Elementary Homeschool Science

Why We Love Apologia for Elementary Science

I wish there was such a thing as the homeschool curriculum – you know, the one that is the perfect fit for your family–a curriculum that checks off every. single. box of your must-haves and must-bes when it comes to curriculum.  Even though I know the perfect curriculum doesn’t exist, I still stress myself out and waste spend way too much time searching for that elusive curriculum–or at least a curriculum that comes close.

I’m happy to say that you won’t find me looking any further for a science curriculum (at least not for the elementary grades).  I’m so thrilled that we have found the practically perfect one for us in Apologia’s Young Explorer Series!

Apologia’s Young Explorer Series contains seven different courses geared towards kids in grades K-6, with each one suggested to be completed in one school year.

Why We Love Apologia for Elementary Science

So why do we love Apologia’s elementary science so much?

It’s Bible-Based

We are Christians, so it is important for us to find curriculum that aligns with our beliefs.  Apologia teaches that God created the universe and everything in it, and throughout each course, God is glorified and proclaimed as Creator at every opportunity.

I Can Incorporate Multiple Ages

Another thing that is important to me when choosing a curriculum is being able to teach several of my children with the same curriculum.  We have seven children ranging in age from 12 down to 2, so the more kids I can teach at once, the better!  Apologia’s Young Explorer Series is suggested for grades K-6, so currently, I am teaching my four oldest kids all with one course.

Complementing Notebooking Journals

I like to incorporate notebooking into our homeschooling whenever possible, and Apologia makes that super easy for me to do for science.  Apologia offers a notebooking journal for each of the seven elementary courses.

The notebooking journal provides a place to keep and organize all of the notebooking activities from the textbook, a place to answer the review questions, and a place to record the scientific data from the experiments and projects .  The notebooking journal also has, for each lesson, a place for the student to write down any “Fascinating Facts” they learn, a vocabulary crossword puzzle, a full-color minibook(s) to complete, a scripture copywork page (in both print and cursive), as well as suggestions for books and further study.

Notebooking journals are available in two levels – one level for upper elementary and a ‘junior’ level for the lower elementary grades.

It’s Immersive

At first I wasn’t so sure about the immersion approach that Apologia takes, but it soon grew on me, and I quickly understood the benefits.  Instead of having my kids learn a little of this and a little of that in their science courses, they learn about one topic and focus on that for the entire year.  It’s about quality, not quantity with Apologia. By studying topics more in depth, my kids are more likely to remember the information we covered.  Plus it offers more opportunities for further exploration–which usually means fun activities and field trips.

It’s Teacher-Friendly

Apologia is very easy to use.  If you purchase the notebooking journal, there is a handy schedule in the front that you can follow; it is broken down for you to cover science 2 days per week, but you can easily modify it if you’d like to do more or less science each week.

There is also a convenient supply list in each textbook broken down so you can see what supplies you need for each lesson.  And if you want to make life even easier for yourself, you can purchase science kits online with practically all the supplies you will need for the entire course (These are not sold by Apologia, but these kits are made specifically for the Apologia courses).  Some of these kits can be a little pricey depending on how many supplies are needed, but for me, sometimes the expense is justified depending on the season of life we are in (new baby, moving, etc…).

It’s Fun!

Don’t judge a book by its cover!  Yes, the Young Explorer Series courses are textbooks, but they are packed full of a variety of activities, experiments, and projects.  There are actually so many activities in them that we can’t even do them all – we pick and choose which ones appeal to us.  Each lesson ends with a fun project and/or experiment.  Each lesson also has notebooking activities and a number of ‘Try This!’ activities sprinkled throughout to break up and reinforce the learning.

If you would like to read a review on a specific Young Explorer course you can read my review of Zoology 1 and/or Chemistry and Physics.

I can wholeheartedly say that I have no desire to look for a different elementary science curriculum because Apologia checks off so many boxes for us.  We love Apologia!

Now if only I could write a post like this about grammar!

Have you found some homeschool curriculum favorites?
Please share and tell us why!

About the author

Sarah

Sarah is the JOYful wife of Jorge, the JOYful mother of 7 blessings, and a JOYful servant to the Most High God. She has been JOYfully homeschooling since 2007, using an eclectic approach. Sarah left her working-mom-of-2 mentality and plans at the door when the Lord came knocking on it in 2002. Now, as a born-again, stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of many, she couldn’t imagine life any other way! Sarah has a heart for moms, and uses her blog, My Joy-Filled Life, to minister to and encourage other mothers. You will find her writing and sharing about the joys of big family living, her faith, homeschooling, homemaking, and whatever the Lord lays on her heart. In her free time (what’s that?), Sarah enjoys baking (but not the clean-up), dabbling in photography, and running.

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  • As a former high school science teacher….this curriculum has been the only one about which I’ve had no complaints! We have been using it for three years now.

  • What an interesting title for a blog! As a homeschool FATHER I have to say that ANYONE who claims to be looking for THE perfect homeschool curriculum, is full of it. One of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is that you can pick and choose what you will be teaching (I mean parroting) from. One of the main reasons people don’t put their children in public school is that homeschool parents don’t feel public schools offer a curriculum they agree with.

    • Hooray for homeschooling dads! It’s great that more dads are either the primary homeschooling parent or are getting more involved in their children’s homeschooling by teaching some courses or participating in other ways. Yes, it is impossible to name ONE particular curriculum as ‘the perfect curriculum” for ALL homeschoolers. One of our favorite things about homeschooling is that we get to choose what works best for our own children.

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