Review: Apologia Educational Ministries

Apologia Educational Ministries

About Apologia:
I was familiar with Apologia by name. But I did always think it was for high school students for some reason.
But it’s not just for high school. And I was very happy to find out it was not. I love science in general so I was very happy to receive these books.
Let me tell you about Apologia from their site:
Apologia provides fun and challenging K-12 creation-based science curriculum specifically designed for the home school. Written by a former university professor and homeschool parent, our courses provide college-preparatory science in a way that is both clear and challenging. Our texts are readable, easy to understand, and full of engaging experiments that can be performed at home. We even provide a FREE help line to answer any questions or problems you may encounter and a money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.
Please take your time and explore our website to see what we have to offer. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us so that we can help. Our toll-free office number is 888.524.4724.
The books I received are Exploring Creation with General Science and Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.

How we used it: Ok, I had a bit of shock when I found out we were getting “textbooks”.

I thought “oh no public school flashbacks”. But I am not sure why, because science was my favorite subject and I received my highest grades in those classes, even with the textbooks I had no problem reading. It must be because since I have been homeschooling I have been against traditional textbooks. So after I received these “textbooks” I was in love! It was love at first site.

The Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day we used pretty basically. We just pick out a subject (a bird, a specific bird part, type of nest builder) and we sit and read it. Then if we want to do the experiment or project we do. I can tell you, we did not make a bird house, we purchased one instead. I do want to make a bat house though, because there is a section on bats. Did you know there are over 900 species of bats? I sure didn’t!
There is also a section on bees, including honey making. I got to learn the difference between honeybees and bumblebees. I also learned that I have 20 bumblebees living in my holly tree at the end of my sidewalk. Where is that fly swatter? Or bug spray?

Anyways, the General Science book is just as fun. I received the Solutions and Tests book with this textbook. Now I don’t like to “test” on subjects that I don’t feel are “going to benefit you in the real world” unless you are going into that field. So I did not use the tests except as comprehension and discussion questions. I only do “testing” on math and language arts. We have learned a little about science history, how to analyze experiments, and about archaeology (my fave). Next we will be studying the Fossils and then our body and how it’s made. There are just so many things to learn.

Over all thoughts:
The books are all so easy to read and clearly written. There are tons of colorful pictures and diagrams to look and learn from. I found this to be one of the best creation science studies I have come across. I just love having a book I can go to and refer to. We get to think for ourselves while discussing what we are learning. And you get to learn the “why” behind the subject you are learning about. Like learning about what a scientist does and how they do it, the history of science and so on. So you’re not just learning facts or memorizing certain things.
I truly just want to grab these books and sit down and read them. I love to just sit and read. But for those who want more hands on learning, like my youngest, there are loads of experiments and projects which are easy and fun.
Even if you did not want to use a textbook as a main learning book, it would be awesome to have these books as a reference to go with what ever creation curriculum you use.

I will now ALWAYS use Apologia for science. I really love them that much. I can’t wait to add to my collection now. I will have to make a shelf, on my bookcase, just for Apologia!

To learn more about these awesome resources and others, visit the Apologia website HERE.

To see what other Crew members are saying go HERE.

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