We have loved Apologia‘s Young Explorer Series science in the past so I was thrilled to get to review Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.
We received this entire set:
I have used other Apologia Young Explorer books with David (my now 6th grader) and he has always done very well with them. This time we included Evie, his 1st grade sister. She is very happy to be doing one of her favorite subjects with her brother, to her she has finally reached “big kid” status!
In the past, I have read the text and David listened. This time I have not read any of it to them. I put the CD in my computer and had them listen while they work in the notebooking journal, color/doodle or follow along in the book and it has worked brilliantly!!! The author Jeannie Fulbright reads the text. She has done a wonderful job. She’s a pleasure to listen to and kids really seem to like her! They have already learned a lot and I am so glad this format is working for us. She can pronounce those big science words better than I can. We will continue for a few more weeks and then pick up where we left off in the fall.
In both the regular and the junior notebooking journal there is a suggested schedule. They work together so that both levels study the same part in the book. The regular journal has more advanced activities. The junior notebooking journal has some coloring pages and not as many activities. David has always used the junior notebooking journal in the past, but is doing well with the other one. It’s easier for him to complete the lessons he doesn’t enjoy now that he’s doing it with his sister. I’m loving that they are working together and actually doing more than if they did it separately.
I am enjoying the pace of the schedule. Each lesson is broken into 4 sections over 2 weeks. Most lessons are laid out in a similar way. The first week you spend 2 days reading through the text and the next week you spend 1 day finishing the text and 1 day doing journal activities and a project at the end. There are “try this” experiments/activities to do as you come to them in the text. We save those until the reading portion is over and then go back. This has helped to keep my kids attention during the reading time and it’s like a prize at the end.
Here are a few pictures of the kids’ first project:
This is the project at the end of lesson one. It is an edible cell made with jello and different candies.
We named each part of the cell as we placed them.
I loved that the supplies I didn’t have were easy to find and they were super excited for all this candy!!!
Here is David’s cell ^
Here is Evie’s ^
This one is little brother Thomas’. He is in kindergarten this year and wasn’t interested in our lessons, but this project brought him to the table. Note: he didn’t actually eat all of this, but thought it was a lot of fun!!!
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We enjoyed bird watching from the ferry last week. We laughed at the pigeon who was taking apart another nest an osprey was building.
Creation Illustrated sent us two of their unit studies as well as gave us access to those magazines that go with those studies for us to review. We received the Fall ’17 Digital Edition with the corresponding Pine Trees study
If you are new to my blog, let me begin by telling you how much I love unit studies! I love to totally immerse ourselves in what we are learning. In doing so I incorperate ALL subjects in this topic. The perfectly executed unit study will cover language arts with reading, writing and handwriting, Bible study, history, science, social studies, even math. I have found that I need to do a lot of work pulling the perfect study together because none of them really cover all I’m looking for. I have to say that I was very impressed with the two unit studies that I received from Creation Illustrated. I had never seen anything from this company before and I’m so glad that I’ve found them.
David, my 6th grade son, and I decided to focus on the Pine Tree study. We chose this one for a few reasons. First, our other option was snow. Although it’s beautiful and I’m sure we would learn a lot about it, we are really over the snow this year and will pull this one back out again when we miss snow a little more. The other reason we chose pine trees is because we have so many around us. Many plots of land around us are logged for their pine and we knew we really didn’t know that much about them.
I received a 16 page PDF version of this unit study. This is geared for students in 5th to 8th grade, but could be used with older and younger students. I printed the whole study out and asked David where he would like to start. As I read him some facts about pine trees he worked on the word search.
I really enjoyed how this entire study was centered on God, His Creation and the Bible. In my opinion, this was the perfect unit study, down to the math lesson! We were able to learn about pine trees, but in the process learn about God’s marvelous and perfect creation!!!
Here is the Table of Contents:
The magazine is absolutely beautiful! The pictures are gorgeous and the articles are interesting for the whole family. What a perfect combination for us: Bible and science!
Here are a few interesting facts we learned in this study:
The Snow Unit Study is set up the same way. It’s Table of Contents looks very similar. There are 17 pages total in that one. In this study you will learn about crystals, the water cycle and that cold snow can actually be an insulator. The Bible mentions snow 24 times. The winter magazine has amazing Biblical correlations to go along with this snow unit. I’m looking forward to learning more about snow and other units soon!
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Here are a few pictures as we are getting ready for Easter tomorrow. I tried a few new things from Pinterest.
If You Were Me and Lived in… Australia and If You Were Me and Lived in… China are from the Cultural Series. There are many, many books to choose from to learn about people and places all over the world. I love how these books are written right to the child and describes what it would be like if they were there.
You get a first hand tour of this country. You learn where it’s located and what the climate is like. You find out what you would call your parents and what you would eat, even popular names in that culture. Holidays, food, landmarks and more are explored in a very easy to understand way. I love using these when we learn about new places because the information is so memorable for younger children. I read these to my daughter Evie who is in first grade this year. She had just learned about these two countries with school and scout projects. She loved these!! I’m so glad to have found this resource!!!
I chose Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis because Evie had learned about the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, this year at Snowball Camp. She we very excited to read this book. She loves the Captain No Beard stories and she was proud she remembered what the Aurora Borealis was! The Captain No Beard stories are sweet stories all about imagination and exploration. In this book Captain No Beard and his crew sail off into the cold and follow Polaris. They learn about the North Star, icebergs and that it’s even wrong for pirates to steal.
I have had the privilege of reviewing Ms Roman’s books in the past. Here are the links to those reviews.
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