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Apologia Review ~ Flying Creatures

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Our family is not a stranger to Apologia Educational Ministries. This is our second year using Apologia science. This will be our 3rd book in the Exploring Creation series. When I had the opportunity to review one of their products with my children, it was a very easy decision.

We were given the Exploring Creation with Zoology 1-Flying Creatures Textbook ($39 retail) with the Notebooking Journal ($24 Retail) to review.

Flying Creatures

One of the things I really enjoy about this curriculum is how flexible it is for all ages. The intended age recommended for this series is K-6th grade. I am currently using it for my K, 2nd, and 4th graders. At the beginning of the textbook they give you a guideline of lesson plans to use the curriculum. Each textbook has a total of 14 lessons. Since my children are a bit younger, we tend to take our time going through each lesson. Some lessons take longer, because they have more details, and some go a little faster. The beauty of this curriculum is that you can adjust each lesson to the pace that your children need.

Between the easy to read text, to the beautiful colorful images throughout the book this is a great addition to your homeschool. Apologia brings a fun element into your school, making science come alive to your little ones. Each day when I ask what subject my children would like to start with it is almost always Apologia.

For this review my oldest son used the regular Notebooking Journal. For my younger children I purchase the Jr. Notebooking Journal. They seem to follow along a bit better with the Jr version. My 4th grader does very well with the regular journal. If you have a more advanced reader and writer I would recommend the regular journal vs the jr.

Flying Creatures Notebooking Journal

 One of my children’s favorite parts of each lesson is the Try This section. Apologia lines out experiments and activities that correspond to each lesson. If at all possible I save these experiments for Fridays in our homeschool. I like to really take our time for these projects. These are what my kids call our “fun days”.

A great thing for the parents, is that a supply list is provided at the front of each textbook. If you like to preplan like I do, this is very helpful to make sure that I have the supplies on hand for each project when I need them. I can quickly take a look at what we will be needing over the specific lesson that we will be working on.

In each journal your child will get to work on various notebooking pages that will help your child retain the information that they are learning. There is a variety of activities for each lesson including copywork, crossword puzzles, mini books, and even a section to record their findings for the experiments.

We have already completed a couple of the other books in this series. If I had to do it over again, I would definately start with this one. The first lesson teaches about classification of animals, which is very beneficial as you move on throughout the series. Though it isn’t mandantory, it would be very helpful.

Once again we have been very pleased with our Apologia products. We look forward to learning more throughout the Exploring Creation series.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review

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You recently read my review of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Well SchoolhouseTeachers.com is owned and maintained by TheHomeschoolMagazine.com. See how it is all connected?

Where do I begin? SchoolhouseTeachers.com  is packed with so much information and fantastic homeschool resources. Once logged in, you have a wealth of information right at your finger tips. With over 25 different subjects to choose from, you are sure to find something that will work in your homeschool.

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One of the very first things that popped out at me when I logged in, was the planners. I love to plan! There are 5 different planners for all different levels.

  • Schoolhouse Planner
  • Special Learners Planner
  • Primary Schoolhouse Planner
  • Intermediate Schoolhouse Planner
  • High School Schoolhouse Planner

See! Something for everyone. Not only will it help you keep track of your homeschool, but it will help you keep your household in order. There are planning pages for your finances, health records, and vacation planning to name a few of the segments in the planners.

I think the section we have implemented into our homeschool the most, is the dailies section. Here you will find daily grammar, math, spelling, writing, and more. For instance we are using the spelling to supplement . Each week there are new list, and each day there are new daily activities to use with those list. You can either print off the work, or simply use it straight from your computer to give your child their assignment.

I am so excited to tell you about the next section. I am a book worm. I love to read, and fly through books around here. I am trying very hard to make my children book worms like myself. However, I have a hard time knowing what books are right for their age or reading level. Not to mention finding ones that are appropriate by my standards. That is why I love that there is a reading list section. Each month there is a theme, then a complete book list with grade levels listed next to each. It takes all of the guesswork out, making it easy to print off the list, and head to your local library. A bookworms dream, I can assure you!

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com has something for every grade level. Starting at PreK and going all the way up through high school. There is even a section for families on the site to bring it all together. Did I mention there is foreign languages included? Well there is!

For only $5.95 a month you will have full access to everything the site has to offer. Plus, they are so sure you will like what they have to offer, your first month is only $1. You can try the site without a big commitment (not that $5.95 is big) to see how you like it. Visit SchoolhouseTeachers.com to learn more. You won’t be disappointed.

There is so much information in this site, it would be impossible to cover it all in one review. Click below to see all the other Crew members reviews.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
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