Homeschool Curriculum Review - Exploring Creation with Zoology 1
For the past couple of years in our homeschool journey we have been using an Apologia science curriculum for elementary students. Exploring Creation with Zoology has been a great curriculum to use and I would recommend it to just about anyone. This science curriculum is written by Jeannie Fulbright and is full of information about lots of different animals. In fact the curriculum is broken into three different books - Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day, Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day and Land Animals of the Sixth Day. This science program is written from a biblical perspective. We will talk about Zoology 1 in this hub.
In Exploring Creation with Zoology 1 your children will learn all about flying creatures. In this book your children will start to learn about animal classification, which will continue in all three books. In Zoology 1, your child will learn about much more than just birds. You will learn all about chiropterology, which is the study of bats (who knew?), and also entomology which is the study of insects.
I have to say that studying insects in-depth like this program does really helped my son to get over his fear of bugs. That right there made it a great program, but we also learned so much about birds. When we started the program we set up bird feeders in our yard which helped us get up close and personal with the birds we were studying. I didn't realize what amazing creatures birds were until teaching my children from this curriculum.
The experiments in Zoology 1 were very interesting and many of them very hands on. My kids learn better with hands on experiments and they had a blast with all of them. The great thing about it for me though, is that there weren't a lot of strange things for me to buy and it didn't require a lot of before hand preparation - read easy to set up!
There are relevant notebook pages to go along with each book. There are easier notebook pages for younger kids and more in-depth notebook pages for older kids, making this curriculum easily adaptable to many ages. I found that by checking books out of the library to go along with the different chapters really help cement the information in my kid's heads. The difficulty level of the books you choose is up to you, allowing you to make it age appropriate for your children.
I have found that the Apologia science curriculum Exploring Creation with Zoology is a perfect science curriculum for elementary students. At this age most find animals fascinating and would love to learn all about them. If you are looking for a science curriculum for your children I think this is a great one.