Apologia has a full line-up of colorful, engaging science texts, including Astronomy, Botany, Zoology 1: Flying Creatures, Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures, Zoology 3: Land Animals, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry and Physics. Exploring Creation with Astronomy, which we received to review from the generous crew at Timberdoodle, is recommended as an early text given its easier-to-understand subject matter.
There are a LOT of science programs out there, so what makes Apologia a wiser choice? Each year, your children get to immerse themselves fully in one topic, and you’ll find they absorb a lot more that way than completing a series of “survey” courses year after year that hit the same subjects over and over again (with varying degrees of difficulty).
We’ve been using Apologia for years and I’m still amazed (as are friends and family members) at the information my boys have retained from their books. And they aren’t just spouting back facts but truly showing an understanding of the topics we’ve covered. I was eager to see how our daughter, Susanna, would like her first foray into the world of Apologia.
As a second grader, Susanna is independently reading now, with occasional help needed for new vocabulary or hard-to-read scientific terms. If using this program with an early or pre-reader, parents can read the text out loud (which is quite enjoyable!) and choose activities from the book and journal which are age-appropriate.
Speaking of the journal, I highly recommend purchasing it as a complement to the text. Your child can do all or some of the activities; it’s up to you! We received the Junior version of the student workbook, which is in full color – a real treat for the eyes! The activities in this companion workbook are geared towards ages 6 to 12, with journaling prompts, crosswords, coloring sheets, experiments and review questions. Susanna especially likes the minibooks, which she can assembled and fill-in as she wishes.
Apologia’s textbooks are so well written, you might just find yourself or your other children picking them up to read and learn just for pleasure. I do it all the time, and now that we’ve built up a nice collection of beautiful Apologia hardbacks, the learning will continue for years.
Illustrations throughout vary widely from lush full-color photos to informative charts and sketches. Interwoven into the text are affirmations of the creative genius of God in our universe, reminding children of Paul’s words “Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.” (Romans 1:20).
Exploring Creation with Astronomy by Apologia
- Designed for grades K-6 or ages 6-12
- 176 pages, hardcover
- Copyright 2004
- Christian (non-denominational) worldview
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