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High school science and math are often considered the most challenging courses for a homeschool parent to teach. Unless you’re an expert in the subject yourself, having solid instructional resources are important for success. Ease of use is incredibly important, too – if curricula lacks in accessibility, it’s hard to stick with it, making it all too likely to put it off until later.
With courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, Fascinating Education offers a complete high school science series. (Some materials may also be appropriate for middle school students; more on that in a moment.)
We’ve recently had the opportunity to try out Fascinating Physics. My two high school students are currently immersed in biology – and not quite ready for physics-level math – so I’ve been the primary user for these last few weeks, with some additional input by my recently-graduated son.
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While the three Fascinating Education courses are designed to meet the needs of high school students, Fascinating Education report that they have many middle school students successfully complete the Biology and Chemistry courses. They do advise, however, that the latter Chemistry lessons may be more advanced than typical 6th and 7th grade students are prepared for, though these students should be able to achieve understanding of the basic concepts.
Fascinating Physics, on the other hand, requires a greater proficiency in math. Physics classes are often taken concurrently with Advanced Math or Pre-Calculus courses. Fascinating Education suggests that familiarity with algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and even calculus will be helpful, though not an absolute necessity. The instructor does lead students through the mathematics, teaching them how to complete word problems. Students who find the math challenging should still be able to comprehend the underlying physics concepts.
What’s Included In Fascinating Physics?
Fascinating Physics includes 15 lessons, all with video, quizzes and tests to ensure understanding. All videos have accompanying text scripts to use for notes or reference. Tests may be taken online, or parents may download PDF test files and administer the tests themselves. One benefit of taking the tests online is that “help tutorials” are provided for each question on the test, and students may use this if they get stuck. The curricula is designed in this manner because Dr. Margulies, the creator, believes that even testing is another opportunity for students to learn the material and it should be utilized effectively.
Physics is the study of “the laws of nature”; it is the understanding of the concepts that govern energy, movement, and sound. It also includes the forces of electricity, magnetism, gravity, and the atomic nucleus. It also illustrates the mathematical formulas that summarize and predict events around us that affect everything from metals to weather and more.
What We Thought About Fascinating Physics
While the mechanics are fairly simple – video lessons with accompanying text, followed by assessment material – Fascinating Physics comes across as a curricula that will help students gain the knowledge they need, without the risk of a lot of bells and whistles getting in the way.
I also appreciate Dr. Margulies’ take on the juxtaposition of science and religion. I’m often frustrated because it’s so incredibly difficult to find science currcula that merely teaches science, without detouring into either strongly religious or anti-religious content. It’s nice to have materials that recognize that the beliefs about one portion of science do not need to saturate the rest of the learning, because that saturation so often gets in the way of actually teaching the intended material.
Individual Fascinating Education courses are $79 for one calendar year of access, per student. Discounts are available if purchasing multiple courses, at $125 for your choice of two courses (also one year access) or $175 for all three courses for two years.