Exploring creationwith General Science 3rd Edition from Apologia is a creation-based general science course. For this review, I was given the basic set which includes textbook, solutions manual, test packet, and student notebook. This course is designed to teach students the art of studying independently while mastering in-depth knowledge of general scientific concepts. This course introduces and explores the scientific method through the study of Earth science, including astronomy, geology, paleontology, meteorology, oceanography, and environmental science. It also covers general biology, chemistry, and physics. Hands-on experiments are included throughout the course, giving students practical experience as they discover the principles behind science and learn how to record and report data. Presented in a conversational format, the author, Sheri Seligson, walks students through how to complete experiments, how to identify important parts of information they read, and how to take notes. Students learn to see God’s hand in all of life as they learn about the world He made. Students also read testimonies from modern-day scientist who interpret data through a Christian worldview. If students follow the lesson plan, they will complete the course in 33 weeks with lessons assigned 4 days per week.
The solutions manual contains the solutions to the study guide for each module, as well as the solutions to the test for each module. The test packet includes 13 tests for one student with a variety of matching, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and short answer questions. The spiral-bound student notebook is designed to help your student develop organizational and independent study skills. The notebook contains a daily schedule, note-taking pages, graphic organizers, and space to answer the “On Your Own” study questions, as well as lab report forms for each experiment in each module that walks students through the process of writing complete lab reports.
Our family has used the high school courses through Apologia, along with their video instructions, and I must say, I missed not having the video instructions for the experiments, and plan to order this supplemental product before we work through more modules because the video instruction enhances student’s education. The video content includes on-location videos, animations, instructor explanations, experiments, and more. My pictures below are not the best, as they were taken from my phone, but we had enjoyed experiment 1.2 and learning about chemical reactions. We needed three tarnished pennies with a good coating of copper oxide, well we used what we had, and we were still able to see what happened to the part of the penny that was exposed to lemon juice. Then we exposed the pennies to salt and water, which caused another chemical reaction to occur by helping the copper in the pennies to react again with the oxygen in the air, which starting causing the pennies to tarnish again.
Exploring Creation with General Science encourages students to keep a lifelong passion for exploring God’s creation. Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about Exploring Creation with General Science 3rd Edition from Apologia.