Apologia Science

Parents often have a difficult time teaching their kids math and science, primarily because they either didn't have much themselves or because they haven't had to use it since high school or college. Apologia offers a thorough introduction to general and specific science that is student-directed and doesn't require a lot from parents or teachers. It makes science fun and interesting, helping remove the scariness from a commonly intimidating subject.

Usually there are enough pros and cons in a particular curriculum that it's hard to back it whole-heartedly, but this is one we feel we can recommend for home school families without any serious reservation. While it isn't a perfect program, it is thorough, self-taught, and generally fun, without sacrificing content. One major complaint some have expressed is the lack of technical vocabulary (that's a plus for others). Perhaps of more concern is that this program takes more time to cover ground, dividing their high school topics into two full-year levels each, making it difficult to fully cover biology, chemistry and physics in the allotted timeframe. Finally, some argue that while it is nice that the experiments can be done without regular lab equipment, the purpose for lab science is that students learn to use those tools.

Apologia's open help policy is indispensable for many parents whose kids just aren't grasping certain concepts. Assistance is provided on request via email, standard mail, voicemail, online or fax, and addresses and numbers are provided in the front of each student text. Most parents that have used the course say they never had to contact the publisher, but those who have say help has been timely and truly helpful.

The Young Explorer Series for elementary kids deals with the natural world and astronomy and is based on the days of creation. The Exploring Creation books are for junior high and high school students and cover general science, biology, physics, and other more specific disciplines. There are some differences of approach between the two series, though the routine of reading text, answering questions and doing experiments is pretty standard throughout. You can learn more about both levels of books by clicking on the series links for more in-depth reviews.

It's pretty hard for a lot of us to get excited about science, but if there's a curriculum that can do it, this is it. Your child doesn't need to be a genius to understand the straight forward text, or have a fully-functional lab to do the experiments. All they really need is a healthy dose of curiosity and a willingness to learn, the only requirements for success in any discipline.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Exploring Creation With Astronomy
Young Explorer Series
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$33.60
Exploring Creation With Astronomy - Junior Notebooking Journal
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20 $17.50 (1 in stock)
Exploring Creation with Astronomy - Lab Kit & Book
from Nature's Workshop Plus
for 1st-6th grade
in Apologia Science (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$30.00 (1 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Astronomy - MP3 CD
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20
Exploring Creation With Astronomy - Notebooking Journal
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20
Exploring Creation With Botany
Young Explorer Series
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$33.60 $28.00 (6 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Botany - Notebooking Journal
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20
Exploring Creation With Chemistry & Physics
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$33.60 $28.00 (2 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Chemistry & Physics - Junior Notebooking Journal
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20
Exploring Creation with Chemistry & Physics - Notebook Journal
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20
Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy - Notebooking Journal
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 4th-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20 $19.00 (1 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology
Young Explorer Series
by Jeannie Fulbright & Brooke Ryan, M.D.
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 4th-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$33.60 $28.00 (3 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology - MP3 Audio
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 4th-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20
Exploring Creation With Zoology 1
Young Explorer Series
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$33.60 $28.00 (5 in stock)
Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 - Lab Kit
from Nature's Workshop Plus
for 1st-6th grade
in Apologia Science (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$50.00 (1 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Zoology 1 - MP3 CD Audio Book
Young Explorer Series
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20 $18.00 (1 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Zoology 1 - Notebooking Journal
Young Explorer Series
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20 $19.00 (2 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Zoology 2
Young Explorer Series
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$33.60 $28.00 (2 in stock)
Exploring Creation with Zoology 2 - Lab Kit
from Nature's Workshop Plus
for 1st-6th grade
in Apologia Science (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$50.00 (1 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Zoology 2 - Notebooking Journal
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 4th-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20
Exploring Creation With Zoology 3
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 3rd-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$33.60 $28.00 (6 in stock)
Exploring Creation With Zoology 3 - Notebooking Journal
by Jeannie Fulbright
from Apologia Educational Ministries
for 4th-6th grade
in Apologia Young Explorer (Location: SCICUR-AEM)
$23.20