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Apologia Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day

Apologia Zoo 1We are about to start Apologia Science’s Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day after having thoroughly enjoyed Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy last year.  I sure learned a thing or two myself. 🙂

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.

1.  Websites (birds)

2.  Websites (bats)

3.  Websites (insects)

4.  Books (birds)

5.  Books (insects)

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