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Young Explorer Science Series: Exploring Creation with ... (Astronomy, Botany, , Zoology, and Land Animals of the Sixth Day)
Apologia Educational Ministries
At first glance, the Apologia Young Explorer books look like standard hardcover textbooks for the elementary grades. They're nicely printed with full-color illustrations. But the focus on a narrow area of science for each text and the methods of lesson presentation make these significantly different from standard texts.
The Astronomy and Botany volumes, with 176 pages each, address only those topics, digging much deeper into each than is possible in a typical textbook that aims to cover many different topics.
Experiments and Labs
Study of the human body and health education go hand in hand so I've listed these resources together in this section. Secular health texts are usually either objectionable or a waste of time for homeschoolers. We should be training our children to care for their bodies with good health habits, good nutrition, and proper exercise without a health curriculum directing us. If we do in-depth study of the human body, we will very naturally learn about some good health habits as we learn how the human body functions and the problems we encounter when we mistreat it.
While I'm not excited about health textbooks, as you can tell, texts from Christian publishers and other resources can point out topics we might wish to cover and help us focus on particular areas. Note that A Beka's health textbooks are designed to be used along with another science text to make up a complete science course in most of the elementary grade levels.
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