Exploring Creation with Astronomy
This book begins with a lesson on the nature of astronomy, and then it covers the major structures of our solar system. Starting with the sun and working towards Pluto, the student will learn details about all nine planets (or is it eight? -- your student will have to decide) in the solar system.
Along the way, the student will also learn about Earth's moon, the asteroid belt, and the Kuiper belt. After that, the student will move outside our solar system and learn about the stars and galaxies that make up God's incredible universe. Finally, the student will learn about space travel and what it takes to be an astronaut! See our optional lab kit here.
About the Young Explorer Series:
When we decided to offer our customers a boxed curriculum, we knew that our eclectic approach to science needed a bit of fine-tuning, so we knew we needed Young Explorer, Jeannie Fulbright's elementary science program. Not only does this in-depth curriculum, with its gorgeous, full-color pictures and captivating, God-exalting text, sparkle in comparison to the mainstream, dry-bones science program, it utilizes what we believe is the most sensible method to teaching science, the immersion approach.
While other science programs, with their yearly superficial overviews, quickly become tedious as children encounter the repetitiveness of topic matters, the Young Explorer science immersion program will allow your family to enjoy the depth and riches that genuine science can give. Most home-taught children who enjoy science are being taught with a science immersion program.
Because this program utilizes a combination of the Charlotte Mason and classical methods, you can count on each Young Explorer book to acknowledge the evidence of Creation, have easy-to-follow lessons that are self-contained, include hands-on activities, and support National Standards of Science. Recommended for ages six through twelve, but written with a fourth-grader in mind, you may find that your older children will enjoy doing the coursework on their own, while younger, less confident readers will prefer parental involvement.
Although the author encourages you to select books based on topics and not grade level, she also favors the following sequence due to the difficulty of the subject matter: Astronomy, Botany, Zoology 1: Flying Creatures, Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures, Zoology 3: Land Animals, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry and Physics.
Every hardback book comes with eye-popping, full-color pictures; recommended activities and projects; and engaging, conversational text. If you would like a convenient, time-saving way to get nearly all of the materials you will need for the experiments, we now offer a lab kit! This lab kit is already assembled with virtually every non-household item the curriculum requires, so you won't have to go searching for elusive components. Get the optional Lab Kit for Exploring Creation with Astronomy here.
View Exploring Creation with Astronomy sample pages here (sample pages include Text & Notebooking Journal sample pages, Table of Contents, Supply List, and more).
Though not required, a student journal is available separately and is the perfect complement to this textbook.
Publisher: Apologia Educational Ministries
Made In: USA
Awards and Endorsements:
Old Schoolhouse EE Award 2015 1st Place Winner!
Practical Homeschooling 2015 Reader Award Top Ranked by Homeschoolers!
One of Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum 2015!
About.com Readers' Choice Winner!
review by Art Kit
”If you’re looking for a faith-based science textbook that is easy to read and understand, full of gorgeous illustrations, and is captivating for both parents and children, you will love Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy textbook and notebooking journal bundle. ”Read the Review
review by Little Earthling
”The textbooks are beautiful and give me a solid foundation for digging deep into our favorite subjects. I personally recommend buying both the notebooking journal (one for each child) and the science kit.”Read the Review
My kids love space and my oldest wants to work for NASA so this was a no brainer. The words are a bit beyond my 1st grader so I read it to her and my 3rd grader as a group and it works well. We don't do all the activities, and sometimes we supplement our own, but it has a lot of detail and really tells a lot about each planet. We're only a few lessons in but, so far, it's been great!
This is the updated version of Apologia's astronomy and it's really a lovely book, with vibrant colors and a nice notebook to go with it. The text is very readable and interesting. As usual with Apologia's books, my daughter prefers the reading to the writing exercises and the experiments. I would not have done this at their younger recommended ages, though. There's far too much reading involved, even if it's read to the child.
My daughter who loves science loved this book. she loved it!
In my opinion, this is a better fit for older children. While it can be used for a wide range or ages, the older children really get significantly more out of it.
Great in depth resource.
We decided to add this to our children's curriculum as a second science class and they loved it. I was glad that we were able to find a course on Astronomy since it was a favorite subject of mine and it turns out it is for my children as well. The material is very informative and well organized for my children to understand. Pairing it with the Astronomy Notebooking Journal was even better with the extra learning and visuals. This is a great program!!