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I am sold on Apologia Science from what I know. They look like really cool books with real photos, which my kids love. I'm just trying to figure out which one to get FIRST.
I am an order person. I would like to start with the first one, if possible, but I can't figure out which one it is. lol Should I just pick one that is appropriate for K-6? Am I right in thinking there must not be a particular order?
My sons will be 6 & 7, so I am looking for 1st-2nd grade level.
We will be using Apologia next year (if DH gives me the go ahead to homeschool which he is very close to). We are going to do Astronomy. I was told it was a great one to start with, Everyone I asked said it was on a level that was great for the youngers. I was also told to hold off on botany until the later years because it is one of the tougher ones.
You're "supposed" to do them in creation order... so, astronomy, botany, zoology 1-2-3, anatomy. We started with astronomy and then went into zoology because Ben loves animals so much. We'll save botany and anatomy for last this time. I say "this time", because we're doing them by semester so we'll be able to do them all twice (intro + in-depth) before starting the secondary series. I recommend doing zoology in 1-2-3 order, though, because 1 talks about classification and such in more depth. They're really best done in order, BUT the whole series is a stand-alone one. You can start anywhere you want.
There are 14, but each varies in length. If you do it the way the book tells you to, some will take 3 weeks to complete and some will take 2 weeks. Doing it the way I do it, there are 28 lessons per year (using 2 books... 1 per semester) and 36-38 school weeks, so that means we can touch on science 2-3 times per week during weeks we do a science lesson, and we have 8-10 weeks for "whatever" ... to skip if we're busy, take a little longer on a lesson, fill in with something else (like, we started with Abeka, so at the end of the year, we'll go back and do the cheesy little Abeka science reader for a couple of weeks). You can take extra time for field trips and stuff, too. Like, there's a planetarium about 45 minutes from us, so we got the membership (much cheaper!) and went several times during the fall for special showings. Our planetarium also does full dome movies (not just space stuff), so we can go see huge shows about animals and such for zoology.