Make Chemistry Enjoyable for your Highschool Homeschooler


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I want my kids to be able to go to the best colleges if they want- Smith, Williams, Amherst – I want them to have a choice. Being a homeschooler, especially me being more traditionally-education minded, I struggle with making learning fun and making sure they actually have a solid education. If they are going to college, they need to be able to take tests, they need to be somewhat disciplined in their studies, they need to be able to sit still for more than 2 minutes, they need to be able to write, etc.

I guess you just got insight into my greatest worry in life.

For me, the number one advantage to homeschooling – is to be able to get a better understanding of the material. We are able to look at it from a different way. We are able to choose our own curriculum – the curriculum that fits the needs of my kids’ best. I want a curriculum that’s going to help me to give them the tools to excel in a subject. However, does it have to be boring? I don’t want to turn them off to a subject that is exciting and offers them a huge shot at a future – one that they might or might not want. Exposure is key.

Chemistry – it’s hard. The math, frankly, is a bit abstract. I have a MS in Molecular and Cellular biology, so I know. How do I engage my kids – while still giving them a great foundation?

I have been hearing a lot of good things about the Life of Fred Book series in Math. They teach real material in a way that kids can understand. So, when I got the opportunity to review Life of Fred – Chemistry, I jumped at the chance!

Honestly, I was skeptical, so I had my husband review it first. He has his PhD in Analytical Chemistry. He is pretty busy with work, but he thought it important enough to take 1.5 weeks to look at the text. His thoughts…


“It reads like Diary of a wimpy Kid, but the chemistry is solid”


He thought it would be perfect for our kids. He was right. It’s solid science presented in a way that’s understandable, not intimidating, and fun. You learn math, you learn history and you learn science, all through the Life of Fred – through his experiences and teachings.

Just think of it. It’s such an exciting way to learn.


How Life of Fred Chemistry can be used

We used it in a few different ways. For me, I don’t do arts and crafts. We do book work and experiments. We used the book like a text, going through it – beginning to end – answering the review questions in the back of each chapter.


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Another way we used this book – which was very powerful – was as a branching off point. When they talked about a topic – like the periodic table for instance – that was of interest – explored the topic more in depth. We accomplished this using flash cards and seeking out associated texts.


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Honestly, it was really easy to find things that interest them – and do the supplemental research because of the way it was written. It was enjoyable.

Another way we used this book – a favorite of the kids – is to do simple lab experiments or lapbooks to illustrate the new knowledge learned in a tangible way. There are many resources on the internet where you can find easy to perform experiments and other resources that are great for homeschoolers.

The material in this Life of Fred Texts is so open, it leaves a lot of room for both group and independent projects that explore and engage the mind further. It’s easy to see where your child can branch-off and unlock discoveries by themselves.

Who would find the Life of Fred texts Useful?

It’s not difficult to see who would find this resource useful – teachers, parents, homeschoolers, public schoolers, private schoolers – everybody. It’s a fun way to learn that will engage even the most skeptical student! My hubby said it best – Life of Fred makes science attainable for everyone.

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  1. Thanks for sharing! And best of luck on preparing for college 🙂

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