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From: Julie in Mn (209.162.49.250)
Subject:         We used it for half a year or more
Date: June 25, 2009 at 7:46 pm PST

In Reply to: Friendly Chemistry - need comments posted by Alise on June 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm:

We used half or more, along with some other things, and I gave her one semester high school Chemistry credit.

I feel that it's worth the time to get the big concepts down, rather than rush to the details which can be memorized for a test but are largely forgotten after that. My dd needed the time to let the concepts sink in, so we spent a longer time & gave it a 1 semester credit.

Friendly Chem I think was designed for a co-op. It's a bit harder to use with an individual, and I had actually e-mailed them once to ask if they wanted help trying to schedule it out for an individual (I don't think that went anywhere, but it shows my thinking at the time).

However, with a little prep on my part, I was able to do lots of the activities with dd & myself, such as the skit & some of the more active "trading" games. Other activities she could do on her own, such as the do-wop board & the card games. All of these things really teach the concepts in ways she understood.

We didn't get to the end, but from what I saw, there were 2 things not as strong as other high school chemistry programs:
- experiments don't give a lot of the "lab" flavor (we were going to add Experiences in Chemistry, if we finished the credit)
- formulas are there but not as huge as some other programs, which flabbergasts me to tell you the truth (why not call it chemical MATH?!) but the fact is that folks expect "high school chemistry" to mean lots of formulas worked out

Does that help?
Julie


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