Thursday, April 09, 2009

Apologia Science

Have you ever heard of Apologia?

Apologia is one of those companies that you hear about almost as soon as you begin homeschooling. For great reason!!

I don't like science. Sorry, but I don't. Apologia makes science easy for this science hating mom to teach.

Exploring Creation with General Science is Apologia's standard science course for 7th graders. Beginning with a Brief History of Science, each module covers a beginning science topic. The modules are packed with information, but very easy to read. The "On Your Own" questions make the student think a little deeper about the information being learned. The experiments use household products and are easy enough for the student to do on their own. Each module is followed by a test to check for retention. This is a wonderful beginning course. Apologia follows this with other great courses. In the upper levels the courses can be used to as AP college courses. I doubt that there is a better upper level science course available.

Apologia offers elementary science also! We checked out Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. Again, this is a very thorough course, teaching children about zoology in a manner similar to Charlotte Mason. Jeannie Fulbright encourages the use of notebooking to aid in the retention of information. Experiments using household materials are included for hands-on-learners. We have also used Exploring Creation with Astronomy and love how easy it is to use. My boys learn so much and have a lot of fun doing it.

Apologia has changed hands recently (same great materials though!) and have incorporated other wonderful resources to their product list. I just received my new Apologia catalog and all I can say is WOW. They are offering online courses and have teamed up with Clay and Sally Clarkson and are offering their materials as well. Be sure to stop by their website and sign up for their mailing list. You don't want to miss everything this wonderful company has to offer!

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