Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set - TOS Crew Review

We love Apologia Educational Ministries science courses so we were excited to review their Marine Biology 2nd Edition AdvantageSet. The set includes Student Textbook, Student Notebook, and Solutions Manual; but we also had the pleasure to review the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD. This biblically-centered course is written specifically for use in a homeschool environment.

If your high school student has completed a biology course, and is interested in marine biology, this course is for you! Exploring Creation with Marine Biology is an advanced biology course that focuses exclusively on marine wildlife and marine habitats, providing a survey of members of each kingdom that lives in underwater environments. This text contains 16 modules. Topics include microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible and the anatomy of macroscopic marine creatures such as clams, starfish, and sharks. Students will discover how these creatures and their physical surroundings form marine ecosystems such as intertidal zones, estuaries, coral reefs, continental shelf communities, epipelagic communities, and deep-ocean communities. As you study all these things, you will see that the oceans play a vital role for all life on earth, and you will be amazed at God’s handiwork!

The Student Textbook includes all the student reading, instructions for labs, “On Your Own” questions, and a study guide at the end of each module. The text has a conversational tone, and concepts are explained in an easy-to-understand way. Answers to the “On Your Own” questions are also included with discussion at the end of each module.

The Student Notebook includes a daily schedule, notetaking pages, and space for answering all the “On Your Own” questions found in the Student Textbook. But the most important and exciting section of the notebook is the lab report section. Completing experiments and lab reports is an essential part of science education. In this section, you will be able to record everything you learn as you complete each experiment in the Student Textbook.

The Solution Manual includes answers to each study guide at the end of each module, tests, and test solutions. The set also includes a separate perforated test booklet.

The MP3 Audio CD is a complete audio recording of the course – this is the perfect accompaniment to the textbook for students who are auditory learners, slow readers, or have other learning disabilities that make reading difficult. The audio files are in MP3 format, and will require an MP3-compatible CD player to use (these can also be run on most computers). Marissa Leinart captures your attention as she narrates every part of the book, verbatim, including the notes to the student.

Please note, the labs for this course come in 3 types: microscope labs, dissection labs, and household labs. Since biology is a prerequisite for this course, you already have a microscope. The microscope labs require a prepared slides kit, which contains several prepared slides. The dissection labs require a dissection specimens set. You should still have your dissection tools from your biology course. The household labs use only household equipment. A complete list of all lab supplies is located in Appendix C of the student textbook.

Apologia Educational Ministries is the only science curriculum we use, so I must add, that if you have a visual learner, I highly recommend purchasing the Video Instruction DVD featuring Apologia author and scientist Sherri Seligson. The DVDs include instructional videos for each module, animated diagrams of difficult concepts, and video presentation of every experiment from the Student Textbook. I did not receive the Video Instructional DVD from Apologia Educational Ministries for this review, but this is one item my daughter needs to make this a complete curriculum set. I am so glad homeschooling allows us the freedom to choose the curriculum for each student’s learning style. Using Apologia Educational Ministries science courses allows my students to study independently while mastering in-depth knowledge through hands-on application of contemporary scientific concepts.

Apologia Educational Ministries prepares students for college-level studies as well as life beyond the classroom. Every science course is designed to be vibrant, engaging, and academically rigorous while helping the student to develop critical thinking skills and lifelong passion for exploring God’s creation.

Visit the Crew Blog to read what the Homeschool Review Crew has to say about Apologia Educational Ministries Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set.


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