First, a little background info. From the Apologia website: "Apologia exists because a small group of parents wanted their children to have an academically strong education that would deepen their Christian faith."
Apologia now offers:
*a K-12 Creation-based science curriculum
*worldview curriculum for ages six to fourteen
*practical and inspirational books about homeschooling
*refreshing retreats for moms
*online classes from Apologia Academy
One of the products that we have used year after year with our children is Apologia's science curricula, particularly their Young Explorer Series written by Jeannie Fulbright. This year however, we have teamed up with another homeschool family and are working through the same history and science curricula. We meet once a week to do special projects and experiments having to do with those subjects. At the beginning of the year we chose a different science text to work through. When we came to a stopping point in that curriculum, we decided that we would like to spend the remainder of our school year using one of the Young Explorer Series from Apologia that neither of our families had used yet...and wouldn't you just know it? It was about that time that I received an email from the TOS Homeschool Review Crew saying they were looking for reviewers to review one of the books from this series! Um... yes, please!! Pick me!!
Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day arrived in the mail just in time for us to begin back to school lessons after Christmas break. I would encourage you to check out all the nitty gritty details on the website including the full first chapter that you can read for free, but here are a few highlights of the program:
~14 Lessons, each focusing on different land animals. Lessons can be spread out over a period of 2 weeks, though we have chosen to work at a faster pace, completing one lesson a week. (We are currently on Lesson 5.)
~The text has beautiful, full color pictures! I cannot possibly turn a page without being sure that every last child has seen each picture. They all flock to the book when I announce I am holding it up for them to see during our read-aloud time.
~This curriculum is perfect for elementary ages. I am using it with my pre-K, K, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grader. They are each enjoying it and being challenged by it which is the mark of a truly well-done multi-age curriculum.
~Your students will use both narration and notebooking as well as projects and experiments to complete this program. You may also take advantage of a Course Website to dig a little deeper into each chapter's subjects.
Our family likes to read the lessons together which usually means I am reading aloud. Generally I spread this out over two days as the chapters are so full of information and rather long. However, we honestly don't mind that. Jeannie Fulbright is a talented and delightful author. She writes in a conversational tone which is especially engaging to our children. Then we spend one day working on the Notebook, Map it!, and Track it! experiments as well as any projects or experiments.
Junior Notebooking Journal, these wonderful full-color stickers come with it! I'll be talking more about the Notebooking Journal below, so stay tuned!
Junior Zoology 3 Notebooking Journal from Apologia recommended for beginning writers. We had never used these journals which are offered with all of the Apologia Young Explorer Series before and I honestly had my doubts if we would enjoy it. Since I only received one, I decided to assign it to H8, my second grader. Not only did she fall into the recommended age range of the project (grades K-2), but I felt she was most likely to enjoy the extra work. I was right! She loves keeping this guided notebook, and quite frankly I will most definitely be buying these in the future because I prefer them over the traditional notebooking.
In addition to my photos, you'll also find copywork pages (in both cursive and print), project/experiment pages, Explore More pages with additional activity, DVD, and book suggestions, and more! If that doesn't sell you, I'm telling you those full color Map It! Stickers that I mentioned above are worth the price of the book! Speaking of price, the Zoology 3 Junior Notebooking Journal sells for $24.
In conclusion, I am so happy that our family decided to conclude our science studies this year with Exploring Creation with Zoology 3! I have and will continue to recommend this curriculum again and again. You can purchase the Zoology 3 text for $39 at the Apologia website. You may also enjoy reading reviews from the TOS Review Crew of this and other Young Explorer Series curriculum.