Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Apologia Elementary Biology

Morgan's been studying biology this year via science F with Sonlight. We've really enjoyed the selection of books, the ease of the lessons, & the fact that the lessons don't take much time at all to do. Morgan's been really disappointed by the lack of experiments with science F though, it dawned on me during term break that the biggest reason he's struggling with the lack of experiments is that he learns best in hands on situations.

We all ready owned Apologia's Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology, & I pulled it off the shelf to see about matching up experiments with what we were learning. Then a lovely friend pointed out that I can get the audios that accompanies many of Apologia's books over at Audible. How did I not know this?! It was like opening up a whole new world! Seriously, it was that exciting to me. Easily amused, I know I know..

So after looking through our book again I decided to snag the audio with one of our monthly credits & break down all the lessons into small bites for Morgan each day. He listens to the audio while following along in the book. Then reads through the experiments & performs them as dictated in the book. He's pretty pleased with the hands on application. We also owned the journal to go with it, so I pulled that out & assigned the pages in a likewise fashion.

The thing is, we tried using this science book last year, but oh my goodness the lessons are very very long. I found that it was easily pushed to the back burner at the end of a long day or busy week. Which was one of the main reasons we switched to Sonlight science to start with, & we really enjoyed previous science themes with them. This is not to say we don't enjoy Science F, we have fully enjoyed all the books thus far. I simply needed to get that hands on learning in there in order for what he was learning to actually stick. In fact, we won't quit reading the remaining science F books, but simply work them in as we go along.

I've only planned out the first seven lessons, but if you're interested here's those plans:

You should be able to click on it to open a larger printable version if you're interested in that.


Multi-tasking Mama said...

We are starting this book next week ... this post is to timely. I am so thrilled with the audio bit ... that is going to be such a time saver!

Liz P said...

You're not supposed to do one lesson in a week. You're supposed to read it several days in the week, and each lesson takes about two weeks. ;-) Just saying

Kendra said...

Liz, you don't have to do them in a week, that's just how many days each lesson is broken down into. ;) We use a planner that says: D1, D2, etc. :D

Sheryll said...

I don't know how many times I have wished there was a schedule like this that included both the text and the journal! Now I need you to do one for all the other Apologia books! ;)

Kendra said...

lol Sheryll, well stay tuned because I'll eventually do the ones for Zoology this coming summer for Jayde & then I might have him to Astronomy next year for school. ;)