“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Such a powerful verse….. A verse I want my children to truly understand, learn and believe in. Last year, I attended my first homeschool conference and heard someone make a comment: If you want your children to truly love God, teach them the awesome power and love of God through Science! If they see the ‘awe’ of God, they will witness his beauty every day of their lives!
That statement made a profound impact on me and has made me mindful of what we use for science and how much time we spend with science, which is why I am so excited to not only review Young Explorer Series: Exploring Creation with Astronomy by Jeannie K. Fulbright, but also host a giveaway for the text and the notebook!
Exploring Creation with Astronomy is a fantastic science curriculum with 14 Lessons that can be taught/implemented using a two week schedule for each lesson. This allows you to go deeper with your children…and spend a little more time lingering on the subject as they grow in knowledge and truth. A guideline or recommended schedule is provided for you in the Notebooking Journal, as well as a detailed description in the text book explaining how to work the lessons between the reading, journaling and activities that are recommended.
I love the way Apologia explains narrations and notebooks. I am still new to notebooking and I generally shy away from things that I have to print off. I find it time-consuming and generally enjoy having things easily available and easy to understand. Because you can order the Notebooking Journal to go along with the book….and Apologia explains the notebooking process so well, I can see this as becoming the way our children will enjoy learning. (Notebooking will definitely help improve their writing skills, spelling and grammar! I love the overall process of notebooking, it’s the getting started that can be difficult!)
Apologia doesn’t stop there, though…they have included Latin Root Words to help children take their reading to a new level so they are able to truly begin understanding words throughout their school subjects.
A course website is also included. The site used for this book allows your children to view links that helps them ‘find things in the night sky for your area and the time that you are covering astronomy.’ Wow! I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed!!
Last, but not least….every lessons contains the hands-on projects, experiments/activities every child enjoys doing. After looking through the book, I see that I really missed out on a lot growing up! Science with experiments?! We did not really have the fun hands-on activities until high school…and by then, well, I did not love learning. Apologia has really made it easy to plan out your activities. Every lesson plan has a list of items necessary to complete the activities, etc right in the book! Most of the items will be right around your home…some may note…but all in all, they are, which reduces your cost and keeps running to the store at a bare minimum!
Here is a list of Subjects covered in the text:
What is Astronomy
Uranus and Neptune
Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
Stars and Galaxies
What do you think? Me, I think we will be adding this to our curriculum going forward! It will be fun and easy to implement for all three of my children who are: 9, 8 and 4! Now….for the not-so-fun part. The cost. Actually, the cost is not bad, at all!!! The Exploring Creation with Astronomy Text is: $39.00 and The Astronomy Notebooking Journal: $24.00
NOW, for the fun part! I have the opportunity to giveaway one of each to one lucky winner (in the United States)! YES! You can win a copy of The Exploring Creation with Astronomy Text and the Notebooking Journal! (One side note: Apologia is coming out with the Junior Notebooking journal in September. So, if you win, you will have the option of receiving the notebooking journal that is available now or the junior one…..in September!)
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Winner will be selected based on all comments submitted by midnight on Tuesday, June 7th.
I am linking this post to the Hip Homeschool Mom’s Giveaway Day
(Disclosure: I received this product for free from Apologia in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review)