Middle School and High School
For the more serious student, labs-in-a-box must be rigorous and use high quality materials to keep kids' interest and, in some cases, meet required concepts designated by state standards. Regardless of assessment testing, children entering the teen years yearn for studies which yield real world understanding with explanations and manuals that are easy to use but take learning to the next level. The labs below deliver.
For chemistry, advanced chemistry, biology, physics, physical and earth sciences, take a look at Quality Science Labs.They've won the Homeschooling Parent Best in Science award.
These are high-level labs complete with thorough manuals which will earn the respect of ambitious students. They are not inexpensive, but given the level of work offered, are reasonably priced, ranging from $130 to $250. The biology lab requires a microscope which is not included, and a few labs are at the AP (college-preparatory) level, or could be used in conjunction with community college classes. One outstanding feature of this product line is that each lab has a list of popular homeschool curriculum publishers whose textbooks directly correspond with the labs, so homeschoolers can use these as the lab component of a structured curriculum. Find out more at their website.
At Boreal Science homeschoolers will find science labs in a box for every student's interest. Beyond the basic labs in biology, chemistry, physics, and ecology, discover serious labs for interesting topics like agriculture and soil science, DNA, diet and nutrition, and forensic science. Prices for lab kits range from $50 to $300.
Check each lab's description on the website to see what level of knowledge is required for use. For example, some labs may require knowledge of algebra or other higher maths. Some chemistry kits are not deliverable to homeschools. Although not linked to specific homeschool curricula, a state-by-state guide helps shoppers find how each lab fits into their state's science standards, making homeschool planning and record keeping a breeze. Visit Wards Science (formerly ScienceKits) for more information.