I never thought we would love science so much, but since using the Apologia series of books, we will never learn science in any other way! Sometimes you just get the ‘right fit’ with curriculum.
Last year we did Apologia’s Astronomy and this year we are moving on with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. It has been such a turn-around from the dry and uninspiring program we used a couple of years ago.
I love how the accompanying notebook beautifully reinforces the information through different activities, from the use of copywork, colouring and crosswords, to labelling diagrams and completing lapbook-inspired activities. The finished notebook will be something to treasure.
Aside from the fact that my daughter (7) is retaining a good amount of the factual content, she is also improving in her handwriting, comprehension, and spelling. She even asked the other night if she could take her notebook to bed and do schoolwork during her reading time. Not bad for an artsy kid. 🙂
It’s one thing to hear a great review but another to see it in operation. So I thought I’d put up some photos of what my daughter has completed recently.
Anyone else had great success with a science curriculum?
The textbook is written in a Charlotte Mason narrative style which we love, and comes with an accompanying notebook in which your child can complete the assignments in the main textbook. We are going to use the Junior notebook version which is recommended for grades K-3. It doesn’t have as many writing activities, has dashed writing lines, and each section has colouring pages which your child can do while you read the textbook. Perfect.
What It Covers
There are 14 lessons that cover birds, bats, pterosaurs, and insects.
The recommendation (but feel free to do what suits you) is that you spend about 2 weeks on each chapter, giving plenty of time to complete the reading and assignments, and completing all 14 chapters over 32 weeks. We found last year this was a good pace for us (with a 7 year old) and we also chose to add in a lapbook for each chapter as well. We used A Journey Through Learning, but Knowledge Box Central and Live and Learn Press also do a similar product. The lapbooks are not necessary to use unless you want to do a little extra to reinforce what your child is learning. I haven’t decided if we’re going to do the lapbook as well this year – it seems like the course content might be enough. 🙂
Why We Love Immersion Science
The first year we introduced science to our year’s program 2 years ago, my daughter found it incredibly dry, difficult to retain anything of value, and attempting to cover such an enormous range of topics in a skimping way just didn’t suit us. As a result, science faded out of our program mid-year along with the enjoyment.
Then we discovered Apologia, which takes the approach of immersing a child in one topic for the year and hence developing a love of the subject and a deeper knowledge of the world in which God has created. We ‘re-started’ science at the beginning of last year, and plan to use Apologia right the way through elementary/primary school. We love it!
Adding In Some New Zealand Resources
The following is a list of resources that we will be referring to, as things are a little different here Downunder.