Homeschool science program returns for the year

PLAINVIEW – The science department at Wayland Baptist University will once again host the Plainview Area Homeschool Science Education Program, providing monthly chemistry labs for homeschool students across the south plains.

The program will begin Oct. 13 from 1-4 p.m., with the labs continuing one Friday per month through the academic year. The chemistry labs will be chosen to specifically augment the science lessons in the A-Beka curriculum, but should prove valuable for students using other curricula. 

“I am very excited to begin a new year of the PAHSEP program. This is the fifth year that we have done chemistry and/or biology labs, and it has been a good experience for the students and the Wayland faculty involved,” said Dr. Joel Boyd, assistant professor of chemistry at Wayland and organizer of the program. “This is a program that really meets a need for homeschool students and is a great recruiting opportunity for Wayland as well.”

Boyd pointed out that the labs are meant to supplement the lessons students have already studied, not replace the homeschool instruction they are already receiving. Since most families cannot provide the fully stocked science labs and the expensive chemicals for these labs, using the Wayland labs is a more efficient way to provide the hands-on experience without the additional expense. Students will benefit from this instruction in an apologetically Christian environment by qualified faculty.

The program costs $80 per year for each student, payable in two installments if necessary. The cost covers all the lab materials. Students will be required to bring a signed release form acknowledging the safety guidelines in the lab.

Boyd added that Wayland students who are members of the American Chemical Society will be assisting WBU faculty with the labs as a service project.