Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology

Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology

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Designed as the first high school-level science study a homeschooler takes, this edition of Dr. Wile's biology curriculum includes more color illustrations; clarified explanations; easier experiments; and a website with links to extra helps. Sixteen modules cover cell life, genetics, creation science as an alternative to evolution, ecology, insects, plants, reptiles, mammals, and more. Includes a 200-page test/solutions book. 594 pages, hardcover. For 9th grade students.

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I have enjoyed learning beside my daughter using Apologia Biology.

Grade levels used
9
Pros
Easy to follow text. Through study guides
Do you recommend?
Yes
JG
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Great biology textbook!

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10
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Yes
M
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We always get the audio book with our science books. It helps our retention. We do all enjoy all Apologia sciences.

Grade levels used
10
Pros
Easy to use. Biblical.
Do you recommend?
Yes
MC
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This is a very well done first year biology program. It is not hard, but does provide the necessary foundation for advanced studies. it does get wordy in places, yet that can be overlooked. We liked that it wasn't trying to fit 2 years into one, because it left time for Nature Study, research reports, interest projects, etc.This helped sustain and develop scientific interest each student, even those who "didn't like science."

Grade levels used
9
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yes
A
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Apologia's curriculum Exploring Creation with Biology truly is a college prep curriculum which provides the type of rigor needed to prepare a student to do college level school work. It challenges students to consider God in their views about science and creation.

Grade levels used
9
Pros
Lots of scientific terms to learn.
Cons
none
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Yes
BR
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My son loves this curricula. Thank you for helping him to see the amazing world of science! Apologia is the best!

Grade levels used
9
Pros
Excellent and fun
Cons
No cons
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Yes
SS
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I love apologia science. My oldest son just finished biology and loved it. It was very thorough, but easy to understand. He loved using the microscope and loved the experiments.

Grade levels used
9
Pros
Thorough coverage of biology, but very easy for the student to understand.
Cons
No cons
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Yes
L
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I love all of the apologia we have used
Biology was a bit much for us
So we are taking a break

Grade levels used
9
Pros
great material well written
Cons
a bit much for my 9th grader
Do you recommend?
yes !!! best material
JW
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really liked it

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5
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yes
W
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Apology biology curriculum uses a conversational approach which engages the student in the reading. The experiments are appropriate for a homeschool setting and options are provided for families who did not have the use of a microscope. The supplemental cd is a great addition to the curriculum and includes short clips of video, vocabulary pronunciations and much more.

Grade levels used
9
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Yes
MC
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This Biology covers all the basics plus much more. I feel it is above a high school level course. It can be challenging to get through all the vocabulary but it is an excellent course.

Grade levels used
9
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Yes
AJ
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My kids seem to enjoy it.

Grade levels used
  • 6
  • 9
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Christian
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Yes
S
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We decided to take a year and a half to cover this material and used Vocabulary Vines' Science Roots to help us learn the vocabulary. That made a huge difference. It is so much material, it was better to take our time covering it. My science-minded student was younger (last half of 7th and all of 8th grade) when doing it and was still able to master the material.

Grade levels used
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Pros
Very informative
Cons
Volume of vocabulary!
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Yes
WJ
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This is excellent material! I believe that it is even above high school level. A lot of information, but words it in a way that the average mom brain (that's me) can understand and explain.

Grade levels used
10
Pros
Very detailed
Cons
A lot of information
Do you recommend?
YES! 100% YES!
PS
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The content is challenging, and that's fine, but where I really struggle is the tests seem to use a different language so to speak than the text, study guide questions, etc.

Grade levels used
9
Pros
Christian
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maybe
G
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We used the full course on CD-ROM. My son enjoys science and he really enjoyed this text. He learned a lot from this course. We will continue using Apologia for science.

Grade levels used
9
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Yes
RC
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My son did 3 Apologia courses in High School and Biology was his favorite. So much so, that he asked me to hang onto the book after the course was finished.

Grade levels used
10
Pros
Engaging
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Yes
SP
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General Science in 7th did not work for my oldest at all, but he asked to go back to Wile for 9th. Okay. Highschool *is* an appropriate time for learning how to cope with a textbook and learn from it at the same time. We'll give it a shot. Maybe GS should have been my clue, but he grew two years since then, and the boy ASKED for it.

By January I waved the white flag, shelved the book, and handed him a Prentice Hall textbook. He was nowhere near the halfway point and thought biology was the worst subject ever.

Now, to be fair, this particular child doesn't particularly like science in general, but it would have taken us two years to finish that book with anything resembling decent scores. It was just too much of a slog. There has to be a less wordy way to get the facts across.

Jay Wile, on the other hand, we love! He personally answered questions we had about experiments via email, and his blog is great for extra articles. I do require my children to read his Reasonable Faith book in highschool. I really *want* to enjoy his textbooks, but it's just not happening for this family.

Grade levels used
9
Pros
one text, written for homeschoolers
Cons
verbose
Do you recommend?
not if I can help it
K
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My son used this in his biology co-op. He enjoyed reading it and able to understand concepts. I liked the list of vocabulary words each chapter , along with the review questions.
My son went on to college, majoring in biology. ☺

Grade levels used
9
Do you recommend?
yes
MA
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I used this with multiple children and we will always use this!

Grade levels used
10
Pros
My kids loved it because it was interesting and an easy read
Cons
Some if the experiments are a little involved but to be expected in HS sciences.
Do you recommend?
Yes!
AM
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