Friendly Chemistry

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Typically counted as 1 credit for high school students.

Rigorous But Friendly Chemistry
By the time your child nears graduation your daily involvement in his academics should be as hands-off as possible. That is why we are pleased to offer you Friendly Chemistry, A Guide to Learning Basic Chemistry. Rigorous enough to prepare any teen for college, but friendly enough to keep the tears at bay, Friendly Chemistry covers all of the topics typically taught in a traditional high school chemistry course. Starting with the atom, Friendly Chemistry builds concepts logically from there.

Teaching Tips, Instruction, and More
For the mature teen, working with only the Teacher Edition is the most cost-effective way to use Friendly Chemistry. Each lesson in the two-volume teacher set begins with teaching tips and detailed instructions and explanations for each component of the lesson. The teaching tips are followed by the text portion of the lesson, and then by worksheets and hands-on activities. A test concludes each lesson and an answer key is also included.

Optional Games Reinforce Learning
The suggested games assume a basic knowledge of chemistry concepts, perfect to reinforce and demonstrate knowledge of what your student has learned and ideally the only time a parent needs to be directly involved. Better yet, round up a peer or sibling, because Friendly Chemistry is a lot more fun when you can share the adventure. However, if your child is more studious and less inclined to play, you’ll be glad to know that the games are optional; worksheets in the text cover the same review.

Multi-sensory Approach Helps Teens Retain
Friendly Chemistry’s Manipulative Set will help students learn chemistry vocabulary as well as learn about forming compounds, formulas, reactions, equations, and more. This multi-sensory approach will help your teen remember what he has learned.

Labs Use Household Items
Labs use household items and other resources that are generally easy to obtain. The labs present the only difficulty of using only the Teacher Edition of Friendly Chemistry, as a couple of the labs require the use of a mystery concoction that the student is supposed to analyze, which of course is difficult if he has just read the formula! Our suggestion is simply to have your student turn the book over to you long enough for you to set the solution up, then hand it back so they can continue on with their independent learning.

Student Resources Available Separately
Since the student text and worksheets are included in the Teacher Edition, most families won’t find the separate Friendly Chemistry Student Edition and Workbook necessary if they just have one student using the program. However, extra Student Editions and Workbooks are available for additional students, or if you simply prefer not to have your student work in the Teacher Edition.

Makes Chemistry Crystal Clear
Used by homeschool, charter, public, and private school students world-wide for over 10 years, Friendly Chemistry makes chemistry concepts crystal-clear.


Click here to see the Course Introduction (pdf)
Click here to see Lesson 1 (pdf)
Click here to see Lesson 3 (pdf)

Friendly Chemistry covers:
  • Atomic Theory
  • Trends of the Perioidic Table of Elements
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Ion Formation
  • Compound Formation
  • Avogadro's Number and the Mole
  • Formula Weights
  • Percent Composition
  • Empirical Formulas
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Balancing Chemical Equations
  • Stoichiometry (Predicting Quantity of Product from a Reaction)
  • Ideal Gas Laws

    The manipulatives set includes:
  • Element Flashcards
  • Doo-wop Mania card game
  • Doo-wop Board, a unique tool to teach electron orbital arrangements and ionization.
  • Compound Intensity cards to accompany Compound Intensity Board Game found in the Friendly Chemistry teacher's edition
  • Ion Flashcards, multi-sized cards to teach ion symbol and charge, and how compounds form.

    Student Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • ISBN: 9781456511364
  • Author: Dr. Joey Hajda and Lisa B. Hajda
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Typical High School Credits Earned: 1 credit chemistry
  • Faith-Based: No

  • Teacher Edition Volume 1
  • Pages: 260
  • ISBN: 9781456357221
  • Author: Dr. Joey Hajda and Lisa B. Hajda
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Faith-Based: No

  • Teacher Edition Volume 2
  • Pages: 306
  • ISBN: 9781456507244
  • Author: Dr. Joey Hajda and Lisa B. Hajda
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Faith-Based: No

  • Friendly Chemistry Manipulative Set
  • Pages: 74
  • ISBN: 9781456542214
  • Author: Dr. Joey Hajda and Lisa B. Hajda
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Faith-Based: No

  • Student Workbook
  • Pages: 246
  • ISBN: 9781469990675
  • Author: Dr. Joey Hajda and Lisa B. Hajda
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Consumable: Yes
  • Faith-Based: No

  • Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Emily A.
    At-home easy to find products

    My son loves this curriculum, he loves doing the experiments and it's easy on the wallet since most things are found in our kitchen or medicine cabinets anyway. This is definitely a gem!

    Janine C.
    Best chemistry program we've used

    This program was advertised as "no tears chemistry" when I first became aware of it, and that is absolutely true. After subjecting our oldest to a very thorough but miserable chemistry program, I was desperate to find something else that wouldn't be so painful for our other 3 kids. This met all of my expectations, and then some. And, best of all, the creators of the program were extremely responsive to my inquiries when I reached out to them with a question. I struggled with chemistry in high school, but was able to teach this course to my daughter and a neighbor with confidence and zero frustration. We have since used their biology program (also excellent), and I am purchasing their physical science program to use this year. I'm so grateful to have found this program, as it has made our upper level science studies significantly more pleasant.