Exploring Creation with Astronomy 2nd Ed.

The 2nd edition covers the definition of astronomy, the planets of the solar system, other space objects, stars, galaxies, space travel and more. Chapters 11-14 are where you see a change in the chapter sequence from the first edition. There are still interesting activities and projects including a model solar system made of balloons, pinhole eclipse viewing box, making a compass, understanding the moon phases, and creating an astrometer. The text is formatted differently from first edition - it begins with an explanation of the text, activities, course website, notebooking journals, and science kit in clear bold print. Each lesson is full of new photography and illustrations and interspersed with scripture. Blue "Think about this" and "Wisdom from Above" boxes give special attention to the Creator, and questions are scattered throughout. Activities for each lesson include instructions and illustrations. Every chapter is rounded out with "What do you Remember?" for review. Appendices include a lesson-by-lesson supply list for hands-on activities and an answer key for "What do you Remember?" questions.

One other change in the new edition is the addition of new, optional "Science Kit Activities," the instructions and supplies for which are only included in a science kit that is exclusively sold by Apologia. These activities are not detailed in the text or notebooking journals and are indicated only in the daily schedule provided in one of the notebooking journals or by small blue symbols printed in the text. The Astronomy 1st/2nd edition supply kit from Nature's Workshop still contains the supplies for all of the activities which are printed in the text, but it does not contain instructions or supplies for these optional activities.

Notebooking journals are now in full color and color-coordinated. A suggested schedule is provided at the beginning, with 71 daily assignments, and the lists have items listed in 3 different colors - green for textbook reading assignments, blue for notebook assignments, and brown for the optional science kit activities. Pages in the notebooking journal are formatted for students to answer questions and complete activities. A review of the inner planets now follows Lesson 8, review of the outer planets follows Lesson 12, and a final review follows lesson 14. "Take it Further" pages are now drawing, making lists of books you've read, movies you've watched, additional experiments you may have completed, and making scrapbooking pages. Copywork is still included and coloring pages in the junior notebooking journals. Answer keys are provided for vocabulary crossword puzzles and final review questions.

Because of the content changes, 1st edition products are not compatible with the 2nd edition. If you are looking for 1st edition books, we will have them in stock while quantities last. ~ Donna




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