D.I.V.E. Earth Science Lab Kit
This kit from Nature's Workshop includes supplies for many of the labs from the DIVE curriculum, but some have been omitted because of packaging and safety constraints. Materials are included for the following labs 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, and 4.6. Each lab comes with a materials sheet. DIVE materials sold separately.
What D.I.V.E. CDs have done for math, they can also do for science! If you don't feel confident teaching lessons and labs for high school science courses, using these CD-ROMs can do wonders to round out the science course. And after their 2008 revisions, DIVE Science has even more to offer! Each revised CD-ROM includes lectures, a syllabus, video labs, workbook pages, and a lab manual. You will need a textbook for each course although you have some flexibility in choosing one. Abeka, Apologia, Bob Jones and Saxon (Physics) are the preferred textbooks, but other textbooks are also options. The DIVE syllabus (downloadable from DIVE's website, www.diveintomath.com) is the primary syllabus for use with the DIVE CDs. If you go with either a preferred text or another of your choosing, you will need to do some "tweaking" of the syllabus - matching the topics from the DIVE Science CD to your textbook. To use the DIVE lessons, the student refers to the syllabi to see which textbook pages correlate with the topic and does the reading. After defining a given list of vocabulary terms, the student watches the lecture, takes notes, completes the worksheet review questions, and then returns to the CD for solutions and explanations of the review questions. The lectures are especially helpful for homeschoolers as they help them feel as if they are participating in a classroom lecture, listening to the instructor and taking notes (great college prep too!). If you are familiar with DIVE Math, you will have a good idea what the lectures are like. Each lecture has a visual component that resembles basic PowerPoint slides, accompanied by an audio lecture. Occasionally the instructor will "write" on the board which gives the lecture an interactive feel. The corresponding .pdf worksheets are also found on the CDs. The worksheets for each lesson will need to be printed and completed before the lecture is viewed. If this is inconvenient for you, you may consider purchasing a printed copy of the workbook. The lab portion of the CD-ROM is also helpful for homeschoolers without access to laboratory equipment. In these, audio explanations of the experiment are combined with still-frame pictures of the experiment in progress and close-ups of lab worksheets that students will complete. Lab manual pages are included on the CD (in .pdf format) to be printed and completed along with the lab, or are available in printed format as part of the workbooks. Labs can also be done hands-on if it is possible to gather the required materials listed at the beginning of each lab. Finally, a syllabus of the course is included which provides a schedule including quarterly reviews. System requirements: Windows 98 or higher, or Macintosh. See details on specific courses below. - Jess
Apologia Science courses are written from a Biblical worldview with the homeschool in mind. At the elementary level, courses follow a Charlotte Mason-inspired methodology, with lessons organized around narration, notebooking exercises and hands-on activities or projects. Children at different ages can use these together, learning at their own level. Each course is designed to be teacher-student interactive, so teacher involvement is fairly high at this level. At the junior high and high school levels, science courses are more traditional in nature, with the textbook written to the student. Teacher involvement time at this level is much less than at the elementary level. Textbooks contain student reading, lab instructions, "On Your Own" questions and Study Guide questions. A Solutions Manual provides the answers to these and the test questions. Lab kits are available separately for both the elementary and upper-level science courses which include most of the harder to find items you will need.
Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.