Now that I’m teaching an 8th grader, it’s becoming necessary for me to dive into the deeper waters of curriculum. At least that’s the way I feel. I bit the bullet and decided we would use Apologia’s Physical Science this year. I really had no idea if we would be able to continue with the weekly nature study that we’ve been used to for several years now.
Much to my surprise and pleasure – not only are we able to make time for nature study, it’s actually fitting in perfectly with the textbook! I’ve found myself on several occasions able to pull out one of my NaturExplorer studies for some kind of hands-on walk or activity that ties in perfectly to our lessons!
And, as some of you know already, I’m including my 5th grade son as we complete the upper level middle school/high school text. However, some days the text is just too in depth. Instead of scouring the internet or library for something that he can do in place of the text, I’ve been able to use NaturExplorers activities in almost every instance!
I’m so excited to know that our NaturExplorers units not only fit in well with the texts, but cover all the topics that the “experts” cover. What a confidence booster that our NaturExplorers units really are academically relevant!! We believed that all along, but this “test” has given us more reason to shout it from the rooftops. 🙂
For the record, the units that have worked well thus far with Apologia’s Physical Science are:
Take a look at a few of the activities we’ve done so far from the NaturExplorers units having to do with the Apologia lessons!
I know the question many of you will ask…How are you doing the science lessons AND fitting in these extras??? We only do the textbook about three days a week. We try to have a weekly nature study day, too, so I’ve been trying to tie in the textbook learning to nature study when possible. Also, a couple of these activities were done by my son INSTEAD OF the textbook while my daughter completed the textbook work and not these.
I can’t wait to report on how well our units fit in with high school biology next year!