STRENGTHS
Exploring Creation with Physical Science provides eighth graders a thorough and rigorous introduction to scientific principles to prepare them for high school biology in ninth grade. Topics covered in this Apologia science curriculum include the earth and its atmosphere, weather and water, and elementary physics, such as Newton’s law, relativity, physics of motion, and even an introduction to astrophysics.

Physical Science is taught in an easy to understand, conversational style to facilitate independent study on the part of the student. There are numerous illustrations and photos to aid understanding, as well as tables or charts. There is an index and a comprehensive list of needed lab supplies.

Apologia science divides the text is conveniently into16 modules, designed to take approximately two weeks to complete. Each module includes practice “On Your Own” problems. The student can check his work from answers provided in the textbook. Also included are review problems for each module, the answers to which are provided in the separate teacher book.

This science curriculum includes many hands on experiments, all of which are intended to be able to be performed with basic household materials and supplies. It is taught from a Christian perspective, with the author making a point to highlight scientific facts that support certain Christian beliefs such as creation or young earth.

WEAKNESSES
For some students who struggle with math, this Apologia science curriculum may be a challenge, since many of the “On Your Own” problems to involve calculations. A few of the supplies for the experiments are not quite as common as others. Some homeschool parents have noted that this science curriculum did not seem to prepare their students very well for the Iowa test. Some families prefer to have less apologetics included in the curriculum.

RECOMMENDATIONS
For seventh or eighth grade students who do fine in math, this is an excellent curriculum to lead into the biology from Apologia science. For students who struggle with math, it will be necessary to take it slow. Some parents may even choose to have their student take it in 9th grade, if he is not college-bound. Although all supplies may not be found in the typical grocery store, those that aren’t should be able to be found in a hardware store or some place similar.

If your student will be taking a standardized test at the end of the year, obtain a study guide or teacher’s guide so that you know what will be covered on the test. Compare that to the Physical Science curriculum, so you know when Apologia will be teaching those concepts. Be sure your student spends extra time looking up and memorizing those concepts. Review them frequently, even after the conclusion of the module where they were taught.

The author of the Apologia science curriculum does not spend a whole lot of time on young earth apologetics, and most say it is respectfully done. You might like to use it as a jumping off point for further research and study.

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