Christian Kids Explore Chemistry

Christian Kids Explore Chemistry

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

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This volume consists of 30 lessons divided into 5 units: "Basics of Chemistry," "Atoms and Molecules," "The Nature of Chemistry," "States of Matter," and "Organic Chemistry." Unlike Biology and Earth & Space, this volume was authored by husband-and-wife team Robert W. and Elizabeth J. Ridlon.

Publisher Description:

Give your students a thoroughly Christian introduction to the underlying principles of matter with Christian Kids Explore Chemistry. Featuring conversational, accessible lessons that can be used with students in multiple grades, this easy-to-use homeschool curriculum will get everyone involved in science. Lessons focus on the basics of chemistry (including matter, measuring, elements, molecules, and compounds) as well as concepts such as bases and acids, states of matter, biochemistry, and more. Units begin with a short introduction that provides objectives, vocabulary, and materials needed; a coloring page and a unit “wrap-up” multiple-choice assessment are also included. This book features 30 lessons, each designed to take approximately one week. One-year curriculum.

Grades 4-8, though some activities for younger students have been included. Answer key provided; fully reproduced questions with bolded correct answers. Extensive book and resource list with appropriate grade levels also included. 356 indexed pages, softcover. Reproducible consumable workbook. Reproduction allowed for families.

Discover God’s majesty—from a single molecule to an entire universe! Embark on a lifelong quest to know God through His creation with our award-winning series, Christian Kids Explore Science.

Worried that science just isn’t your strongest subject? We understand, and we designed this curriculum with you in mind! As the teacher, you’ll find each book in the Christian Kids Explore series both accessible and intriguing, regardless of your prior science background. Your students will learn to observe, question, and explore our world. Are you ready to plant a true thirst for discovery?

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By identifying a need in her own homeschool and filling it, homeschool mom Stephanie Redmond has constructed a user-friendly, biblically-based science program that you can easily use with multiple levels of children at once. Each volume includes lessons to read, hands-on activity instructions, unit reviews, lists of suggested supplemental resources, and more. While you will probably locate some supplemental resources, the bulk of what you need is contained in just one book, which keeps things simple (no searching the house for misplaced workbooks or activity books!). Volumes are broken down into 24-35 lessons organized into units. While the number of units varies per book, you can plan on completing the course in one year (or less) if you take the author's suggestion and complete one lesson per week. Most instructors divide the lesson up into two 60 to 90-minute sessions – one for reading and one for activities.

The first portion of the lesson contains the instructional text which can be read aloud, or read independently by older students. Although intended to introduce and explain science concepts, the text is conversational and well-written. Lesson vocabulary definitions, related scriptures, and science facts appear in the margins, and several questions follow the reading for either discussion or a short quiz. If time and interest permit, you will probably want to supplement the lesson reading with library books or other resources. You'll appreciate the author's extensive resource lists in each book's appendix which offer ample suggestions. In Biology, the author recommends these activities for the "reading" part of the lesson: making and reviewing unit vocabulary flashcards, reviewing the main topic(s) of the previous lesson, reading the current lesson, memorizing the vocabulary for the current lesson, and spending any remaining time reading from supplemental sources.

The second half of the lesson is the activity portion. There is quite a variety to these, and they relate very well to the lesson content covered in the reading. Each activity includes an objective, a materials list, and step-by-step instructions. Occasionally, a simpler activity for younger students is included if the main activity is likely to "go over their heads." Rather than answering questions following the activity, students are usually directed to fill out the provided "Checking It Out" form, which is like a lab activity guide. They'll record the objective, hypothesis, procedure, results observed, and what they learned. Examples of activities found throughout the series are: building a terrarium (Biology), making an edible sedimentary rock (Earth & Space Science), finding household products that contain strong bases (Chemistry), calculating bicycle wheel speed (Physics), or making a fossil (Creation Science).

You'll find everything else you'll need either in the unit introduction, in the appendix, or in the downloadable digital resources. Units begin with a list of vocabulary covered, a comprehensive materials list, and any other information you'll need to cover the unit. A multiple-choice "Unit Wrap-Up" is provided at the end of each unit for review. Appendices with reference lists, answer keys, and a glossary are included at the end of each volume. Each book also includes a digital download code inside the front cover. This downloadable resource includes: daily lesson plans, reproducibles (experiment forms, maps, memory lists, coloring pages, field trip journal forms and more), materials lists and a bonus literature study guide. ~ Jess


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

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We just purchased Earth and Space and it is just perfect for what we need right now for our children. I plan to continue teaching science with Christian Kids Chemistry and Physics.
Mia L on Mar 7, 2023
We completed Christian Kids Explore earth science last year and enjoyed it. Decided to try chemistry this year. The resource cd was very helpful with earth science and hope chemistry cd has the same layout content.
Tiffany W on Apr 7, 2021
We just purchased Earth and Space and it is just perfect for what we need right now for our children. I plan to continue teaching science with Christian Kids Chemistry and Physics.
Mia L on Mar 7, 2023
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Mark P on Aug 31, 2022
We completed Christian Kids Explore earth science last year and enjoyed it. Decided to try chemistry this year. The resource cd was very helpful with earth science and hope chemistry cd has the same layout content.
Tiffany W on Apr 7, 2021
We use the Earth Science curriculum and it was a joy. Now that my 5th grader is interested in Chemistry I decided to follow with what I know was a great book and provide a positive experience.
Amneris B on Aug 4, 2020
We love the hands on opportunities these books give and believe Christian based science is essential to our children's faith based foundation.
Darla E on Jul 29, 2019
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
Christian influence
Mark P on Aug 31, 2022
We use the Earth Science curriculum and it was a joy. Now that my 5th grader is interested in Chemistry I decided to follow with what I know was a great book and provide a positive experience.
Amneris B on Aug 4, 2020
Can I only buy the Resource CD that comes with the Chemistry book? I already have the physical book but lost the CD.
A shopper on Sep 11, 2023
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry. I checked around and we do not have any around.
Is there a lab kit available or recommended resources for a lab?
OLIVIA H. on May 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There are many resources listed in the back of the book. It is a very helpful book!
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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Bright Ideas in Science Curriculum
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:

A Note from the Author

How to Use This Book

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
Rated 4 out of 5
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 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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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