Homeschool Science for Primary Age

Apologia’s Young Explorer Series by Jeannie Fulbright

The books in this award-winning homeschool science series were written for the elementary school child. The content can be simply understood by a kindergarten student, but it can also be comprehended and enjoyed through the sixth grade. Through this series, homeschool students will become true scientists as they observe nature, participate in experiments, and document all that they learn.

Start with any of the seven subjects
Use from K-6th grade
Created in the Charlotte Mason style
Audiobooks available on Audible
Regular or junior notebooking journals
Creation-based learning

​Where to start with the Young Explorer Series

You start wherever you can capture your child’s imagination.  The goal is to let your child’s curiosity lead and learning will happen naturally. There is a reason our elementary series is called The Young Explorers Series.  Our curriculum is designed to feed your child’s curiosity, not lead it.

When Do You Choose a Junior Notebooking Journal?

  • Junior notebooks are designed for younger students who are still developing basic writing skills.
  • Junior notebooks have easier crossword puzzles and activities.
  • Junior notebooks have two colouring pages per lesson.

In the end, your regular or junior notebooking journal will be a book your child has written about their science journey and a keepsake!

Exploring Creation

Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry and Physics
Zoology 1
Zoology 2
Zoology 3
Anatomy and Physiology
From head to toe, Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology is a personal encounter with God’s design for the human body. Your child will take a fantastic voyage through the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, immune, and nervous systems. They will study nutrition, health, and embryology to see what makes each of us a unique creation of God.

Goose-bump-inducing projects for this course include creating an edible cell from Jell-O, testing bacteria content around the house, discovering your child’s blood type, and even building a stethoscope!

Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology

Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition, launches your child’s mind on an educational journey to explore God’s incredible universe. It begins with a tour of our solar system, including the sun, planets, and asteroid belt. Then we set off across the stars and galaxies as they reveal the marvels and might of our loving Creator.

During this course, your child will build a model of our solar system, simulate the use of radar to reveal a hidden landscape, construct a working telescope, create an astrometer to measure the brightness of a star, and even launch a working rocket!

Exploring Creation with Astronomy

Exploring Creation with Botany cultivates an appreciation for nature with a study of the many different kinds of plants in God’s creation. This course will nurture an understanding of nature’s processes, including how plants grow from seeds, the reproductive process, the way plants make their food, and how God designed plants to acquire and distribute water and nutrients.

During this course, your child will create make a “light hut” in which to grow plants, dissect a bean seed, observe the germination process, measure transpiration, and produce keepsake paintings with the assistance of nature.

Exploring Creation with Botany

Chemistry and Physics
With Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics, from atoms and molecules to the laws of motion and thermodynamics, this amazing course will introduce your child to the properties of matter and the basic building blocks of life. Your family will bond over this exploration of God’s design for the universe as you investigate states of matter, energy in its many forms, magnetism, and simple machines.

Dynamic projects for this course include mixing materials to make a bouncy ball and creating a smoke bomb. Your child will also build a solar oven, a working periscope, and a miniature motor!
Zoology 1
Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day lets your child’s imagination soar with this fascinating study of birds, bats, and flying insects. Your young zoologist will investigate the dynamics of flight, learn classification skills, keep a field journal, and explore how the design we see in flying creatures points us toward our Creator.

High-flying projects for this course include building a bird feeder, working with nesting materials, and even bringing a flying insect “back from the dead!”
Zoology 2
Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day dives right into an underwater adventure! This course makes a big splash with kids, as they meet whales and dolphins, spy on seals and manatees, and explore the depths of God’s creation with sea turtles, snakes, and salamanders. Your child will also uncover the hidden world of crustaceans, sea snails, clams, and soft-bodied friends like the octopus, squid, and nautilus. From the microscopic to the massive, no reef is left unexplored!

Wild and wet projects for this course include using blubber as an insulator and exploring how whales can hear underwater sounds from miles away.
Zoology 3
Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day makes every day an adventure as you take your child on a safari through jungles, deserts, forests, and farms—without ever leaving your backyard! During this course, your child will examine and enjoy the incredible variety of enchanting creatures God made to inhabit the earth.

Powerful projects for this course include playing predator to coloured candies that hide in camouflage, acting like a primate to judge depth perception, discovering why giraffes have high blood pressure, identifying animal tracks, dissecting owl pellets and identifying the owl’s last meal, and much more!

Overview of Elementary Science

Explore Apologia's K-6th grade Young Explorer Series for an elementary science curriculum in your homeschool. These unique courses can be completed in as little as twenty-eight weeks if you do science two days per week.  They are also flexible enough so that they can be adapted to fit your homeschool’s goals.

What Makes Apologia’s Elementary Homeschool Science Unique?

Written In a Conversational Tone
Following a Charlotte Mason approach, we develop a conversation with students. Apologia texts are written directly to the student and explore the world God made using engaging conversational-style text. The text and illustrations engage young learners and pull them into the subject so that the subject matter comes alive.

Immersion in a Science Topic
Some curriculum developers promote the spiral approach to education. Students are exposed over and over again to minute amounts of a variety of science topics. Each year sees the same material, most of it review, some of it new, none of it complete.  This method assumes that the young child is unable to understand scientific truths.

With Apologia, children are given an in-depth exposure into each science topic; we call that immersion. We give the child an opportunity to develop a love for that subject.  We also show the student that God has created an orderly world that works very similarly throughout all subjects of science.

Charlotte Mason Approach
Throughout our textbooks, students are asked to retell or narrate the information they just studied. This helps students assimilate the information in their minds. The act of verbalizing in their own words propels students forward in their ability to effectively and clearly communicate the information to others. It serves to lock the information in their own words, in their own understanding, in their own minds. Students can’t orally explain a topic to someone else if they don’t understand it.

Hands-On Projects, Activities, and Experiment
Additionally, every lesson in our elementary textbooks contains hands-on projects, activities, and experiments to bring concepts to your student’s level of comprehension. There are no dry disconnected facts taught in a spiraling fashion from one grade to the next. Instead, with Apologia science, students study, in great detail, a subject area of interest.
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