Apologia Swimming Creatures Final Post

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We had an absolutely wonderful time studying science this year using Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day.  This was the fourth of the elementary Exploring Creation books that we have done.  And I have loved all of them!  Jeanne Fulbright loves the Lord and brings her understanding of God’s creation to all of her readers.  We become fascinated with not only what He made but how he made everything!  We also learn about what evolutionists {Read More}

Studying whales and walruses with YouTube

We’re studying ocean animals this year and have found YouTube to be a great resource!  Here are my Top Ten favorite whale and walrus videos. (By the way, the picture above was taken by me of a beluga whale at the Shedd Aquarium–one of my favorite places!)   Young Humpback Whale Breaching Swimming With Sperm Whales Spyhopping Killer Whales Lobtailing humpback whales Beluga whale giving birth Narwhals News Reports about Humphrey from 1985.  He’s a humpback whale who mistakenly swam {Read More}

Ocean Boxes- Lesson 2

My kids beg to work on these Ocean Boxes almost every day, but I can usually hold them off until Fridays.   Compare with the last update to see how much they’ve added since last time!   Love the squid!   Sea urchin:   Tube anemones:   Adorable octopus at the bottom of this one:   We added sponges here:   My 5-year-old is pretty creative with the colorful shark on the ocean floor:   Here is my 3-year-old did {Read More}

Ocean Boxes (dioramas)- Lesson 1

We started making our ocean boxes today (Wednesday).  We were “supposed” to start on them on Friday, but after a lot of begging, I relented!  One of the joys of homeschooling–being able to adjust the schedule when needed.  The first lesson was to cover the box in blue (we used a combination of blue contact paper, construction paper, and blue painter’s tape).  Then we were going to just make the ocean floor–rocks, volcanos, hills, etc.  Some of the kids got {Read More}

Ocean Boxes (dioramas) for Apologia Zoology 2 Swimming Creatures

For science this year we will be studying Swimming Creatures using Apologia’s Zoology 2 text.  One project the kids and I are excited about is making ocean boxes, a.k.a. dioramas.  We made some simple ones four years ago, but this year they will be a bit more elaborate. For each chapter they will make another animal that they studied.  I’ve been saving diaper boxes, so that each child will have their own.  Below is the plan, including the supplies.  I’m {Read More}

Oceans unit study and lapbook

Oceans Unit Study & Lapbook

We’ve come to the end of our Oceans unit study.  There were still a few things that we didn’t do, but it’s time to move on.  (Now we’re studying the Olympics and Deserts.) Here are some of the things we did. Read many books (listed below) Read Pagoo (Holling), a living book about a hermit crab living in the ocean, Field Trips to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and a local pet store (where we saw hermit crabs), Science experiments from {Read More}