Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy

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It is a great book but it just didn't work with my family. It is very reading intensive. My son wasn't able to read it on his own so I had to read it to him and it was just to much with everything else I was reading.

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1
Do you recommend?
Yes
C
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I used this with my older kids in various grades when it was fairly new. It lived on my shelf collecting dust just in case I might use it until I finally sold it this year. We're just not going to use it again.

I liked that it was accessible to younger kids. We didn't care for the tone of the author at all. It talks down to kids, was too verbose, and felt like we had to wade a bit for the good parts. We generally don't have a problem using Christian science materials, but there was way too much time spent on worldview instead of just teaching the science. My STEM oriented child thought it was too wordy for the amount of meat, and my others were barely engaged.

The grade range given is a stretch in my opinion. 4th grade is the highest I would go, and an average 4th grader could easily complete this book in half a year or less.

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  • K
  • 1
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Pros
Simple presentation, one book, no busywork, multi-kid
Cons
the tone talks down to kids and grates nerves, overdoes worldview, verbose
Do you recommend?
with caveats
K
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I'm swimming against the stream but I really don't like this curriculum. My two boys are science fans and several chapters in complain they weren't learning as much as they'd like. I thought that might be the case. We switched

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  • 1
  • 5
Pros
Easy layout, journaling built in, achievable syllabus
Cons
Not enough content
Do you recommend?
No
DF
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We absolutely loved this curriculum. It is was fun, informative and easy to implement! I have used all their curriculum up through Biology for high school and couldn't be any more pleased with this curriculum!! I highly recommend it!

Grade levels used
  • 2
  • 5
  • 6
Pros
Christian, Conversational Style, Content, Hands-on Experiments, Use with Multiple ages and grades
Cons
None that I can think of
Do you recommend?
Yes!!
T
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i love that there are natural breaks in the text that allows the lessons to be broken up for my younger students. i also appreciate that the activities/projects are included as part of each chapter/unit.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
Pros
Easy to read. Organized Well. Relevant information. Christian World view.
Cons
somewhat dated photos.
Do you recommend?
I do recommend it.
J
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This is a great curriculum. I love it's apologetic nature. I bought the jr note booking journal and lab kit tongi with it. The experiments use common items, however you might not always have them on hand. So, the lab kit is nice to have everything ready for you. One less stress to worry about.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 1
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Pros
It is easy to read and very well laid out.
Cons
The readings can be long, so if you have little ones that have a hard time sitting still and listening this maybe difficult. However, you can break it up to make it easier.
Do you recommend?
Yes.
J
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We used this our first year of homeschooling for 1st grade and I plan on using agaim with my kindergartener this year. I like that there are extras that are optional and they give a lot of extra information. You also can easily skip an experiment and not be left behind. We love Apologia books. This is a good first book to use.

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1
Pros
Easy to understand, good experiments
Do you recommend?
yes
KG
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This is a great introduction to astronomy. It is good for younger ages but my 5th grader learned from it as well. However, we often pulled other books from the library to get more in depth information about some of the topics. As a homeschool teacher I love that the lesson plans were so well laid out. I could pretty much pick it up and start teaching with very little preparation needed. We used the journaling notebooks as well and really liked them.

Grade levels used
  • K
  • 5
Pros
easy to follow lesson plans, materials for activities were easy to locate
Cons
Introductory - my kids often wanted to go deeper and learn more
Do you recommend?
Highly recommend
KC
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My son and I used this curriculum for his 4th grade year and loved it! He couldn't get enough information and because everything is so interesting and hands on he remembers almost everything he learned. I definitely recommend the Notebooking Journal which will become a keepsake!

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4
Pros
Christian viewpoint, hands on, easy experiments that work
Cons
Can't think of any
Do you recommend?
Yes!
NP
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I first used this several years ago with a 3rd grader. He was a good solid reader and was able to handle the text himself. He very much enjoyed creating his own notebook and doing the easy experiments.

After coming back to this book more recently with another child, I found that it did not contain enough information and projects to satisfy her and so I had to supplement with some additional material. She is quite interested in astronomy thanks in part to her older siblings. There are plenty of good resources out there on observing the night sky which can be great fun.

I recommend this book as a good elementary textbook introduction to astronomy, but feel free to supplement with other resources which are readily available on line or in a library.

Grade levels used
  • 3
  • 4
Pros
good introductory astronomy text
Cons
reading intensive
Do you recommend?
yes, but you may wish to supplement with more hands on
PF
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