Using the text of Berean Builder's Discovering Design with Chemistry, CHSEL Chemistry Lab takes students through the basics using hands-on experiments, data collection and calculations that reveal the truth about the world around us! This is NOT a Chemistry course, but a supplemental lab designed to enhance and stimulate the home taught chemistry course. We use the scope and sequence as laid out in the Berean Builders Chemistry text , but any high school Chemistry text can be adapted to this lab.
(The syllabus will also include reference to Apologia Chemistry editions 2 and 3)
It is our goal to complete demonstrations and experiments for no fewer than 14 modules of the text. If a module has no assigned labs, the material in that module is discussed and sometimes a supplemental lab or video content is added. Students will work through each lab, keeping a detailed lab notebook which will include notes, data and conclusion. We also occasionally replace or add some experiments that offer additional application and understanding The lab grade, which can be integrated into a high school chemistry grade at the parent's discretion, will be based on lab completions, notebook data and two quizzes.
From the teacher:
It's all about helping students understand and truly grasp the concept so that the foundation is laid to build knowledge instead of just memorization. When chemistry is more than just a required subject, it can be a tangible image of our unseen Creator, who in His wisdom created all things for His glory! Because no subject should be studied just because it's required, it is important that from my lab students understand that learning any science concept is a way to know our Creator more.