I have always had issues finding Science curriculum for my youngest daughter, but Apologia changed that last semester with their Zoology 2 book from the Young Explorer Series. So you can imagine how excited we were when we were chosen to receive and review Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology a couple of months ago. This is another book in the amazing Young Explorers Series. Hope couldn't wait for it to arrive. She would check our patio everyday until it finally came. I was so happy to see her excited about learning Science.
She was smiling from ear to ear when she opened the box. Besides being a great educational resource, it is very pleasant to the eyes. The textbook is a hardback and the journals are so pretty and easy to use with their spiral bindings. She was also excited to see the MP3 Audio CD of the textbook read by the author. She loves listening to audio books. It helps her to retain more information as she reads along with the audio.
Hope is almost 11 so we chose to do the Human Anatomy Notebooking Journal, that is for upper elementary grades, instead of the Junior Edition. We were given both to look over and see which was a better fit. I love that Apologia offers the two different journals. The Junior Journal has more coloring pages and less writing. It breaks down the lesson so that the lower grades like K-2 can understand them better. In the past I have always had to come up with my own worksheets or workbooks for my younger ones if they wanted to join in a study that the older kids were doing. These notebooks make teaching different age levels easy.
Right away we saw that the journal we chose was going to be a great way to go over what she was reading in her textbook. The Minibooks, Fascinating Facts, and Copywork make this journal stand out. They reinforce the lessons in a way that makes them practical and fun. She couldn't wait to get started.
Her favorite activity from the journal is putting together her little person page. She started with a body that she attached a picture of her head to, and with each lesson she adds a different system to her page. They overlay one another as she adds them. It's hard to explains so let me show a few pictures :)
The textbook is so beautiful. The pictures jump off the page. Each lesson is packed full of information about the different systems of the body. You begin with the Skeletal System and work your way through the others. I like the Try This! sections in every chapter. It gives your child hands on learning activities that support what is being taught. Our daughter loves hands on projects and this is just one reason she loves the Apologia curriculum.
I also added some fun little activities of our own like building a skeleton during our first lesson. We were also blessed when we visited our local dollar store and found posters to coincide with our lessons.
I can't express how awesome this curriculum is. As Christians we appreciate that they teach our children Bible based Creation Science. Our children are not blind to the evolution theory or other teachings, but we want to strengthen their faith by making sure they see God in every aspect of His Creation. We want to give them a firm foundation in Christ on every level of their education. Apologia helps us do that.
I would encourage you to check out the Apologia website or their social media pages listed below:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/apologiaworld
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/apologiaworld
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/apologia/
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/apologiaworld
- Google+: https://plus.google.com/105053356034237782125
They also have a great video explaining the Young Explorer Series here
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