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Exploring Creation: With Astronomy (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries)) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2004


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Apologia Educational Ministries (1 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932012486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932012484
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 798,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. J. J. Windsor on 16 Nov. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fantastic book. Speedy delivery. Wonderful!
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153 of 157 people found the following review helpful
Not only for Christians 16 July 2006
By Sherene Silverberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is important for me to note at the outset that we are a Jewish family and this is very much a Christian program, however, it is easy for me as the mother to read around the few bits that are overtly Christian.

I recommend that homeschoolers from other faiths do not dismiss this outstanding program because of the Christian content. This is the perfect science program for all homeschooling families who are giving their children a Classical education.

"Spiral learning" seem to be the current flavor of the month in educational circles. This means that I keep on finding science programs that touch on an enormous amount of topics but don't deal with them in any depth. This is exactly what I do not want.

We subscribe to the maxim, "Multum non Multa" - not many things (multa), but much (multum). Jeannie Fubright's "Exploring Creation with..." fulfills this maxim perfectly. One topic is studied a year, e.g. Astronomy, Botany, Zoology and that topic is studied in great depth.

With "Exploring Creation with Astronomy", our children are immersed in astronomy and learn about the stars and planets in great detail. Rather than touching on many, many scientific concepts, our children are focusing on the heavens for an entire year. By having the children narrate what they have heard after every lesson, I can tell whether our children have understood that particular lesson.

Jeannie adds in really great activities at the end of every lesson that don't require expensive tools. I had most of the tools in our home already. As an example, in lesson one the children make a model of the solar system using balloons of different sizes, string, markers, construction paper, a measuring tape and thumbtacks.

In lesson 7 the children build a model of Olympus Mons on Mars using homemade salt dough, a plastic bottle, vinegar, rocks, baking soda, red food coloring and dish washing liquid.

This course is perfect for families with multiple age children as you can assign extra reading to the older children and require differing degrees of complexity from their narrations.

Other great pluses for me:

- Jeannie has written this in a conversational tone which makes it very easy to read ot the little ones

- There is so much depth in it that I am fascinated all the time while I am doing this with the children, yet, the depth is not so complex that it goes over the children's heads.

- Absolutely beautiful photographs from space adorn the pages

- This last plus, may not be an issue for many of you, but I don't have the best vision and I find this book really easy to read. The publishers, Apologia, have used a bright, white matte paper with a clean font with double line spacing.
102 of 105 people found the following review helpful
Review from a homeschooling mom of 6 six years 5 Aug. 2006
By Jennifer Gresak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I will start with a confession - I am not a "science mom". I do not like messy experiments. I do not like to gather 42 tiny items to do something that is over in 90 seconds. I do not like paper mache. But most of all- I do not like textbooks. In our house, a science textbook is suitable only for bathroom reading or as a cure for insomnia. The first time I picked up this book however, I was in love. The text is vivid and well written. The projects are fun and EASY!

If you join me in being a non science mom, I stronly recommend ordering the kit that goes with this course from Home Science Tools. It costs less than $30 and has every single little thing for every project. You will not have to rumage for or purchase anything. When it's time to do your project there will be no frantic trip to Walmart. Relax mom, it's all here : )

We are creating an Astronomy Notebook as the book recommends. My son puts pictures, drawings, and written information in his notebook. He is really enjoying adding to it and loves to show it to company.

One of my favorite quotes is "Education is not the filling of a bucket. It is the lighting of a fire." I know this astronomy study is not just filling his head with knowledge of space. Rather, it is lighting a fire in him for learning about our world. It is inspiring him to create his best work and to read more independant of his "school work" on the topics we've studied.

I will definately be using the other books in this series!

Blessings on you and your homeschool!
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
very happy with this 13 July 2008
By A. Padgett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We decided to use this book on the advice of another homeschooling family and couldn't be happier. I would agree with the person who gave this a 3 stars in that the sun isn't that big compared to many other things in our universe, but within our solar system, I believe it is. Regardless, we have really enjoyed this book. Science is one of my dd's favorite subject. She loves that we get to cuddle up while reading the material. However, she also loves sharing with others what she has learned. People are amazed at how much she knows and has comprehended, especially for her age (she just turned 7 and we used this for our first grade science). I have also spoken with my neighbor, who is a second grade teacher, and she was impressed with what she has learned. She told me they could never go into that kind of depth in her classroom. They just don't have that kind of time.

Next fall, we will be using the Zoology 1 as both my dd's are totally engrossed with bugs and other flying critters right now.

I really like this series as it is based on a 7 days creation view, which is what we believe in and wanted to teach. I also like that evolution ideas are brought in (how some scientists explain...and then she gives a bried synopsis of what they think. For example, the parts of Mercury that don't have any craters because they are "new" as a result of volcanic eruptions).

I also like the conversational tone to the book. It provides for interaction with the book instead of just memorizing the "facts". I also like many of the experiments as it allows my dd to become more actively involved in what she is learning and helps to really cement what she has learned.

As with many things, you will find mistakes (many of them have been corrected if you go to Apologia's website), and things that you may not agree with. However, if you want to really dig into a subject, spend time on it, and have your child retain what they learned as well as be excited enough about it to want to share what they have learned with others, I would highly recommend this book (as well as this series)
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Incorrect Information - Disappointed 17 Nov. 2013
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a disappointed with this book. I really wanted to like it, but I'm particularly annoyed that the book is being sold mostly to homeschool families, and nothing has been done to update it to include the most recent scientific discoveries and information. Well, I began reading the chapter on Mercury, and it said that we don't have a complete picture of Mercury. I thought that was odd, so I went to the NASA website to see if this could be true. It's not. It was true up until sometime after 2004 when the latest Mercury mission, MESSENGER, was launched. Currently, there is a complete imaging of the planet. However, the most recent information the author gives is from the Mariner 10 mission which made its final fly by Mercury in 1975. I find it lazy and irresponsible to publish a book in 2004, the same year that this mission was launched, and to never bother updating it. Nine years have passed and there have been no revisions. I feel that every time I ask my children to open this book, I'll be wondering what other incorrect information is printed.

I trusted the opinions of other homeschoolers. but I should have done my homework, and it's a lesson learned. Now, I'll be doing extra research every time we learn about astronomy because I can't trust the text.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun, But Use with Care 20 May 2014
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We've enjoyed this book overall, but it has some problems too. On the plus side, it does a good job explaining things on an elementary school level and it has very nice color pictures. My child (age 8) has understood it and enjoyed it.

The book is getting outdated as it was written in 2004. However, with the internet, it is not hard to find videos on things such as more recent space missions to Mars and Saturn.

There are sections where they author's information is questionable, wrong, or controversial. This is a disappointment, but since we have the book and many parts of it are good, I have taken this as an opportunity to teach my child some valuable life lessons. Just because it's in a book doesn't always mean that it's correct. It's a good thing to question your sources and to verify with additional sources. Also, two people can look at the same piece of evidence and draw different conclusions about its meaning. We sometimes talk about alternative explanations for observations.

Here are two examples of questionable or controversial contents. For one, the author believes that the asteroid belt was created by an exploded planet. This sounded odd, and looking it up online, this seems to be an outdated and discredited view. Another issue which comes up often is that Fulbright is a firm believer in a literal six day creation and a young universe. While I believe in the Creator, I think he could have created in many different ways and I did not find the author's arguments very persuasive.

In sum, it's a pleasant book which your child will like, but you will need to use the internet or your library to verify and update the information or present other viewpoints.
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