Fascinating Education Homeschool Product Review
Fascinating Education takes advantage of the brain’s ability to process images more efficiently and more effectively than reading the text alone.
Fascinating Education Product Review
Grade Level: high school
Parent involvement: low
Religious Alignment: none
Homeschooling Method: traditional
Learning styles: a multi-sensory approach
Format: online courses
Dr. Sheldon Margulies created Fascinating Education to make learning science fun and easy. He believes that students will stay interested if given scientific tools they can use in their lives, and that this can help students realize how fun and useful science can be which in turn would contribute to their confidence. Fascinating Education offers high school online science courses in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Anatomy.
Fascinating Education makes a significant effort to affect how students view the study of science. Dr. Margulies flips the teaching process in Fascinating Education courses by approaching science through the “right hemisphere” of the brain. He uses simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to explain the illustrations. The result is an easy way to learn science.
If you like to try before you buy you’ll want to check out the free 5 lesson samples here.
These online classes are perfect for homeschool families that struggle with teaching the more difficult sciences. Students can easily register and get started with a comprehensive science course that allows them to study at their own pace “slicing the content thin” and presenting it in easy to understand ways. a road map is given for each course so students can easily understand why they are learning each topic. In fact, the questions on the tests for both Chemistry and Physics contain help buttons that give the student an explanation of the material in a different way than the original lesson. This gives the student another chance to learn the material.
What is the Unique Methodology of Fascinating Education?
Dr. Margulies flips the teaching process in Fascinating Education courses by approaching science through the “right hemisphere” of the brain. He uses simple, colorful illustrations, supplemented with attached audio files to explain the illustrations. The result is an easy way to learn science.
- Assume students know nothing about chemistry, biology or physics.
- Slice the information very thin.
- Present the material slowly and clearly – in plain English.
- Follow a storyline.
- Show how chemistry, biology, or physics explains or solves some real-life observation or problem.
- De-emphasize terminology.
How Much Does Fascinating Education Cost?
Prices range from $50 to $175 for a full year. Some courses include 2 or 3 courses in one subscription with some savings.
Free Sample Lessons from Fascinating Education
If you are interested but just not sure, use these free sample lessons. This is a perfect way to see if this program works well with your students. And, you can take an online tutorial on how to use the Fascinating Education website.
FAQ about Fascinating Education
What grades are the Fascinating Education courses designed for?
Fascinating Chemistry, Fascinating Biology, and Fascinating Physics are all designed to cover what you would normally expect to find in a high school course. That said, we have many students in middle school who take Fascinating Chemistry and Biology and do very well.
What is the best sequence for the courses?
Dr. Margulies believes that since much of biology is based on the chemical properties of the components of cells, it would be smart to start with Fascinating Chemistry. If you prefer to take biology first, we offer the Intro to Chemistry course.
The Intro to Chemistry course is 13 short lessons with reviews that gives a very good intro to Chemistry – basically teaching the four intramolecular bonding methods. Learning these will give any student a good head start on learning Chemistry (or Biology) because if they truly understand those bonding methods, they can predict more of what will happen in different scenarios during Chemistry.
Does Fascinating Biology teach Evolution and Creation?
How the universe came into being and the events that unfolded after its creation are still matters of debate and uncertainty to many people. Religious views and scientific views differ, and Dr. Margulies does not see his role with these curricula to argue in favor of one or the other. His role is to describe the forces in the universe and how they play out in our everyday lives without addressing how those forces came into being or whether forces are being manipulated by God in some way.Science views the world one way and religion another way. The origin of man is probably the best example of how the two approaches differ. Dr. Margulies believes it’s important to understand each viewpoint. Acknowledging another perspective does not mean you adopt it. Reconciling scientific opinions and Biblical pronouncements is possible but has not yet occurred. One thing is clear: without understanding both views, they never will be.
Are tests included?
Fascinating Chemistry, Biology, and Physics each have on-line tests that cover all lessons. The Intro to Chemistry course also has tests. Currently, the Anatomy and Physiology course does not include tests, but they will be added in the future.
We do not store results, but the online tests can be printed out along with the test results. Correct answers are given at the end of each test. In addition to the online testing, we provide pdf versions of both the tests and the answer keys. This allows parents to self-administer if desired (and another option for keeping a record of the tests).