We have been using Apologia for Science class for a few years now. I was so excited to be chosen to receive and review their Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition. We have been so blessed by their curriculum and this one has been even better than we expected.
This basic set includes a textbook, the Student Notebook, a Solutions and Test Manual and a test booklet. I love that the textbook is a hardcover book and is very durable and can be used with multiple students. The Student Notebook is spiral bound and can only be used for one student, but it can be purchased separately for other students to use in conjunction with the textbook later on.
The textbook is about 430 pages long. It is designed to help your middle school student get ready for the high school Science classes. I can't tell you how much I love the way it is set up. It is full of so much wonderful knowledge, activities, and hands on experiments. It also has an agenda already set up that is easy to follow. My daughter loves that she knows exactly what she is expected to complete each day. They have the agenda set up to work 4 days a week and each lesson takes about an hour to complete.
There are 14 modules to complete in the textbook that include:
- The History of Science-Search for the Truth
- Scientific Inquiry and the Scientific Method
- Documenting and Interpreting Experimental Results
- Scientific Analysis and History
- Earth Science-Astronomy
- Earth Science-Geology and Paleontology
- Earth Science-Meteorology and Oceanography
- General Chemistry
- General Physics
- Life Science
- General Biology
- Marine Science
- Environmental Science
- Science and Creation
This text is Creation based and will reinforce knowledge of the Bible. That is my favorite part. I don't have to worry about my middle school student being taught that other theories are fact. I believe our children should be able to defend what they believe and this curriculum will help them be able to do just that. They will be able to defend their faith and belief that God created our world and all we see.
The Student Notebook is used in conjunction with the textbook. It has easy to follow instructions for each day. Your student will have reading, activities and experiments along the way. They will never be bored with this curriculum.
The tests are great, but we do not use them in the traditional way. Instead we use them to review the modules together and discuss what we have learned from each section.
My daughter loves hands on experiments. I want to share a few of the ones we have done so far. She has loved each one and is learning so much.
Our first experiment we want to share is Density in Nature. Here we were learning what happens to 2 items with different densities after placing them in a container together. What would happen to the ping pong ball versus the 3 ounce fishing sinker?
Oh and by the way.....everything for this experiment was bought at the local dollar store.
Our next experiment was testing out a chemical reaction between copper pennies and lemon juice. We were pleasantly surprised how well it worked. Hope is now wanting to make all her pennies sparkle again 😉 We had most of the things required to do this experiment right in our kitchen.
After we got them to shine again, we got to make them tarnish again with salt and water.....
The final experiment we want to share is where we were asked to note changes salt water had on an floating egg. Would it float more or less when you added salt and more salt? This was a fun but very simple experiment with all the ingredients right there on hand.
I believe Exploring Creation with General Science is a great bridge to help your child to transition to high school. I am thrilled to have it and can't wait to complete it with my daughter in our 2019/2020 school year. I highly recommend this curriculum for your children who are starting or going through the middle school grades.
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