Exploring Creation w/ Biology SET

Exploring Creation w/ Biology SET


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Grades: 9-10

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

Teaching a high school biology course at home can be challenging. What if I'm not knowledgeable about biology? What if I don't like dissecting things? What if I can't afford a microscope and slides? What if I can't find a course written from a Christian perspective?

Valid questions. One answer is Exploring Creation With Biology. This course can be used if you have any (or all) of the concerns mentioned. First of all, the book assumes that God is the creator of all life, not that life just happened or that one kind of animal evolved into a different kind of animal. While the creationist view is evident throughout the book, Chapter 9 is a 30+ page discussion of the theory of evolution compared to the theory of creation. Also, if you tire of hearing radical environmentalists whine about man destroying the earth, appropriate scientific facts are sprinkled throughout the book refuting many of their claims.

The book is written specifically for use in a homeschool. The authors assume no prior knowledge of the subject, and the course is written in an easy-to-understand, conversational style. Nonetheless, it is a serious biology text - one of the co-authors was formerly a university science professor. The book contains 16 chapters, or modules, discussing every topic you would expect in a high school biology course. The book contains a variety of drawings and photographs, both color and black-and-white.

Lab work can be more challenging in a homeschool environment, and the authors have made allowances for this fact in their course. Three types of lab exercises are included. First, household labs use only household equipment and should be done by all students. Second, microscope labs require the use of a 400x microscope and prepared slide set. Third, dissection labs require a dissection kit of instruments and specimens. The authors do not require the microscope and dissection labs to be done, although they believe that these are certainly beneficial. To make these labs more "do-able

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Biology:

This science course, designed for high school, has been updated for 2020 and is now available in a 3rd edition. The 3rd edition is not compatible with the previous 2nd edition, which is now out of print with limited availability.

Category Description for Apologia Junior / Senior High Science:

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.

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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Jay Wile is the best
Jaclyn C on Jul 2, 2021
Highly recommended
Lara P on Sep 17, 2020
Jay Wile is the best
Jaclyn C on Jul 2, 2021
My freshman is taking a live Biology course with BereanBuilders this was the required text
Maria P on Jun 19, 2021
Highly recommended
Lara P on Sep 17, 2020
My daughter needed it for school.
Julissa R on Aug 31, 2020
Required for online school
Luke M on Aug 26, 2020
preferred by our homeschool group--on the book list for the high school Biology class.
Christine T on Aug 20, 2020
Recommended by the teacher.
Paula G on Aug 18, 2020
For class at Glasgow Christian Academy
Carol B on Aug 15, 2020
I like the combination of Creation with Biology. The reviews I read were encouraging to me as well. I needed to find something that will keep my son's attention.
Nancy E on Sep 9, 2019
Requited by our home school group for HS Biology
Sara S on Aug 24, 2019
Great prices!
Stacey H on Aug 23, 2019
We loved Exploring Creation with Physical Science, so it was a given that we would move onto this!
Carolee C on Aug 19, 2019
Logos Online School
William W on Aug 15, 2019
FPA required
Trista H on Aug 11, 2019
Homeschool coop is using it.
Maria C on Aug 11, 2019
Required for Co-op class.
Maria on Aug 10, 2019
We need it for my daughter's science
Beth R on Aug 6, 2019
My daughter researched biology curriculum options and chose this one.
LaRee B on Jun 24, 2019
Logos Online School curriculum item
KANE F on Jun 22, 2019
classical conversation challenge 2
Dell J on May 1, 2019
Necessary curriculum for Classical Conversations
Monica R on Apr 27, 2019
For a class that my children are taking.
Tina E on Mar 30, 2019
Love this series of science books
Michelle M on Mar 19, 2019
course being taught in my area
Kurt J on Feb 22, 2019
required for class
Danielle F on Sep 3, 2018
Required by homeschool co-op tutor.
Sally M on Aug 31, 2018
I've used about 5 different Exploring Creation curricula and have loved all of them.
Heidi M on Aug 26, 2018
recommended by Logos Online School
Damian G on Aug 24, 2018
needed it for a co-op class
Sherri Z on Aug 23, 2018
Because it is Christian book
Lily F on Aug 20, 2018
I heard it was a great curriculum.
Angie P on Aug 13, 2018
Darion A on Aug 12, 2018
Homeschooling my 9th grader and starting with Biology. This book was highly recommended by a friend.
SHERRI B on Aug 9, 2018
Best pricing
Cathy L on Aug 8, 2018
Required for a class
Donna C on Aug 8, 2018
This text is used by PATH Milford.
kathryn s on Aug 6, 2018
my son is taking this course this year in homeschool.
Elizabeth S on Aug 2, 2018
David M on Aug 2, 2018
10 th grade biology
shellayne h on Aug 1, 2018
SChool requirement
Dana B on Aug 1, 2018
Needed for CC Challenge 2
Jenni P on Jul 27, 2018
Maria S on Jul 24, 2018
This is the curriculum that my child's teacher requested.
James K on Jul 21, 2018
I hired a former homeschool mom to teach science. These are what she requires we buy for the class.
Lisa J on Jul 18, 2018
the set was cheaper than the individual items
Angelique C on Jul 15, 2018
Challenge 2 - Classical Conversations
Michelle M on Jul 14, 2018
co-op class
Kelly S on Jun 23, 2018
Classical Conversations
Virginia S on Jun 21, 2018
Looking for a comprehensive science program that is affordable
Jennifer P on Jun 1, 2018
We like the easy to read lessons and format of the curriculum in general
User on May 7, 2018
My freshman is taking a live Biology course with BereanBuilders this was the required text
Maria P on Jun 19, 2021
My daughter needed it for school.
Julissa R on Aug 31, 2020
Does this set contain the student notebook? It’s not shown in the image but is listed in the description
A shopper on Aug 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: It does not. Those are out of print as well as out of stock. I'm sorry.
Is the textbook hardcover or paperback?
A shopper on Jul 2, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The Apologia textbook Exploring Creation with Biology 2nd edition by Wile and Durnell is hardcover.
is a teachers manual part of this curriculum?
A shopper on Feb 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is no teachers manual, per se, for this course. This set includes the text, a solutions manual (answer key) and a set of tests.
How beneficial is the Apologia Biology student notebook?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The student notebooks give the creative child an outlet for imagination, for drawing and journaling, has neat little games, puzzles, activities that can support in studying and memorization. I personally love them. I like the Bible memory, for example. However, the notebooks have not been a hit with my students, unfortunately. It’s a battle for me to get my lazy boys to open them, too much writing, and my creative girl has dyslexia/dysgraphia, so she’s unable to utilize it. I don’t mean for this to be a hopeless, cynical review. If you have a creative, motivated child, I think you will enjoy them.
Is there a certain order in which my high schooler needs to take the science courses?
Kim H on Jun 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Biology is usually the first place to start, 9th gd, Chemistry (10th gd), Physics (11 gd), and for 12th grade depending on the child's interests either Advanced Biology Human Body, Advanced Chemistry, or Advanced Physics.
I would like to clarify what this set contains. Does it include the test booklet as well? Or is the description saying that the tests are in the back of the solutions manual?
User on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When I ordered the Exploring Creation w/Biology SET it came with 3 items: hardcover text book, paper test booklet, and paperback solutions manual. The solution manual contains the answers to the tests as well as the answers to module questions, study guides, and lab questions.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Outstanding detailed explanations of concepts but a challenging course
We have used Dr. Wile's texts before with success. Great conversational readings (good for independent study); outstanding detailed explanations, pictures, and drawings; includes many comprehension and review points for the student, and contains step-by-step experiments suited for home as well as answer keys with brief explanations for the parent. The only downside we found was that the information provided almost too much detail in some areas--each unit requires 2 weeks of study at about 1 hour or a day and sometimes more for experiments and when studying for tests. I used it exclusively with my older daughter for most of her 9th grade year, and still had my younger high school-aged daughter refer to sections of it the following year although she had a different primary text and we still used this as a supplement for the great explanations. This is a well-designed upper level course that is comprehensive and challenging.
June 1, 2019
Rated 4 out of 5
Challenging but can be adapted for different learning
Great material that can adapt to different learning styles. Still digging in.
November 30, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Exploring Creation with Biology
Jay Wiles certainly knows how to explain biology with
engaging communication to the student. I would highly
recommend this product to others! I only wish I had used
his science and Jeannie Fulbright's from day one!
October 7, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great product!
This is a great product at a competitive price.
October 10, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great set
The book is the best Biology book that we have seen. Great set.
September 11, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Dr. Jay L. Wile write science so everyone can undertand and enjoy it!
Our family loves all the science programs we've done that are written by Dr. Jay L. Wile. He has a gift of making the complex easy to understand and fun to learn.
September 7, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
for the teacher not scientifically inclined with students who are
the best thing about these books in my opinion is that I don't have to even know the subject. I get to learn it right along with my children. I have looked at many books for biology this year and this one is presented in the most logical and straightforward manner. At the same time, the information is not dumbed down at all. If you have used previous apologia science books, get ready to really buckle down! Lots of vocabulary! A feature in this edition that I really like is the module summary in the back of the book. I have my children complete 3-5 questions a day, as they arise in the reading as a review of what was covered. It seems to really cement in their minds what we learned.

The author does get a bit repetitive in areas. A little annoying in that way, but for the education given and the way it honors God as the maker of all creation, I can put up with that
November 13, 2015
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A very solid Biology course that captures (and keeps) your attention because it�s so enjoyable to read I know it�s been said before but it�s very much like the author is having a conversation with you Not at all a dry textbook The study guide at the end of each module is excellent review for the test For additional reinforcement module summaries (fill in the blank) are also provided at the back of the book We did both (in addition to making vocabulary flashcards) with excellent results No question who we�re going with for Chemistry and Physics!
September 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
This was a great way to learn biology We loved the lap book approach It was one of our favorite subjects of the day
June 25, 2013

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