I have worked with Apologia Homeschool Ministries to produce Exploring Creation, a line of immersion science texts utilizing Charlotte Mason’s proven methods for teaching your little ones about God’s creation.
The Botany Junior Notebooking Journal is the newest product in the Young Explorer Series. A companion to Exploring Creation with Botany, this junior journal is much like the regular Botany Notebooking Journal but is designed for younger students or those with limited writing skills. All the lines in the junior journal are primary writing lines (a dashed line between two solid lines), and there are far fewer than in the regular journal. The Botany Junior Notebooking Journal is perfect for:
• Younger students that have not yet mastered handwriting
• Older students that are delayed in handwriting mastery
• Older students with learning disabilities
• Students that are new to written narration
Unique to both the and Junior and Regular Botany Notebooking Journals is the Colder Climate Alternate Schedule and the many additional activities, projects and experiments that can be completed in one day or less.
Each lesson in the junior journal begins with two fun coloring pages for the student to color while he listens to the reading of the text. These pages provide opportunities for active learning while reinforcing the lesson’s content. Following are pages with templates designed to encourage creative expression and written narration. The student can illustrate what he’s learned and write a sentence or two about the topic.
A perfect complement to Exploring Creation with Botany, the Botany Notebooking Journal provides everything your student needs to complete his study of botany. Not only does it include all the wonderful features of the other notebooking journals, it also includes an alternative Cold Climate Schedule as well as many additional activities, projects and experiments that can be completed in one day or less.
This notebooking journal will serve as your child’s individual notebook, providing a place for him to complete every assignment in the text. He will illustrate and record fascinating facts and information learned during each lesson, complete the notebooking assignments on specially designed templates, record experiments, activities and projects, complete vocabulary crossword puzzles, put together beautifully designed miniature books, and more!
This book begins with a lesson on the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant. As students study these topics, they also learn about many different kinds of plants in creation and where they belong in the plant classification system.
The activities and projects use easy-to-find household items and truly make the lessons come alive! They include making a “light hut” in which to grow plants, dissection of a bean seed, growing seeds in plastic bags to watch the germination process, making a leaf skeleton, observing how plants grow towards light, measuring transpiration, forcing bulbs to grow out of season, and forcing pine cones to open and close. We recommend that you spend the entire school year covering this book, devoting approximately two sessions per week to the course.