Homeschool Physics: Four Curriculum Options Plus Other Resources

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While not every homeschooled student needs physics included in their education, it can benefit you to include it as part of your math or science program. Learning about physics helps students better understand the physical world and some of the advanced sciences they may encounter in higher education. This is an especially good choice for any student you have with a special aptitude or interest in math and science.

For Your Young Students

Noeo science curriculum has a physics course aimed at younger, grade school students. It can be used to introduce a child to physics or to begin a thorough physics education for the science-oriented homeschooler. The course includes reading, experiments and activities. A teacher guide is available to help implement the program. Kits that include all of the needed material can be purchased. Noeo physics for homeschoolers covers 36 weeks of lessons.

Saxon Physics

Saxon curriculum publishers, best known for their math curriculum, offers a high school level physics course. The course includes a textbook, solutions manual, tests, and answer keys. The teacher doesn’t have to have experience teaching physics for the homeschool student to use the course. Saxon uses their usual method in the physics course–students learn a concept and gradually build on it. New topics are introduced with review of previous material. Saxon physics can be used after Algebra II or Advanced Math. It includes 100 lessons.

Apologia Physics

Apologia science curriculum is based on a Christian creationist point of view. It can be used for science in high school homeschooling and is intended for use during the 11th grade. The Exploring Creation with Physics program includes textbooks, instructional DVD, companion CD-ROM, MP3, tests, and solutions. The course should follow chemistry and trigonometry for better understanding and covers one school year of material.

The Teaching Company

While not designed specifically for homeschoolers, The Teaching Company can be used to supplement high school curriculum, especially for those using secular curriculum. The company has several options for learning about physics, including Particle Physics for the Non-Physicist, Physics in Your Life, Quantum Mechanics, and Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution. The courses are lectures on DVD, ranging in length, with graphics, such as 3D animations. The courses are taught by some of the top professors from universities all over the United States.

Other Options

You can also include other resources to round out your curriculum, including textbooks used in local schools and free web-based books and programs. For example, Newtonian Physics is free to download as a PDF or view online. Physics for Free also offers books available to download. Also try contacting your local school district and ask what textbook they use. If you are interested in dual-credit enrollment for your homeschool student, you can enroll them in a physics class at your local university or technical school. Another option for tricky subjects like physics is hiring a local teacher or college student as a tutor. Using alternative resources may require more planning and creativity by the parent/teacher, but also allows for more individualized instruction.