An elementary science curriculum that is truly God honoring, user friendly, and scientifically sound
Q. What titles are available in the Young Explorer Series?
A. There are currently seven science titles available:
Q. What are the Notebooking Journals?
A. The Notebooking Journals and Junior Notebooking Journals were specifically created to enable your student to personalize and capture what he or she has learned from the textbook in a creative, fun, and artful keepsake. The content for each Journal aligns with the corresponding textbook. The Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal coordinate quite well with each other if you are teaching students at different elementary levels. Every Apologia Notebooking Journal includes:
• Fun graphics and imaginative designs to inspire your child’s thoughts and creativity
• Narrative review questions for older students ready to move from oral to written responses (Notebooking Journals)
• Spiral binding that makes each journal remarkably easy to use.
Teachers and parents choosing to use the Notebooking Journals and Junior Notebooking Journals in their classrooms and homes will find that there is is no need to keep a separate notebook for experiments and activities listed in the text; all necessary pages are included!
Q. What’s the difference between the Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal?
A. Junior Notebooking Journals are designed for younger students who are still developing basic writing skills, typically kindergarten through third grade. The Junior Notebooking Journals include two coloring pages per unit, fewer crossword puzzles, and primary-ruled lines for copy work.
Q. Can I use the Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal with older and younger children at the same time? Is the content in sync?
A. Yes, the two can be used together. The Junior Notebooking Journal will have the same mini-books and other activities, except some of the pages that require more writing have been replaced with coloring pages. The Junior Notebooking Journal is for a student that is not quite ready to write para- graphs and is still mastering the art of handwriting. The lines are primary lines, the vocabulary work is much more hands-on, the copywork is shorter and the notebooking templates have fewer writing prompts. You can compare the Journals at the Apologia website.
Q. What support is available for the Young Explorer Series?
A. Apologia instructors and staff members are always available to answer any of your questions via:
Q. What grades can use the Young Explorer Series?
A. The titles in this series were written for the elementary school child. The content can be simply understood by a kindergarten student, but it can also be comprehended and enjoyed through the sixth grade. Through this series, students will become true scientists as they observe nature, participate in experiments, and document all that they learn.
Q. In what order should the books be used?
A. Here’s the beauty of the Apologia Young Explorer Series: We recommend you begin with the book you and your students believe to be the most interesting right now. Follow your interests. We would recommend getting your child’s help in picking out the specific book title and then choosing the Notebooking Journal.
Q. Are the books used for a year or a semester?
A. The answer to this question is determined individually. Some students prefer to immerse themselves in the topic. In this scenario, teachers can add in field trips and other projects to make the subject a year long pursuit. Other students might prefer to complete the book in less time. Each title in the Young Explorer Series was designed to allow flexibility for your unique situation so that you can do whatever is best for your students. Spending a year studying a specific title will allow maximum retention, while spending a half of a year will allow you to complete more books in this series before you begin upper level science.
Q. What lessons should my student do each day?
A. Apologia deliberately chooses not to include daily lessons in our elementary curriculum texts in order to allow maximum flexibility for the student working at his or her own pace. However, if you really want the structure of lessons, you do have several viable options:
Q. Do I need to supplement any of the titles in the Young Explorers Series?
A. There is no need for supplementation. The titles are complete. If however you want more information, we would recommend the following items:
Q. Are there any co-op manuals available?
A. At this time, there are co-op manuals for Astronomy and Botany. The Botany manual, written by the text’s author Jeannie Fulbright is available. An astronomy manual was written by Sharon Naskrent. It is recommended by Jeannie Fulbright.
Q. Do I need to purchase a lab kit to complete the experiments in the textbooks?
A. No. There is no lab kit required for any experiment. All student activities use common items. There are some companies that sell kits that coordinate with the Apologia Young Explorer Series. These may be helpful to you if you do not have the time to gather the materials.
Q. Are there any audio books available yet?
A. Apologia is working to get each Young Explorer title as an audio book.
Q. What can I do to help a reluctant writer?
A. For a child that is not yet writing well, you can achieve the maximum benefits of retention for these courses by doing three things:
Q. If I want to teach both middle school students and elementary aged students, are the elementary texts challenging enough for older students?
A. Apologia recognizes that it is difficult to transition out of doing everything together, but older students need to move up to more challenging curriculum, especially in science. That does not mean that students can’t keep on learning together. Experiments and activities are fun at any age! Older students can help explain concepts to the younger students.
Q. Do I have to use an elementary title for a 6th grader? Could I spread General Science out over two years?
A. We hear this question a lot. You are not required to use an elementary title for a sixth grader, and spreading General Science over two years is completely acceptable. You can also cover General Science in one year and move on to Physical Science in the next year. Work at a level and pace that is comfortable for your student.
Q. Do I need to teach Zoology 1, Zoology 2, and Zoology 3 in that specific order? Do I need to teach all three Zoology titles?
A. No. However, if you choose to do Zoology 2 or Zoology 3 before (or instead of) Zoology I, your child will not get a detailed look into animal classification. That topic is discussed in the first lesson of Zoology 1. In an effort to help parents with this first lesson of Zoology 1, the sample lesson is available for free download from Apologia.
Q. Do you have any suggested field guides that we can use to expand on ideas?
A. There are books for each of the 50 states in the “Birds of _____ Field Guides.” Each title is organized by the color of the bird and it has an actual photo of the bird and information about the bird. These titles are available at Rainbow Resource. Golden Guides -a small pocket guide (beginner) and a larger guide are also available. The pocket guide has a generic drawing/painting of the type of bird. The Golden Guide Birds of North America has watercolor paintings of the birds. They are organized by environment. Kaufman’s Field Guide to Birds of North America contains actual photos.
Q. What should I look for when purchasing a telescope?
Q. In Zoology 2-lesson 4, it says there are 8 sea turtles, but only 7 are described in the writing. What is the other one?
A. Scientists do not agree on the number of sea turtles. Many say there are seven species. Others define eight, with the eighth sea turtle being the BLACK TURTLE (Chelonia agassizii). Some consider it a subspecies of the green turtle. It is different than the green turtle in color and it’s much smaller than a green turtle. It’s carpace is a different structure and shape, and it has a different number of prefrontal scales. The black turtle also nests differently than the green turtle. So, is it really a green turtle? Many scientists still think so, and maintain that there are seven species of sea turtles. Others, however, believe the black turtle gives us eight species. This issue actually offers us a great opportunity to discuss how science is not a perfect science, so to speak. Opinions reign even when the facts are known. This also could be an opportunity for the students to do further study on their own and draw their own conclusion about this issue. They could write out and, perhaps, make their opinion known to chelonian scientists, just for fun.