As for science: We're trying a little LifePac for 8th grade. Only comment? Hmmm....withholding judgment. I'll decide by the end of the first book. Not sure why I got the first 4th grade book; my daughter is already studying solar systems rather than plants. By the way, you can buy LifePacs a book at a time from Alpha and Omega Publishing for those who want to try it and see or simply don't have the money to buy it all at once. The biggest difference is in the shipping costs.
Now for a bit of humor-filled encouragement/advice for those "rebellious" firebrand homeschooling families, a cute post from Lee Binz. http://www.thehomescholar.com/parents-hang-together.php