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  • tanya
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    Hi, Sarah.

    We don't cover the entire text. We use this text again for Anatomy & Physiology for those students not interested in doing an AP science as seniors. So we are conducting this course in our usual way of less material, but studied well. I honestly don't think anyone could get through this text In a year. At HLS, we have 3 1/2 hrs. a week in class, and I bet our students spend another 1-2 hrs a week at home on it, especially test weeks. So I think an average of 4 hrs a week is probably right for home.

    Tanya

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  • KF2000
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    Thanks for asking this question, Debbie. I was just going through plans last week and realized I have another potential Bio student next year and I am so ready to ditch Apologia. (No offense to anyone who likes it) Our second is going through it right now, and I would really relish not having to go through it again! I was thinking we would try the Novare one since it is coming out, but child #3 just revealed to me yesterday, as we were doing her Physical Science work, that Mr. Mays' writing drives her nuts. She actually said, "I wish he wrote like a normal textbook instead of like we are little children." (insert eye-roll emoji here!) Geesh. So this is a timely post for me! I am so excited that the MP materials WILL be ready...yay!

    But a question on that...I see the TOC in the post above...which is great...I see that in MP fashion you have zeroed in on the most important material rather than trying to cover the entire book. How much time would you allot to the course per week over the course of the year? And how long are each of the video lessons?

    AMDG,
    Sarah
    Last edited by KF2000; 01-30-2019, 07:15 AM.

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  • bean
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    Originally posted by tanya View Post
    Precalculus? I don't have any help for you there, and I'm sorry. I think I'm going to have to point you to the MPOA.

    I'm not sure if what we are doing matches the SAT Biology subject test or not. This is the biology course our 9th graders take, and then they take Chemistry and Physics in succeeding years. So in 12th grade, our students have the option of taking AP biology, chemistry, or physics if they wish. I'll attach the TOC for our study guide so you can see what we cover.

    Tanya
    [ATTACH]n108813[/ATTACH]
    Thank you for the TOC- very helpful!

    I was able to answer my own question (or rather Michael answered it previously and I found the thread (post 37): https://forum.memoriapress.com/forum...-biology/page3

    I was hoping there might be a precalculus lesson plan in the works for the book HLS uses... doesn't sound like it. I think right now we plan to do every other odd on everything in the book, anyhow.

    Hope you are all warmer than we are. Thanks again!

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  • tanya
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    Precalculus? I don't have any help for you there, and I'm sorry. I think I'm going to have to point you to the MPOA.

    I'm not sure if what we are doing matches the SAT Biology subject test or not. This is the biology course our 9th graders take, and then they take Chemistry and Physics in succeeding years. So in 12th grade, our students have the option of taking AP biology, chemistry, or physics if they wish. I'll attach the TOC for our study guide so you can see what we cover.

    Tanya
    Biology TOC.pdf

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  • bean
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    Originally posted by tanya View Post
    Hello.

    We have a complete student guide, teacher guide, tests booklet, and lesson plans coming soon. They have been through the editing process and are now on my desk for the final approval before going to the printer. So we should be releasing this spring. All of this along with the streaming dvds should make for a difficult, but thorough course in biology.

    Tanya
    Good to know. We will be ready for it next year. We'll be ready for precalculus, too. Any guidance for scheduling the Larson book? I've put together tests and videos. ETA- I've looked at several biology scenarios, do I remember correctly that MPs plans will cover the material for the SAT Biology subject test?
    Last edited by bean; 01-29-2019, 02:49 PM.

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  • momgineer
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    Originally posted by tanya View Post
    Hello.

    We have a complete student guide, teacher guide, tests booklet, and lesson plans coming soon. They have been through the editing process and are now on my desk for the final approval before going to the printer. So we should be releasing this spring. All of this along with the streaming dvds should make for a difficult, but thorough course in biology.

    Tanya
    Well this is great news!!! But it makes for a very difficult decision. The MP guides seem to work so well for my daughter. Other workbooks for biology are busywork and mix important things in with random questions asked just to make sure you actually read the assignment. The MP guides actually guide the student toward the important concepts to master. I think the convenience of lesson plans, quizzes and test and a video will be enough to push me to the MP material. I LOVE how the Novare books are written and I love the mastery approach with important concepts being reviewed all year. I don’t like the lack of specific lesson plans or how my daughter usually gets quiz questions wrong the first time she sees them. She does master them for later quizzes but the lack of specific direction before it shows up on a quiz is challenging. It gets complicated for me to look ahead and prep her on what she needs to know. MP guides usually fix that problem.

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  • tanya
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    Hello.

    We have a complete student guide, teacher guide, tests booklet, and lesson plans coming soon. They have been through the editing process and are now on my desk for the final approval before going to the printer. So we should be releasing this spring. All of this along with the streaming dvds should make for a difficult, but thorough course in biology.

    Tanya

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  • pickandgrin
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    You can sign up to receive Novare General Biology updates at the link below.
    We are already using Novare for Earth, Physical, Introductory Physics, and Chemistry (adding next fall) at our cottage school and are hopeful to add this beta version next year. We are tremendous fans of the mastery/kingdom/integration focus. If you want to connect with other Novare teachers and parents, they have a Facebook group. Search " Novare Science & Math - Crushing the Cram Pass Forget Cycle." Not everyone is coming from a classical philosophy, but everyone is using the texts in homes or schools. I hope this is helpful!
    Thank you for your interest in this forthcoming book! Production of the book is underway and making good progress. We are working as quickly as we can, but it will probably not be complete in time for the coming school year. The official target school year for this book in final, hardback form will be Fall 2020. However, because of the overwhelming interest already expressed, we are anticipating the publication of a "beta" version of the book for Fall 2019. Those who desire to participate in our beta program will receive the softcover beta version in time for the Fall 2019 semester, plus the final hardback version when it becomes available later in the year. It is impossible to predict the form of the beta version, but we are hopeful that it will contain at least the first 10 chapters with color graphics, exercises, etc. It will probably not include final edits, index, glossary etc. The beta version will be available in softcover only and sold at minimal cost. It will only be sold in conjunction with the hardback as part of our Beta program. If you are interested in receiving information about the Beta Program for General Biology, please sign up below.

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  • TheAttachedMama
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    I am in the exact same boat and comparing the exact same books and resources....except I have the MacCaw Prentice Hall ibook. I did not know that Novare will have a beta biology though! That is exciting. I think I want to read it just to see how they approach the topic. Where did you hear about this news? I can't seem to find it online.

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  • momgineer
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    Biology

    Can you update on all the products MP has for Holt biology? I see the text and video lessons and a non related workbook. Are there or will there soon be lesson plans or quizzes and tests and student guide?
    Novare will hopefully be releasing a beta of their biology this fall but it will be very rough. I love how Intro Physics is working for us so I’m debating between using their beta biology or Holt with MP support or my old dragonfly Prentice Hall book from Kolbe. I need a straightforward mastery book for my dyslexic who needs direct instruction on what to memorize and doesn’t do well with tests (like Kolbe) that pull out random facts that were briefly mentioned once in the text and never again discussed. She needs a clear visual of what to study. She catches onto concepts fairly easily but gets overwhelmed with lots of new vocabulary. She can remember most concepts but can’t remember what they are called.
    If you have used Holt or Prentice Hall can you give me a pros/cons? Thanks.
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