Review of Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition from Apologia Educational Ministries12:50 PM
My kids love science, and like many their age, they also love learning about space! When Apologia Educational Ministries sent us the Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition to use in our home school, I was so excited. The kids were equally jazzed to give it a try.
This curriculum operates a lot like what you would expect from traditional consumable-type programs. There are one-time use components for each child to work with. The textbook is reusable. This kit included:
- Student Text
- Notebooking Journal
- Jr. Notebooking Journal
- Audio CD
We used this with our 4th and 5th grade boys who do all of their learning together. The 5th grader is actually a delayed reader, so he used the Junior journal, and the 4th grader (the younger one) is reading at a 7th or 8th grade level and used the other journal successfully. I personally loved that they could learn and review the same concepts without having my older son feel self-conscious about his obstacles. This was a confidence booster I didn't expect to have happen!
You can make astronomy a family learning activity day in and day out, with very little planning needed and pretty much all of the materials you need coming straight from the journals! (A pen or pencil, scissors, glue, and crayons or colored pencils is the complete supply list for most all of the activities included in the curriculum. It's so simple but super-engaging!)
Apologia is such a high-quality company, and I have really enjoyed using this curriculum. If you want to take your learning journey outside of the home classroom (who wouldn't?), you can use their Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal to document museum or planetarium visits that will really boost your child's interest in astronomy!