Exploring Creation with Botany is part of the award-winning Young Explorer Series–voted the #1 homeschool science curriculum for over 11 years in a row.
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.
What is Included in This Apologia Advantage Set™
The Exploring Creation with Botany Advantage Set™ with Junior Notebooking Journal includes the textbook and Junior Notebooking Journal. A detailed description is listed below.
Exploring Creation with Botany Textbook
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.
This title is part of the Young Explorer Series, authored by Jeannie Fulbright.
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There are 13 lessons included in this one-year botany course. A detailed daily lesson plan is included in the Notebooking Journals.
Lesson topics include:
- Botany: which covers seeds, taxonomy, phyla, vascular plants, nonvascular plants, moss, angiosperms, gymnosperms
- Seedless vascular plants
- Nonvascular Plants
- Nature Journaling
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.
What Are Some of the Activities in This Botany Course?
The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons come alive!
A Sampling of the course projects 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
- Forcing pine cones to open and close
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, as it fits your family’s 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.
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. Frequently Asked Questions for the Young Explorer Series.
Botany Junior Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Botany
A perfect complement to Exploring Creation with Botany, the Botany Junior Notebooking Journal provides everything your student needs to complete this study of botany. Not only does it include all the wonderful features of our other Notebooking Journals in the Young Explorer Series, but it also includes an alternative Cold Climate Schedule as well as many additional activities, projects and experiments that can be completed in one day or less.
This Junior 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 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, 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 each of our Notebooking Journals and Junior Notebooking Journals. 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 Junior Notebooking Journal
Keeping a scientific notebook has always been standard scientific practice. Apologia’s Junior Notebooking Journals have 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 is recommended for use with students who have mastered handwriting, can take notes, and enjoy upper elementary level activities.
The Junior Notebooking Journals are designed for younger students who are still developing basic writing skills. These journals have easier crossword puzzles and activities, easier coloring pages, 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 Junior Notebooking Journal?
In this Junior Notebooking Journal, you will find:
- A Suggested Schedule for completing the readings, notebooking assignments, activities, and experiments utilizing a two-day per week plan
- Fascinating Facts templates for your student to record what he or she learned in each lesson, using both words and illustrations
- Two coloring pages per lesson
- Wide-lined writing spaces
- Creative templates for completing the Notebooking assignments
- Scripture Copywork, including both print and cursive practice, which is a valuable method for not only practicing handwriting but also memorizing Scripture and teaching spelling, grammar and writing
- Easier vocabulary activities than those found in the regular Notebooking Journals
- Project Pages and Scientific Speculation Sheets for your student to use to keep records of experiments, projects, and activities completed throughout the course
- A selection of book and DVD suggestions to complement your student’s studies, as well as projects and experiments to help your student Dig In Deeper
- 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
- Field Trip Sheets your student can use to keep a record of field trips or outings enjoyed during his or her studies
Your child will treasure this Junior 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.
Additional Information About Apologia’s Young Explorer Series:
New to Apologia’s Young Explorer Series for K-6 homeschool science? Visit the Young Explorer Series information page to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions about The Young Explorer Series
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