Exploring Creation with Botany Notebooking Journal (2nd Edition)

Exploring Creation with Botany Notebooking Journal (2nd Edition)

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Item #: 000809
ISBN: 9781946506405
Grades: K-6

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The activities in this Notebooking Journal provide everything your child needs to complete the assignments in Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition. In addition to a suggested daily lesson schedule, it serves as your child’s notebook and provides a place for them to complete every assignment, record their experiments, and display their work.

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Botany 2nd Ed.:

Newly revised, this updated edition of Botany offers expanded content and activities. If you are familiar with the 1st edition, the first thing you will notice about the updated edition is the improved layout and graphics. Opening the textbook, the vibrant illustrations and updated hands-on activities formatting are eye catching. Most of the lesson content has been rewritten, giving the text a less casual or chatty feel, while remaining clear and understandable for children. The new edition offers 14 chapters covering an introduction to botany, seeds, flowers, pollination, fruits, leaves, as well as the roots and stems of plants. Children also learn about food production, with one lesson dedicated to teaching children about gardening, including how to build a raised garden. Additionally, the new edition introduces mycology (the study of fungi). Hands-on activities remain essential to the course. There is also a greater focus in this new edition on creating a Charlotte Mason inspired nature journal. Families may choose to purchase the updated Notebooking Journal or Jr. Notebooking Journal, with better aligned student pages for greater harmonizing of multiple ages. Young students may also elect to create their own journal. Botany is designed to be done 2 days per week, approximately one hour each day. Lessons with outdoor adventures or activities may take longer to complete. The newly updated Notebooking Journal is not compatible with the 1st edition.

A magnifying glass is recommended, along with other common household or easy-to-find local items. Contact us for an updated list of recommended supplies. Textbook contains 14 lessons, the activity supply list, and an answer key. 237 pgs, hc.

Available in two levels, the Notebooking Journal and Jr. Notebooking Journal have also been given a fresh, fun look. Notebooking Journals are a wonderful way to reinforce learning through documenting observations, recording thoughts, and reviewing content through the hands-on booklets they create. Colorful pages, space to record observations and answer questions, mini-books, plus coloring pages are all included for engaging the young learner. Families will appreciate the effort to align the activity pages in the Notebook and Jr. Notebook. In the sample lesson, the activities were the same between the Notebook and Jr. Notebook, with the Jr. Notebook offering dotted lines for student writing on most pages. Notebook journals also include a daily schedule based on the 2 day per week/one hour per lesson recommendation. These resources are not compatible with the 1st edition. Non-reproducible, each child will need their own Notebooking Journal. Spiral bound. ~ Deanne

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Botany:

This book covers the nature of botany and plant classification before moving on to reproduction, seeds, water movement, nutrient production and distribution. Some of the notebook assignments include a pollination "story," bark rubbings, leaf identification and labeling the parts of a flower. The book includes interesting activities and projects like growing seeds in plastic bags, making a light hut to grow plants, dissecting a bean seed, making pine cones open/close, and measuring transpiration.

Category Description for Apologia Science (K-6):

This popular elementary science series was originally created when Jeannie Fulbright, author and homeschool mom, was looking for a quality elementary science series that was creation-based using the Charlotte Mason approach. When she didn't find the curriculum she was looking for she decided to create her own. These books use the classical and Charlotte Mason methodology including narration and notebooking to develop critical thinking, logical ordering, retention, and record keeping. The series has since expanded to cover more science topics. New for 2021 is Earth Science, authored by Rachel Yunis, author of Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology.

Since the Charlotte Mason method is employed, every lesson is organized with a narrative, notebook work, an activity, and a project. The student notebook is emphasized in the lessons. Activities and projects bring the lessons to life and use simple household items. While the author's intent is for the parent to read these books to elementary students, a student with a 4th-grade reading level could read these books on their own. The books come from a strong creationist viewpoint, including sections called "Creation Confirmation" and Scripture interwoven throughout the book. Apologia recommends spending an entire year covering each book, taking about two weeks to explore most lessons (some lessons may require more time).

Notebooking Journals were a later - and welcome - addition to the series. As they complete the courses, students were encouraged to compile a notebook to collect and display the information they are learning. The Apologia Notebooking Journals now provide a place for the student to complete every assignment, to record experiments and to display work. Included are weekly lesson plans, templates for recording fascinating facts and assignments, and scripture copywork in both print and cursive models. In addition to full-color Miniature Books (for recording facts and information and pasting directly into the notebook), there are optional ideas (Take it Further in Astronomy; Dig in Deeper in Botany; Fly Higher in Zoology, etc.) for lots of additional activities, projects, experiments, books or videos, all of which correlate with specific lessons in each course. Along these lines, the Personal Person project in both of the Anatomy notebooks is special providing clear vinyl overlays of each body system. Be prepared to cut these out, though.

Junior Notebooking Journals are a simplified version of the orignal Notebooking Journals and require less handwriting but have the same reinforcing activities. These books include coloring pages, project pages, and cut and fold miniature books (same ones as in the version for older students). There is space for notebooking assignments (more drawings, no questions to answer) and scripture copywork (shorter verses to copy either in manuscript or in beginning cursive). Biblical quotations are from the NASB, KJV, NIV or NKJV.

To complete the books all you will need to provide is scissors, glue, colored pencils, a stapler, and a few brass fasteners. There are plenty of activity options in the journals, but keep in mind that based on your student, you may not want to complete every activity. Work can be tailored to each student by simply tearing out unwanted pages from the spiral-bound book. Serving both as a uniquely expressed record of the student's work and as a prized reminder of acquired knowledge, these books will become a homeschooling heirloom.

For convenience, we now offer either Advantage Sets or SuperSets. Advantage Sets include the textbook and either the Junior or original Notebooking Journal. SuperSets include the text, the MP3 Audiobook CD and either the Junior or the original Notebooking Journal.

We also offer lab kits from Nature's Workshop for the elementary courses. Kits contain most of the materials for the experiments, and are conveniently packaged by lesson in the corresponding book (sold separately). There are still a few items you will need from around your house, but with these kits the list becomes extremely short. ~ Janice / Jerry

Category Description for Apologia Science:

Apologia Science courses are written from a Biblical worldview with the homeschool in mind. At the elementary level, courses follow a Charlotte Mason-inspired methodology, with lessons organized around narration, notebooking exercises and hands-on activities or projects. Children at different ages can use these together, learning at their own level. Each course is designed to be teacher-student interactive, so teacher involvement is fairly high at this level. At the junior high and high school levels, science courses are more traditional in nature, with the textbook written to the student. Teacher involvement time at this level is much less than at the elementary level. Textbooks contain student reading, lab instructions, "On Your Own" questions and Study Guide questions. A Solutions Manual provides the answers to these and the test questions. Lab kits are available separately for both the elementary and upper-level science courses which include most of the harder to find items you will need.


Items listed in this section tend to be complete science programs with a teacher and student component, requiring few supplements besides science supplies.

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Need for a co-op class.
Kelly L on Jan 2, 2023
To help my children with self guided questions and help them with their note booking skills.
Brenda M on Aug 23, 2022
Need for a co-op class.
Kelly L on Jan 2, 2023
I feel the notebooking activities offered in this book help review and solidify the reading done in the textbook.
Kelly H on Aug 29, 2022
To help my children with self guided questions and help them with their note booking skills.
Brenda M on Aug 23, 2022
I got one for my son and forgot to get two more for my other kids!
Erica C on Jul 10, 2022
Loved the astronomy notebooks last year, so grabbing this one to work through this year.
Holly C on Jul 5, 2022
doing a study of botany with my 2 girls
Nancy S on Aug 19, 2021
This is a wonderful companion to the textbook
Rocio A on Aug 6, 2021
These are great for helping your child become independent in their studies. It teaches them how to take notes, stay on track with their assignments, and walks them through the experiments. If your child is too young to do the work on his own, the great feature is the daily schedule outlined in the front of the journal.
Erica S on Aug 5, 2021
Bible based
Heather H on Jul 13, 2021
For my third/fourth grader
Nicole W on Jul 8, 2021
I found the notebook somewhat useful with the 2nd edition. I hope this will be the same.
Elizabeth C on Jul 6, 2021
because my kids wanted to study Botany and Biblical worldview is important to me.
Dasha E on Dec 22, 2020
I chose this Journal for my oldest and the and the Junior journal for my second child so we can all study the same core textbook.
Rebekah F on Aug 20, 2020
Love the Notebooks! I allow them to start their note booking pages while I read them the chapter.
Lisa A on Jul 31, 2020
Easy to use and our boys really like having a finished project at the end of the school year that they can proud of.
Amee M on Jun 30, 2020
My children find it much easier to use the journals then spiral notebooks. You can use either but we enjoy using these Notebooking Journals since they are so much fun and colorful!!
Jennifer A on May 12, 2020
I feel the notebooking activities offered in this book help review and solidify the reading done in the textbook.
Kelly H on Aug 29, 2022
I got one for my son and forgot to get two more for my other kids!
Erica C on Jul 10, 2022
Is this second edition of the notebook basically the same as the first? It seems like they arranged things differently but the content is the same.
A shopper on Sep 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I haven't seen these in 1st Edition, but we've had 1st Edition Astronomy, Flying Creatures, and Land Animals. My kids were excited about these 2nd Ed because they have a bit more color! We have 1 regular and 1 junior notebook journal, and they're very similar.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Colorful and engaging
Fun coloring pages, cut and paste, review questions, and crossword puzzles. Never a dull moment.
April 28, 2023
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great stuff for the hands-on activity box
We read aloud lots together in school and I have a box full of quiet activities to keep hands busy and minds engaged. This was a perfect addition and it is just so fun to mess with. We all grab a glob whenever it's out and there's nice mound in each tin so you can share and still have fun with it. It is amazingly easy on clothing and furniture when some drops.
October 28, 2015
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Rated 5 out of 5
This putty is great for those who have started feeling 'Play Doh is for babies'! My 10 and 11 year olds got some last summer and really loved playing with it for hours It is not as soft as play doh but still malleable enough to shape into whatever your imagination desires A little also goes a long way- it can really stretch and still hold its shape without breaking up From the kiddos point of view it is unsurpassable as far as overall play value is concerned But I have to add a word of caution to all you parents: it will not come off carpet At least mine didn't I tried every cleaning remedy tip it attaches itself deep into the fibers as though it were a chemical burn or stain So my children are now only allowed to play with it outside or on the wood floors
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