Resurrection Resources is a company that has developed a variety of homeschool curricula that are written so that you don't need tons of preparation yet they give a maximum amount of education! The products from this company completely adhere to Scripture! The products available are Christian and Messianic, and are extremely easy to follow and use! The products are affordable, and well written. I have reviewed a few of the many subjects available below.
Resurrection Resources science courses, in their own words, employ balanced whole brain learning skills to produce students who understand the concepts learned. The grade seven package I looked at contains the text, the workbook, and a packet of quizzes and tests. The people at Resurrection Resources believe that much of science is too compacted into the upper grade levels for the student to adequately learn and absorb what they will need for their future, so these science courses have been written to combat this trend, by pulling some of the basic concepts of high school science down into the middle school years. These concepts are then carefully explained in a slow step-by-step process so that your student will learn to master them. With these concepts understood, the student will then be able to begin high school science with a baseline knowledge that will help them slide into these courses more readily. This science course emphasizes our heavenly Father in all the details of the universe. Students are constantly pointed towards Him and Scriptures as the baseline and the highest reference in science study. The curriculum does not include evolution, but does include inspiring biographies and student devotions. The textbook, workbook, quizzes, and tests are designed to work together, and when used together correctly, the student will learn not only science principles, but he/she must define important terms and find answers to pivotal and thought-provoking science questions. The student will also analyze and write essays, as well as learn to teach someone else what they have learned. This last step is emphasized throughout the notebook, the student is asked to make up original questions that cover the most important concepts in the section they just studied. The course is laid out for 183 days of study, and there is a weekly lesson guide in the text that is provided. It is highly recommended that you do not jump around in the text, but work from chapter to chapter as the concepts learned build on each other.
Here's how it works. On Day 1, the student completes the definitions first, then reads the study section and answers the corresponding questions in the workbook. On Day 2, the same study section is reread and then the Think! Teach! and Write! Sections of the workbook are completed. There are index cards to be made up on day 2 as well. This schedule is followed until a quiz takes place. These occur about every two or three study sections. There is a test at the end of every chapter. The same format is followed all the way through the course. The Think! Teach! and Write! sections are pretty cool, as they are designed to review the material by making the student think of it in different ways. For example, students must give three questions covering the most important concepts of the sections, then write one paragraph about what was learned in the section. The course starts out discussing what science is, and the branches of science. The chapters then go on to discuss physical sciences such as chemistry, geology, meteorology, astronomy, and physics. The final two chapters discuss life sciences in the realm of biology and scriptural health.
This is a very complete course, and there are several little experiments to be done that use materials that can be easily found around the house. It leans quite heavily on reading and writing, so if you have a more hands-on student, this may not be the science course for them. If you have a student who delights in workbooks and reading, then this is the course for you! You will miss nothing in this course, and the grade eight course that follows it continues in the same manner. There is another little booklet you can, and probably should, purchase from these same publishers called How to Write Lab Reports. This booklet steps the student through how to write a proper lab report. The quizzes are all true and false type, and the tests have questions that are to be answered in complete sentences, as well as definitions to be written out. If your student follows this course, he will have a very strong grasp on all the concepts of science and will be ready to start high school science without a worry! One thing to note, however, Hebrew names are used in this course throughout, but are also used with the Christian name (heavenly Father/Yahweh, Elohim; Egyptians/Mitsrites, etc). This does nothing to the actual study of the course, but if students have never encountered Hebrew names before, it may cause some confusion and will need to be discussed together. This is a great basic science course, and I recommend it highly, especially for those of you with self-directed students who just love to sit down with a text and a workbook and go! They will highly enjoy this course! Even my hands on non-reader will enjoy it. I just have to sit and read it aloud for him to get a good grasp, but that is the way I learn too, so even that is not too bad! All of Resurrection Resources courses are affordable, and of good quality.