COMING SPRING 2020
8th grade continues to be a transition year and a critical time to give students a well-rounded exposure to physical science that focuses on chemistry and physics so they can be prepared for a deeper study in high school.
Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd Edition, is specifically designed to mentor your student toward being independent and confident in their academic work.
See evidence of God's creation as they learn scientific principles
Develop skills to think through and beyond the textbook materials, and how to think logically and independently
Learn how to learn in a methodical way that prepares them not just for future classes, but for life
Discover how to identify the important parts of the information presented and how to take notes as they progress
Learn how to record & report data, including the proper design of graphs & how to read them
Gain science confidence by developing a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, physics in preparation for high school
How is this edition different from the old edition?
We modified the textbook to fit our middle school goals. In Physical Science, 3rd Edition, we made the new edition 15 modules (rather than 16) to build the student’s confidence to tackle a 16-module science textbook in high school. In addition, there is all new content that makes this a true physical science course that focuses on chemistry (4 modules) and physics (6 modules). In addition, this course shows how chemistry and physics are integral to understanding earth science (2 modules) and life science (1 module). The first module reviews science basics and the last module covers how to do science research and write a science paper. All of this will prepare students for more in-depth study of biology, chemistry, and physics in high school. You'll find all new photos and graphics, as well as updated experiments and tests.
Is there a suggested Daily Schedule outlined for the course?
Yes, the course is planned out from the time you open the front cover until you close the back cover. Students (and parents) can easily see and understand what each day’s assignment will be. A suggested Daily Schedule is found at the front of the Student Notebook.
What grade should my student be in when taking this course?
This course is for middle school students. Depending on your student’s academic level, this could be as early as seventh grade. A typical eighth-grade student would be studying this subject.
About how long should we plan for each lesson in this new edition?
Your student should plan to spend about one hour per lesson. Some lessons may take a little longer, and some may be shorter, but the average is one hour.
Vicki Dincher is a retired home school mom of four college graduates (all employed in science/health care fields). She’s been married to her college sweetheart, Jerry Dincher, since 1981 and now enjoys helping homeschool her grandchildren.
Vicki holds an M.S. in biology from the University of Nebraska and a B.S. in biology from the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to teaching biology at a local community college, she taught middle school, high school, and college level science courses (including general science, physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, and advanced biology and physics) to home educated students in local co-ops and online for 25 years.
For more than 20 years, Vicki was involved in a large 150 student homeschool co-op teaching science and serving as the executive director. It was while there that she realized her passion for helping students to use their own natural curiosity to “get” science and to connect what they observe in creation to the Creator.
Vicki began developing curriculum to encourage and inspire students in the sciences. Vicki continues to work with her local homeschool community through Encore! Home School Productions, a nonprofit organization providing educational and drama opportunities for home schooled middle school and high school students in the Central Pennsylvania area.