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Finding good resources to aid us in teaching our children is important and can be difficult as well as time consuming so we try as much as possible to write reviews of books that we have purchased and used with our children in hopes that we can help out other parents. Not long ago Abdurahman completed the chemistry book from real science 4 kids. This time we also purchased the activity book which contains experiments to complement the textbook. Initially we started with the biology book because I felt this was a good stepping stone for him as he already had a lot of background knowledge in this topic, particularly plant biology. Some people wonder what they should start with from chemistry, physics, biology or astronomy, and truthfully I don’think it really matters. When deciding what to start with I tried to consider what would be easiest to grasp for my son, and what would interest him most.
This is the second book that we have completed from the series and overall we were happy. The book covers the following topics:
- Atoms; different atoms, atoms stick together, making observations
- Molecules ; atoms are building blocks, atoms form molecules, atoms follow rules
- Molecules meet; molecules switch atoms, molecules join together, molecules break apart, reactions are everywhere, reactions follow rules, we can see reactions
- Acids and bases ; special molecules, acids and bases are different, H and OH groups, both are important
- Acids and bases react; when acids and bases meet, acid-base reactions, important acid base reactions, observing acid-base reactions
- Mixtures; mixing, mixtures, some mixtures dissolve, dissolving, soap
- Un-mixing; evaporation, sorting by hand, using tools, using tricks
- Food and taste; tasty molecules, the amazing tongue, large tasty molecules
- Molecular chains ; chains of molecules, different polymers, polymers can change
- Molecules in your body ; special polymers, protiens, DNA
The benefits of this book are:
- The writing style; For me chemistry was not a subject that I enjoyed in the least bit (in high school) and without a doubt I think this has a lot to do with the way the subject was taught. However I love the way in which this book introduces the concepts. Everything is simplified such that is very easy for your child to understand and enables them to have strong foundations. The language is appropriate while slowly introducing the technical terms.
- I am very fond of the animations they use which represent the bonding within molecules. Each atom has an arm/arms which then hook up to other atoms. Also they easily show what happens in certain chemical reactions. The illustrations are consistent and very effective.
- They use the same elements/compounds for examples over and over again so the child is able to memorize the examples easily.
- Almost all of the compounds that are mentioned are things that are known to the child, for example salt; sodium chloride.
- All of the experiments from the workbook use simple household items.
The things that I didn’t like about the book:
- I think our son found some of the experiments from the workbook to be dull.
- The workbook had way too many questions that just seemed like busy work or fluff to fill up the book.
- I really did not like the fact that these books do not have questions at the end of each chapter for summary. I always do this with my child at the beginning and end of each lesson asking him about things we have covered in the last lesson/s.
To summarize I think the textbook is very good but I think you can pass on the workbook. The experiments become somewhat dull after a while and there is way too much redundant, pointless exercises filling up the pages in an attempt to warrant the price. Overall we highly recommend the textbook but save yourself the money and do not purchase the workbook. Using the internet you can find more interesting, varied and relevant experiments for each topic.