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Exploring Creation science series - Apologia Science for Junior and Senior High Levels

Publisher: Apologia Educational Ministries
Author: Dr. Jay L. Wile (primary author)
Review last updated: May 2014
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Courses available in Apologia Science
  • Exploring Creation with General Science
  • Exploring Creation with Physical Science
  • Exploring Creation with Biology
  • Exploring Creation with Chemistry
  • Exploring Creation with Physics
  • Advanced Chemistry in Creation
  • Advanced Physics in Creation
  • Advanced Biology: The Human Body, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
  • Exploring Creation with Marine Biology

Exploring Creation with Chemistry

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Dr. Jay Wile is the primary author of most of Apologia’s Exploring Creation science curricula for junior and senior high. These Apologia courses are among the few options for college-prep lab science courses that do not require a parent to teach the courses. Another factor that makes them popular is their very reasonable cost.
Apologia offers courses for general science, physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Among them are both standard courses and supplemental ones that provide the equivalent of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. I appreciate the options that accommodate a range of student goals—from the non-science oriented student who just wants the basics through the ambitious, college-bound student who wants AP level courses. Some courses also offer choices of lab experiences to provide more activity for ambitious students or more limited options that might fit a family’s limited financial resources.
Most courses are available in your choice of traditional textbook or CD-ROM versions. Textbook courses come as two-volume sets ($85 per course). The first book is the hardbound student text with color illustrations. The second book is a softbound solutions and tests manual with complete answers and explanations for questions from the student book as well as for the tests. Step-by-step instructions for lab experiments appear in each chapter alongside the concepts they illustrate.
CD-ROM versions ($65 per course) contain all the textbook and solutions manual content plus multimedia video clips, animations, pronunciation guides, and other helpful tools. They also have nifty indexing so you can simply click on an index entry to go to that topic in the correct module on the CD.
Students who benefit from auditory input might prefer to listen to the textbooks being read aloud. You can purchase CDs with MP3 files with the complete student text content read aloud for each of the courses ($19 per course). Students still need the print textbook to read along with or refer to as they study and complete their work.
Most courses also have an optional Multimedia Companion CD-ROM available for those who select the textbook version of one of these courses. These CD-ROMs have only the extras not already contained in the textbook ($19 per CD per course). Icons in the textbook alert students to available video clips they might want to pull up on each CD-ROM.
Since lab work is often a challenge for home educated students, Apologia is developing optional “Experiment Only” DVDs  for the high school level courses. Check the publisher’s website for availability.
A Christian worldview permeates these courses. Dr. Wile brings in not just creationist views, but also other scientific issues and ideas in relation to Christianity (e.g., geocentric versus heliocentric viewpoints).
All of these courses were written for independent study. Dr. Wile’s conversational style of writing makes these texts much easier reading than most others. He speaks directly to students, assuming they will be working through the courses on their own—a realistic expectation in most families. Brief information for parents or teachers is at the beginning of the solutions and tests books. Free support is available via email, phone, fax, and snail mail....
Books are divided into modules which are similar to units—each module is divided into a number of topics and activities. Within each module are “on your own” questions and problems. Students are to answer these as they proceed through each section, and answers can be self-checked within the textbook. At the end of each module is a study guide that has questions and problems. Answer keys are in the solutions and test book for each course. Students also need to keep a separate lab notebook to record observations and conclusions from their experiments.
....At the beginning of the book are lists of lab materials needed. Dr. Wile specifies lab materials that, for the most part, can be found at grocery and hardware stores. However, the biology and chemistry labs do require some more specific equipment like a scale, microscope, and test tubes. Using some non-traditional lab equipment means students will not be familiar with all of the more complex scientific equipment, but this should be a small liability given the practical advantages of these type labs....
Exploring Creation with General Science and Exploring Creation with Physical Science are junior high courses targeted at grades seven and eight. Exploring Creation with Biology, Exploring Creation with Chemistry, and Exploring Creation with Physics meet requirements for high school lab courses. However, Apologia also offers advanced courses in biology, chemistry, and physics that, combined with the corresponding foundational course, cover the content of AP courses.
The advanced courses are titled Advanced Chemistry in Creation; Advanced Physics in Creation; Advanced Biology: The Human Body, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made; and Exploring Creation with Marine Biology ($85 per course). These are similar in format to the foundational texts, but Advanced Physics is illustrated only in black and white. CD-ROM versions of all of the advanced courses are planned but only Advanced Biology and Marine Biology are available as I go to print with this book in 2012. (Note I have not reviewed Advanced Chemistry or Advanced Physics.)

Exploring Creation with General Science

This is a broad general science course for junior high students that includes a significant amount of lab work. The course is set up in 16 modules that should take about two weeks each to complete.
Topics covered include the history of science, scientific method, how to perform experiments, simple machines, archaeology, rocks, minerals, fossils, geology, paleontology, evolution and interrelated theories (uniformitarianism and catastrophism), living organisms, organisms and energy, classifications, and the human body.

I highly recommend the new student notebook that can be used with this course. It has over 450 pages and serves as a great tool for reinforcing lessons as well as for summarizing and reviewing. It includes graphic organizers, questions that require short essay responses, timeline activities, study guides, fill-in-the-blanks summary pages for each chapter, individualized lab report forms, scriptural connections to science that often require Bible study, and more. Students who need a greater challenge can use the "Digging Deeper" suggestions that are usually hands-on or web-based activities. Printed in full-color and fairly heavily illustrated, the student notebook is a great way to help students really assimilate what they have learned. Answer keys are in the Solutions and Tests Manual for the entire course.

Exploring Creation with Physical Science

This large, 490-page text is the foundation for the most user-friendly, yet academically challenging physical science course for homeschoolers of which I am aware. It qualifies as a lab course with extensive experiments and recording activity....Topics covered include air, atmosphere, water, the hydrosphere, earth and the lithosphere, weather, motion, gravity, electromagnetic force, electrical circuits, magnetism, atomic structure, radioactivity, waves and sound, light, and astrophysics.
While the content is appropriate and challenging, it is not as difficult as some physical science texts....

This text also has a new student workbook. See the description under Exploring Creation with General Science above.

Exploring Creation with Biology

Dr. Wile co-authored this text with Marilyn F. Durnell. It is very similar in format and presentation to the Physical Science course. While it is traditional in its approach for the most part, it does not include study of the human body. Instead, human anatomy and physiology are covered in a separate course, Advanced Biology: The Human Body. Students preparing for AP exams or wanting to list an AP course on their transcript need to complete both courses.
Clear explanations present concepts in a friendly fashion without oversimplification. Questions provoke thought rather than just recall of information.
With this text, lab activity becomes more demanding, although you have a choice about how much of it your student needs to complete. There are three levels of lab activity....Instructions for all labs are found in the text.

Exploring Creation with Chemistry

This text covers essentially the same content as most high school chemistry courses. Algebra 1 is a prerequisite....Dr. Wile has done a great job constructing lab activities with low-cost equipment while providing enough experience for a solid college-prep course. The labs are exacting in detail, achieving a great deal of precision with minimal equipment....
Apologia’s Advanced Chemistry course combined with this foundational course is equivalent to an AP chemistry course.

Exploring Creation with Physics

This course will be quite challenging for students who attempt to work independently unless parents are knowledgeable and can help from time to time. However, it is still a good course for the student who does not intend to take much science in college. Coverage is adequate but not as complete as in some other high school physics texts. For example, there is no treatment of the properties of matter, heat transfer, atomic and nuclear physics, relativity or quantum physics.... Lab activities are fairly simple for a high school physics lab course. Lab experiments seem to be designed to illustrate principles more than to provide opportunities for serious scientific work. Nevertheless, this course will satisfy most college entry requirements for a physics course with lab.
Science oriented students should consider adding Apologia’s Advanced Physics course. Together the two courses are equivalent to an AP course.
This is a math-based course; prerequisites are algebra and geometry up through beginning trigonometry....
Apologia offers a Video Instruction DVD ($140) that might make this course more practical in some situations. The DVD (which plays only on computers that can handle .wmv files and open PDF files) features more than 20 hours of lecture and presentation of experiments. It also has printable notes from the lectures. It does not replace the print or CD-ROM textbook.

Advanced Biology Course: The Human Body, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Marilyn M. Shannon, M.A. coauthored the second edition of this text with Rachael L. Yuni, M.S., M.A. Many parents will want to cover human anatomy and physiology as part of their teen’s biology instruction even if students do not intend to take the AP exam. However, be forewarned that this is a challenging course with some content (especially the large amount of vocabulary to be learned) more likely to be encountered in a college course rather than a high school course. That’s why it is suitable for AP test preparation!
Along with the student text and the solutions and tests book, students will need a microscope..., a set of prepared slides ($73), a dissection specimens kit (cow’s eye, cow’s heart, and fetal pig) ($44), and The Anatomy Coloring Book (McCann and Wise) ($22). All of these resources are available through Apologia. If students opt not to do all of the lab work, they should still purchase The Anatomy Coloring Book since it has far more detailed illustrations than does the text, and Coloring Book assignments are included directly within the lessons. As with other Apologia courses, students need to keep a separate lab notebook.
Although this is a very challenging course, it is designed such that students can complete all work independently. The publisher recommends it for twelfth grade but says it can also be used from tenth grade on if students have the prerequisites—first year courses in both biology and chemistry.

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  • Exploring Creation w/ Physics SET

    Exploring Creation w/ Physics SET

    Exploring Creation with Chemistry Video Instruction DVD 2nd Edition

    Exploring Creation with Chemistry Video Instruction DVD 2nd Edition

    Exploring Creation w/ Marine Biology SET

    Exploring Creation w/ Marine Biology SET

    Human Body: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made SET 2nd Edition

    Human Body: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made SET 2nd Edition

    Exploring Creation w/ General Science SET

    Exploring Creation w/ General Science SET

    Advanced Physics in Creation Set

    Advanced Physics in Creation Set

    Advanced Chemistry in Creation Set 2ED

    Advanced Chemistry in Creation Set 2ED

    Exploring Creation with Physical Science Complete Cd-rom Version

    Exploring Creation with Physical Science Complete Cd-rom Version

    Jay L. Wile

    Exploring Creation w/ Biology SET

    Exploring Creation w/ Biology SET

    Exploring Creation w/ Physical Science SET

    Exploring Creation w/ Physical Science SET

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    • Suitable for: independent work for grades 7-12
      Need for parent/teacher instruction: low
      Prep time needed: minimial
      Teacher's manual: N/A
      Religious perspective: Protestant

    Publisher's Info

    • Apologia Educational Ministries

      1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220
      Anderson, IN 46016
      888-524-4724
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      www.apologia.com