I had the privilege of reviewing Resurrection Resources' grade 7 science program last year, and this grade 8 year is more of the same quality educational material you can expect from this company.
The thing that I like the most about this curriculum is its ease of use. Once explained, the student can go through the whole course mostly independently, yet the material covered is very high quality and prepares the student for upper level sciences in a way most science curriculums for younger grades don't. The authors have taken a lot of the basic concepts of high school science and brought them down into the middle school year. The concepts are examined in a step by step process and the student learns to master them so they can begin high school science with a baseline knowledge.
The eighth grade course covers physical sciences, life sciences, and gets the student very familiar with the following: the periodic table, the atom, the plant cell, and other high school topics. So, instead of spending the first few months teaching the periodic table in the high school years, the student is already extremely familiar with it and can jump right into the upper level courses.
The format is the same as for their grade 7 course. It is a 187-day study, and a weekly lesson guide is included as well as quizzes, tests, and the answer key for all! There is a textbook and a workbook along with the quizzes and tests. A coupon for a lab materials kit is included with the books when you receive them. You just mail it back to the company, and you will receive a box of lab materials as well. This is an interesting idea, and I can see how it could help to keep the materials safer and fresher, as well as cut production costs for the company, as they would only need as many as are requested. I was quite happy with the quality of the supplies, although a microscope is not included, just in case you're wondering!
It is very important not to skip around in this curriculum, it is designed to be used in a systematic format, and each principle or term learned will be used to build a solid scientific foundation. The quizzes and tests are an integral part of the process as your student will be able to use their results as a way to see where they need to concentrate their focus. The curriculum is unashamedly Christian, and you can also get a messianic version from the company. There is an emphasis of God in all the details. The scriptures are used as a baseline and also as a highest reference. As a mom who above all wants her children to hunger and seek after God, I just so appreciate that God is interwoven into all the pages of this curriculum. I love this! My children may have the highest education possible, but without Christ's love and redemption, they have nothing! This awesome company emphasizes God in all aspects and allows me to have the high quality education I seek but also the emphasis on God.
The curriculum is complete and easy to use. If you are looking for a middle school/junior high curriculum that is self-directed and complete in every way, you will love this program! I have seen and used many of the products from Resurrection Resources over the last few years, and I have yet to be disappointed. They are a very academic, very Godly company and I am confident that if you try any of their many courses, you will agree with me. My 13-year old son loves their science course, and doesn't grumble when it comes time for science, which in my books, always helps!