Apologia Advantage Set™ – Botany, 2nd Edition, with Regular Notebooking Journal


Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, by Apologia, is a God-honoring study of botany. Revised and updated with new content, illustrations, graphics, new and reworded activities, and redesigned Notebooking Journals!

Your young botanist will begin this course with an overview of botany and then grow in their knowledge of seeds, flowers, pollination, fruits, leaves, roots, and stems of plants. Their awareness of the world around them will blossom as they experience planting a garden that they design and discover how food is produced. By digging deeper into the many different types of plants in creation, they will acquire wisdom that will flourish for their lifetimes.

Please note, this set contains the Notebooking Journal recommended for grades 3-6.



Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, Advantage Set™ with Regular Notebooking Journal



Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, is part of the award-winning Young Explorer Series–voted the #1 homeschool science curriculum for over 13 years in a row. 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 (ESV).


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What is Included in This Apologia Advantage Set™?


The Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, Advantage Set™ with regular Notebooking Journal includes the textbook and regular Notebooking Journal. A detailed description is listed below.


Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, Textbook


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
  • An improved layout that is more user-friendly

This title is part of the Young Explorer Series, authored by Jeannie Fulbright.


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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
  • Pollination
  • Seeds
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Leaves, Photosynthesis, Transpiration
  • Roots and Root Systems
  • Stems
  • Gardening
  • Trees
  • Gymnosperms
  • Seedless & Vascular Plants
  • Mycology


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.

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 include:

  • 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 the front of each Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal. This schedule specifically outlines what to read and what activities to complete.

The course is designed to be done 2 days a week, approximately 1 hour each day, although some lessons have activities or outdoor adventures, which will require more time. The suggested daily schedule, found in the student Notebooking Journal, is for 28 weeks. We encourage you to modify this schedule to fit your family’s specific needs.  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 Regular 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 revised journal is not compatible with the first edition of Exploring Creation with Botany.

The Notebooking Journals can be used with multiple ages within a family with great ease. The Notebooking Journals are specifically designed with the elementary student in mind. They are fun and interactive with lots of colorful, hands-on 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 them to complete every assignment in the text.  Each lesson begins with a coloring page for the student to color while he or she 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 they’ve 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 pieces to cut out and match vocabulary activities, crossword puzzles, vocabulary stories, plant identification activities and more. These learning activities are not only interesting, 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 and Junior Notebooking Journal. This schedule lists the pages to read in the textbook and the pages to complete in the journal.


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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’s the Difference between the Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal?


The regular Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Botany, 2nd Edition, is recommended for use with students who have mastered handwriting, can take notes, and enjoy upper elementary level activities.

The Junior Notebooking Journal is designed for younger students who are still developing basic writing skills. These journals have easier crossword puzzles and activities and wider writing lines.

The Notebooking Journal and Junior Notebooking Journal are designed to work together to help accommodate teaching multiple ages in your homeschool.


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 pages
  • Nature Journal Pages
  • Creative templates for completing the Notebooking assignments
  • Vocabulary activities to help learn important terms
  • Project Pages and other sheets for your student to use to keep records of experiments, projects, and activities completed throughout the course
  • Beautiful, full-color 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.


An Overview of Apologia’s Botany, 2nd Edition, with author, Jeannie Fulbright

Frequently Asked Questions about the Young Explorer Series:


Jeannie Fulbright discusses immersion learning:


Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 11.25 × 9 × 1.6 in

Jeannie Fulbright


978-1-946506-39-9, 978-1-946506-40-5



Product Type

Advantage Set


Young Explorers, Botany

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