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:
- Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text
- Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal
- Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal
- Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD
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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