Apologia Educational Ministries Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition is an updated version of their previously published Astronomy curriculum. We received the following:
- Student text
- Notebooking Journal
- Jr. Notebooking Journal
- Audio CD
The student text makes up the main portion of the curriculum. It is very visually appealing with full color, high quality photos. The reading portions are divided into sections within each chapter. It is not a challenging read and there is lots of information packed into each lesson. The audio CD is read by the author of the curriculum. Her voice is very soothing and pleasant to listen to. This is the way that we have enjoyed reading the student text. Each section in the book is a new track on the disc, which makes it very helpful for finding your place.
There is a suggested schedule at the beginning of the journal. This breaks down each chapter in very manageable portions without overwhelming the student or the parent. I'd say we work for about 15-20 minutes each day on astronomy. This curriculum provides an excellent starting point for learning about astronomy. Of course it is sufficient on its own with no need to add anything extra to it. BUT if you have a very curious child, then there is ample opportunity to find some additional information on each chapter--videos, library books, and night sky viewing with a telescope would be excellent additions!
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