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Apologia Elementary Science books - can you put them in order of difficulty?


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#1 Hedgehog

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 07:24 PM

According to Apologia's website, all the Elementary Science books are suitable for Grades 1 through 6. But I've noticed one or two people here think that, for example, the Astronomy book is the easiest, and the Human Anatomy and Physiology is the hardest.

What is your opinion of the difficulty level of these books? Is it possible to put them in some kind of order?

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#2 plain jane

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 07:32 PM

Based on our experience, I'd say this order:

Astronomy

Tie for the following 3:
Flying Creatures
Swimming Creatures
Land Animals

Botany

Anatomy & Physiology

Edited by plain jane, 08 November 2010 - 10:01 PM.
typo- wrote Anatomy first when meant Astronomy


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Posted 08 November 2010 - 07:46 PM

That's a tough one. Astronomy and Botany are the shotest, but the content is more for older kids. I do not own the Anatomy one, but my order would be:
Zoo 1
Zoo 2
Astronomy
Zoo 3
Botany
Anatomy

Not that we are or have been reading them in that order.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 08:24 PM

Based on my experience, I think birds, land animals, and swimming creatures are on a par with each other. Astronomy is next followed by Botany. I cannot speak to Anatomy.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:33 AM

So what is the one to start with, then?

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 01:05 AM

Based on our experience, I'd say this order:

Astronomy

Tie for the following 3:
Flying Creatures
Swimming Creatures
Land Animals

Botany

Anatomy & Physiology



This is basically what the Sonlight boards came up with too! :)

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 05:20 AM

Based on our experience, I'd say this order:

Astronomy

Tie for the following 3:
Flying Creatures
Swimming Creatures
Land Animals

Botany

Anatomy & Physiology


I would vote for this order too.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:25 AM

I agree with Plain Jane.

Astronomy

Zoo 1
Zoo 2
Zoo 3

Botany

A&P

I've done Astronomy and the first 2 Zoology books with K-2nd kids, and they absolutely loved them. I tried the Botany with the same ages, and eyes glazed over. It's a fairly gentle book, but there's a lot of stuff in there that is just plain over the heads of the K-2 crowd. A&P, I don't think I would try with anyone under 4th - they can get the general gist of things, but it's really more of a 4th-7th book from what I've seen.

Hope that helps!


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