Apologia Exploring Creation with Botany

Apologia Exploring Creation with Botany

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Apologia Botany

Introduce your young naturalists to plants---their structure, propagation, classification, and more---with this engaging yearlong classical science curriculum. Influenced by Charlotte Mason and the living books philosophy, homeschooling mother Jeannie Fulbright writes as if she were chatting with her own children, defining and explaining at their comprehension level. Designed to be used with both readers and non-readers, each clearly organized lesson features content-rich narration; notebooking; and hands-on activities and projects using easy-to-find household items. Dissect seeds, force bulbs, make leaf skeletons---and take a close-up look at God's flora kingdom. Grades K to 6. 176 pages, hardcover.

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Easy to use . We all enjoyed learning about Botany using this text.

Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 5
Do you recommend?
yes
DO
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This was the science for our curriculum this year (My Father's World). We loved it and we enjoyed science this year. I just wish I had known about the notebooks/journals. I would have used them. They definitely would help to improve a child's understanding!

Grade levels used
  • 3
  • 5
Pros
This is very easy to use!
Cons
I wish I would have known about the journals and have an experiment kit.
Do you recommend?
Absolutely!!!!
DD
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We love this series by apologia! High-level information in an easy to understand, applicable format.

Grade levels used
  • 3
  • 5
Do you recommend?
Yes
D
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Apologia has the most in depth elementary science program on the market. This book covers concepts I did not learn until college botany classes. The student notebooks and experiments were a fantastic way for my girls to stay focused and apply what they read. Only issue I have with this curriculum is that it is visually not engaging. It looks like a home-printed book. However, the content makes it well worth purchasing.

Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 4
Pros
In depth study of botany
Cons
Minimal color and layout issues
Do you recommend?
Yes
J
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I highly recommend Apologia Botany. The text is written in a conversational tone and the experiments are fun. We really enjoyed making a light hut to grow herbs.

Grade levels used
5
Do you recommend?
Yes! A+
MC
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We have used Apologia science in our homeschool for several years. The books each cover only one topic and are written in a very chatty style. I find the books to be very wordy. Also, since only one topic is covered in each book, my children get tired of that topic by the end of the year.
The books are Christian-based and have information about creation and finding evidence of a Creator through the study of science.
Overall, my children enjoy reading through the books and looking at the pictures. However, we find the amount of information about each topic to be very overwhelming. My children retain very little of what we read in the books. This is why we use the books as a read aloud and not as our main science curriculum.
I really think these books are best when used with an older elementary-aged child due to the large amount of information in the books.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
Pros
Comprehensive, colorful
Cons
Wordy
Do you recommend?
Maybe - better for older elementary
L
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My children enjoyed the opportunity to dissect plants and learn more about them. They wish there were more activities included. The chapters were well organized and easy to adapt to our needs. We went at a slower pace, and did not finish the book in one school year, but my children still gained more knowledge than I thought they would from the course. A year later, they still use the light hut that they built as one of the experiments and refer back to things they've learned. I have mixed feelings about the junior notebook. On one hand, there were great mini-books to assemble and activities to fill in, but on the other hand, there were more pages that we didn't find helpful, like the copy work.

Grade levels used
  • preK
  • 1
  • 4
Pros
In depth, Christian viewpoint
Do you recommend?
yes
C
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So much fun! Loved it

Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 5
Pros
easy to use, fun activities
Do you recommend?
yes
CP
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My kids like this curriculum

Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 4
  • 5
Do you recommend?
Yes
MK
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I love apologia. This book is full of great information and really helps the student learn a through knowledge of botany at an elementary level.

Grade levels used
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
Beautiful pictures and engaging material.
Cons
No cons
Do you recommend?
Yes
L
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This was used as a one semester science course for my sixth grader. He really enjoyed the projects and all of the information presented. He did the projects for both the younger and older students. I would recommend that you do have your student narrate the information to you after reading it. This truly cements the information in their minds. I required him to narrate very specific scientific terms, definitions, and concepts.

Grade levels used
6
Pros
detailed information, specific instructions
Do you recommend?
yes
NB
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this may be a little advanced for my kiddo, but she is loving all the activities and projects.

Grade levels used
K
Pros
Well laid out progression. Very Detailed. Lots of Interesting projects and activities. Easy to use.
Cons
some of the detail seems less... useful.
Do you recommend?
YES. apologia is great!
J
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I love it
I lesrned a lot too !!!!

Pros
great material well written
Do you recommend?
yes !!! best material
JW
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I wrote my comments above in the pros and cons

Grade levels used
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
Pros
I love the content and the curriculum set up.
Cons
I ordered the journal and the lap-books. Doing both is far too much work and the cost is high. The journal alone is nice, we have the jr. edition, though I think it is a waste to have printing and cursive pages.
Do you recommend?
Yes
KG
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This was a great year for us!!! The kids loved learning all about plants and I learned a ton with them! It wasn't too difficult, yet it didn't speak down to them either.

Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 3
Pros
Thorough, Informative, Age Appropriate, Interestingq
Cons
Nada
Do you recommend?
Definitely!!!
KR
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What a fun science book. I learned right along with my daughter. We both really enjoyed this textbook.

Grade levels used
3
Pros
Focused study, experiments included
Do you recommend?
Yes
SS
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Love this.

Grade levels used
4
Pros
We have been using this for one week. My daughter loves iit. It is easy to follow, engaging and has hands-on work to accompany the text. The notebooking journal is awesome. She uses the older kids' one and loves how it is organized and how easy it is to u
Cons
Maybe a little higher level of science, or have extension activities for kids that want greater depth.
Do you recommend?
Absolutely
MK
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The Young Explorer Series is excellent for teaching multiple ages in elementary age. The journals are helpful to help the child retain information they're learning.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
easy to understand thorough
Do you recommend?
yes
MN
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I think that you learn a lot from this book. The only downfall is that my kids did find it slightly boring. Hoping to try again when they are older. Needs to be more hands on.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
  • 3
Pros
Very thorough
Cons
Slightly boring
Do you recommend?
Yes
SA
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This book is a very thorough exploration of botany, but it is too dry and boring.

Grade levels used
3
Pros
Very thorough!
Cons
A little dry and boring.
Do you recommend?
No
JH
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