Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review on Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics

Apologia Educational Ministries is a Christian faith based homeschool science curriculum. "What began with a single textbook has grown to include a K-12 Creation-based science curriculum, worldview curriculum for ages six to fourteen, practical and inspirational books about homeschooling, refreshing retreats for moms, and online classes from Apologia Academy."

The science program that was given to me to review was Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics. This homeschool science resource uses the Charlotte Mason methodology to introduce children in grades K-6 to chemistry and physics. Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics teaches students about the study of atoms, molecules, simple chemicals, laws of motion, electricity, magnetism, and simple machines.

This homeschool science program uses notebooking journals to help solidify what the student has just learned. The Junior Chemistry & Physics Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is designed for younger elementary students or for those with limited writing skills. Age appropriate activities include fun and easy experiments, mini books, coloring pages, Scripture copy work, and field trip sheets.

A suggested lesson plan is provided for the instructor, making the course ready to use. "How to Use This Book" page is also provided giving the instructor suggestions on how to use the science program. 

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My daughter and I love Apologia. I love that the homeschool program is Creation based. Every single lesson starts with a verse and coloring sheet. The copywork also involves a verse from the Bible. For example, lesson one implemented the verse "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:7" 

In lesson 1, my daughter learned about volume, mass, buoyancy, matter, Archimedes, and density. "My Matter Projects" made it easy for me to see what my daughter had understood about the lesson. This activity gave her an opportunity to write down what she did for that particular lesson and what she learned. The flap books were another resource that I used to understand what my daughter had grasped from the lesson. The flap book provided the opportunity for her to narrow down what she had learned about every topic. 

For every lesson, I would read a few paragraphs and then stop to ask comprehension questions. I wanted to make sure she understood what I was reading. Once we finished a few topics, we would try the experiments. The "Try This" experiments were my daughter's favorite sections in the whole book. For the first experiment in lesson 1, we played "I Spy." We looked around the room and chose items around us. We had to ask yes or no questions about the item. Each question had to describe the properties of the object. 
When she learned about volume, she decided to fill up my bath tub and measure the amount of water. Then she got in the tub and measured the amount of water again. She was able to visually see that volume is the amount of space that something takes. Another "Try This" experiment that we did was the one on buoyancy. We took a pan of warm water, build a ship out of aluminum foil, dropped a few drops of blue food coloring, and added salt. She was suppose to place pennies in the ship and see how many pennies it would hold before it sank. When learning about matter, she completed another experiment found in the book. We went outside and she was to find rocks with geometric shapes. Once she found all of the rocks that she wanted, she drew pictures of them on construction paper. The final project for this lesson was making a lava lamp. From this final experiment, she learned that Alka - Seltzer does not react in vegetable oil.  When the Alka - Seltzer was placed in water and vinegar, gas formed. 

We loved  Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics and we would recommend it. 

I have been given this product free of charge for review purposes. 

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