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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Apologia High School Science

For several years now, we've used the Apologia High School texts for science.  At times, it's all been a little too much, but after some research (as in hours & hours), nothing else I found came close, so we have continued with it.

And, I'm glad - while it does take 45-60 minutes per day, Apologia has certainly proven itself to be an excellent curriculum - thorough, user-friendly, and with experiments that actually do work.

The only small issue I've had is the rather messy notebooks.  As all the work is completed in an exercise book, and as some of my children don't really enjoy creating beautiful notebooks, we don't usually end up with much for 'show and tell' at the end of the year.

But today, I've made a marvellous discovery!  Over at:

Knowledge Box Central have on offer 'Lapbook Journals' for each of the Apologia Texts (Just plug in 'Apologia' in the search box).  These are downloadable notebooks - with over 500 printable pages, that are to be place into a 3-ring binder.  All the 'on your own' questions are included, along with the 'lab reports', 'review questions' and 'practice problems'!  The publishers have deliberately avoided lots of colourful pages - a bonus for those who need to rely on ink-based printers.

There are also Lapbook pages, to be used IF your child likes the whole 'crafty' thing - but, if not, you can simply choose to use the Review Questions Journal Pages.  So while the option is there, the student does not have to be creative (This also means you do not have to print out all 500 pages).  However, just having all the questions already written out, with a space for the answers, means that we're going to have some much nicer Apologia Notebooks at the end of the year.

I'm now feeling very glad that we have on order a new drum and a new box of toner for our printer!

Happy Printing,


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