Monday, November 11, 2013

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics from Apologia Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2013 #hsreviews #hsmommas #hsscience

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 What is the favorite subject in your homeschool?? For my boys it is hands down Science! There is one company that seems to stand out to us for homeschool Science curriculum and that company is Apologia Educational Ministries. We have been blessed to review most of their homeschool Science curriculum and this time it is Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics. How many ways can you spell FUN?
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     We received the Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics  text book ($39.00)and also the Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Notebooking Journal. ($24.00). One of the things I love about Apologia and their curriculum is that there are only two main components to purchase. A notebooking journal for each child and a textbook.  Most of the lab supplies are common household items that you probably already have or are rather inexpensive and easy to obtain. This makes Science time less stressful for both the students and the homeschool teacher. 
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   It is important for us to teach Science from a Creation standpoint and Apologia never lets us down in that respect. I can trust everything that is in those books to be God's truth. Apologia's Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is recommended for ages k-6 but, I feel it is appropriate for older students like my boys who are in 9th and 10th, who struggle with writing. There is also a Junior notebooking journal for students who have not yet mastered writing.($24.00)
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The standout point for Apologia is that the text is written so that it can be taught to multiple age students at the same time, they just need the appropriate notebooking journal. The parents can dive right into the experiments and labs with the children and have good interactive learning. Then the students can work on the notebooking journal on their own if they are age and ability ready, this is the case with my boys. We covered labs and experiments on topics such as simple machines, molecules, atoms and electricity as well as many more. The boys favorite experiment was studying the surface tension and also making lava lamps. There were other experiments that stood out too like where we used eggs to study buoyancy. Any excuse to play with our food, ranks high in my boys books. Now we did not do every single experiment in the Try This sections of the books, but we did do the majority of them.

I love how colorful and beautiful all of the pictures are in the text book, truly showing God's amazing creatures and their beauty. I enjoy going through the book as much as my boys, if not more. After we completed each lesson and Try This that corresponds with it, my boys had to do the matching lessons in the notebooking journals. Here there is reinforcement on  what they had learned in the book and lab and also vocabulary lessons, reviews and quizzes and activities like a flap book. My boys particularly like the set up of Apologia's Science as there is a wonderful balance between hands on and writing and other activities, there is a quite a bit of reading but we take turns reading so as not to wear out one person. We take breaks in the reading by doing the hands on activities and this helps break the monotony. 

My boys never seem to complain when it comes to Science and I owe that to Apologia. Truthful, Godly Science instruction with hands on family fun. Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is the newest offerings from Apologia but they have so many more options like, zoology, Astronomy and Botany as well as Anatomy and Physiology. I know I will be using the Astronomy to get information for my upcoming class I am teaching for our homeschool co-op that is for 4-6th graders. You can engage even the lax student into engaging in hands on learning fun with Science with any of the Apologia curriculum. I will admit Science is not my personal favorite subject, when I was young I dreaded Science class, but as the mom of all boys I had to quickly change my tune when it came to Science as low and behold that is their favorite. Law of average I would say. I found out quickly that even I who detested the thoughts of Science class could quickly overcome that with the help of Apologia. Now I find myself looking forward to Science class just as much as my boys. I love learning right along with them. I no longer cringe at the thought of learning and teaching Science. Thanks Apologia. I owe you one. 

I am looking forward to purchasing some of the Jr. High and Sr. High Apologia Science for the upcoming Semester and for next Fall as well. There really is something for everyone. You can also check out all the crew reviews by clicking the banner below. Our crew year is coming to an end but be on the lookout for more reviews starting up in January. 

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