Apologia science curriculum is one of the more popular science curriculums on the homeschooling market. Specifically coming from a young-earth creationist world view, Apologia science provides clear text from a Christian viewpoint. Apologia science comes in a variety of formats that make science easy, even for those who fear teaching science.
Apologia Science for Elementary
The science curriculum for grades K to 6 is written by Jeannie Fulbright. It is a delightful mix of experiments, notebooking and hands-on activities sprinkled with deeper scientific concepts. It is an unusual program in that it takes a full year to study just one subject as opposed to the typical spiral approach where students study many different aspects of science throughout a year. Fulbright defends that by studying one topic at a time, students get a more full picture of scientific concepts. Apologia offers the following courses for elementary students:
- Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
- Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day
- Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day
- Human Physiology and Anatomy
All of the courses come with a password to get onto a website that offers book extras such as notebooking pages, videos and interesting links. Another bonus to this curriculum is that the materials for science experiments are typically very easy to find and relatively inexpensive.
Apologia Science Curriculum for Middle and High School
What makes Apologia a favorite for both parents and students is the variety of ways in which you can take a high school course. Apologia offers the typical course of study for middle school and high school students:
- General Science
- Physical science
In addition, they offer Marine Biology as well as Advanced Biology, Chemistry and Physics for those who want to take the AP test.
Order What Works Best for You
With Apologia, parents and students have choices. Whether you want to use just the traditional textbook, or go for a full online course at the Apologia Academy, you can rest assured that there is something available for your science course needs.
Apologia textbooks are in-depth but easy to follow with bolded vocabulary words and wide margins. The textbooks feature illustrations and 'On Your Own' questions to help get the students thinking. In addition, the end of each chapter or "module" has a study guide so you can be sure that your students understand the work they've done.
If reading a textbook is about as appealing as eating your shoe, invest in the audio version of the course. While you won't get all the great visual aids that come with the book, it can be a great time-saver for you as the parent. Many families get both the textbook and the audio file so that students can listen and read along at the same time.
If you want the full textbook and audio features, plus additional interactive features, try using the CD-ROM version of the course. The CD-ROM comes with extra features like video demonstrations of experiments, links to helpful websites and more.
If you feel like you just cannot even fathom teaching a high school science course, Apologia Academy is for you. A full class, taught by a qualified instructor, through an online format. You will pay tuition and you will need to have high speed Internet access. However, for many parents, having an online class for science is the best of both worlds.
Purchasing Apologia Curriculum
If you are looking to purchase new curriculum, you can visit homeschool suppliers such as Christian Book Distributors or visit the official Apologia website. You can also purchase science supply kits from Apologia that come with everything you need to do all the labs in the course that you purchased - a real bonus for parents who don't want to hunt down all their science supplies.