The Apologia books are Christian and written from a clear six day Creation perspective. They are described as being suitable for children from six to thirteen. Each chapter includes a written section, questions for narration, experiments and projects. As the books are designed for home educators, they tend to use items which are readily available. The author of these books is Jeannie Fulbright.
This year, we decided to use the Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day which covers birds, insects, flying reptiles and bats. We had purchased this book when we first started home educating but didn't complete the book as it was such a different style to school science. We changed to the more familiar feeling Singapore Science but then reverted to the Apologia Astronomy book when Middle Son requested something in more depth.
- Christian curriculum
- Clearly laid out activities
- Notebooking journal also available
- Covers aspects of flight as well as the creatures.
- The depth of these books is quite impressive. When we used the Human anatomy and physiology book, we realised that parts of this were in greater depth than the IGCSE curriculum although obviously, it isn't an IGCSE text and doesn't cover exactly the same areas.
- The book was really too difficult for my six year old. I realised that I had added in activities for the human body books so that it was accessible to him. I found this more difficult to do for the flying creatures book.
- We found the US origin of the book made it difficult for us to use. The children are used to bird watching here and know a fair few of the common UK birds but the US birds used as examples were not familiar to them. I tried to substitute names where possible but found that I was limited by my knowledge of birds. For example, the cowbird is described as a bird which lays eggs in other birds' nests. I substituted cuckoo but then it was unsure about whether cuckoos behave in the same way as cowbirds when meeting up with other cuckoos which rather ruined the rest of the example. Similarly, references to the robin were confusing, particularly, when it was used for sizing as the American robin is larger than the European robin.
Sadly, due to these problems we haven't completed the book. Currently, I am using the UK National curriculum themes to write my own programme for the children. This is more work and I think, it needs a fair amount of improvement but does mean that I can design something at the correct level of difficulty and that is culturally correct.
In many ways, I would like Apologia to produce a British edition of this book using British examples or being clear where they are not British. I have heard of British home educators who have used the book successfully but sadly, it just proved too difficult for us to adapt it to our needs.