The goal for Biology (5th ed.) is not to just give students knowledge of Biology but also to teach them critical thinking and to develop college and career readiness while applying a Christian worldview in the field of biology. Biology provides an academically robust teaching of evolution that is more intense and thorough than secular texts while also analyzing and evaluating areas from a biblical worldview. It accomplishes its goals through webquests, real-world case studies, and lab and field activities that use the latest available technologies.
Biology Subject Kit (5th ed.) is rated
3.8 out of
Rated 4 out of
Solid Highschool Science CourseFirst off, let me give you some background/context on me, I have a BS in biology and chemistry and have been homeschooling for 9 years. I found the academics of this course to be on point, covering many of the topics a college freshman will see in a first year bio course. The text and tests were simple enough for my 14 year old daughter to work through independently (she scored 93rd percentile in science on her annual standardized testing...this gives you an idea of the type of student she is as well as the quality of the curriculum). We did find that trying to complete labs during the school year was too much for our schedule, so we split the course into two semesters of traditional course study and then a summer semester lab course (doing 3 labs per week). You do not need to complete all the labs offered in order to create a strong lab class, pick and choose what would be most beneficial for your student and purchase your supplies accordingly. I recommend creating a power point presentation to introduce each lab topic and the lab itself before starting each lab, it makes everything run smoother (if BJU could offer this as a resource for teachers that would be wonderful!). Also, I would recommend having your student learn to create and keep up a traditional lab notebook (google some examples) as this is an essential skill in any college lab course. It would be wonderful if BJU integrated this skill into their highschool science curriculum instead of having the students simply complete short answer type lab questions. Overall, I would recommend this course for it's academic merits and christian worldview, however, if you're looking for something that requires little to no teacher effort you may want to look elsewhere.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 4 out of
Biology set with dvdsAlthough, my kids were not excited about the videos and ended up not ultilizing them often, they thoroughly enjoyed the textbooks.
The textbooks are laid out in a concise, orderly, informative process. The illustrations and diagrams are easy to comprehend and are relative to the text dialogue. They include some interesting facts related to scientists and other historical figures relative to the topics discussed.
BJU is the most science driven aligned Christian curriculum in my opinion that is necessary for continued college diversity. I have a degree in science and would like to see a little more substance relative to the human body in relation to biology to be included in future texts but as for high school biology it is sufficient.
My recommendation in the homeschool kits is to place review outlines to be assigned to the students prior to the tests and/or more areas for students to take notes.
I have many other curriculum kits from BJU from middle to high school and I always recommend BJU especially for science.
Thank you for providing the resources.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 3 out of
The new Biology edition has not been as easy to use as I had hoped.I love the Christian worldview, the most current scientific information, and the colorful figures with the informative captions. It was difficult at first transitioning from another publisher's science curriculum that did not include so much information in the captions to this one that has so much. I have had to do some research to help my son understand all the concepts because they didn't seem to be fully explained. Some of the chapter review questions haven't been fully covered in the text either. I was hoping this could be more self-taught since it is a high school course but haven't found it to be that way. Since science is not my strong point, we have struggled through this curriculum.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of
BJU or Apologia?I have been teaching homeschooled 9th graders for 10 years. I used Apologia Biology for 7 years but Apologia has failed to release a new edition since 2005. I am glad to have a text with a biblical worldview that keeps up with modern genetics. Many of my students go into health sciences and I wouldn't want them entering college with a 2005 understanding of noncoding DNA, genetic engineering, and gene therapy. This text's Zoology chapters also include much more animal anatomy with diagrams which prepares students for human anatomy.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 3 out of
Not thrilledI think integral parts were left out in order to get the detailed instruction I like to give my classes. They are having to take many notes on information you deleted and add it to what the book says. In some instances, vocabulary that completely describes processes and organisms was left out. This is the first new addition that I wish I had not had my kids buy. The environmental aspects we already talked about.
The embryonic development from germ layers is good but incomplete without the full processes of digestion, etc, of each organism.