Apologia: Preschool Science: Exploring Creation Together
At the preschool level, science is all about exposure, not memorization of facts. It’s helping the youngest explorers understand that their world is discoverable. Through guided exploration of their world, young children learn how to naturally incorporate all aspects of language (expanding vocabulary), math (counting and recording), science (observing and experimenting), and art (drawing out ideas) into their understanding of how their world works. Most importantly, children will come to understand that their world is wonder-full, peace-full, and beauty-full because God created it full of His love and wisdom.
Overview of Preschool Science: Exploring Creation Together
Preschool Science: Exploring Creation Together is a spiral-bound curriculum with 2 distinct sections included. The first half is written in a story format that parents can read with their child. Activities are not inserted into the flow of the story, but icons will alert parents to corresponding activities found in the parent guide. It’s up to the parent whether the moment dictates more reading or an activity break. Since this is about exposure, if a student wants to keep reading, that’s fantastic. It is our hope that students will want to read from this book over and over again. There will be plenty of opportunities to choose when and where activities fit into a family’s busy schedule.
The second half of this curriculum is written directly to the parent as the parent guide. It reviews the science topics being learned in the story and contains many age-appropriate activities that demonstrate the science concepts discussed in the story. These activities can help a child better understand the ideas presented in the text. It also has lots of fun activity sheets and games.
Preschool Science: Exploring Creation Together is an Apologia science title recommended for students ages 3-5. The goal of the course is exposure to topics, not science mastery. It is meant to be a fun course that parents read to their youngest explorers. The separate parent section is written to give parents activities that they can choose to use when they see the opportunity arise, letting science activities be natural extensions of their child’s regular activities (play in the backyard), their family activities (grocery shopping), or special events (field trips and vacations).
And what budding young scientist doesn’t want to get their hands into activities? As homeschooling parents, we know that hands-on allows all students to have their own “Ah Ha!” moment as they discover the science. All activities in Preschool Science: Exploring Creation Together use common household materials that can be purchased at local stores. Specific to this title, there are 2 types of activities:
- Hands-on Activities: These are self-contained, individual activities that allow your child to explore concepts at a deeper level. Some are experiments; others are games or worksheets that parents can choose from to develop ideas.
- Project Activities: The “Window to My World” project is a trifold poster board that becomes a large picture window. Your child will add items to the window as the science is explained, eventually creating an entirely unique scene.