Apologia Advantage Set™ – Botany with Junior Notebooking Journal

A God-honoring study of botany. Content includes the process of classifying plants, development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food,how plants get their water & nutrients and distribute them throughout the plant.

Save 10% when you purchase the Apologia Advantage Set™ – Botany with Junior Notebooking Journal. This set contains: Exploring Creation with Botany text & Exploring Creation with Botany Junior Notebooking Journal. Please note, this set contains the Notebooking Journal recommended for grades K-2.This set is not eligible for additional discounts. Additional Notebooking Journals or Junior Notebooking Journals for Exploring Creation with Botany may be purchased in the same order as this set for 10% off regular retail price.



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This book begins with a lesson on the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant. As students study these topics, they also learn about many different kinds of plants in creation and where they belong in the plant classification system.

The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons come alive! They include making a “light hut” in which to grow plants, dissection of a bean seed, growing seeds in plastic bags to watch the germination process, making a leaf skeleton, observing how plants grow towards light, measuring transpiration, forcing bulbs to grow out of season, and forcing pine cones to open and close. We recommend that you spend the entire school year covering this book, devoting approximately two sessions per week to the course. Please note that many of the activities and projects in this book are long-term with results that can take several days to observe. Thus, you will have to be flexible in how you schedule your time.

If you are a co-op leader or teacher, you might be interested in a "teacher's guide" that has been written by Mrs. Fulbright to accompany this course. The guide is currently being offered only in e-book form, but you are free to print it out after you download it. To see a sample and table of contents for this guide click here.

Notebooking Journal

These Notebooking Journals are a perfect compliment to the Exploring Creation series. Each student will cherish their individual notebook as they make it their very own with words and illustrations reflecting all they have learned in their pursuit of science. Additionally, it serves as your record of your student’s scientific endeavors throughout the year. When your child flips through their notebook, they will be reminded of the knowledge they have attained, reviewing the material as they peruse the pages they have created.

Your child will illustrate and record fascinating facts and information learned during each lesson, complete the notebooking assignments on specially designed templates, record experiments, activities and projects, complete vocabulary crossword puzzles, put together beautifully designed miniature books, and more!

This junior journal is much like the regular Botany Notebooking Journal but is designed for younger students or those with limited writing skills. All the lines in the junior journal are primary writing lines (a dashed line between two solid lines), and there are far fewer than in the regular journal. The Botany Junior Notebooking Journal is perfect for:

• Younger students that have not yet mastered handwriting

• Older students that are delayed in handwriting mastery

• Older students with learning disabilities

• Students that are new to written narration

Unique to both the and Junior and Regular Botany Notebooking Journals is the Colder Climate Alternate Schedule and the many additional activities, projects and experiments that can be completed in one day or less.

Each lesson in the junior journal begins with two fun coloring pages for the student to color while he listens to the reading of the text. These pages provide opportunities for active learning while reinforcing the lesson's content. Following are pages with templates designed to encourage creative expression and written narration. The student can illustrate what he's learned and write a sentence or two about the topic.

Next, the student is given the opportunity to work with and learn key vocabulary words presented in the text. Included are puzzle piece cut out and match vocabulary activities, partially filled in crosswords, vocabulary stories, plant identification activities and more. These learning activities are not only fun, they increase the student's retention of both the important terms and the subject matter presented in the lessons.

In addition to vocabulary work, the student has the opportunity to practice his handwriting and is given the choice between print copywork, cursive copywork or both. The Scriptures used for copywork are shorter than in the regular notebooking journal, and the font is larger.

Templates to complete all the notebooking assignments, project record keeping, Scientific Speculation Sheets and, of course, the same beautiful, full-colored miniature books found in the original notebooking journal are included in the junior journal.

There are some higher level activities missing from the journal journal, but they are replaced with cut and paste, high interest learning activities that bring the subject to life. What's missing?

• The lengthy and technical Vocabulary Crosswords

• The What Do You Remember? Written review questions

• The Final Review

The Botany Junior Notebooking Journal is perfect for the beginning writer or the child who is not yet writing well. Every child writes at a different age, so age is not the best factor when determining which notebooking journal to purchase: the regular or the junior journal. The best determining factor is whether or not the child feels comfortable writing paragraphs. If not, the junior journal is a great tool to help the child begin incorporating writing into his learning.

Age appropriate activities for your child include coloring pages, easy and fun science experiments, full-color mini-books, easier vocabulary exercises, and supplementary materials. A suggested lesson schedule is outlined for you, making this ready to use and enjoy.  Perfect for younger elementary students or those students with limited writing skills.


Jeannie Fulbright, author of the Young Explorer Series, discusses immersion learning.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Young Explorers Series


The activities in this notebooking journal provide everything your child needs to complete the assignments in Exploring Creation with Botany.  In addition to a suggested lesson schedule, it serves as your child's individual notebook and provides a place for them to complete every assignment, record their experiments, and display their work.

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Designed for your younger junior botanist, this notebooking journal is a perfect complement to the assignments in Exploring Creation with Botany.  

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