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Exploring Creation with Mathematics

Unlock the Power of Numbers with Apologia’s Homeschool Math Curriculum

Apologia’s homeschool math curriculum is specifically designed to work with young minds as they expand their understanding and unlock the power of numbers in everyday life. This homeschool elementary math curriculum is intentionally designed to build a strong foundation so that your child’s familiarity with numbers becomes second nature as they learn how to manipulate numbers with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, data collection, graphing, fractions, and geometry.

Make Math Connections

The Exploring Creation with Mathematics series will set the tone for your child’s math experience for years to come. The goal of homeschool math is to clarify the connections and relationships between math and life in an age-appropriate manner. Your elementary school child should never be asking, “Why do I have to learn this?” A well-designed elementary homeschool math curriculum will make the connections for your child so they can see and understand the power of numbers and how it all fits together in God’s wonderful creation.

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Kind Words from Homeschool Families


This math has been a game-changer in our house! I would battle so much with my daughter over math. Now, she asks to do it first and sometimes completes more than what is required! Thank you for releasing a product that has given me confidence we can continue homeschooling without the fight every day.


We have really enjoyed this curriculum! Easy to use and prep for! Such a natural approach to math! I have tried so many 1st-grade math curriculums. This one is my favorite!


Exploring Creation with Mathematics is the perfect balance of practice problems and hands-on activities. My daughter has loved all the games. I highly recommend it!


We are several weeks into our Apologia Math book, and my daughter begs to just do one more lesson at the end of every day! Thanks for such a fun math adventure.


I think I finally found it! I’ve been searching for YEARS for the perfect math curriculum. Something hands-on, that has short lessons and has everything laid out in an easy-to-use parent manual for me. Apologia knocked it out of the park with this one!


I have been recommending your math books to all the homeschool moms. Thank you for everything you contribute to the homeschooling world. We are grateful!


Thank you so much for writing this math curriculum. My son absolutely LOVES it, and we are having so much fun together. Math is his favorite subject, and he looks forward to it every day.


We are using Apologia math in our homeschool. My kids never get bored since each lesson uses different manipulatives and activities to teach the concepts. I am so impressed with how well the books are written and especially love using household items as manipulatives!

Building Blocks for Math Success

With Apologia’s elementary homeschool math, your child won’t be learning this year’s math facts so that he or she can go on to the next level. Your child will be learning how to expand his or her world with mathematical knowledge.

The courses utilize hands-on activities to introduce new concepts, worksheets for students to practice concepts, games to enhance learning, and end-of-unit projects that involve many concepts learned in that unit. There is a strong emphasis on mastering both math facts and conceptual understanding. The courses link mathematical concepts to the real world, primarily through word problems. And each title is visually connected to a science theme with icons and illustrations such as those related to insects in Level 3.

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Each grade level in the series develops math ideas in a deep and well-thought-out way. The lessons are carefully crafted and steadily lead children towards a lasting understanding of mathematics. We also explain concepts in multiple ways – visually and with tactile options.

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Exploring Creation with Mathematics Series

In Exploring Creation with Mathematics, Level 1, students learn addition, subtraction, place value, measurement and data, and geometry. This is a hands-on, interactive math curriculum filled with activities, projects, and games that help students comprehend lessons. Students will also see the connections between math, science, business, art, our world, and our universe. Most importantly, students will begin to comprehend how mathematics gives us a glimpse of our Creator.

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Exploring Creation with Mathematics, Level 2 is a hands-on, interactive elementary math curriculum. Students will dig deeper into place value, patterns such as even and odd numbers, addition, subtraction, money, time, measurement, data and graphs, and geometry. Filled with activities, projects, and games that help students understand how they can manipulate numbers as they investigate the world, students will also see the greater connections between our world and our God.

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Exploring Creation with Mathematics, Level 3 was designed to encourage your child’s thinking to soar to new heights on a joyous journey of discovering new things about the world and its Creator. In level 3, students learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, data collection, and graphing, fractions, and geometry. This hands-on, interactive elementary math curriculum also encourages your child to ponder creation on a new level.

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In Exploring Creation with Mathematics, Level 4, students learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, data collection and graphing, fractions, and geometry.

They’ll explore the beauty of mathematics in all aspects of life, including the symmetry and patterns that surround us every day. Activities, projects, and games help students see the beauty, order, and truth of creation.

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Key Elements in Apologia Math

Fun, Hands-on Activities

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Mathematics combines color, photos, hands-on activities, engaging projects, and games.

The units in Exploring Creation with Mathematics culminate in end-of-the-unit projects that reinforce the math the student has learned through real-world scenarios. We build up to complex concepts gradually, with just enough challenge each day.

Daily Skills Practice

Each day, Exploring Creation with Mathematics has the student spend 5-10 minutes reviewing a previously-learned skill. Easy-to-set-up games and activities are listed in the Teaching Guide and Answer Key. These practice sessions ensure that students remain well prepared and confident with their current knowledge when learning to incorporate new concepts.

Suggested Daily Schedule

A daily schedule is included in the accompanying Teaching Guide and Answer Key for each level, and it can be adjusted to fit the needs of your child. On average, each lesson takes 30 minutes.

The 28-week lesson plan is broken into 4-days/week. This suggested daily schedule was designed with thoughtful pacing to help students progress from one skill to the next.

Christian Connections

And while learning math for the sake of math is admirable, Apologia believes that you shouldn’t study math to pass a test, excel in a school subject, or even advance a career. The true purpose behind mathematics is to learn more about the God who created it. Math is a part of Creation and as such, it mirrors aspects of God. We can witness His beauty, faithfulness, and love as we study numbers.

Each unit within the Exploring Creation with Mathematics series helps students make these connections as it opens with “Seeing Our Creator” sections that connect the student with the mathematical journey they are beginning.

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What You’ll Find Inside Exploring Creation with Mathematics

Apologia’s homeschool elementary math curriculum has 2 components:

  • A consumable, spiral-bound Student Workbook
  • A softcover Teaching Guide and Answer Key

Thoughtfully Designed

Each level of the student workbook follows the same design:

  • Units open with a section on “Seeing Our Creator” in mathematics. They also include the “Skills Practice” that students will review while working on new materials. Units are divided into individual Chapters.
  • Chapters cover individual concepts and are divided into discreet daily lessons.
  • Daily lessons consist of an opening hands-on activity that uses common household items, textual materials to explain new concepts, and a practice worksheet.

Access Bonus Content

Every Apologia title has its own website. These Book Extras contain additional materials that help parents and students succeed.

  • Relevant websites, such as electronic games or places to create your own worksheets
  • A printable PDF of every consumable page found in the Teaching Guide and Answer Key
  • Additional printable PDF worksheets for students struggling with a concept and may need additional encouragement.
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Do I Need the Teaching Guide and Answer Key?

The Teaching Guide and Answer Key includes the following:

  • A 28-week lesson plan broken into 4-days/week
  • Teacher Notes for each unit
  • Supply list for each unit
  • Skills Practice suggestions and ideas
  • Teacher Notes for individual lessons, where needed
  • At-a-glance answer key for each workbook page
  • Consumable worksheets (copies are also located on each title’s Book Extras site)
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Which Math Level is Right for My Child?

Our math placement guide will help you to determine which level is the best homeschool math curriculum for your child.

Start by reviewing what is covered at each level of Exploring Creation with Mathematics. We’ve broken down each grade level according to its component units and chapters. Ask yourself, Does my child know this concept? and has my child mastered this concept? Mark each skill according to whether your child knows it well or requires more practice in this area.

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Meet Kathryn Gomes, Author of Apologia’s Homeschool Elementary Math Curriculum

Kathryn (Bell) Gomes holds an M. Ed. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught math to homeschooled students for thirteen years and is very familiar with the challenges of learning math at home; Kathryn is a homeschool graduate. As a homeschooling parent herself, Kathryn and her tester families have had their hands on this elementary math curriculum long before they approved it for your family.

She spent three years teaching mathematics in inner-city Philadelphia through Teach for America. She then taught in the most ethnically diverse high school in Pennsylvania. During this time, Kathryn designed Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 curricula for English as second language learners. Now one of her great passions is improving mathematics education for homeschoolers by increasing rigor while still maintaining the creativity and free-thinking that she enjoyed in her schooling.

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