Homeschool Science Curriculum by Apologia

Apologia offers K-12 homeschool science curriculum that has been voted #1 for over 11 years in a row by the homeschool community. Our curriculum is written in a conversational tone to help students learn to speak comfortably about a topic, as well as gain the ability to explain scientific concepts in their own words. Written from a Biblical worldview, the Apologia curriculum doesn’t teach isolated facts to be memorized for exams; we put facts into a larger contextual perspective so that students can see the purpose of learning those facts.

 

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Choosing a Homeschool Science Curriculum

With so many homeschool science curriculum options available, how can you evaluate them and make the correct choice for your family? Here are 5 important factors to consider:

1. Factually Correct and Current

Science is an intellectual activity based on fact. It systematically studies the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Are the resources you are contemplating written by people you can trust? Each textbook we choose to use in our homeschool is a gateway to a particular pathway of learning.

Apologia textbooks are not only written by experts in the field, but they are also technically edited by professionals. Apologia Science is a team of specialists committed to creating resources that enable your elementary through high school aged students to succeed in their science studies. Our team of directors, authors, and editors have MD, Ph.D., and Masters degrees. We are doctors, nurses, engineers, professors, and researchers in our fields of study. We are also Christian homeschooling parents who believe that our universe unfolds in God and that the gift of knowledge allows us to praise our Creator through the contemplation of creation.

And since we live in an age where discoveries are a daily occurrence, you want a homeschool science curriculum that is not only factually correct but also current. Apologia doesn’t just offer your family a static curriculum. Each of our texts has a unique Book Extras website with Internet links that connect your student with the most up-to-date information in the scientific community. We seek out sites where experts explain the newest concepts. These extra links help your student see the connection between the facts in their textbook and the discoveries in their world.

2. Hands-On Component

A solid homeschool science curriculum should have a hands-on component that is easily performed in a homeschool setting. Textbooks are necessary to help students acquire fact, yet it is essential for students to actively participate in the process of discovery to gain a personal awareness of their world. Hands-on components help students link collections of facts to their natural world. Also, if your student has plans to attend college after high school, it is important to note that most colleges require at least two science courses with labs in the high school years.

At Apologia we recognize that students of all ages are full of “why” and “wow.” They’re fun to watch when something has caught their attention. You can almost see their world expand as they build on the knowledge about the world in which they live. We call it the “Aha Moment!”

Apologia Science is designed to have the hands-on experimental component that is easily performed in a homeschool setting. We strive to create experiments that use common household items so that students can actively participate in their learning.

Apologia textbooks have two main types of experiments:

  • Controlled experiments teach students about formulating a hypothesis and data collection.
  • Descriptive experiments, such as microscopy work, field studies, and dissections teach students about qualitative observations.

All experiments teach students how to collect and analyze data, both scientific and mathematical, to formulate a hypothesis based on inductive and deductive problem-solving skills, and to understand the limitations of data and conclusions.

3. Has Its Priorities Right

The hearts of our children belong to God; the heart of their educations belongs to the parent. No purchased product should ever lose sight of these core facts, seek to sever the heavenly connection or usurp parental authority. As a Christian parent, you know that there is more truth to be told. Creation and human knowledge are intimately connected to the Creator, and students will never fully or truly comprehend the whole truth that science offers if science texts intentionally dismiss God. Secular science textbooks stop short of the whole truth because they only present scientific facts. Intellectual illumination occurs when a student is capable of understanding not only how all of creation works and interacts, but also his or her specific place in all of creation.

4. A Good Fit

Your homeschool science curriculum choices reflect your larger end-goal perspective. Typically, the END-goal in choosing a curriculum for your family is not to create a transcript, but rather to shape your children’s minds, hearts, and souls. We want them to become intelligent, wise, moral, mature, and compassionate adults. So, while you’re planning out your school year, be careful that your curriculum choices don’t block out your big picture objective.

Apologia science materials have always been written in a manner that elevates the student and the family in God’s world. We use teachable moments to call students to stop and “Think About This” as it relates the facts in the textbook to a bigger picture in life. Additionally, Apologia Science was designed with the homeschool family in mind. Suggested schedules are flexible so that families can adjust them to fit their individual needs. We work with parents to help them achieve the goals they have set for their families.

5. Trusted in the Homeschool Community

Reviews and awards are an important part of evaluating a homeschool science curriculum. The homeschool community knows what works and what doesn’t. Do some research to see hear what your fellow homeschool community is saying about the curriculums you are considering. Apologia Science is #1 in the homeschool community and has been so for over 11 years.

Thank you for giving homeschooling families books that bring our children closer to their Creator, widen their knowledge, expand imaginations, and build character.

The Importance of a Biblical Worldview in a Homeschool Science Curriculum

Have you ever sat in silent contemplation and witnessed a color-bursting sunset? In that moment, a beauty that is not of mankind’s doing mesmerizes you and holds you captive with a wonder beyond description. Science can explain exactly what is happening in the atmosphere to display the colors. It can even explain how the light enters your eyes and travels to your brain, but it cannot explain the peace and awe that accompanies the sunset. In an attempt to fill in where science falls short, countless poets have tried to capture and repeat the splendor with mere words, yet there are no verses that can properly describe what you see and feel. Why?

Perhaps it is a combination of everything that makes a sunset spectacular, even your worldview. We interact with the world as we interpret it. Every aspect of our knowledge and experience is interrelated. To try and separate knowledge and experience would be like attempting to take the numbers out of math, the words out of poetry, the notes out of music, or the Creator out of creation. It is the unique combination of our knowledge and experience that leads to the appreciation of life’s magnificence and God’s grandeur.

Benefits of a Homeschool Science Curriculum That is Creation-Based

 

A child taught from a creation-based philosophy has a solid foundation and knows that no part of scientific study is done in isolation. Nothing is independent, but rather all things are interrelated in our universe. That includes atoms, bacteria, plants, animals, people, and galaxies that will take lifetimes to fully explore and understand scientifically.

Creation-based science in our homeschools gives our children a fuller awareness of themselves, their world, their universe, and ultimately a personal understanding of their unique existence in the universe. The handiwork of God, everything visible and invisible, next to us or in the farthest reaches of the universe, is connected throughout all of creation, throughout all of time.

Secular Science
Secular science uproots and dislocates us as human persons from our proper place in our universe. It passes from one topic to another in a horizontal manner where science can easily become separate classes in biology, chemistry, and physics – teaching disconnected facts that children memorize for a test. Who could blame a child taught in such a manner for doing a brain dump at the end of the school year?

Learning should never be associated with a series of isolated textbook facts.  The end of a chapter in a science textbook is only the beginning.  You don’t stop learning when you set the book down because life is a journey of exploration, interaction, discovery, and wonder.

Consider, for example, that given enough time, even the youngest child will independently discover that a strong foundation is crucial for building a better wooden block tower. And when the child has truly understood the concept of a firm foundation and becomes aware of the importance of this fact, that knowledge will never be lost. In fact, not only will the child continue to build upon that experience and apply the new information to other areas of life, but the child will openly share the knowledge with others who have yet to discover it on their own, acquiring yet another valuable life lesson – that we learn the most when we come together and share our knowledge and experiences. It’s the same thing in science; facts should be integrated with experience so that the knowledge gained is of value.

If we choose to teach science as a series of isolated, secular, unrelated topics, then we deprive our children of the bigger picture that connects us all. Our ability to think, observe, experiment, create, and most importantly, communicate, is what makes us human and separates us from other life forms.

Throughout time, humans have contemplated the universe, observed the workings of their world, experimented to create a deeper understanding of their surroundings, and used their knowledge to build things to make their lives, their children’s lives, and ultimately the lives of those who will come after them better. We, in turn, work together with our generation to build upon foundational knowledge so that we too can pass forward sounder scientific knowledge.

As Christian parents, it is our purpose to teach our children to both understand and interact with the universe so that they can truly respect and love God’s handiwork. We have the joy, the honor, and the blessing to create learning environments that help our children become rooted and firmly established in recognizing God’s signature throughout all of creation so that our children know the length, width, height, and depth of God’s love. It is a true blessing to be able to define and teach the scientific mysteries of the universe to our children from a foundational biblical worldview. There isn’t a firmer foundation on which to base our children’s knowledge.

If we choose to teach science as a series of isolated, secular, unrelated topics, then we deprive our children of the bigger picture that connects us all. Our ability to think, observe, experiment, create, and most importantly, communicate, is what makes us human and separates us from other life forms.

How Your Student Can Experience Success with a Homeschool Science Curriculum

Your student can succeed because the philosophy of Apologia is designed as a curriculum that has your student in mind. A solid curriculum reaches out to a student and draws them into the subject matter. Apologia recognizes the different learning styles of students and creates homeschool science curriculum to help all students achieve personal success.

  • Independent Learners – Apologia textbooks and notebooks are written to your student in a conversational tone so there are no cumbersome teacher guides. Students can easily navigate through the curriculum on their own. Our homeschool science curriculum helps students methodically learn, self-check, and master difficult concepts before moving on.
  • Auditory Learners – Sometimes students learn best when they can see AND hear what they are studying. Apologia audiobooks let the student follow along with the audio while they are reading.
  • Visual Learners – Sometimes the subject matter is easier to comprehend when the topic is animated and presented to the student. Apologia’s video instruction component brings an engaging teacher into your home to teach the subject matter, including the experiments.
  • Tactile Learners – When it comes to learning, you can’t beat a hands-on experience that lets a student own knowledge from direct involvement with materials. All of Apologia science courses offer experiments that require mostly common household items.
  • Social Learners – Some students learn best when they are able to interact with others and ask questions of a live instructor. Apologia Online Academy is the right fit. From the comfort of home, your student can interact live with one of our many professional instructors and classmates in a structured virtual classroom.
  • Interactive Learners – Apologia Science materials are a favorite curriculum in the co-op setting. Check your local co-ops to see if one of our courses is being offered.

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