We bought our first Apologia science book back in 2013, and have added many more to our collection over the years. I was excited, then, when I received an opportunity to review the new Apologia Earth Science curriculum for our rising 3rd grader.
Apologia Earth Science
Exploring Creation with Earth Science is part of the award-winning Young Explorer Series–voted the #1 homeschool science curriculum for over 14 years in a row. Just like the other books in the Young Explorer series, this set is designed to have no pre-requisites. You can complete any/all Young Explorer books in any order you want, and can let your child's interests guide you.
Apologia Earth Science Options
Similar to the rest of the Apologia Elementary Science series, you can select either the Earth Science Junior Notebooking Journal or an Earth Science Notebooking Journal for your kiddo. We selected the regular journal.
The Junior Notebooking Journal recommended for grades K – 2
This journal is for younger students. It features fun graphics and imaginative designs to inspire thought and creativity. Wider writing lines make it perfect for younger writers with limited writing skills.
The Regular Notebooking Journal recommended for grades 3 – 6.
This journal serves as your child's notebook and provides a place for them to complete every assignment, record their experiments, and display their work.
So, what's the difference between the journals? The Earth Science with Junior Notebooking Journal is designed for kiddos who are still working on basic writing skills.
The regular Earth Science with Regular Notebooking Journal is for kiddos who have mastered handwriting, are able to take notes, and are able to complete/enjoy upper elementary level activities.
You can view an even bigger sample of the Earth Science Curriculum from Apologia on the site.
Inside Exploring Creation with Earth Science
Now that we've looked at the difference between the student journals, let's look inside the Exploring Creation with Earth Science Curriculum.
In this Charlotte Mason style science curriculum from Apologia, students will investigate the earth, what it's made of (i.e. dirt – and what is dirt made of), how Earth replenishes it's resources, and so much more!
This curriculum is full of amazing photos and graphics. There are 14 lessons, and it is designed to be a one-year course. Your child will learn how to map his or her world, about the geosphere, the atmospher, climate and weater, and so much more. To wrap it all up, they will learn how to see God in all of Creation. There is an included detailed lesson plan with recommended weekly schedule (in the notebooking journals) that has lessons planned in advance (score), and there are plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning.
What We Think of Apologia Earth Science
My daughter was all smiles when I showed her the Apologia Earth Science Curriculum. She loves playing in the dirt, and she LOVES hands-on experiments. She loves making volcanoes, so this is right up her alley.
Apologia Earth Science Giveaway
Who doesn't love a great giveaway? Apologia is giving two lucky winnesr the Exploring Creation with Earth Science set (the winner will get to chose the regular or junior journal).
I really don't want you to miss the opportunity to enter this giveaway, so just in case, if the giveaway widget doesn't populate, click the pink button to go enter it!
Our Love for Apologia Science Runs Deep
My son had read the rest of the Apologia Elementary Science books by the time he was in 5th grade, including:
- Exploring Creation with Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
- Exploring Creation with Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
- Exploring Creation with Land Animals of the Sixth Day
- Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics
- Exploring Creation with Astronomy
- Exploring Creation with Botany
He initially didn't think he'd be interested in Botany, but later decided he wanted it, “since he'd read all the others.” LOL We've also reviewed Apologia Health and Nutrition and Apologia High School Chemistry. You can read those reviews here:
Next we'll be reviewing Apologia Biology, so stay tuned for that!