We are participating in the Apologia Blog roll 2012-13.   The plan is to post some of what we are doing in the Apologia pages found in the tabs above .

Apologia has 6 different subjects at the “elementary level”: Astronomy, Botany, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology(3 separate books-Swimming Creatures, Land Animals, and Flying Creatures*not pictured)

The texts at the “High School” level are: General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Our 15yo is studying Apologia’s Physical Science this year.  She is really enjoying it and getting a lot out of it.

Apologia, in my opinion, does a fantastic job with their curriculum.  The books are filled with tons of information, plenty of hands-on experiments, activities, great pictures, and they explain things in great detail yet at a level that my kids can understand.  My kids love science!  It is easy for me to use, we work at our own pace, requires very little to no prep time, I can easily add things to our study when I am feeling ambitious and creative.  The “elementary levels” can be used for any type of homeschool approach.

Our 6 yo and 12 yo are studying Botany this year(2012-13).   We have one book that we share-we read it together.  They both have their own Apologia Notebook to use with the curriculum.

Notebooking w/ Apologia:

  • You can either use your own notebooks which is what we did the first year or two, the kids enjoyed designing their own.
  • You also have the option to purchase the Apologia “Notebooks”, which I have found to be worth the money.  Seen above is the Jr version.    This is our first year purchasing the Jr Version for our 6 yo.  He loves it. They have great coloring pages.  We will not be using the entire notebook for him because he isn’t ready for all of what it offers, so I am making copies and placing in a 3-ring binder.    I did not want him to have a notebook that does not look complete at the end.   The other benefit is that we will be able to save the notebook for the next kid/s.
  • Apologia’s website offers free notebooking pages to print off.  Here are the free Botany Notebooking pages

We are not using the curriculum in the order it is written.  We will be using the suggested order for colder climates.

We are currently on lesson 2(seeds).  Our 6 yo enjoyed making a “Sprouting Bean” book that I found on Enchanted Learning.com to go with our study.  Here are some pics:

These links will allow you to view sample pages of the Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Botany.

Table of Contents: Apologia_Botany_TableContents

Introduction to Botany:bot_intro

Course Overview: Botany

A sample lesson(lesson 2) this link will give you a good idea of what an Apologia Text(elementary Level) looks like. Botany_sample_lesson_2My Joy-Filled Life