Q&A: High School Science
source: Brian Jones
Question: I have a 15 year old son and I am afraid I won’t be able to teach him science when he gets to high school age. I never went to college and my husband doesn’t have the time to help. Do you have any ideas?
Answer: Homeschooling a high schooler is a lot harder than homeschooling other age groups. High school sciences are difficult for many parents to handle unless they have a college degree or were excellent students in high school. There are ways of getting around this though.
The easiest subjects for non-scientific parents to teach are astronomy, earth science and biology because they don’t require a lot of math. There are many good textbooks for these subjects available on amazon. Just read the reviews to look for books that are clearly written and easy to understand.
Chemistry and physics are quite a bit harder because of the math involved. If you feel your child must learn these subjects, find out if there are any homeschooling classes available. In Baltimore, where I homeschooled for many years, parents organized a private chemistry class at a local community college.
If no homeschooling class is available, there are several books that have a reputation for being very good: Physics the Easy Way by Robert L. Lehrman, Basic Physics by Karl F. Kuhn and Chemistry by Clifford C. Houk. Try to get your local bookstore to order them, but take a long look at them before heading to the cash register. If you run into trouble, hire a tutor occasionally to explain things.
To round out your science program, investigate some of the science kits that are available. Any well stocked educational toy store or web site should have several choices of chemistry, electricity and robotics kits. Even Toys “R” Us has some good kits and equipment for a very reasonable price.
The information in the above paragraphs explains the correct way to deal with high school sciences. However, my son and I didn’t do it this way. I will publish an article on how we did science in a future post.