You know that crazy look people give you when you tell them you are homeschooling through high school and they say something like, “But what about Chemistry!? I could never teach my kids Chemistry!”? My go-to response is, “Yeah, I can’t teach Chemistry either, but I’ll be using a tutor or a curriculum which won’t require my help. There are amazing resources out there!” I was originally planning on using a tutor at our homeschool “school” we go once a week, but I just found an awesome curriculum! It is by a company called Fascinating Education.
They have a high school chemistry course called Fascinating Chemistry. You want to hear about it? Go ahead and read, you know you want to…
Fascinating Education Chemistry Lessons
When you open the course, it looks like this:
Once there, click on the lesson you are on currently and begin it. One thing I like is that if you are in the middle of a lesson, it will ask you if you want to continue where you left off, instead of you having to find the correct spot.
I did have to make sure my Adobe Flash was activated in order to view the lesson, but that’s not a big deal. Most people already have that on their computers anyway. And, if you don’t, you can download it for free.
The lessons are in a video with voice over format. Plus, you can print the script for the lesson if your child would benefit from reading along with the teacher.
There are 19 lessons in the Chemistry course. If you run your school year on a 36 week schedule, then this puts you on track to complete about one lesson every 2 weeks.
What I suggest (and what my daughter will doing this school year) is to devote a certain amount of TIME each day to Chemistry.
The actual lessons are about 45 minutes each. Although, that doesn’t take into consideration study time. Unless your child has a perfect memory and can remember everything after hearing it once, he/she is going to have to do a bit of studying for each lesson. Plus, you will need to set aside time to do labs during twelve of the 19 lessons.
If you commit to doing Chemistry for 20-30 minutes per day throughout the school year, I think that would be sufficient to complete the course. (I will know for sure at the end of the school year next year!)
There are tests for almost every lesson. Fascinating Education does not store your child’s test results, but there are two ways you can keep track of their grades. First, you can print out the test and your child can take it in a written form, then you have record of it. Second, you can print out the results of your child’s online test. From there, it’s easy to just average the grades.
With the online test, in the upper right hand corner there is a “need help?” button you can click that will give you a information on the subject being asked about. It’s almost like an open book test.
This is what your page will look like when you open up the first test.
On the left is a list of the beginning of each question, as well as the “help” for each question.
When you finish all the questions, it give you the percentage you made on the test and whether or not you passed. You can give your child to retake the test if you want, because like I said before, the program doesn’t keep track of your grades. That’s up to you.
Need a Different High School Science? More Information?
Fascinating Education has other high school science courses if you don’t need or want Chemistry.
The TOS Homeschool Review Crew all reviewed different courses. While my family checked out Chemistry, other families were checking out Physics and Biology. Click the banner below to read reviews for those subjects.
And, I highly recommend you check out Fascinating Education’s FAQ page to get more info I may not have talked about on this page.