Orders are typically received within 5-8 business days
Standard course is 3 days a week for all programs
What is different about Beginnings Publishing's programs?
Our complete sets contain nearly all materials that you need to perform labs at your own home. The only thing you need to purchase on your own is a gallon of distilled water.
The labs tie into what your student will learn from their textbook each week, and will provide hands-on, direct application of the lessons.
The lessons contain vivid images, conversational text, humor and thought-provoking questions designed to drive concepts home rather than just drilling the student on terminology and memorization. Our curricula will help plant a strong knowledge base from which your student can grow.
Our programs are designed to be fun, but the applications are real, tested and proven. We strongly believe that we can prepare your child for higher education and/or a career better than any other science curriculum available. Check out our reviews pages for some customer testimonials.
Who wrote the programs?
Durell Dobbins is a Christian and a professional scientist with a PhD from the University of North Carolina. His own five children were homeschooled from K-12, and he wrote the programs with them in mind.
What are the recommended grades for each program?
Colors Science is a two-year program recommended for 5th-6th grade students.
Advanced students may begin the program in 4th grade.
Rainbow Science is a two-year program recommended for 7th-8th or 8th-9th grade students. Some students may begin in 9th grade. This is perfectly appropriate depending on your student's schedule and needs. This course can be used for two high-school credits - Physical Science in the first year and Biology in the second year!
Some students may begin the program in 6th grade, however, we only recommend this for very advanced students.
Spectrum Chemistry is a one-year, honors-level program recommended for 10th, 11th or 12th grade students.
Some students may begin the program in 9th grade, however, we only recommend this for very advanced students.
Algebra I is a pre-requisite.
I have two children that I would like to have take your courses together. How can I do that?
Many of our customers have used our programs for two children at the same time. You will only need to purchase an extra lab workbook for the second child. All of the other products (textbook, teacher's guide, and lab equipment) can be shared.
The two children can even be at different grade levels as long as the younger child is within the recommended age group or is a very advanced and capable student.
Can my child fast-track the two-year Rainbow Science program?
Yes, all of our programs are designed to be done three days a week. However, if your child needs to complete Rainbow Science in one year, they can do so in four days per week by completing two lessons on two days and one lab on two days each week.
If you fast-track the program, we would recommended using Monday and Thursday as the lesson days and Tuesday and Friday as the lab days so that the student has Wednesday as an off-day in between.
Are there pre-requisites for any of your courses?
Spectrum Chemistry is an advanced, honors-level high school chemistry course. Students should have completed at least Algebra I before beginning the program. Algebra II can be taken in tandem with Spectrum and is not a pre-req. We do have our Bridge Math course available to specifically prepare your student for the type of math that is contained within Spectrum Chemistry.
My child is not a good reader and/or has a learning disorder. Will he or she be able to handle the program?
Because our curricula are designed to build your child’s understanding based on concepts rather than load them down with terminology and memorization, our text lessons are concise and easily readable. Our lessons focus more on the doing of science and grasping of concepts than on reading. Our courses have helped many students, including those with learning disabilities, succeed in not only completing but also enjoying science who before were not interested or severely struggled.
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