Overview of Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition, Student Notebook
The Physical Science Student Notebook Includes:
- Daily Lesson Plan
- Breakdown of the assignments, detailing exactly what needs to be done each day
- Pages where the student takes notes. These pages include prompts to help teach the student how to pull out pertinent information from the text
- Space to answer the On Your Own questions that are listed in each module
- Space to record their results from the many hands-on activities
- Space to record answer to the On Your Own questions. These questions serve as review and prep for the tests
- Note taking is a learned skill. While it might seem like there should be “answers” to questions and prompts found in the student notebook, we do not provide specific answers on purpose. The best way to take notes is the way that works for the student. That’s why the Student Notebook provides space for taking notes.
Additional Note-Taking Tips for Your Student
The Student Notebook also includes tips for writing good notes. Here are just some tips for writing good notes that students will be introduced to in this notebook:
- Make sure to include the main ideas of each passage and list the minor concepts under the main ones.
- Use the author’s style to guide your notes. If the author defines a term, make sure you include that definition in your notebook (you won’t miss it; we have it there ready for you to define).
- If the author is comparing or contrasting two things in the text, you should compare and/or contrast in your notes (again, we’ll provide you with some diagrams to help you do this).
- If the author is classifying in the text, you should classify in your notes (and remember to include any hints you think of).
- Don’t copy the text word for word. Always write your notes in your own words and make as many connections to ideas you already know as you can.
- If you see a word you don’t know, write it down and look it up so you can better understand what you’re reading.
Apologia encourages parents to review their student’s notebook to make sure that the student is properly engaged, however, student notes should never be graded. You can choose to use the character-building points in your evaluations. Offer encouragement if you see your student struggling. Ask them to review with you what they are learning. Mentor to them how you took notes at their age. You will see that with each notebook module we offer tips and hints. By the time your student finishes the course, you’ll see highlighting and colored fonts, personal thoughts expanded and explored, and true knowledge on how to personalize, capture, and understand new knowledge.
About the Student Notebook author: Vicki Dincher holds a master’s degree in biology. Her four children, all homeschooled, have earned or are pursuing graduate degrees in the sciences. Vicki has taught high school science, including Advanced Placement courses, since 1995.