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  • richpond
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    I have to say that I love this website. I always get so much more then what I am looking for. Thank you for all of you who write in your comments and advice.

    I have a question about Apologia Science…I was under the impression that you needed to do them in a certain order..the Space one first and then the Birds, then the Ocean…etc. Can I do them out of order (even though I know they are in creation order). This year we did the 106 days of creation and loved it so I am looking for something for next year. I liked what you guys have said about the Apologia but my 8 yr old son and 6 yr old daughter haven’t shown any interest in space so I would rather start with the ocean animals or the land animals. I didn’t know if this curriculum built upon each other from year to year or if you could do the “last” book first and so on? Thanks for any input.


    csmamma
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    If your children are interested in Zoology I would recommend starting with Zoology 1 “flying creatures” because it goes over the scientific names in the animal kingdom and over other information that you will use with the later series. Other than that it doesn’t matter what order you do the books in. We’ve LOVED Zoology 1 and 2 so far! Zoology 3 just came out – LAND ANIMALS and mine are very excited to start it. I’m sure you’ll get more help on this. Blessings to you and yours

    Heather


    Sonya Shafer
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    I would second Heather’s advice. We did Space first because my daughter was interested in it. This year I gave her a choice again, and she chose Swimming Creatures. I think it has mentioned a couple of classification names that were introduced in a different book in the series, but since she was interested in the ocean creatures anyway, she picked up on the names with no problem. Go with your children’s interests if you want to.


    richpond
    Member

    Thanks for the advice. My children love ocean creatures and land animals so this is very encouraging to know I can do them out of order. Thanks again.


    richpond
    Member

    Thanks for the advice. My children love ocean creatures and land animals so this is very encouraging to know I can do them out of order. Thanks again.


    bizeemommie
    Member

    I am wanting science for Human Anatomy. Will which Elementary Apologia will meet this?

    Carolyn


    csmamma
    Participant

    HI Carolyn

    So far the Elementary Science by Apologia only has 5 Textbooks- which include

    Botany

    Astronomy

    Zoology 1:Flying Creatures

    Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures

    Zoology 3: Land Animals

    I’m sure you could do much with Human Anatomy by using lots of great living books. Have you checked the bookfinder yet? Sorry that I can not be of more help than that.

    Best to you and yours!

    Heather


    mj
    Participant

    Carolyn,

    There is a unit on human anatomy in Considering God’s Creation by Mortimer and Smith. There are suggested books to read and videos listed with the lessons. We’ve done the Universe: Stars, Sun and Planets and The Earth units of this book and really enjoyed it.

    I think Apologia only has Anatomy for high school level.

    Blessings,

    MJ


    gr8tfulCMmom
    Member

    There is a Yahoo Group that Jeannie Fulbright has (the author of the books) that is wonderful for extra help, ideas, scheduling, etc. The file section has lots of little perks in it.

    She’s mentioned working on a Human Anatomy book next, might even have it in process already. You might be able to find what you’re looking for in their archives or just ask, she’s very good about responding quickly.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Elem_Apologia_Science/

    Tonni


    csmamma
    Participant

    This is GREAT, Tonni! I had no idea that Jeannie was in the process of yet another wonderful science book. Can’t wait!


    Sonya Shafer
    Keymaster

    This Body Systems site might be helpful to you as a supplement to whatever you use. It has simple, kid-friendly diagrams for the different systems in our bodies.

    I, too, enjoyed that section of Considering God’s Creation.

    Another possible resource would be the 5th book in the Christian Liberty Nature Reader series. It covers how our bodies work.

    Y-y-y-y-years ago, I got a software CD called A.D.A.M: The Inside Story. I appreciated that you could go in as a parent and tell it to place fig leaves in appropriate places. Then it talked you through the various systems in a living manner. Ours broke a while ago, and I’m not even sure they still make it. But you might check it out if you’re interested.


    Rachel
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    Suzq
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    Another great book for studying the human body with elementary children is The Body Book. It is a book of paper models of differing parts and systems of the body. It is great to see how it is all put together. I bought it through MY Father’s World http://www.mfwbooks.com . Timberdoodle used to sell it but I see it is no longer available from them. Maybe the book is going out of print, I am not sure.

    Hello~  I’ve just started (today was our first day) on Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day with my 6yr old ds and 7yr old ds.(they are almost 8 and almost 7)  I’m wondering how this went for others with children of similar ages.  They did love it and have been very interested so far (we’ve had the book for a few weeks now).  Were you able to complete the book in the year?  And were they able to retain the information?  I have to say the classification information in the begining seemed like a lot.  My guys loved saying the words, but when it came to narrating after they struggled.  We did 4 pages today, which I know is a lot to try and narrate from for their ages.  And I just asked for them to tell me a bit about what they remembered.  Should I not really worry if they don’t get the whole classification yet?  Just keep going?  Or go over it a couple of times until they understand it?  How should I approach the narration for them with this and still keep on track as far as finishing this school year?  Read a paragraph then narrate then read then narrate?  How did you do it?  Today I just read through the four pages, we stopped so they could ask a few questions and repeat some words.

    thanks for the help!!

    Carrie

     

     


    gr8tfulCMmom
    Member

    We’re doing birds & bugs this year as well.  We did the classification portion of Chapter 1 (not too in depth), then jumped to Chapter 9 to catch the bugs while we have so many.  I have 2 DD’s, 7 & 8.  They know the latin name is in italics, and THEY can tell you which is capitalized and which isn’t (ok…I don’t remember), but that’s about as much of Chapter 1 as they retained.  For the rset, I  read through it once and they tell me back what they remember.  Surprisingly, they do get the big words on many occassions.

    Last year we did the swimming creatures.  I do one chapter over 2 weeks and I am able to complete the book in the school year.  We are doing that again this year, it works well.  We might read a page or two a day, then narrate.  Sometimes not even that much, depends on how much information there is.

    Yesterday, my parents were over for lunch.  My 8 year old began to tell about an insects ovipositor and its uses.  I had no idea she remembered the word, but she did.  So yes, they’ll retain more then you think.  An often at the most embarrasing moments!

    Hope you enjoy it as much as we are!

    Tonni

    P.S. We found the most BEAUTIFUL catepillar today.  I’ve just spent the last hour trying to ID it.  We have a Spicebrush Swallowtail – Orange Morph.  It’s truly lovely and going in our butterfly pavilion.

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