Discover the beauty of God’s universe with this one-year elective course. It can be used as a stand-alone elective or as a complement to a high school Physics course. Beginning with the mysteries of the universe, this course explores the history of astronomy, our solar system, the sun, moon, orbital mechanics, telescopes, dwarf planets, the universe, stars, galaxies, and celestial navigation. Two modules are also devoted to a study of the planets. The text provides a total of 14 modules, which gives the student about 2 ½ weeks to complete each module for a one-year overview of astronomy.
Considered an all-in-one course, the softcover Textbook contains everything the student needs. The course is designed to encourage self-study, so it is written to the student and includes ‘On Your Own’ Questions (OYO). While there are no math requirements for the course, where appropriate the readings are supported by related mathematical equations. Within the text, the author works out every mathematical explanation in detail making it understandable for students. For learners with upper-level math skills, some OYO questions are math centric. Students do not need to complete these questions to receive credit for this course. Answers to the ‘On Your Own’ Questions are included in the back of the book.
There are no labs/lab kits and no tests for this course. If you chose to use this as a stand-alone elective course, you may wish to have the student create projects, design experiments or complete some other activity to assess learning for the transcript. 490 pgs, pb. ~Deanne
Have you ever been blessed with the opportunity to look up at a night’s sky so glorious that you forgot that your feet are fixed upon the Earth? Brand new to Apologia Science, this high school elective astronomy course is designed specifically to help your student sense the mystery of our Creator within the mysteries discovered by scientific study of our universe.
This elective text travels through our universe making connections for students to contemplate without the pressure of exams that core science materials require. Our Creator founded the Earth with wisdom and established the heavens by understanding. Trusting in the providence of our God, Exploring Creation with High School Astronomy uses the scientific and mathematical constants of the universe to reveal the beauty of creation.
Experiencing God’s signature, in all of its majesty, brings us closer to our Creator and inspires us to strive for greater things. Astronomy is the perfect complement to Physics study where the mathematical levels are similar. Because there are no tests, however, any high school student would benefit from this elective course. The curriculum consists of the written text and questions that students answer “On Your Own.” This allows students to check their comprehension levels before moving on. While some questions are mathematical in nature, students who do not have the mathematical skill can skip them and still gain full insight into the universe and their unique place within it.
Written specifically for use in a homeschool environment, these biblically-centered courses take a lot of pressure off the parent teaching the course. The main component of each course is the textbook. Please note that most textbooks have switched from hardcover to softcover format. The student text includes all the student reading, instructions for labs, "On Your Own" exercises, and fifteen to twenty "Study Guide" questions at the end of each chapter. Unlike many upper-level science texts, we have found these to be extremely readable! The text has a conversational tone, and concepts are explained in an easy-to-understand way. Plenty of helpful diagrams and pictures are included which add interest and break up the text. Answers to the "On Your Own" exercises are also included with discussion at the end of each chapter. The labs are designed to be done easily, and most require only household items to complete; unlike high school courses, like Bob Jones which require investing in some lab equipment and chemicals to complete the labs. Where a microscope or dissecting materials are required, a reasonably-priced complete kit of materials is available, for ease in collecting the items.
The Solution Manual contains test questions for each chapter, answers to the test questions and solutions to the "Study Guide" questions. For some courses, a separate Perforated Tests booklet is available; please note that this is only necessary if you want an extra copy of the test questions.
TheStudent Notebooks are a user-friendly companion that provides space for answering the On Your Own and Study Guide questions as well as for developing Lab Reports. Study helps include graphic organizers and a Module Summary for each module (fill-in-the-blank). Digging Deeper sections provide opportunity for practical applications and writing activities. For the teacher there are grading rubrics for lab reports and suggested answers for some of the graphic organizers. The History of Science module includes a nicely done timeline. Grading rubrics for the lab reports are provided in the Appendix.
MP3 Audio CDs are also available for most courses. The audio files are in MP3 format, and will require an MP3-compatible CD player to use (these can also be run on most computers). Tests, study guides, and answers are not included - this is simply an audio version of the text.
Apologia also offers Video Instruction for Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology and Advanced Biology. These have transitioned to USB flash drive format. Sherri Seligson, author and scientist, is your host and takes you to interesting locations, incorporating animated diagrams (over 20 hours of instruction) to help students better understand the concepts being taught. The content is more of a summary of the textual information found in each section of the modules than a narration of the text. Students will either see Sherri Seligson on location or in a lab during the speaking portions or they will see animated illustrations and examples. Sherri takes students through each lab and talks about what needs to be done and the results of the experiments.
System requirements for USB drives: USB port (PC or Mac), media player capable of playing mp4 files, and an internet browser. DVD requirements: DVD drive on your computer (PC or MAC) capable of playing mp4 files; these are not compatible with a DVD player.
We now offer SuperSets and Advantage Sets which include multiple items. Advantage Sets include the text, solutions manual (with a copy of the test), notebooking journal, and the MP3 Audiobook CD. SuperSets include everything in the Advantage Set (text, solutions manual with tests, otebooking journal and MP3 CD) plus the Video Instruction USB Flash Drive.
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.
There are no labs/lab kits and no tests for this course. If you chose to use this as a stand-alone elective course, you may wish to have the student create projects, design experiments or complete some other activity to assess learning for the transcript.
I really like this astronomy curriculum for my 9th grader. It’s comprehensive and packed with interesting information about our universe.
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