Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, is part of the award-winning Young Explorer Series, voted the #1 homeschool science curriculum.
Understanding how plants and animals (including humans) were meant to interact for their created purposes helps us spread the beauty of God everywhere we go.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:5
What is Included in This Apologia Advantage Set?
- Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition Textbook
- Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition Notebooking Journal
Exploring Creation with Botany Textbook, 2nd Edition
This Charlotte Mason-styled living book will help you cultivate a love of learning in your homeschool as you study God’s incredible world of plants. Written in the Apologia conversational style, this hands-on and engaging botany course 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 types of plants in creation and where they belong in the plant classification system.
When your family reads this science book you are studying important information discovered by great scientists throughout history. Keeping a student Notebooking Journal helps your child to document studies in their own words. Additionally, participating in science activities builds upon that knowledge as your child conducts their own scientific studies. It is our prayer that at the end of the year, your child will have gained a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the beauty of creation.
Features of Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition:
- Increased focus on nature journaling
- New chapters on gardening and mycology
- Wide variety of new and updated activities to fit any writing level and learning style
- Engaging and fun Minibooks to illustrate and assemble
- All new spectacular photos and graphics
- A Suggested Daily Schedule that makes lesson planning a breeze
- Improved layout that is more user-friendly, regardless of the climate in which you live
There are 14 lessons included in this one-year botany course. A detailed daily lesson plan is included in the Notebooking Journal.
Lesson topics include:
- Nature Journaling
- The Science of Botany
- Seeded and Seedless Plants
- Grouping Plants
- Seeds and Germination
- Angiosperms – Flowering Plants
- Flower Families
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Leaves, Photosynthesis, Transpiration
- Roots and Root Systems
- Seedless & Vascular Plants
This botany course for elementary grades is packed with a variety of hands-on activities, experiments, and projects. These can be completed with household materials. You can view the complete list of lab supplies by viewing the sample here. The gardening chapter is especially exciting. There is an activity on building a raised garden, so you do not need a lot of room for a garden. As always, we encourage you to modify the course and its activities to fit your family’s specific needs. For example, your family could grow a container garden.
What Are Some of the Activities in This Botany Course?
The Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition course is designed to provide fun, educational, and safe activities for you to conduct in your home, yard, and surrounding environments. The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons come alive!
There are over 75 different activities and projects from which to choose.
A sampling of the course projects includes:
- Create a Nature Journal
- Make a Tree Field Guide
- Build a Light Hut
- Preserve Flowers
- Grow Edible Mushrooms
- Create a Garden Journal
- Build lichenometer
- Design a Garden Plan
- Plant and Harvest a Garden
What is the Daily Schedule for Botany?
We have provided a detailed daily schedule for Botany in front of the Notebooking Journal. This schedule specifically outlines what to read and what activities to complete.
This course is designed to be done 2 days a week, approximately 1 hour each day. The suggested daily schedule, found in the student Notebooking Journal, is for 28 weeks. We suggest you modify this schedule to fit your family’s specific needs.
Each lesson should take approximately 1 hour. Some lessons have activities or outdoor adventures, which will require more time.
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.
Botany Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition
A perfect complement to Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, the Botany Notebooking Journal provides everything your student needs to complete this study of botany. This journal is not compatible with the first edition of Exploring Creation with Botany.
The Notebooking Journal can be used with multiple ages within a family with great ease. The Notebooking Journal is specifically designed with the elementary student in mind. They are fun and interactive with lots of colorful, hands-on, lap-booking-like activities to add to your child’s excitement with science.
This Notebooking Journal will serve as your child’s individual notebook, providing a place for him to complete every assignment in the text.
Each lesson begins with a fun coloring page 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, but they also increase the student’s retention of both the important terms and the subject matter presented in the lessons.
To make planning a breeze, a detailed daily schedule is included in the Notebooking Journal. This schedule lists the pages to read in the textbook and the pages to complete in the journal. Click the button below to view a sample.
The Benefits of Using the Notebooking Journal
Keeping a scientific notebook has always been standard scientific practice. Apologia’s Notebooking Journal has been designed to:
- Facilitate retention and provide documentation of your student’s education. The unique personal written and artistic expressions incorporate both sides of the brain.
- Be flexible and allows for multilevel learning. A twelve-year-old student may write an essay and make an elaborate illustration, while a six-year-old may write one sentence with a stick-figure drawing
- Help students record experiences, observations, and thoughts
- Engage students in the scientific process
- Provide a written history that students can reference as they explore new subject areas
- Give your student a place where they can record and organize experiences and observations
- Provide a place to review their notes to create opinions and draw conclusions about the way their world works
What Is Included in the Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, Notebooking Journal?
In this Notebooking Journal, you will find:
- A Suggested Schedule for completing the readings, notebooking assignments, activities, and experiments utilizing a two-day per week plan
- Templates for your student to record what he or she learned in each lesson, using both words and illustrations
- Coloring page
- Nature Journal Pages
- Creative templates for completing the Notebooking assignments
- Vocabulary activities
- Project Pages and Scientific Speculation Sheets for your student to use to keep records of experiments, projects, and activities completed throughout the course
- Beautiful, full-color, lapbook-style Miniature Books for your student to create, encouraging him or her to record facts and information learned in each lesson
- Review questions to help your child recall and retain what they learned in the lesson
Your child will treasure this Notebooking Journal as he makes it his very own with words and illustrations, reflecting all he has learned in his pursuit of science. Additionally, the journal will serve as your record of your student’s scientific endeavors throughout the year. When your child flips through his notebook, he will be reminded of the knowledge he has attained as he peruses the pages he has created. A variety of activities include full-color mini-books, additional fun experiments, crosswords, and supplementary materials.