When I was planning this school year, I was trying to decide what we wanted to do for science. When the opportunity came up for us to review Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition from Apologia Educational Ministries, I was thrilled! The kids have been asking to learn more about Astronomy and this gave us the perfect chance!
About the Product:
Children can explore the galaxy using the new and revised Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition. Packed full of hands-on activities to introduce elementary aged children to the Universe using a Biblical base. Available for purchase is the Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition textbook, Notebooking Journal, Junior Notebooking Journal, Audio CD, and the Science Kit.
In the second edition textbook and notebooking journals, you will find:
• Biblical wisdom used throughout the textbook
• Infographics to help children see information in an understandable format
• 14 lessons updated with current scientific data
• Wisdom from Above and Think About This callout boxes which give special attention to God as Creator
• A new color-coordinated schedule for the textbook, notebooking journals, and lab kit
• Fresh layouts for activities found within the textbook
• All new full-color illustrations
• Space to journal each textbook and notebook activity
For review, we received the Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition textbook, a Notebooking Journal, Junior Notebooking Journal, and the Audio CD.
Even though this product is geared toward elementary age students, I’ve been working on it with all 4 of my big kids, and just having my elementary schoolers do the notebooking journals. The notebooking journals have been a wonderful edition to the textbook and provide lots of hands-on activities, instruction, and experiments. There are places to record observations from experiments or write down interesting facts that you would like to remember. The Notebooking Journal is geared toward children ages 3rd-6th grade and the Junior Notebooking Journal is geared toward children ages K-3rd. I believe they are right on track with the grade levels for the journals. The Junior Notebooking Journal has fun coloring sheets intermixed with the projects and the Notebooking Journal has more writing opportunities. Both can be done simultaneously if you have multiple students of different ages like I do. In the journals, there is a schedule to help pace out your year and provide time for the experiments and the reading. That has been very helpful for me as a parent to make sure we stay on track.
The kids eagerly look forward to science time during our homeschool day. So far, we have learned about parts of the solar system, the planets, the sun, and have done some great projects like build a 3D solar system out of balloons!
Right in the textbook, you will find experiments and projects to help bring all the science knowledge to life right before your eyes. I also really appreciate how Apologia circles everything back to our Creator so we can see His hand in everything in the universe. We are always very pleased with Apologia!
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