Rated 4 out of 5 by QueenB This book is a good buy for junior high science classes.
This book is very readable for the students. The vocabulary words are right on target for what is necessary for the chapters that we have worked on so far. Some of the end of chapter questions are a little advanced for this age group. The Bible integration is interesting and very applicable.
February 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by corey excellent
The BJU press program is easy to use. I had tried others that were less "laid out" for me, the teacher and they don't compare. Flip to the back of the students book for chapter review. Easy to find answers in the teachers book, and in the back of the teachers book, you'll find answers to sentence diagramming, and a suggested lay out for the year. I will definitely continue to use BJU press in the future.
February 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Involvedmom I truly recommend this learning experience.
I truly recommend this kit because it has amazing academic balance and springs the interests of my child's learning.
December 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by KRFord Life Science
Pros: This book is current and teaches the latest developments in the field of life science. My previous book was outdated, so this edition saves me a lot of time researching to double check the information. I also really like that the book follows the same layout as the previous edition. This means that most of my lesson plans work with only minor tweaking. Another text from BJU was updated in a way that is completely different than the old edition. Unfortunately, it will take much work to rewrite all my plans. I am happy that is not the case with this edition.
Cons: This text tends toward a more conventional method of teaching. I wish there were ideas for interactive motivation and wrap ups for each lesson. Especially for the age the text is designed, students learn best through interactive, enjoyable methods.
December 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ruthie Excellence
My husband and I have been homeschooling for 18 years. We began our homeschool using the BJU material and have never been disappointed with anything we've purchased over the years. Their curriculum is top-notch, and we love the Biblical integration in each and every subject. We have never seen any questionable stories or excerpts being used in relation to the subject matter being taught. This has given us peace of mind to know that our children were not being given garbage to have to process through. English 7 is no exception. Your child will receive a quality education using this textbook! A+
October 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by cheese excellent text
Having taught the 2nd edition, previewed the 3rd edition, I feel this is your best edition of this textbook. Thank you for the additional helps and complete answers in all review areas. The standardized test prep are a big help in getting our students ready for SAT.
October 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PCSPrincipal Decent, but problematic
Most of these workbook pages are good, and although having original sources to analyze is great, many of them are very difficult for 7th graders to comprehend as they read because of the language. Although the last editions pages were more work-intensive, I felt that they were better.
October 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by PCSPrincipal Biblical material, poor tests
Written by the Middle School History Teacher at the request of PCS's Principal: The textbook is well crafted, with a very thorough scope of history and a balanced, thoughtful, Biblical presentation. The chapters, however, try to cover too much too fast, packing a great deal into chapters and underestimating the time necessary for absorption. Part of this is the inherent difficulty of the class itself. Trying to cover so much important information from all around the world in one year of study is incredibly ambitious. The best solution for future editions would be to include more time into the 6th grade curriculum so that World History doesn't need to cover quite so much. The 6th grade curriculum doesn't fill an entire year for many classes, and could cover more of the material in first few chapters of this book. The layout makes this edition look much more like a modern, higher education textbook, but has removed many of the visuals that most intrigued students in the past. There are many new, helpful visuals in this edition as well, though. The biggest stumbling block in this curriculum is the test that BJU creates. I say this because I've had the same problem with the 8th grade history tests. All too often, the tests focus on testing students' knowledge of minutia within the chapter, things that weren't important but are simply test-able details. The emphasis on test-making seems to be creating a test that can be most easily graded, with an immense amount of True/False and Multiple Choice questions, only a few Fill in the Blanks, and only on rare occasion anything like a Short Answer question. Most of the questions don't test anything of lasting importance, and the format doesn't encourage the kind of learning that will stay with the students any longer than a week. The students can't study well for a test that gauges such specific recall abilities, and the tests do not show whether they've grasped the Main Objectives stated in the Teachers Edition of the book. For 8th grade, I've given up using the BJU tests and have created my own that focus more on Short Answer/Essay questions (requiring answers of anywhere from 10 to 35 words) based on my reading of the chapter and the Objectives laid out in the Teachers Edition. I'm planning on doing the same now for 7th grade as well, and advising my principal to cease purchasing test booklets from BJU for 7th and 8th grade.
October 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BJUPRESSMOM You Need this Manual
I like to try to save $ when doing homeschool shopping....so I usually try to do it WITHOUT the teachers manuals....most of the time the material is intuitive and doesn't require the expenditure. However, BJU press materials actually make the kids THINK and really do require the use of the teachers manual. This way you (as the teacher) can see the answer that the book is looking for so you can help your student think through the material and come up with an answer that required THOUGHT.....
so very unlike many other curriculums out there that have all the answers highlighted or bolded throughout the reading so that the kids just have to search out the bold words and copy them down to have the correct answer. I can really tell if my student is grasping the material when he answers the questions in BJU press books.
October 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by bettypal Loved BJU Heritage Studies up until now
I am a BJU Press cheerleader, however, we are not loving history 7th grade. It was like the tide changed and all that we come to know and love changed. My son, who loves history, is not enjoying this years curriculum. He says that it is not because of the topic, (he loves history) it is because it is just hard to follow. I, the mom, am finding that the information, yet colorful and modern, lacks what previous years had in organization. The workbook and tests seem to have a discord with the text. We are just underwhelmed.
October 1, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cathy English 7th Grade
I think the English tests are a good evaluation of whether the student has learned the material taught in the chapter. I wouldn't be able to judge where I needed to work with my daughter on problem areas.
September 29, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by wstricklandkids Good Information - Tests don't seem to blend with text
Although we are enjoying the material taught in the World Studies text, the tests do seem very abstract in places. I have noticed that 50% of the tests aren't even found in the study guiedes or end of section reviews. As a matter of fact, the test questions are sometimes one line statements that don't seem to be emphasized at all in the text. This is misleading to the student. I find myself having to add to and subtract from the tests to get a fair assessment of what my child was taught from the chapter. This is surprising, because we have used this curriculum for years.
September 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FarmMom Writing & Grammar 7 - Excellent coverage of material
I found the Writing & Grammar 7 Tests easy to use and felt very comfortable knowing that it provided in depth coverage of the chapter material.
August 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jade Excellent resource for teachers and appealing to students
The selections in this literature book easily lend themselves to discussion about Christian living. The supplementary materials make the teacher's task so much easier. I especially like the quizzes that are available not just to check comprehension but also to prepare for standardized testing.
July 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CarolH Not perfect, but the best I have found overall
I have used BJU press curriculum for 8 years. I too have found it too extensive to do EVERYTHING suggested. . I just chosen the assignments I feel to be of the most use. We rarely finish the whole book. That's ok. Tests ARE tough and I often let my kids use the actual test as their study guide. It is a bit detail oriented, especially in the history texts. We sometimes miss the forest for the trees. Good discussion and supplemental videos help tie things together. I've tried pieces of other curriculums. I keep coming back to BJU. Great resale value when we're done.
July 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by coloradohomeschoolmom Quality Product But Overwhelmed
Although we haven't started using the curriculum, I was caught by the sheer volume of work that will be required for my children to complete. Also, the lessons are not broken down like they were in elementary school grade levels. I have to spend time in creating a detailed lesson plan by defining what is lesson one, two, three, and so on. In times past, I didn't have to do that. Each lesson was clearly defined. I like the quality and Christian perspective of BJU Press, but I feel overwhelmed with having to parse through everything and slim it down for my children to handle.
June 5, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Mom10 Good content
This book is totally different from the elementary books. The elementary books were very easy to use and flowed together, easily, with the teacher's edition. I do, however, like that the lessons could be broken up into two semesters or one. Overall the content is very good.
June 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by CSAOwls Tests Do Not Coincide With Textbook
My students and I have been frustrated with how the tests do not seem to match up to what is in the textbook. The tests sometimes ask for information that has not even been discussed. I have taught my students to look for the bold words, the extremes (largest/smallest) and I have resorted to giving open book tests as the questions seem to focus on insignificant details.
April 4, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Barb Textbook
I like the textbook. It is well written. I would like to see the quizzes listed over the brown box in the teacher's book. Also the transition from 6th to 7th could be made a little easier.
February 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yesi Excellent!
I love BJU's curriculum, especially their Grammar. It is so easy to understand even for those like me who have always struggled with grammar. I thought that I was going to have a hard time teaching my children grammar, but BJU made eveything so easy and understandable. I love the fact that they have plenty of examples before the guided or independent practice, and the fact that they also have concept reinforcements aside from the Chapter Review. They break it down for you. In the process of teaching my children, I have learned so much myself. Thank you BJU! I totally recommend this curriculum!
February 11, 2013