Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics {TOS review}

I will first start off by saying that this will be an extremely biased review, but if you have ever used Apologia Educational Ministries curriculum, then you may very well understand. Up until this point where we were able to review their latest addition of Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics to their homeschool science curriculum, we had only used their Bible curriculum and I had read a few of their published books. We love them all and are still enjoying using our first science books from the company.

We received the hardback book Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics and the workbooks, Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics Junior Notebooking Journal for the younger student (approximately kindergarten through third grades) and Exploring Creation & Physics Notebooking Journal for the older student (approximately third through sixth grades).

It has only been within the last year that I have been leaning towards more notebooking in our school. Sometimes, it seems extremely time consuming and other times, it is a definite compliment to the work we are doing.

Although the notebooking journals are not necessary for working through the primary textbook, they are a great enhancement to the learning that your child will do as he works through the lessons.

There is copywork using Bible verses, additional experiments, crossword puzzles and more areas to record data results from experiments and review of what the student has learned. See a sample of the regular journal
and a sample of the junior journal. There is also a suggested schedule for completing the lessons.

{experiment – pending due to technical difficulties}

When I considered the use of the curriculum, I took the same approach that I do with the What We Believe series. Instead of the recommendation of completing one lesson every two weeks, I broke up the lessons even more, because there is just so much learning to be had in each lesson.

{foil boat experiment – pending due to technical difficulties}

Most of the items required for the experiments are ones that you would more than likely find already on hand at home. So far, we have used a lot of salt, but I learned my lesson years ago after making play dough for the first time; keep salt on hand, which came in handy for many of the experiments in the first lesson.

Each chapter is really full of a lot of information and there are many experiments (Try This!) from which you may choose, but more than likely you will want to complete them all before moving on to the next lesson. Since we have time to learn, there really is no reason to skip any opportunity to complete an experiment.

An example of how I broke up the first lesson is:

Monday: We read pages 15 through 17 and completed note booking page 11.
Tuesday: We completed note booking page 12 through 14.
Wednesday: We completed the first Try This! experiment on page 17.
Thursday: We finished read page 17, continued to pages 18 and 19 and then completed another Try This! experiment.
Friday: We finished reading page 19, continued to 20 and completed another Try This! experiment.

With this schedule, we still had nine more pages in lesson one to go, which took us into one more week and a couple of days into the third. Even though working through the lessons in this manner caused us to take longer working through the book, I can see the enjoyment that my children are having and the learning that is occurring. You see, we have not been doing much science for a while and they are totally loving the fact that it is now in our schedule along with all of the experiments. If I find boredom begin to settle in, because it is taking us too long to complete, the work, then I may pick up the pace. Until them slow and steady as we go.

{picture of my children working through their notebooks together – pending due to technical difficulties}

Something that made using this curriculum really special is that all three of my children, who are in different grade levels, were able to study chemistry and physics together. Whoever knew that chemistry and physics would be two subjects that my first grader would be able to study at such an early age?

The Apologia textbook is available for $39; the junior notebook is available for $24; and the regular notebook is available for $24.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

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