So how does this measure up to what we like most in a curriculum for our PK1Kids?
I’m a huge stickler for colorful materials. Textbooks and workbooks should be fun and engaging for younger kids, not boring and mundane. We want to keep the FUN in homeschooling, right!? Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science textbook is full color. It relies heavily on real life pictures as opposed to cartoons and drawing which is more appropriate for a science book. The realism of the photos spark curiosity about the world. Not a single page lacks photos and colorful diagrams which inspires interactive reading.
Different Types of Learning.
Kids learning styles are unique, even within the same family, so it’s super important for a curriculum to use different types of teaching styles. Some of my kids will sit and read a textbook and just absorb the information – but even their retention shoots through the roof when we do hands on activities. When kids manipulate objects while applying a concept, they begin having experiential knowledge that stays with them on a whole different level. So how does Apologia Exploring Creation With Earth Science use different styles of learning? Without overdoing it, this curriculum perfectly combines reading, listening, writing, crafting, and manipulating.
The textbook lessons are broken up into short reading passages followed by activities. So expect to read about 2 pages, then have a short, simple, but effective hands on activity.
Apologia science textbooks are available as an audio book. While it’s not listed in their shop at this particular time, we expect to see it available soon. Pairing your text with audio can help your kids who are more audible learners. It can also change up the environment when you begin your lessons. Consider leading your older kids to read along with the text as it’s read aloud while your pre-readers color the lesson’s coloring page in their Notebooking Journal.
Gently encouraging younger kids to do some kind of writing in response to what they’ve learned can help them remember things in a new way. It also makes them feel like a big kid! Don’t expect too much too soon. Your second grader may love writing their personal reflections in their Junior Notebooking Journal, but your Kindergartener will benefit from drawing pictures of their activities and practicing writing out one or two key words from the topic.
👐 Tactile Manipulation
Pretty much all kids benefit from some type of tactile manipulation when learning something new. Getting to cut, paste, feel, construct, create, paint, and play can both keep the fun in your school day AND make lasting memories of what you learned. Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science textbook includes over 70 hands on activities that provide an immediate manipulation of what they just read. The Junior Notebooking Journal provides another level of manipulation as they get to make mini books and paper projects that apply to the lesson topic.
💻 Independent Research
Some kids love to learn more about what’s interesting to them. With the Book Extras that come with Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science textbook, your curious kids can explore more about each topic with external resources.Hands on activities. Sometimes all we can do for a subject is a simple worksheet, but the best memories and learning happen when we get to do hands on activities. Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science includes over 70 activities in their text book that follow each few pages of learning. The activities are simple and often short, using just a few household items. This is a great change of pace from other programs that use huge experiments that my family struggles to execute and finish! The pace of learning a bit, then doing an activity is comfortable and effective.
Hands on activities make Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Earth Science curriculum come alive.
Adaptability for multiple ages and levels.
Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science is adaptable for all elementary grade without extra prep work or busy work for Mom. When your kids each have their own Notebooking Journal, Science class becomes very easy to teach all your kids at once. Spend some time reading over the lesson and discussing it. Pre-readers can color in their notebooks while you read. Your kids can work in their Notebooking Journals according to their levels, and you can even explore the Book Extras if your older kids want to dig deeper.
I’ll be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at the price point for Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science. Currently on sale for less than $60 for the textbook & Notebooking Journal set, it’s a great value. For the most current price, check it out in their store:
Keeps their interest.
There are a few features of Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science books that help keep the interest of little ones. They way they’ve laid out the lessons with activities every few pages of text helps you break things up in a way that works best for your family. Add in the notebooking journal activities and you can easily follow the flow that keeps your kids interested. And what kid doesn’t want to make expanding universe putty and edible rocks?
For our growing family, simplicity has become a major necessity in homeschool curriculum. I’ve got too many kids to have one subject become a huge production. I appreciate the simplicity of not only the straightforward lessons in Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science textbooks, but the simple flow of reading, activities, and notebooking. There’s nothing worse than setting yourself up to fail with a curriculum that just has too many things going on! Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Earth Science is do-able, and carries a high chance of being able to finish in a year!
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