watched and doing the online quizzes.  We loved how reading is required, but various reading plans are provided.  If we were doing this as a stand-alone curriculum, we would utilize the Benge Books since we already have almost a bookcase full of them.  These books are perfect books to read alone or read aloud and even when our children were younger, they enjoyed reading or listening to them.

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So we did not work on this every day.  My goal was to cover one of the global topics within a three month time period.  I figured this plan would allow our children to go on any rabbit trails they desired.

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Since our family plays instruments and sings, we decided to start with the Sound course.  While in college, I took a course of the Physics of Sound and Music, so I was curious to see what would be discussed.  I found myself learning quite a bit as I previewed some of the material for myself.  The quality of the videos is excellent.  The videos are short enough to keep the attention of younger students.

The courses are set up with two different learning opportunities – one for first-timers, meaning those who are going through the material for the first time as well as one for second-timers – those who are repeating the material or who already have extensive knowledge of the material.

Eventually, 24 Global Topics will be available that will provide for 6 years of educational opportunities.  Over time, the depth and breadth of this program will be increased substantially.  CrossWired Science plans on keeping the cost affordable for homeschooling families, which is important to me.  It will provide for all Science material from kindergarten through Chemistry.  So if you are looking for a fresh approach to science check out CrossWired Science and online science learning in a fun and engaging way with Sound, and Fluid Dynamics.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are discussing CrossWired Science and their experiences this week as well.  Click here or on the graphic below to check out other reviews by Crew members.

 

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Review of Northwest Treasures’ Geology and Apologetics

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We recently had the opportunity two review the online class Geology and Apologetics as well as the introductory video Taking the Mystery Out of Geology from Northwest Treasures.  For our family, it is not just enough to believe in the Bible, but we beleive our children should also be able to state what they believe and why.  My children also have expressed an interest in learnning about geology.  We loved how the courses integrated both geology and apologetics.  Apologetics is the reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.  The courses we reviewed were online courses that required an Internet connection to access them.

You can read all about Northwest Treasures by clicking here.  Northwest Treasures offers online courses, kits and curriculum and more.  The company offers opportunities for children from grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.  From field trips to Yellowstone National Park under the guidance of Patrick Nurre, the opporutnities and products offer a wealth of experiences to capture your child’s imagination.

The first product we reviewed was “Taking the Mystery Out of Geology”.  According to their website, “This short, 20-minute class from Patrick Nurre is a gold mine of information that will help you to understand geology from a Biblical perspective. You will learn 13 terms that will clarify just what is the science of geology, and what is the philosophy of it.”  Our family found this description to be accurate.  One of the things we absolutely loved about this course was the amazing photographs that were included.  It is meant for grades 5 and up and I felt this was a good range for this video.  However, I believe if you have younger children, they could benefit from listening along with their older siblings.

The second course we received to review was “Geology and Apologetics”.  This is a six-part course, again online, that includes six videos that is meant for grades 8 to adult.  Again, we feel this is an appropriate age range.  Each lesson includes a video to watch that range from around 13 minutes to about 22 minutes long.  The videos include the following topics:

  • Lesson One: Knowing the Scriptures in the Secular Geological Age
  • Lesson Two: Clarifying the Conflict Between Science and the Bible
  • Lesson Three:The Genealogies and Chronologies of Genesis. Are They Accurate and Reliable?
  • Lesson Four: Evolutionary Gaps in the Fossil Record, How Serious Are They?
  • Lesson Five: Dinosaur-to-Bird Evolution, the Story That Never Seems to Die
  • Lesson Six: Time and Chronology in the Secular Geological Age

Each video includes discussion questions at the end.  We were able to watch all the videos, and I have to say if you are looking for high-end expensively produced videos, this may not be for you.  If on the other hand, you are more concerned with content, beautiful photographs and Scriptures to back up what is being said, this will be perfect for your family.

Our family loved how Patrick Nurre seamlessly weaved Scripture, geology, apologetics and real locations into a breath-taking video shots, such as this stained glass window below.

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Another scene that caputred our attention was this one with Hebrew wrting.

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Finally, some other photographs that captured our attention inlcuded these:

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The maps, charts, graphs and pictures Patrick Nurre uses during these videos reinforce everything he is saying.  We loved how everything he said was backed up with Scriptures and facts.  It is easy to see he loves what he does and loves sharing that knowledge with others.  Our favorite lesson was Lesson Three:The Genealogies and Chronologies of Genesis. Are They Accurate and Reliable?  This may be as a result of my husband, an ordained Primitive Baptist Preacher, spending so much time studying this geneaolgy through the years himself and sharing it with us.

For our first time through these videos, we decide to just answer the discussion questions orally rather than having anyone write anything down.  I felt it would give more involvement from our three sons and our daughter.  Moreover, we planned on just using this for enrichment rather than actual course credit. I feel like I want to print out notebooking pages for the vocabulary words, timelines for the time periods and also pages suitable for answering the questions and actually taking notes during the videos.  So I will be back with an update on how that goes and to share some of the pages.

Here are some pictures of the discussion questions for the 6th videos.  Each question comes up individually and you have to manually pause the video so there is time to answer the questions.  When we go back through the videos again, I will provide everyone with any questions, vocabulary, and Scripture references that are utilized in the videos.

In addition to the online classes, Northwest Treasures also offers physical courses such as the high school level Northwest Treasures Curriculum Project or for younger students the Geology for “Little Eyes” series.

You can find Northwest Treasures on social media here on Facebook and here on Pinterest.  Also, Northwest Treasures may be found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  I must say I loved that we had the ability to stream the videos through our television using our Roku device rather than having to watch on a small computer screen or hook our computer up to our television using an HDMI cord.

You should check out Northwest Treasures for yourself if you are looking for online courses that include geology classes, Apologetics, or dinasours.  You can read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew including Geology and Apologetics or Dinasours and the Bible by clicking here or on the graphic below.

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Review of NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt 4 Class Bundle

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Finding science courses that keep the interest of our fifteen-year-old daughter proves challenging on a good day.  What worked for our three sons does not even remotely come close to working for our daughter.  She is a very artistic child and loves learning about nature, but not in the traditional textbook sort of way.  But my nature-loving artistic daughter loved the idea of reviewing the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience!  This eScience online learning experience proved to be a great fit for our daughter.

Founded and directed by Gloria Brooks states on their website in the “About NatureGlo” section, “NeS is a nature lover’s eLearning center providing neutral worldview math enrichment (MathArt) and science live and self-paced online courses and curriculum for home and school educators and students.”  She teaches science from a neutral viewpoint, so this means she does not address origins in any of her teachings – including creation or evolution.  For our family, I have to say we would personally prefer a Christian worldview, but a neutral worldview seemed okay in this case for our daughter.  She has been teaching homeschool students since 2010.

The MathArt Online 4-class Bundle includes the following courses:

  • Math Connections with the Real World
  • MathArt in Ancient Cultures
  • Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences
  • MathArt: Patterns in Nature

All of the courses are or will be available as recordings of an actual live class.  All of the classes are meant to be completed during a six-week period. So by completing all four courses, a student would be able to earn a full credit for science.  MathArt: Patterns in Nature is still to come.  We decided to focus on MathConnections with the Real World.  After our daughter watched the first video, I asked her what she thought of the video.  She thought it was fairly interesting.  Since she loves art, she enjoyed all the references to art, and since she has begun taking violin lessons, she enjoyed the musical references as well.

Each lesson contains videos, downloadable files (including the slides used in the class – very handy for taking notes on), a study workbook, online quizzes and activities and a list of suggested activities for the student to complete.  The course includes lessons the History of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci numbers; The Golden number & Fibonacci Number in Art, Architecture, and Nature; The Fibonacci Numbers in Nature; The History of the Golden Ratio and the Great Pyramid; Phi & Quasicrystals; and the Mathematics of Music.

Here are some screenshots of some of the first and second lessons.


I love that NatureGlo’s eScience offers a library of incredible resources at the student’s fingertips to refer to and to utilize.  This library is broken down by course and lesson and includes resources such as:

  • Web Resources
  • Projects, Activities, & Video Tutorials
  • Video Tutorials
  • Main Lesson Videos
  • Informative Videos

Students and parents can decide what resources to utilize and what projects to complete.  There are additional PDF files that can be downloaded as well.  Here are some screenshots.

 

You can find NatureGlo’s eScience on social media at the following links:

All in all, we have enjoyed the material in this bundle.  I love how it is not simply a textbook to read with simple questions to answer, but rather something to be savored and sampled based on what the students and parents desire to complete.  We look forward to completing more of the courses in this bundle.  We will update as we do complete more work in this bundle.

If you want to read more reviews of the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience,  including MathArt in Ancient Cultures, Mathematics in the Arts & Sciences, click here or on the graphic below.

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A Review of Fascinating Chemistry from Fascinating Education

 

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High school science can be so intimidating for us home schooling families so I was happy for our family to review Fascinating Chemistry from Fascinating Education.  For this review, our sixteen year old son was the one doing the actual coursework.  This is an online course that offers some printable components as well.

I love how easy the website is to navigate.  When the student enters the website for Fascinating Education and login to the members’ area,  the student then selects their correct course by clicking on the correct logo.  Here is a screenshot of that screen.

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So our son would select Fascinating Chemistry from the list by clicking on it.  In this case, it is important to pay attention to the fact there are two Chemistry courses – the one we are reviewing along with one that indicates it is a pre-course for Biology.

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The next screen that displays lists all of the lessons.  For Fascinating Chemistry, each lesson offers slideshows for the lesson, the script for the lesson, and a computerized version of the test for each lesson.  I appreciated the way this screen is laid out.  It is easy to see each lesson along with the components for each lesson.  So if we wanted to complete the lesson using a three-day schedule, the first two days could be spent watching the videos and completing any exercises for that lesson.  Then the last day could be used for taking the lesson quiz.  I appreciated how the scripts for every lesson are provided.  This allows for easy notetaking and also for review.

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In a separate section under the members tab, there is an option for Chemistry labs.   The instructions were well-written and appear to be easy to follow.  I liked how at the top of the page for the labs a clear safety warning was provided that indicates adult supervision is necessary for these labs.  The labs seemed to require items that were easily obtainable.  I would have liked for a complete lab supply list to be provided so that all the needed supplies could be purchased at one time.  Because I prefer my husband to do any science labs with our children, we decided to hold off and do the labs during his vacation later in the summer.  So look for us to post more about that sometime in late August to early September.

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As my son watched the slideshows, he was disappointed that he did not have an option to view the lessons in full-screen mode.  Like my son, for videos like this, I would prefer to have the option of watching the videos in full-screen since it makes it easier to see.

There are several things I would have liked to have with this course.  The first would have been the ability to watch the slides in full-screen.  I also would have appreciated some kind of grade book or the ability to have scores emailed to me for the tests.  This would allow for easier recordkeeping.  Without some kind of record, it could be difficult to provide proof of his scores.

But otherwise, I have to say we were very pleased with the course overall.  I felt the material was explained and the videos were well done.  The course outlines, lab instructions and PDF versions of the tests and answer keys were all easy to read and to follow the instructions for overall.  For a student that is not going into a science field, this course is perfect.  However, if a student is planning on going on to a science-type field, it may be better to look at some other options.

Fascinating Education also offers courses for Biology, a Chemistry Pre-Course for Biology, Fascinating Physics, Fascinating Anatomy & Physiology, and Fascinating Logic of Medicine.  If you would like to read more reviews of either Fascinating Chemistry or some of the other courses offered by Fascinating Education, click here or on the graphic below.

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