The beauty of creation has never been more evident than in this 2nd edition of Exploring Creation with Botany. Now with 14 lessons and a newly designed course schedule, students will have even more hands-on experience as they cultivate their love of learning all about the plants God created.
With new and redesigned activities, students will read about and explore why botany matters. They will learn about seeds, pollination, and fruits. They will understand the importance of leaves, roots, and stems. And all along, they will be preparing for growing their own garden and much more! By building and using their own light hut in the opening chapter, students will be continually studying the life cycle of different types of plants throughout their year of studying botany.
Young botanists will also be taught how to think like a scientist. In addition to their hands-on written notes, mini-book (lap-style) activities, and vocabulary building exercises in their Notebooking Journals, students will also create their own Nature Journal to take with them as they go outside to explore, study, and document the wonderful world of plants and fungi.
This course title is one in Apologia’s Young Explorers series and is designed to be used in any grade from 1st grade through 6th grade. Created in a Charlotte Mason learning style, students are not tested, but rather they are encouraged to use their Notebooking Journal to document all that they learn. Throughout the text, and included in the Notebooking Journal, are “What Do You Remember” questions where students are encouraged to stop and explain in their own words to someone else the materials they are studying. By allowing students the freedom to incorporate their new knowledge into their own words, students are better equipped to remember what they are learning.
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
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.
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
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.
I have included the description of the new Botany 2nd edition below. Many changes were made in the new edition. Therefore, notebooking journals of the new edition will not be compatible with the 1st edition textbook.
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Features of Exploring Creation with Botany,2nd Edition
Increased focus on nature journaling
New chapters on gardening and mycology
Wide variety of new and updated activities to fit any writing level and learning style
Engaging and fun Minibooks to illustrate and assemble
All new spectacular photos and graphics
A Suggested Daily Schedule that makes lesson planning a breeze
Improved layout that is more user-friendly, regardless of the climate in which you live
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