Christian Kids Explore Chemistry with Resource CD

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Item #: 014429
ISBN: 9781892427229
Grades: 4-8

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Publisher: Bright Ideas

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Christian Kids Explore Chemistry is authored by husband and wife team, Robert W. Ridlon, Jr. and Elizabeth J. Ridlon. Their approach to teaching chemistry is simplistic: Each of our lessons develops a progressive understanding of chemistry that will build confidence. Kids and parents can explore and develop a firm and lasting foundation for the future. The curriculum presents the concepts of chemistry from a Christian worldview perspective.

Christian Kids Explore Chemistry contains 30 lessons and five unit reviews which cover the topic of chemistry. The curriculum is comprised of the following components:

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Unit One

The Basics of Chemistry: Introduction to Chemistry; Chemistry Tools; Matter; Elements; Mixtures and Compounds; Wrap Up

Unit Two

Atoms and Molecules: Atoms; Atomic Number; Atomic Mass; Periodic Table; Molecules; Wrap Up

Unit Three

The Nature of Chemistry: Chemical Bonds; More Chemical Bonds; Formulas; Naming Compounds; Reactions; Acids; Bases; Salts; Wrap Up

Unit Four

States of Matter: Solids and Liquids; Gases; Gas Laws; State Change; Solutions; Wrap Up

Unit Five

Organic Chemistry: Hydrocarbons; Alkanes; Alkenes; Alkynes; Alcohols; Esters; Biochemistry; Wrap Up

The curriculum also includes: Glossary, Coloring Pages, Element Tables, Resource List, For Further Biographical Study, Answer Keys, Index and About the Authors.

Each lesson unit introduces the topic with a unit timeline, vocabulary words, and materials needed for the unit. The lesson itself is made up of two building blocks: Teaching Time and Hands on Time. I would highly recommend purchasing the resource cd download which contains the reproducible pages in the back of the text.

Overall, we have been pleased with this curriculum as it lends itself to the Classical Education and Charlotte Mason philosophies. Scientific concepts are presented in an engaging and easy to understand manner. This allows the student to build upon their interest through research and scientific experimentation. In the fall of 2015, our child is looking forward to utilizing the next book in this series Christian Kids Explore Physics.
March 31, 2017
Pleased with this curriculum
This chemistry book is simple enough for elementary students while still giving a solid foundation. I have been pleased.
November 9, 2016
over 2 years ago
We use the WTM as our guideline which rotates students through the sciences three times I feel confident using this for 3rd and 7th grades (or any in between) The next time we come to third grade Chemistry I would start out with Unit 1 of CKEC It has 5 lessons covering: Intro to Chemistry Chemistry Tools Matter Elements (11 common) Mixtures and CompoundsThen I would do Unit 4 of CKEC which has 5 lessons covering: Solids and Liquids Gases Gas Laws State Change SolutionsThen I would spend the rest of the year doing the experiments from Well-Trained Mind's suggested text Adventures With Atoms and Molecules I think the remaining lessons of CKEC are too in-depth for elementary (3rd grade) studentsWhen we return to Chemistry for 7th grade I would quickly review Units 1 and 4 and then study Units 2 3 and 5 of CKEC which cover "Atoms and Molecules " "The Nature of Chemistry " and "Organic Chemistry" They are technical and in-depth enough for a 7th grader and will really prepare them for high school chemistryCKEC is written by Robert and Elizabeth Ridlon also the authors of CKEP Their style is much more in-depth and technical than CKEES They do a great job of representing the God-glorifying aspect expected in a science book entitled "Christian Kids"I get worried remarks from my father a geology major about teaching science from a Christian worldview So in case you were wondering here's excerpts from CKEC The "Christian" parts are in the introductions to each new unit for instance:Unit 1 Intro:"Studying chemistry just like other sciences is a way to appreciate creation more deeply and examine the beauty of all that God has made The universe was created by God and is made up of matter and energy that can be studied"Unit 3 Intro:"Matter is part of God's creation and it is subject to certain rules Just like God has rules for people the Bible tells us that He has rules for all of creation In this unit we are going to see how different chemicals behave- how they act and how they react"Knowing that an intro to Chemistry is sufficient for 3rd graders and that I can use it again for middle school in addition to having the option of filling out the comprehension question verbally or on separate paper (then using it with another child) makes this a great deal It's very easy to use not ed but easy for my child or I to read I thought it was a great improvement over CKE Earth and Space The experiments use pretty everyday supplies and clearly express the principle of the lesson
July 1, 2010
I tried Chemistry with my oldest daughter in high school (textbook) and we quit after 3 weeks so I was a little leery of trying this My thought was that if I introduce it early maybe by the time the younger children are in high school we can tackle the textbook with more success This was Wonderful! We had so much fun with it it was easy to use explained everything so well and I feel as if they have a strong foundation to work from Great for Middle School & it has suggestions in the back to add more reading & experiments so you could use it for High School as well
June 19, 2008
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teaching a child with autism
Jenene B on Jul 18, 2019
They go along with what my children are learning in Cycle 3 of Classical Conversations.
Christopher M on Jan 19, 2018
teaching a child with autism
Jenene B on Jul 18, 2019
Great hands on curriculum for my son.
Shelley S on Aug 30, 2018
They go along with what my children are learning in Cycle 3 of Classical Conversations.
Christopher M on Jan 19, 2018
Required by class teacher
Tracy G on Aug 28, 2017
I like this series.
Tracy B on May 3, 2017
I needed a diverse curriculum with a DVD
Roxane S on Mar 23, 2017
This had a good review in Cathy Duffy's TOP HOmeschool picks . And I liked the layout of the sample lesson.
Lisa W on Feb 28, 2017
Because it is what we were looking for as the best chemistry book for 10years old
Akihito S on Jan 3, 2017
This is the book my son wanted.
Laura P on May 23, 2016
creation based science curriculum
Contessa T on Feb 19, 2016
It had good reviews and some poor reviews on different websites but overall it looked like a decent "spine" science program for a mixed age group that you can supplement with library books and other things... thats all!
Julianne S. on Jan 9, 2016
Great hands on curriculum for my son.
Shelley S on Aug 30, 2018
Required by class teacher
Tracy G on Aug 28, 2017
What age group is this best suited for? I read reviews which suggest that it is too simple for the targeted age group. I am looking for a chemistry text for a group of mostly 12 year olds which will provide a solid introduction to basic chemistry topics.
A shopper on Apr 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used this with my 11 year old daughter. She is not a big fan of science, so I knew Apologia, which is what her science-loving sister uses, was going to overwhelm her. I had used Christian Kids Explore Earth with her a few years before & it went over well with her.
CKE chemistry provides solid, but basic information. It is easy enough to do in a semester if used more than once a week, but could be used as a 32 week study if you only meet once a week. The tests are multiple choice & answers are word for word from the chapter.
How many weeks can you use this product?
A shopper on Nov 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That depends on how many days per week you plan to do science. The book advises one lesson per week. There are 5 units with 5-8 lessons per unit for a total of 30 lessons. Typically there is 1-2 pages of reading with a fill in the blank review followed by a simple hands on expirement.
Are the resource cd's available separate of these books?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We don't sell the Resource CDs separately from the book. You might try contacting the publisher - Bright Ideas.
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