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BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum

BookShark has added something new for 2021! BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum is a new feature you can add on to many of the BookShark curriculum options. It allows you to do your reporting online, track assignments, grades, and more!

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum brings the power and ease of online accountability to a literature-rich curriculum! Online lesson plans, automated grading, printable worksheets, assessments and more! A review from Starts At Eight.

New for 2021: BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum

BookShark Virtual is a feature that works alongside the BookShark print curriculum, not in place of. That means you will need the BookShark printed curriculum, and then you have the option to add on the virtual portion.

I recently reviewed the BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum I am using with my 3rd grade grandson. Pairing it with this new virtual feature makes it even simpler to implement. I can check lesson plans on the go and even quick reference the science supplies needed for the experiments when I get to the store and realize I have forgotten my list!

BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum is an open & go, literature based, hands-on, secular science curriculum for homeschoolers.

For parents and students, it offers enhanced, online capabilities such as assessments, grading, and accountability. These can be accessed both via desktop and mobile device.

It brings the power and ease of online accountability to a literature-rich curriculum!

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum brings the power and ease of online accountability to a literature-rich curriculum! Online lesson plans, automated grading, printable worksheets, assessments and more! A review from Starts At Eight.

Features for both parent and child:

  • enjoy easy recordkeeping & grading
  • upload student work
  • see 36 weeks of schedules
  • keep track of completed assignments
  • encourage independent learning
  • document student work
  • track completed assignments
  • assign & adjust grades
  • provide feedback and leave messages
  • get parent notifications
  • export PDF portfolio of completed work
  • and many more

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum is available for any BookShark levels A-H, including history, language arts, and science. It also completely integrates with Math-U-See. BookShark Virtual also offers proposed schedules and the ability to upload completed assignments for Singapore, Saxon, and RightStart.

A Few Cool Features We Love

Auto Grading of Written Work – you (or your student) can upload student assignments right into the online assessment tool for automatic grading. While all assignments aren’t auto-graded, there is a manual grading option as well. This way all grades are kept in one place in the BookShark Virtual dashboard for that class!

BookShark Virtual Online Homeschool Curriculum brings the power and ease of online accountability to a literature-rich curriculum! Online lesson plans, automated grading, printable worksheets, assessments and more! A review from Starts At Eight.

It Creates a Digital Portfolio – BookShark Virtual saves your student’s work and grades so you can easily see progress and track learning at any time.

Fosters Independence – The BookShark Virtual platform provides lesson plans so your student can just log-in and get started on what they need to accomplish for that day. They can also take assessments, review their grades, and even communicate with you (their teacher) so you can have all course related comments together in one place.

Try Before You Buy!

The best way to understand BookShark Virtual is to try it yourself. The first three weeks of every Virtual course are available for free just like the Instructor’s Guide samples always have been (here).

Watch the demo videos to get your bearings, and then take it for a spin. Let your child take a peek, too!

NEW! BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum

NEW! BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum

Are you looking for an enriching secular elementary science curriculum?

Do you want to get out of the text and jump into literature and hands on science in an easy, open and go format?

Then you definitely need to check out the NEW BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum!

BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum is an open & go, literature based, hands-on, secular science curriculum for homeschoolers.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to review the Sonlight Science Literature Based Curriculum, and I LOVED it. The Sonlight Curriculum is structed very similarly to the BookShark Curriculum because they are collectively owned. The main difference being that Sonlight is a Christian curriculum and BookShark is secular (or faith neutral).

BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum

This year I am using the BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum with my 3rd grade grandson. (While this review is based on the BookShark Science Level D, there are many other levels for kids from age 5 to age 16.)

BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum is an open & go, literature based, hands-on, secular science curriculum for homeschoolers.

{Disclosure: I received BookShark Science Level D for free and was compensated for my time in writing this review. However these are my honest opinions and I was not required to post a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

A Look Inside BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum

Come take a look inside what BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum has to offer! Everything from amazing literature to full lesson plans for an easy open and go experience!

Literature Based

Each level of BookShark Science uses a wonderful collection of literature to make the learning rich and meaningful!

BookShark Science Level D Literature

Take a look at the selection above from the BookShark Science Level D package!

As you all know I LOVE LIVING BOOKS! We use a ton of them in our homeschool. They are so much richer and more engaging than a textbook.

Instead of using a textbook, living books are used to provide the context for the science lesson. My grandson is able to read much of them himself, just getting help for the more sciency words he hasn’t seen before.

4 Day Schedule

Planning a 4 Day Homeschool Week from Starts At Eight includes reasons why you might choose to school 4 days a week as well as a method and printables for planning!

A few years ago I went to using a 4 Day Homeschool Week. It really allows us the space to take a break, or catch up after unexpected set backs. Planning for 4 days a week just allows us a general sense of calm and space to our schedule so we don’t feel crammed or rushed. The downside is it can take A LOT of extra planning because many curricula are based on 5 days a week.

So imagine how happy I was to have BookShark Science already based on a 4 day week! And the plan for each week is so simple!

Day One: Read and do the corresponding questions in the activity sheets

Day Two: Read and do the corresponding questions in the activity sheets

Day Three: Read and do the corresponding questions in the activity sheets

Also within Days 1-3 are Optional Do Together things that you can choose to do if you have time, or perhaps your child is really loving the topic and you want to dig deeper.

Day Four: Science experiment from the BookShark Science Experiments Books

BookShark Science Instructor's Guide Weekly Plan

As you can see in the photo above, the schedule for each week is all laid out in the Instructor’s Guide, including the list of supplies you need for both the current week, and the upcoming week so you can plan ahead!

Hands-On

Each week there are questions in the activity sheets to go with the literature reading. Not only do you have the answer key in your Instructor’s Guide, but each question has the corresponding page numbers from the reading so your child will know where to look if they are unsure of the answer.

BookShark Science Level D Activity Sheets

And as I previously stated, there is a science experiment included in the plans for each week. Many of the items needed are included in the Science Supplies Kit for the level you are using. Anything that isn’t included is a common household item that you may already have or can easily pick up at the store.

Open-and-Go

For all the subjects I have to plan each year, this has been the easiest curriculum to plan.

Between the detailed daily lesson plans in the Instructor’s Guide, and the comprehensive (and beautifully illustrated I might add) Science Experiments Books, there is little you need to do in terms of planning and preparation.

Why? Because this is literally already all planned in an easy to use format. I opened the box and off we went!

Let me say that again for those in the back…

I truly opened the box and used the curriculum the same day. No Planning Needed!

BookShark Elementary Science Curriculum is an open & go, literature based, hands-on, secular science curriculum for homeschoolers.

Secular (faith-neutral)

As I mentioned previously, the BookShark Science Curriculum is considered secular, or more accurately “faith-neutral“.

Here’s what BookShark has to say about being faith-neutral:

“BookShark does not espouse or oppose any faith. Our Science and History programs do not teach evolution, creationism, or intelligent design theory. So BookShark may be better termed faith-neutral. BookShark leaves the teaching of the origins of life and matters of spirituality to the parents rather than promoting any particular viewpoint in the curriculum. Our faith-neutral curriculum allows families from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs to enjoy a well-planned homeschooling year steeped in living literature, read alouds, and hands-on science activities.” 

BookShark Science Level D Science Experiements

Newly Updated to Meet NGSS Standards

BookShark has updated their science to align with NGSS Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

What does this mean? NGSS standards are both widely accepted and academically solid. And while the NGSS standards outline what to teach, they don’t preclude BookShark’s natural methods of reading great books, discussing them, doing simple (no busy work) Activity Sheets, and then exploring with hands-on activities. The NGSS are standards (not Common Core though), not curriculum. Thus BookShark Science remains true to their original design while also accommodating NGSS and giving families the more linear read-about-it-then-do-it sequence most parents prefer. 

Try BookShark Science Curriculum in Your Homeschool!

To See More from BookShark

Looking to see more of what BookShark has to offer? They have more than just science! BookShark also has history and language arts curriculum. Be sure to check out all they have to offer with the links below!

New for 2021: BookShark Virtual!

BookShark Virtual

BookShark Virtual is here! When you pair BookShark print curriculum with a Virtual seat, parents and students get cool online features like assessment, grading, and accountability—accessible via mobile or desktop!

The best way to understand BookShark Virtual is to try it yourself. The first three weeks of every Virtual course are available for free just like the Instructor’s Guide samples always have been.

Watch the demo videos to get your bearings, and then take it for a spin. Let your child take a peek, too!

STAY TUNED FOR MY BOOKSHARK VIRTUAL REVIEW COMING IN 2 WEEKS!!!

Giveaway

Giveaway is for USA only. Winner’s choice of level A-F, including 1 virtual seat.

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families

Are you looking for ways to spend more time with the kids outside? One excellent way to get kids more engaged in the outdoors and interested in nature is to start a butterfly garden. 

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families includes free printables and fun ideas to take your learning outdoors! Create a butterfly garden, learn about their life cycle and more!

You can use a butterfly garden as an opportunity to learn about pollinators and plants with these butterfly garden ideas and free printable activities from Angi. 

The printable activities include: 

  • A butterfly and caterpillar observation sheet
  • A garden journal page

Butterfly Garden Ideas

First, you’ll need to attract butterflies to your yard. Here are several tips to build a new garden or revamp an existing one to increase your chances of attracting colorful pollinators. 

  1. Pick the perfect spot. Plant your flowers in an area of the garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. 
  2. Choose butterfly-friendly plants. Flowers that are native to your region are rich in nectar for passing butterflies. 
  3. Include caterpillar-friendly plants. Plants that specific butterflies lay their eggs on are called host plants. For example, monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed plants. If you want to see monarch caterpillars and possibly even a chrysalis in your garden, include a milkweed host plant among the flowers. 
  4. Lay out butterfly shelter. Bushes or logs provide great protection for butterflies from natural predators. 
  5. Add butterfly food and water. Lay out a bowl of water or a bird bath to provide a drink station. An optional but fun step is to lay out ripe fruit, like a banana, out on a saucer to produce even more aromatic sweetness to attract the butterflies. 

Once you have your garden all set up, you can begin to observe and learn about butterflies with the kids. Use the garden as an opportunity to teach about the butterfly life cycle, for example. Below are two additional activities you can try. 

Butterfly Observation Activity

A butterfly garden is also a great place to practice observational skills. Print out this butterfly and caterpillar observation sheet to get started. 

Spend some time out in the garden and encourage your child to use descriptive words to describe the butterflies they see. They can also color them in to help with their descriptions. Then, if you want, you can help them identify each butterfly and caterpillar by looking at a book or guide online.

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families includes free printables and fun ideas to take your learning outdoors! Create a butterfly garden, learn about their life cycle and more!

Garden Journal Activity

Another way to get the kids engaged in the garden is to work together on garden maintenance. Teach them about the importance of plants and get them involved in plant care by letting them help with the watering and weeding. 

Print out this weekly garden journal page to either pin on the fridge or place in a binder. Each week, fill out the page together. You can mark which plants you watered, write down your observations and to-do’s, and come up with new goals for the garden. 

FREE Butterfly Garden Activities for Families includes free printables and fun ideas to take your learning outdoors! Create a butterfly garden, learn about their life cycle and more!

Use these butterfly garden activities as part of your homeschool curriculum or just as after-school family activities!

Caterpillar to Butterfly Lifecycle Activities

You can add in more learning opportunities with these Caterpillar to Butterfly Lifecycle Activities

Lifecycle - Caterpillar to Butterfly from Starts At Eight
Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education

Are you looking for online homeschool high school biology options? Looking for something that is visually based and easy to use? Then Fascinating Biology from Fascinating Education might be for you!

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

Fascinating Education uses an audio-visual technique to teach science in a step-by-step manner using plain English and clear illustrations. This “right-hemispheric” learning approach takes advantage of the brain’s ability to process images more efficiently and more effectively than just reading text.

{I received free access to Fascinating Biology and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

The Fascinating Education curricula focus on scientific facts while eliminating unnecessary complexity. Dr. Margulies (owner and developer) engages the student by bringing a real life touch to all the lessons so that the student understands why the material is important for them.

About Sheldon Marguiles Owner/Developer

Sheldon Margulies - owner and developer of Fascinating Education

Sheldon Margulies is the owner and developer of Fascinating Education. He is a neurologist who has taught over 2500 medical students and residents in his career, and I has since turned his attention to younger students with online courses in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, and the Logic of Medicine.

In my curricula, I don’t just teach. I explain, in plain English, one step at a time, using images that I’ve created and narrate. I want students to see exactly what I’m saying, and for today’s students who are so comfortable with audio and visual learning, narrated images are a great way to learn science.

Sheldon Margulies owner and developer of Fascinating Education

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education

Fascinating Biology covers the basic principles of biology, including the components of life: cell membranes, taking in nutrients, creating chemical energy, growing and repairing, reproducing, maintaining a stable internal environment, and adapting to a changing external environment. You can see a full breakdown of the Fascinating Biology Course Content right on their website.

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

The course consists of 3 major components:

The cool thing is that each one of these components has an online component AND a printable component option. Your student can do it all online, or they can choose to do some of it with pen and paper.

Video Lessons – There are 18 video lessons.

Review – The awesome thing about the review sections is that each question is read to the student, and each answer is read and demonstrated with a corresponding image.

Tests – When done online the test end by giving the students their score, and options to Review, Print, and Retry the quiz. You can also choose to print the tests out ahead of time and have them do them offline.

Key Features of Fascinating Biology

1. A Note About Secular vs. Religious

When it comes to science curriculum the first thing most people want to know is if it is secular or religious, creation vs. evolution. I like that Sheldon tackles this question first before anything else in the biology course. Below you will find a brief video clip of him explaining his view and how that impacts the curriculum.

I really appreciate his point about how understanding different viewpoints does not mean you have to adopt them. In our home we have always tried to talk about both sides of the coin so they can decide for themselves.

2. Great for Visual Learners

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

The Fascinating Education courses are very visual. All 18 lessons are video lessons with tons of images, diagrams, etc. Plus there are print out options for all the components so your students can have them in hand too if they want.

3. Lesson Scripts

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

Can I just say that the super type-A in me LOVES these. They are literal replicas of the video lessons, complete with images and text! I like printing them out along with the review printables and tests so that we have a visual representation of the work complete.

4. Review & Tests as Learning Devices

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

Both the review sections and tests are used as an additional opportunity to teach the material and to ensure the student is progressing appropriately.

The review questions have corresponding full image answers, giving students another opportunity to understand and absorb the concepts taught in that lesson.

The tests give students an opportunity to go back and review their answers alongside the correct answers and to retake them. This allows students to go back and look at where/what their mistake was and learn the material correctly.

My Thoughts

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

I love the different teaching approach to the Fascinating Education science curricula. The lessons are not too long, I’d say they take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, and they are easy to understand. There is plenty of reinforcement built in with the reviews and tests, giving students plenty of exposure to the concepts so they can more readily learn and understand them.

My main concern when calling this a curriculum is that most would assume it was a full year and thus a full credit course. When looking at the FAQ Page it states, “The lessons differ in length; however, each presentation is about 45 minutes long (on average). If a student does 1 lesson a day in chemistry (assuming about 1.5 hours to complete each lesson and test) – a student could finish in 24-27 total hours. We also have labs for chemistry which are an hour or so each – so you could add those additional hours.  We are in the process of adding additional review material – which will add some time to each course. Each biology lesson could take twice as long, but that’s still only about 30 hours to complete the course.”

This is significantly lower than the standard of a high school course being 120 hours. So my suggestion would be to add labs and extra readings or research on topics of interest throughout the year. OR I also think these make great summer review courses! You could do them before taking a full year to get a head start on the concepts, or take it after as a review/reinforcement.

Free Trial

Online Homeschool High School Biology with Fascinating Education flips the teaching process by approaching science through the "right-hemisphere" of the brain. Using simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to teach high school biology concepts. A review from Starts At Eight

Click here for a FREE Trial!

You can sample any one (or all) of the following courses:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Medicine

Discount & Giveaway

Fascinating Education Discount Code

DISCOUNT: 25% off any single or multi-course package with coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL. Valid July 1 – Aug. 15, 2021.

GIVEAWAY: Open to anyone worldwide. 3 winners will get their choice of course (1 year subscription.)

Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science

Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science

We have used Apologia curriculum a few times in our homeschooling years and I am always impressed with how thorough their curriculum is! Now I get to try out their new Exploring Creation with Earth Science with my grandson!

Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science is a Charlotte Mason based homeschool science curriculum for kids in grades K-6. With suggested schedules, lots of hands-on activities and accompanying notebooks, its fun and easy to use! A review from Starts At Eight.

Science is one of the subjects in which I have tried a myriad of approaches and curricula for. We have done unit study style science where I gathered and created units on things like volcanoesrocks and mineralsbugs and insects, and so many more.

We have tried full on school textbooks (those were the early years and it was tough), as well as solely for homeschoolers science curriculum.

What I have found is that we need a curriculum that is well laid out, gives us a plan to follow, makes assignments and grading easy for the parent, and is age level appropriate.

Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Earth Science is a Charlotte Mason based science curriculum for kids in K-6th grade. The cool part is you can choose what level notebook it most appropriate! YES THEY HAVE MORE THAN ONE! But then, I am getting ahead of myself!

{I received Exploring Creation with Earth Science as part of this review and I was compensated for my time in writing it. All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Exploring Creation with Earth Science has 14 modules covering:

  1. The Observable Universe
  2. Life in the Habitable Zone
  3. Spheres of the Earth
  4. Mapping Your World
  5. The Geosphere
  6. Making and Shaping the Land
  7. The Hydrosphere
  8. The Atmosphere
  9. Climate and Weather
  10. Weather Forecasting
  11. The Biosphere
  12. Cycles of Life
  13. Unique Places on Earth
  14. God in Creation
Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science is a Charlotte Mason based homeschool science curriculum for kids in grades K-6. With suggested schedules, lots of hands-on activities and accompanying notebooks, its fun and easy to use! A review from Starts At Eight.

Features of Exploring Creation with Earth Science

Suggested Schedule

Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science is a Charlotte Mason based homeschool science curriculum for kids in grades K-6. With suggested schedules, lots of hands-on activities and accompanying notebooks, its fun and easy to use! A review from Starts At Eight.

The notebooking journal begins with a section for parents. One of the things included is a suggested schedule based on doing this science program 2 days a week for 28 weeks. This means no planning hours! Just a simple, flexible schedule to follow!

You can obviously adjust as needed but this schedule is great in that it isn’t overly rigorous. It gives you plenty of time to do each activity and because it’s only 28 weeks you have room for breaks, sick time, getting behind, and vacations.

Notebooking Journals

Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science is a Charlotte Mason based homeschool science curriculum for kids in grades K-6. With suggested schedules, lots of hands-on activities and accompanying notebooks, its fun and easy to use! A review from Starts At Eight.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no one does notebooking journals like the Apologia Science curriculum has! They are one of my favorite features! The notebooking journals include coloring pages, notetaking pages, places to record all hands-on activities, vocabulary review pages, mini books, and the Suggested Daily Schedule.

As I was saying before, there are two different notebooking options:

The Regular Notebooking Journal – This journal is meant for kids who have mastered handwriting, can take notes, and enjoys upper elementary level activities.

The Junior Notebooking Journal –  Fun graphics and imaginative designs inspire your child’s thought and creativity. The wider writing lines in this journal make it easier for writing. Perfect for younger elementary students or those students with limited writing skills.

Coloring Pages

Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science is a Charlotte Mason based homeschool science curriculum for kids in grades K-6. With suggested schedules, lots of hands-on activities and accompanying notebooks, its fun and easy to use! A review from Starts At Eight.

Ok, I just have to say it, I LOVE the coloring pages! Mostly because they speak to me, but also because they are relevant to the topics being studied, and offer little hands and minds something to focus on while you read the text to them, or as a side activity to complete on their own.

Hands-on Activities

In every lesson there are multiple hands-on activities. Things that use mostly common household items and can be done safely and easily in your home. When it came to all the mapping in the Exploring Creation with Earth Science we got to use our much loved globe! Not only creating maps ourselves, but finding and demonstrating map skills on the globe!

Apologia Exploring Creation with Earth Science is a Charlotte Mason based homeschool science curriculum for kids in grades K-6. With suggested schedules, lots of hands-on activities and accompanying notebooks, its fun and easy to use! A review from Starts At Eight.

As pictured above you see part of a notebooking activity about stalactites and stalagmites. The notebooking journal not only gives kids a place to record their insights and discoveries, but has full color, beautiful cut out activities to go along with each lesson.

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Be sure to VISIT Apologia’s Website and check out the FULL SIZE PREVIEW of Exploring Creation with Earth Science. You can get the Table of Contents, first lesson from the Exploring Creation with Earth Science textbook and companion Notebooking Journals. In addition, you will receive the FAQ Guide.

Giveaway

2 winners (USA or Canada only) will get an Exploring Creation with Earth Science set. Winner’s choice of Regular or Junior.

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4 Reasons we Love College Prep Science Virtual Labs

4 Reasons we Love College Prep Science Virtual Labs

Do you struggle to teach upper level science? Do you dread having chemicals, beakers, and preserved animals in your house? Then the College Prep Science Virtual Labs may be just what you are looking for!

College Prep Science Virtual Labs for homeschooled students in grades 6-12 offer a solid lab experience without expensive supplies and gross smells! A review from Starts At Eight

4 Reasons we Love College Prep Science Virtual Labs

College Prep Science offers Virtual Science Labs for homeschooled students in grades 6-12. These are realistic, interactive, virtual lab experiments students can perform in the convenience of their own home.

{I received free access to the College Prep Science Virtual Biology/Anatomy & Physiology Lab and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Two Virtual Lab Options

Option #1: Two Week Online Lab Intensive

This option includes a daily 30 minute online class (each weekday for two weeks) with Greg Landry for instruction / questions. This includes instruction on creating high quality lab reports and background instruction for each of the eight lab experiments your student will conduct. Students can attend the live class or use the recording.

​Students will also have a daily assignment (conduct the experiment and create lab report) to turn in.  

==>> Click here to test drive a College Prep Virtual Lab <<==

Option #2: Self-Paced One Year Family Subscription

With this option all students within a subscribed family have access to the virtual lab experiments for a full year (12 months from whenever you’d like to start) and can work at their own pace.

Students log in to the virtual lab and choose the experiment they want to perform – 10 experiments are available for each subject. Then they watch a video of professor Landry explaining the background information on the topic of that experiment and details on performing the experiment.

Then students use their mouse and keyboard and follow a step-by-step method to perform all the steps in the experiment.

This is the same lab experience as Option 1. The main difference being students have a full year of access, and they watch a video explanation from Greg Landry instead of having a short live class with him before each experiment.

Note: a full school year (two semester) science class should include at least six lab experiments with full (formal) lab reports and a half school year (one semester) science class should include at least three experiments with full (formal) lab reports.

We have been using the self-paced Biology/Anatomy & Physiology Interactive Virtual Science Lab in our homeschool and I can’t tell you how much I love it! Or really, I can, because I’m going to tell you all about why we love it!

Reason #1 Upper Level Labs

College Prep Science Virtual Labs are all upper level labs! Geared towards homeschool kids in grades 6-12, these labs fill a giant gap for homeschoolers, as finding resources for high school science can be hard.

Early on I knew one of the things I didn’t want to do in my home was high school chemistry. I didn’t feel equipped to handle all the chemicals that would be required to complete the chemistry labs. Using the College Prep Interactive Virtual Lab solves that problem!

Reason #2 NO Gross Smells!

College Prep Science Virtual Labs for homeschooled students in grades 6-12 offer a solid lab experience without expensive supplies and gross smells! A review from Starts At Eight

This reason is more about my kids than me. I personally loved biology and all that came with it. Even the smells! But then they were in our school science lab and not in my home! Good news though! Virtual Lab dissections are SMELL FREE! Since it’s all done virtually there will be no gross smells from the animals having been preserved.

Along with this there is no contact with these slimy creatures. (I had one child who tried to wear a nose plug and gloves to avoid all of this!) Instead, students use their mouse to control a scalpel when dissecting a frog in the Biology/Anatomy Virtual Lab.

Reason #3 NO Expensive Supplies

With College Prep Science Virtual Labs there is no extensive list of supplies to purchase, and no expensive lab equipment needed. I have personally spent two to three hundred dollars a year on science supply kits! This virtual lab is instruction and supply kit in one!

For each lab your student begins by watching a brief video where Greg Landry, the owner and instructor, goes over the lab they will be doing. Then students head into the virtual lab where there are step by step instructions to help them complete the lab.

Reason #4 Strong Use of the Scientific Method

College Prep Science Virtual Labs for homeschooled students in grades 6-12 offer a solid lab experience without expensive supplies and gross smells! A review from Starts At Eight

In the very first lesson of the College Prep Science Virtual Lab, Greg spends time going over the scientific method step by step. Greg walks student through competing a five section lab report based on the scientific method that includes an:

  • Introduction
  • Materials
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion

He then goes through a sample lab report step by step to show them how to complete a full, thorough lab report. I love that it’s not just the action of doing the labs, but the using of the scientific method to create a solid lab report. This is a skill that will prove to be very important for students going on to college.

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More on College Prep Science

My youngest daughter, who just finished 9th grade, and I have had the opportunity to utilize multiple classes from College Prep Science. Be sure to check out all my College Prep Reviews:

Elementary Secular Homeschool Science

Elementary Secular Homeschool Science

Throughout my years of homeschooling we have used many science curriculums, both Christian and Secular. One of the big things I often have people asking me about is, “Where do I find an elementary secular homeschool science curriculum?”

I’m happy to report that while I used to feel all the solid homeschool science curriculum options I came across were Christian, now there are many secular science programs to choose from!

Great Science Adventures from Common Sense Press are easy to use, elementary secular homeschool science programs that can be used with multiple ages! This is a review of the Discovering the Human Body and Senses from Starts At Eight

Elementary Secular Homeschool Science

Common Sense Press has a secular homeschool science series called Great Science Adventures. It is a multi-grade level curriculum contained in just one book!

{Disclosure: I received Discovering the Human Body and Senses curriculum for free and was compensated for my time in writing this review. However these are my honest opinions and I was not required to post a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Great Science Adventures from Common Sense Press are easy to use, elementary secular homeschool science programs that can be used with multiple ages! This is a review of the Discovering the Human Body and Senses from Starts At Eight

The series is broken down into three science categories:

1. Life Science:

  • The World of Plants
  • The World of Insects and Arachnids
  • Discovering the Human Body and Senses
  • The World of Vertebrates

2. Physical Science:

  • The World of Tools and Technology
  • The World of Light and Sound
  • Discovering Atoms, Molecules and Matter

3. Earth Science:

  • The World of Space
  • Discovering Earth’s Landforms and Surface Features
  • Discovering the Ocean

Each book is 24 lessons long and it is recommended that you complete one from each category for a full year of science.

Why is the Great Science Adventures series is considered a secular homeschool science curriculum?

From the Common Sense Press Website: “The Great Science Adventures series was created by two Christian women. Each unit is subject specific and fact based.  For example, Earth is described simply as the third planet from the Sun. It is assumed that the teacher has already established origin, age of the earth, etc.”

3 Reasons to Love Great Science Adventures from Common Sense Press

This review is based on our experiences with Discovering the Human Body and Senses.

1. Easy to use

Great Science Adventures from Common Sense Press are easy to use, elementary secular homeschool science programs that can be used with multiple ages! This is a review of the Discovering the Human Body and Senses from Starts At Eight

Everything you need for BOTH student and teacher comes in one book!

I love that each lesson clearly includes:

  • The concepts to be learned
  • Vocabulary Words (There’s a great graphic organizer piece to keep these all organized!)
  • The Lots of Science Library Book on the subject for that lesson (A mini book giving kids the most important things to know on the subject.)
  • A list of activities for each level
  • An Experiences, Investigation, and Research section (for older students to dig deeper.)

All the books and graphic organizer components are at the end of the book.

While I liked all of these things separated and the back, I wished they were either perforated for ease of removal from the book, or just separate loose pages.

To make using this curriculum a totally breeze throughout the year I spent a little time up front to organize it.

Organizing Discovering the Human Body and Senses

Great Science Adventures from Common Sense Press are easy to use, elementary secular homeschool science programs that can be used with multiple ages! This is a review of the Discovering the Human Body and Senses from Starts At Eight
  • The first thing I did was cut the binding so I could easily manage the graphic organizer pieces and the Lots of Science Library Books.
  • Then I whole punch all the Lesson Plans and put them into a three ring binder.
  • Next I added clear plastic sheet protectors in with each lesson.
  • Then I cut and assembled all the Lots of Science Library Books and placed them in their corresponding sheet protectors.
  • The final thing I did was add all the graphic organizers for each lesson to their prospective sheet protectors.

Doing these things ahead made it so we could just open and go!

2. Can be used with Multiple Ages

Great Science Adventures from Common Sense Press are easy to use, elementary secular homeschool science programs that can be used with multiple ages! This is a review of the Discovering the Human Body and Senses from Starts At Eight

Each book has materials and learning activities geared for different grade levels. Little pencil icons are used to show you which tasks to do with a particular age group.

  • One pencil is for K-1: This is the Beginning level, which includes the non-reading or early-reading child.
  • Two pencils for grades 2-3: This is the Primary Level. It includes the reading student who is still working to be a fluent reader.
  • Three pencils for grades 4-8: This is the Intermediate Level, or fluent reader.

There is also a section at the end of each lesson called… Experiences, Investigations, and Research. This is for use with kids in 7th and 8th grade. In this case they would to the Intermediate Level activities PLUS anything you choose from this section.

These activities can be reading, research (both Internet and book), and/or hands on tasks. You get to choose from a selection specifically tailored to the lesson you are working on.

3. Hands On Approach

Great Science Adventures from Common Sense Press are easy to use, elementary secular homeschool science programs that can be used with multiple ages! This is a review of the Discovering the Human Body and Senses from Starts At Eight

There are two hands-on components to the Great Science Adventures science books:

1. Graphic Organizer

Every lesson has a Graphic Organizer component to put together. This is AMAZING for kids who love to cut and paste, as well as kids (like my youngest) who LOVE having something to show around and read later!

My daughter use to carry these sorts of things around to show off what she learned and still has many on her bookshelf in her room today!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with hot dog folds and accordion books, there is a whole section in the front to walk you through making the different types of graphic organizer pieces.

2. Investigative Loop

These are used throughout the Great Science Adventure books. These give kids a framework for the labs. Walking them through a thought process to help them get the most out of what they are learning.

Great Science Adventures from Common Sense Press are easy to use, elementary secular homeschool science programs that can be used with multiple ages! This is a review of the Discovering the Human Body and Senses from Starts At Eight

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Sonlight Science – Literature Based Homeschool Science Curriculum

Sonlight Science – Literature Based Homeschool Science Curriculum

Do you love teaching with living books like I do?

Would you love having an open and go literature based science curriculum?

Sonlight Science Discover and Do is a literature based homeschool science curriculum that is just that!

Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics.

Sonlight Science Discover & Do

We are loving our experience with Sonlight Science Discover & Do Kindergarten! (While this review is based on the Kindergarten level, you should know the other levels of this newly updated science from Sonlight will be released in coming weeks and will follow the same format.)

Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics. A review from Starts At Eight

{Disclosure: I received Science K from Sonlight curriculum for free and was compensated for my time in writing this review. However these are my honest opinions and I was not required to post a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

1. The Beautiful Living Books!

Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics. A review from Starts At Eight

Take a look at the selection above from the Kindergarten Science Kit!

As you all know I LOVE LIVING BOOKS! We use a ton of them in our homeschool. They are so much richer and more engaging than a textbook.

Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics. A review from Starts At Eight.

These books provide the context for the science topic, and the experiments allow your children to experience the scientific process for themselves!

My second grade grandson was able to read a lot of the books on his own, with help on the new and sciency (yes sciency) words.

2. #DiscoverAndDo Science

Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics. A review from Starts At Eight

Discover & Do: Kindergarten Science Experiments are weekly experiments that help students explore the reading topics even further.

Each experiment relates directly to the weekly reading material. They are designed to follow the classic Sonlight model of learning (reading, discussing, and doing) while also adhering to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Discover and Do Science: Kindergarten has 3 components:

  • The Discover & Do Science Book – includes week by week , step by step instructions for completing the science experiments. Full color, beautiful and easy to follow!
  • A Supply Kit – the corresponding supply kits contain the items you need, in the quantities you need to complete the science experiments for the given level. You’ll never have to skip an experiment or run out at the last minute to get something!
  • Experiment Videos – these are digital only supplemental videos of the science experiments. You can stream them directly from your Sonlight.com account.
Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics. A review from Starts At Eight

Every week your kids perform an experiment directly tied to the rest of the content they are studying in their books that week.

Most days you read from the book and do the appropriate numbered questions on the Student Activity Sheets. Then after a couple of days of this you do an experiment related to what you have been talking about in the reading.

In the pictures you see here we were reading about the rainforests. We found out one of the plants you find there is cocoa pods. Cocoa pods can be used to make cocoa butter, which you can use to make things like soap, candles, and CHOCOLATE! So weren’t we excited to make chocolate cake for science??!!

Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics. A review from Starts At Eight

The experiments include detailed instructions and photos of many of the steps which makes it super easy for even the non-science strong parent to do these with their children.

3. #SonlightScience is Easy to Use

Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics.

Sonlight Science is a one stop shop for science! Everything you need comes in the kit:

  • Living Books – the books read each week are all living books, no textbook.
  • Discover & Go Science Book – the supply list, colorful pictures, and directions for completing the science experiments are found in this book.
  • Instructor’s Guide – a 4 or 5 day a week layout that is the framework for what books to read and when, what experiments to do and what videos to watch. ** Note: Instructor’s Guides in levels K-J also include Activity Sheets filled with questions and simple activities, charts, illustrations, and pictures to help your children remember what they’ve learned. **
  • Supply Kit – the supply kit is filled with exact amounts of many of the things you need, excluding super common household items. Having it all together in one box makes it so easy to complete the experiements.

Sonlight Science in Action

With everything provided for you, Sonight Science is so easy to use! I literally opened up the box, pulled out all the components and started right in the same day!

The Instructor’s Guide tells you exactly what to do each day for either a 4 or 5 day a week schedule. (You choose that when you order so you get the lesson plans you need.)

Sonlight Science Discover & Do is a homeschool science curriculum that uses literature along with hands-on experiments and worksheets to help engage kids in science topics.

The Weekly Plan in the Instructor’s Guide Includes

  • What living book to read and what pages in that book to read
  • What activity questions to do (they even show what pages to find the answers next to every question)
  • When to do the experiments
  • A supply list for the week
  • A Shopping/Planning list so you can be sure you have everything together for the next week
  • Questions and thoughts to discuss about each section of the book you are reading

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Online Secular Homeschool Science with Taylor Made Science

Online Secular Homeschool Science with Taylor Made Science

Searching for online secular homeschool science courses?

Want a homeschool college-preparatory science program?

Taylor Made Science has you covered with secular, lab-based science courses that promote science literacy and critical thinking skills. Prepare your student for college and for life!

Taylor Made Science offers secular, lab-based science courses that promote science literacy and critical thinking skills. Prepare your student for college and for life!

Online Secular Homeschool Science with Taylor Made Science

About Taylor Made Science

Taylor Made Science offers a series of live, interactive, online science courses designed to prepare students for success in science at the university level.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Taylor Made Science. I was compensated for my time in sharing this information. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

The series includes a year of preparatory middle school science and eight high school science courses, all at the Honors or Advanced Placement level. Including courses like:

  • Honors Earth Science
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Physics
  • AP Physics
  • AP Biology

==>> Be sure to check out Class Schedule Page for current offerings! <<==

Small Class Sizes

Zoom class sizes are kept small to allow more one-on-one interaction between students and teacher. And, although the classes only meet once a week, the teacher is available between classes to every student by appointment through Zoom and through email at any time. Students can also set up safe online study sessions with classmates through the Canvas Learning Management System.

Hands on Labs!

All science courses are hands-on with students completing real science labs as a part of their live online class experience.

Taylor Made Science offers secular, lab-based science courses that promote science literacy and critical thinking skills. Prepare your student for college and for life!

A lab supply kit is provided to each student. During class students complete their own hands-on work while collaborating with their lab group in Zoom breakout rooms, with the teacher available to help when needed.

Find out what’s being offered at Taylor Made Science

For a list of available science courses with descriptions of each, please see the course descriptions page.

To find out when courses will be offered, please see the schedule page.

You may also want to look at an overview of suggested science pathways based on student college plans.

For information about cost and payment options check the tuition and fees page.

Meet the Teacher

All Taylor Made Science classes are designed and taught by Cheryl Taylor.

Cheryl has a Masters in Secondary Education with a specialization in Science Education. She is a certified secondary science teacher with 35+ years of classroom teaching experience.

She has taught a variety of science courses including: Middle School Science, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, AP Biology, Aquatic Science, Geology, Forensic Science, AP Environmental Science, and Anatomy & Physiology at the community college level. For the past 12 years she has worked exclusively with homeschool science students.

Feel free to contact Cheryl with any questions. References are available upon request from the parents of former and current homeschool science students.

Try a Free Online Secular Homeschool Science Class with Taylor Made Science!

Cheryl want parents and students to be comfortable with the level and the format of her science classes before they register.

“There’s no better way to determine if a class will be a good fit than taking it for a spin!” ~ Cheryl Taylor

In order to give students a hands-on experience Cheryl has put together an introductory class on the Scientific Method, with sections adapted for different levels of science and math experience. Students will get to meet the teacher and work with other students as they complete a fun lab using household supplies.

==>> For more information and to sign up, see the free class page. <<==

Taylor Made Science offers secular, lab-based science courses that promote science literacy and critical thinking skills. Prepare your student for college and for life!

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Homeschool Science Class Online – Life Prep Physics

Homeschool Science Class Online – Life Prep Physics

Every year homeschoolers are afforded more and more learning opportunities as more classes are offered online. However, finding a comprehensive homeschool science class online can still be a challenge.

I think there is a misconception that upper level science courses cannot be successfully completed online. I’m here to tell you that is not the case! You can find a homeschool science class online!

Homeschool Science Class Online with College Prep Science's live science classes for middle and high school. Life Prep Physics is perfect for your non-science kids! A Review from Starts At Eight

Homeschool Science Class Online

One of the wonderful online homeschool science class options I have found is. College Prep Science. They offer Christ-Centered Live & Self-Paced Online Classes for 4th – 12th Grade Homeschooled Students. (And YES there is a lab component option!)

{I received free access to Live Life Prep Physics and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Life Prep Physics

Life Prep (standard) Physics is standard high school conceptual physics class (only basic math) that is specifically designed for “non-science” students.  This homeschool science class online is just one of many offered by College Prep Science (Find out more towards the bottom of this article!)

This homeschool science class online from College Prep covers topics in a typical high school conceptual physics course such as:

  • motion
  • measurement
  • velocity
  • force
  • gravity
  • pressure
  • momentum
  • kinetics
  • rotational dynamics
  • thermodynamics
  • heat
  • gas laws
Homeschool Science Class Online with College Prep Science's live science classes for middle and high school. Life Prep Physics is perfect for your non-science kids! A Review from Starts At Eight

This is a full two semester, one credit, high school course. It’s physics for the “artsy”, “techie”, and other non-science students.

All College Prep Homeschool Science Online Courses (including Life Prep Physics) are taught by Greg Landry (the owner) himself. Greg is a homeschool dad and former college professor. Greg has spent the past 20+ years teaching science.

Inside Life Prep Physics

Let’s take a look inside College Prep Science’s Life Prep Physics

Note Taking/Study/Test Taking Skills

First I’d like to talk about Greg Landry’s method for note taking and learning information called NSSR – Notes/Sketches/Summary/Retrieval.

These skills are invaluable when it comes to high school and college! I love that he takes the time to incorporate these skills into his classes, helping our children build solid notetaking, study, and test taking skills. For more details be sure to check out my review of College Prep’s Young Scientist Anatomy and Physiology  where I talk more about this note taking process.

Individually Oriented

One of the things Greg does that is so unique is that for many of the student assignments and assessments, kids are allowed to choose their own format! I think this is so special! He leaves room for kids to learn and express their knowledge in a way that is true to them!

Some of the options allowed are:

  • artwork
  • video
  • graphics
  • sketches / drawings
  • hand-crafted models
  • graphic novels
  • audio
  • wiki pages
  • game creation
  • graphic organizers
  • podcasts
  • e-portfolio
  • just the simple written word
  • and anything else they can come up with!

Live Interactive Classes offer Connection

I know one thing that many people say a negative to homeschooling is not having a live teacher for their children. Classes like these offered through College Prep Science shatter that reason!

Greg Landry teaches the classes himself. He is friendly and engaging, addressing all questions and concerns as they arise during each class period. All the College Prep courses are taught through the popular course management system called Canvas.

Homeschool Science Class Online with College Prep Science's live science classes for middle and high school. Life Prep Physics is perfect for your non-science kids! A Review from Starts At Eight

If your child is wary of being on camera, or you don’t want them on camera, no worries! Greg only uses his camera, the kids are offscreen using a text chat box to communicate.

Greg opens up the class a little early so kids can enter and chat! You wouldn’t believe some of the wonderful interaction between students happening before class! I have seen connections and relationships built this way!

Can’t attend live? No need to stress! Every one of the live classes is recorded so that if your child is going unable to attend they can watch it later.

Take a Sneak Peek Inside a Live Class!

Check out this video and get a sneak peek inside a LIVE homeschool science class online with College Prep Science. This is a clip from the Live Life Prep Physics course. It give you a look at what the Canvas Platform looks like and how it works.

Online Science Labs Too!

Fulfilling a lab component is another concern when it comes to homeschooling science.

With every live science class purchased with College Prep, you get the interactive virtual online labs at no additional charge. There are 10 experiments for each subject.

The Bonuses of Virtual Labs

  • no expensive supplies needed
  • no prep required
  • no mess
Homeschool Science Class Online with College Prep Science's live science classes for middle and high school. Life Prep Physics is perfect for your non-science kids! A Review from Starts At Eight

The platform is super interactive and uses a simulated lab setting where students even turn on the lights and get into their lab coat and goggles! using their keyboard and mouse they manipulate the lab environment by doing things like stopping and starting timers, moving and filling beakers, etc.

Students also watch a video of professor Landry explaining, in detail, how to write a lab report and they’re shown an example of lab report that they can use as a guide.

NOTE: It is important to note that these are Christ-Centered classes. Greg prays at the beginning of each class and the Christian faith and principles are at the forefront.

Live Online Classes with College Prep Science

Homeschool Science Class Online with College Prep Science's live science classes for middle and high school. Life Prep Physics is perfect for your non-science kids! A Review from Starts At Eight
In this photo Ava has the course up on the left, and Word open on the right. She broke her finger and can’t write so she has to type all her nots.

Note: all of these science classes include College Prep’s interactive virtual online labs ($280 value) at no additional charge

8th-12th Grade Two Semester (Full School Year) Classes

These are 1 credit high school classes that meet for 60 minutes once a week and include virtual labs. The cost is $880.

  • Biology – College Prep (9th-12th)
  • Life Prep (standard) Biology (8th-12th)
  • Chemistry – College Prep (10th-12th)
  • Life Prep (standard) Chemistry (9th-12th)
  • Life Prep (standard) Conceptual Physics (9th-12th)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th-12th)

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6th-9th Grade One Semester Classes

These are .5 credit courses that meet for 60 minutes once a week and include virtual labs. The cost is $440.

  • Pre-Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pre-Biology

Note: The two, one semester classes, “Pre-Anatomy & Physiology” and “Pre-Biology,” together, comprise a full school year of what has traditionally been called “Life Science.” The order in which you take these is not significant.

  • Pre-Chemistry
  • Pre-Physics

Note: The two, one semester classes, “Pre-Chemistry” and “Pre-Physics” together, comprise a full school year of what has traditionally been called “Physical Science.” The order in which you take these is not significant.

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7th-12th Grade Two Semester (Full School Year) Math Classes

These are 1 credit high school math classes.

  • Life Prep (standard) Pre-Algebra (7th-9th, usually 8th)
  • Life Prep (standard) Algebra I (8th-12th, usually 9th)
  • Life Prep (standard) Geometry (9th-12th, usually 10th)
  • Life Prep (standard) Consumer Math (9th-12th)

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College Prep Science Lab Intensives

College Prep Science also offers two day Biology and Chemistry Lab Intensives nationwide! While parents may issue school credit for these as they deem appropriate – each two day intensive is the equivalent of a full school year of labs!

  • Students receive 11 hours of hands-on high school science labs.
  • Classes cost $380 per student and include all supplies, instruction and lab manuals. (I can’t believe how reasonable that is!)
  • Each session offers a wide range of in-depth college prep labs.
  • Each 2 day lab is equal to an ENTIRE YEAR of science labs! (Can you imagine taking all that work out of your schedule teens for the year!?)

==>>Check out these hands-on high school science labs! <<==

Science Freebies for Homeschool Moms

College Prep Science offers some cool science freebies like:

  • “Muscles” student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with audio, and.. your palmaris longus? (immediate access)
  • Earth Science student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with audio (immediate access).
  • A cool ancestry wheel for your children to fill-in. Students love this and it leads to lots of educational activity that they love – with accompanying audio (immediate access).
  • COVID-19 / viruses student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with accompanying audio (immediate access).

Sign up for their e-mail list and you will receive weekly e-mails with additional freebies, updates on classes and labs, science teaching tips, free science graphic organizers, free science subject teaching guides, etc.

Online Homeschool Science: Embryology and Endocrinology

Online Homeschool Science: Embryology and Endocrinology

One of the things I love about homeschooling high school is your ability to choose courses. For instance in science you don’t have to cover the typical chemistry, biology, physics route. You can follow your student’s interest with things like equine science and embryology and endocrinology.

Online Homeschool Science

College Prep Science offers Christ-Centered Live & Self-Paced Online Classes for 4th – 12th Grade Homeschooled Students.

{I received free access to Self Paced Embryology and Endocrinology and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

Embryology and Endocrinology

Embryology and Endocrinology from College Prep Science covers development of a baby from conception to birth – the complex and miraculous, the pancreas and blood glucose control, diabetes, the pineal gland, and hormones.

This is a seven lesson, half credit, middle or high school course. Not only would it qualify as science, but you could use it as health credit if you preferred. It thoroughly covers female reproductive anatomy, as well as reproduction making it a good choice for health class.

All College Prep Science courses (including Embryology and Endocrinology) are taught by Greg Landry (the owner) himself. Greg is a homeschool dad and former college professor. Greg has spent the past 20+ years teaching science.

Inside Embryology and Endocrinology

Let’s take a look inside College Prep Science’s Embryology and Endocrinology, beginning with how Greg Landry has included some very valuable skills in the courses he teaches.

Note Taking/Study/Test Taking Skills

Embryology and Endocrinology is a seven lesson course, and just like the Young Scientist Anatomy and Physiology from College Prep Science I recently reviewed, it begins with a chapter on Notes, Note Taking, Study Habits and Test Taking.

Greg Landry developed a method for note taking and learning information called NSSR – Notes/Sketches/Summary/Retrieval. These skills are invaluable when it comes to high school and college! I love that he takes the time to incorporate these skills into his classes, helping our children build solid notetaking, study, and test taking skills.

Online Homeschool Science Course with College Prep Science in Action

Embryology and Endocrinology is a self-paced online course. Once you purchase you will have access to the course dashboard in Canvas. From here you will be able to download the accompanying pdf study guides for the course as well as access all the class recordings (see list below).

  • Class Intro – Instructions and Introduction for Parents and Students 
  • Class #1 – Taking Notes, Note-Sketching, & Studying 
  • Class #2 – Female Reproductive Anatomy & Fertilization 
  • Class #3 – From Fertilization through Birth
  • Class #4 – Fetal Circulation & Changes at Birth
  • Class #5 – Endocrinology
  • Class #6 – The Pancreas – Endocrine & Exocrine 
  • Class #7 – Endocrine Responses to Physical Activity

NOTE: It is important to note that these are Christ-Centered classes. Greg prays at the beginning of each class and the Christian faith and principles are at the forefront.

Self-Paced Online Classes with College Prep Science

8th -12th Grade Two Semester (Full School Year) Classes

These are 1 credit high school science classes that include 26 recorded class sessions (average 20-30 minutes each), and a PDF study guide.  While lab activities are not required, it is suggested that families also subscribe to the virtual online laboratory. The cost is $480.

  • ​Standard High School Biology
  • Standard High School Chemistry
  • Standard High School Conceptual Physics (only basic math)
  • Standard High School Anatomy & Physiology

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7th -12th Grade Half Semester Classes

These are .5 credit high school science courses that include 7 recorded class sessions (average 20-30 minutes each), and a PDF study guide. The cost is $120.

  • ​Exercise & Sports Physiology
  • Biochemistry / Microbiology
  • Embryology / Endocrinology / Genetics
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Study Skills / Measurement / Lab Reports / Graphing

==>> GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE <<==

4th – 7th Grade One Semester Classes

These are one semester science classes for grades 4-7 and include 13 recorded class sessions (average 20-30 minutes each), and a PDF study guide. The cost is $240.

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College Prep Science Lab Intensives

College Prep Science also offers two day Biology and Chemistry Lab Intensives nationwide! While parents may issue school credit for these as they deem appropriate – each two day intensive is the equivalent of a full school year of labs!

==>>Check out these hands-on high school science labs! <<==

Science Freebies for Homeschool Moms

College Prep Science offers some cool science freebies like:

  • “Muscles” student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with audio, and.. your palmaris longus? (immediate access)

  • Earth Science student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with audio (immediate access).
  • A cool ancestry wheel for your children to fill-in. Students love this and it leads to lots of educational activity that they love – with accompanying audio (immediate access).

  • COVID-19 / viruses student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with accompanying audio (immediate access).

Sign up for their e-mail list and you will receive weekly e-mails with additional freebies, updates on classes and labs, science teaching tips, free science graphic organizers, free science subject teaching guides, etc.

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Self Paced Homeschool Science

Self Paced Homeschool Science

Are you looking for a comprehensive, flexible online science for your homeschool? A Self Paced Homeschool Science program may just be what you are looking for!

Self Paced Homeschool Science

College Prep Science offers Christ-Centered Live & Self-Paced Online Classes for 3rd – 12th Grade Homeschooled Students.

{I received free access to Young Scientist Anatomy & Physiology and was compensated for my time in writing this review.  All views are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. Please see my full Disclosure Policy for more details.}

A Look Inside A College Prep Science Self Paced Course

About Greg Landry

Greg Landry teaches these courses himself. Greg is a homeschool dad and former college professor. Greg has spent the past 20+ years teaching science.

He taught at a university, taught thousands of homeschooled students, has mentored students planning to pursue science / pre-med degrees, has designed and directed a university anatomy and physiology / biology / cadaver lab, has published and presented scientific research, has academically counseled hundreds of college pre-professional (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, etc.) sophomores and juniors, has designed science labs for homeschooled students, and has written science lab manuals.

Young Scientist Anatomy & Physiology covers scientific method, overview of human anatomy and physiology and these systems: skeletal, muscular, circulatory – heart, blood, veins, arteries, digestive, and respiratory. Reproductive system is not covered.

Can I just say that I LOVE what is done in the beginning of this course?

Chapter 1 has a whole section on Note-Taking & Test Preparation!

Greg Landry developed a method for note taking and learning information called NSSR.

NSSR refers to:

Notes – Writing down important details while listening to the teacher.

Sketches – Done after class with colored pencils, helping you remember words, concepts, structures, etc.

Summary – A synopsis of your notes done and reviewed after class ends.

Retrieval – This can happen various ways such as: having someone ask you questions, create and use flashcards, teach someone about the subject, and sketching details from memory.

The Course Itself

As you can see in the screenshot below, you can not only see/hear Greg, but he has interactive images on the left where he draws on the diagrams as he talks, as well as a chat box to the right where he types key points.

As part of his NSSR Method he provides note taking sheets you can print out for each class. This makes it easy for students to learn and use his method and apply it to each class they attend. 

The other components are the black and white diagrams to fill out (also included are highly colorful diagrams to use as a reference) and the worksheets to accompany each chapter. I recommend getting a 3 ring binder to keep all their course material in!

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NOTE: It is important to note that these are Christ-Centered classes. Greg prays at the beginning of each class and the Christian faith and principles are at the forefront.

Self-Paced Online Classes with College Prep Science

8th -12th Grade Two Semester (Full School Year) Classes

These are 1 credit high school science classes that include 26 recorded class sessions (average 20-30 minutes each), and a PDF study guide.  While lab activities are not required, it is suggested that families also subscribe to the virtual online laboratory. The cost is $480.

  • ​Standard High School Biology
  • Standard High School Chemistry
  • Standard High School Conceptual Physics (only basic math)
  • Standard High School Anatomy & Physiology

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7th -12th Grade Half Semester Classes

These are .5 credit high school science courses that include 7 recorded class sessions (average 20-30 minutes each), and a PDF study guide. The cost is $120.

  • ​Exercise & Sports Physiology
  • Biochemistry / Microbiology
  • Embryology / Endocrinology / Genetics
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Study Skills / Measurement / Lab Reports / Graphing

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4th – 7th Grade One Semester Classes

These are one semester science classes for grades 4-7 and include 13 recorded class sessions (average 20-30 minutes each), and a PDF study guide. The cost is $240.

  • Young Scientist Anatomy & Physiology
  • Young Scientist Biology
  • Young Scientist Chemistry
  • Young Scientist Physics
  • Young Scientist Earth & Space Science

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College Prep Science Lab Intensives

College Prep Science also offers two day Biology and Chemistry Lab Intensives nationwide! While parents may issue school credit for these as they deem appropriate – each two day intensive is the equivalent of a full school year of labs!

==>>Check out these hands-on high school science labs! <<==

Science Freebies for Homeschool Moms

College Prep Science offers some cool science freebies like:

  • “Muscles” student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with audio, and.. your palmaris longus? (immediate access)

  • Earth Science student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with audio (immediate access).
  • A cool ancestry wheel for your children to fill-in. Students love this and it leads to lots of educational activity that they love – with accompanying audio (immediate access).

  • COVID-19 / viruses student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with accompanying audio (immediate access).

Sign up for their e-mail list and you will receive weekly e-mails with additional freebies, updates on classes and labs, science teaching tips, free science graphic organizers, free science subject teaching guides, etc.

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