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From: Mary In MN (
Subject:         Re: Apologia Biology vs Abeka Biology high school
Date: May 10, 2010 at 9:14 am PST

In Reply to: Apologia Biology vs Abeka Biology high school posted by gail on March 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm:

I have used both. (I do need to say that the Abeka Biology that we used was old--I purchased it at a used sale.) The boys hands down like the Apologia Biology much better. And I did too. Although I do like Abeka for some of their grade school subjects, I am not fond of them for their highschool subjects. To me it seems that the highschool subjects from Abeka are geared more toward classroom use rather than homeschool use. The boys found that the Apologia was very readable--they looked forward to this subject. It was very complete--he does a phenomenal job explaining and supporting. And he does have a good sense of humor that is incorporated in there. The course involved both labs and computer videos. The lab materials can be purchased as a set for the Apologia Biology course at several online stores. Or you can choose which dissections you want your students to do. If your students are not going to be pursuing a career in the sciences, you may choose to do some of the dissections in a different manner. There are numerous online dissections videos that can be viewed for free--of course this is not going to be the hands on version. But it is an option. Our family has been very pleased with Dr Wile and the Apologia science texts at all levels. My oldest is in college and he felt very well prepared. One important factor to consider is that you want the students to be excited to do the class. If you have not checked out their General Science and Physical Science--they too are very good.

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