Exploring Creation w/ Botany

Exploring Creation w/ Botany

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Item #: 009090
ISBN: 9781932012491
Grades: K-6

Product Description:

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.

Publisher Description:

This book begins with a lesson on the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant. As students study these topics, they also learn about many different kinds of plants in creation and where they belong in the plant classification system.

The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons come alive! They include making a "light hut in which to grow plants, dissection of a bean seed, growing seeds in plastic bags to watch the germination process, making a leaf skeleton, observing how plants grow towards light, measuring transpiration, forcing bulbs to grow out of season, and forcing pine cones to open and close. We recommend that you spend the entire school year covering this book, devoting approximately two sessions per week to the course. Please note that many of the activities and projects in this book are long-term with results that can take several days to observe. Thus, you will have to be flexible in how you schedule your time.

Category Description for Exploring Creation with Botany 1st Ed.:
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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My daughter had this as an optional book for 1st grade, and we liked what they shared in class and wanted to see the rest of it, so here we are getting it even after class is almost done! :) Fun experiments!
Benjamin S on May 4, 2021
for freedom project academy
Jorge T on Aug 31, 2020
My daughter had this as an optional book for 1st grade, and we liked what they shared in class and wanted to see the rest of it, so here we are getting it even after class is almost done! :) Fun experiments!
Benjamin S on May 4, 2021
My Fathers World
Susan B on Mar 13, 2021
for freedom project academy
Jorge T on Aug 31, 2020
I like the Exploring Creation Science books because my kids enjoy them.
Andrea C on Aug 3, 2020
Needed for FPE 1st grade course
Lisa Q on Jul 26, 2020
It was a part of the 1st grade FPA curriculum.
Trisha B on May 27, 2020
Looks like a fun science book for a nature lover.
Julie P on Aug 20, 2019
FPA required 1st Grade book list
Swan D on Aug 12, 2019
my 8 year old reads science textbooks for fun
Heather G on Aug 6, 2019
This is an excellent resource to used to teach how plants operate while teaching students to garden.
LAURIE R on Mar 11, 2019
Our special needs teen works on a few farms with animals as part of his job training for adulthood. There are opportunities for him to help with gardens and crops also. My husband , who is a scientist, looked at the book and thought it would cover everything he would need. He thought it looked pretty advanced for young kids but thought it would be great for younger middle school too.
Margaret G on Mar 9, 2019
friend recommendation
Susanna N on Aug 30, 2018
Caroline B on Aug 20, 2018
Fun elementary science
Carrie H on Aug 4, 2018
Need it for NSA home school
Williams H on Jul 24, 2018
BARBARA on Jul 12, 2018
We need a solid science program for the spring term and I have had success with the Astronomy and Sea Creatures.
Carolyn B on Apr 9, 2018
I wanted a copy for each of my children to follow along and see the beautiful illustrations.
Jamie F on Mar 6, 2018
We love science and experiments and this book had them both in one text
Kori O on Oct 25, 2017
current science needed
Shantel G on Sep 1, 2017
For homeschool science curriculum
Elaine D on Aug 20, 2017
read through science Charlotte Mason style
Raymond H on Aug 13, 2017
I chose this curriculum because my son is obsessed with plants.
Elizabeth F on Nov 7, 2016
It was recommended on My Father's World and cheaper here.
DARLINGTON D on Sep 30, 2016
we are home schooling and taking a co-op class
stacy g on Sep 4, 2016
NALAINE W on Aug 27, 2016
Science for multiple children, ages 6,8,and 10
Julia L on Aug 12, 2016
Its for a co-op class.
Ann B on Aug 9, 2016
This is a fun way to teach science to kids who are a variety of ages at the same time. There is a lot of information in this book.
Donna B on Jul 24, 2016
This series has captivated my children from the very first lesson in the first book we chose.
Adria D on Jun 23, 2016
I am borrowing a Exploring Creation with Zoology book from my sister and love it. I think I'm going to be hooked on the whole series.
Karrie P on May 16, 2016
"My family loves all the Exploring Creation science books! They are all well-written in a conversational style, very interesting facts, and affordable. I love the Christian perspective as well!"
Deborah F on Apr 19, 2016
My daughter took this course at our local co-op.
Shannon L on Feb 23, 2016
required at my child's hybrid school
Zohra G on Dec 27, 2015
creation based science
Heather C on Dec 13, 2015
My Fathers World
Susan B on Mar 13, 2021
I like the Exploring Creation Science books because my kids enjoy them.
Andrea C on Aug 3, 2020
Trying to decided on a science curriculum for our first year homeschooling. While I've heard so many good things about Apologia's science, did you (or your kids) not get bored studying just one topic (Astronomy, Botany, etc.) all year long?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2020
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BEST ANSWER: Nope. We did not. The curriculum with the journal was interesting and we did some fun field trips as well. It’s a great curriculum. You could always start with it, taking a break to explore another topic if you find it difficult to maintain the interest over time. We didn’t need to do that though.
What all is required to teach this?
A shopper on Apr 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You don't actually "need" any additional materials in order to get through the book, but you'll find that the simple experiments add a lot of depth to learning the material. I collected all of the items needed (mostly very basic stuff you can get from a lawn and garden center) for the experiments/projects before the school year started so I wouldn't have to delay any of them. The only thing I couldn't prep in advance was forcing the hyacinth bulbs as this needs to be done in the dead of winter.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Loved how it was layed out.
June 27, 2021
over 5 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Please just let me know in the future if the parcel is at the post office. Our parcel was there for more than a week before I asked about it and only then they informed me it was at our post office.
August 26, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Exploring Botany
I love this material. Both of my children ask daily to do Science! My Dyslexic son is thriving with this!
May 7, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We are absolutely enjoying this text! Not a day goes by when I don't learn something new and the workbooks that complement the text book are genuinely adored by my girls 10 and 7. This text encourages us to praise God for His provision of plants, even though I cannot successfully grow one :)
November 9, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great book!!!
I like the way this book is laid out. Since fall was in full swing when we got started... we went to the lesson on leaves fairly quickly without any loss in continuity.
November 4, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Loving and learning!
I purchased this with my second grader's curriculum. It's my favorite class. We are both learning a ton about the plant world. I combined it with the junior botany notebook. The notebook has a schedule laid out for you. Typically we do two days a week. I read the lessons to her as they are rather lengthy, but well written to keep her attention. There are coloring pages for her while I read. This course is rather time consuming for two days, but time well spent and could definitely be spread out during the week. It is based on a creation point of view and so fascinating to learn. There are many different projects/activities for each lesson to instill what they've learned. I highly recommend this study.
October 21, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Teaching Science is FUN
My two home schooled 3rd graders and I are truly enjoying science this year! I have always used a curriculum in a box and was disappointed with science. Why did I never take a serious look at this series? I am so happy we've found it. I'll order the next book once we're done with this one!
October 16, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Ok I must be honest I didn't have any interest at all in learning or teaching botany to my kids! I had ordered some of the other apologia texts (zoology interests my kids a lot) with their corresponding journals When I looked at the journals as the school year approached I realized they were a bit intense for my 5 6 and 7 year old Too late for returns I ordered apologia's botany book with the junior level journals and with a disappointed heart just saved my other apologia for the future I worried it might be a drag and that I personally wouldn't get motivated enough to teach it! We are four months into this Apologia Botany and Junior Journal and let's not even call it a textbook! Science never had it so good! The writing style of the author is so warm and personal I think sometimes my kids think I'm just talking to them about the subject instead of reading to them! When they cannot tell the difference between reading and natural conversation that's a plus to be noted indeed I am thoroughly impressed in every way with this book What quality! The journal activities and hands on projects are doable and believe me I can be pretty quickly turned off by a complex endeavor during our busy days Not only are the activities doable they are very useful for fortifying the learning (not just silly little crafts) If a curriculum can get my kids AND ME sincerely interested in botany it's impressively well done Period Thanks Apologia! I'm so glad I have more of these books awaiting us in my curriculum closet!
November 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
After hearing all the rave reviews of this curriculum I decided to check it out for myself"Exploring Creation With Botany" is part of the "Exploring Creation" series authored by Jeannie Fulbright a former public school teacher now homeschooling mother The science series is based on the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason The book itself is organized like a basic elementary science text however it tends to read in a conversational tone with the teacher talking to the student about a particular science topic At the end of each section is a science activity to do and a notebook page to make Since we had already done these science activities we chose the "Christian Kids Explore" series by Bright Ideas Press to build upon the foundation of scientific knowledge our child has already acquired Of all the "Exploring Creation" series I think this book is the most technical so I would recommend saving it for when your child is older
April 1, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5
I have often joked over the last few years that I needed a very special science curriculum Not only did I need one that was scientifically accurate and presented from a Christian perspective but I also needed one that would be suitable for us to do as a family AND one that would either teach for me or motivate me enough to actually include science in our routine!I know I know my husband is a Biology/ General Science teacher! How could I not like science? Why do you think we got married? He helped me in the sciences and I wrote his papers for him! :) Just kidding! (sort of!)I don't think I ever had a science teacher who spoke the ENGLISH language they all spoke some unfamiliar tongue that I did NOT understand! Consequently I have had a lack of motivation interest whatever in the area of teaching science This is not something I am proud of especially since all four (3 youngest esp) of my children LOVE anything having to do with scienceThis year we started using Jeannie Fulbright's Exploring Creation series EUREKA! WE'VE GOT IT! All four of my qualifications have been met I am actually doing science and understanding it! :) The lessons are manageable and there are corresponding notebook activities with each section Students do narrations nature study activities and experiments (which are very simply laid out using household materials) Also the book is very affordable (you only need one per family)I won't ramble forever but I do want to give an example I have never understood the concept of photosynthesis I knew it involved some series of letters and numbers Csomething + H2O etc However thanks to Ms Fulbright the kids and I can have a discussion about the way a plant makes food!I asked the girls to write a paragraph explaining photosynthesis in their own words Here is what they wrote:Sarah- "Photosynthesis is a process where the plant makes food It pulls in CO2 and water and makes sugar and lets air out"Hannah- "Photosynthesis is a process in which the plants' leaves make food for the plant The plant takes light water and CO2 to make sugar to feed the plant when it does this it also makes oxygen for us to breathe"
March 28, 2009

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