Christ-centered with an emphasis on the wonder of God’s living creatures, we have used Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology in our home for years. In fact, Shine will be using this textbook next year in ninth grade for Biology. I was thrilled to receive another copy of Exploring Creation with Biology by Dr. Jay L. Wile to review. With a heart to glorify Jesus Christ as Lord, Creator, and Sustainer of all of life, Apologia science textbooks are wonderful tools for the Christian homeschool.
Exploring Creation with Biology is the best biology textbook I have ever seen. With a Bachelors degree in nursing, I have taken my fair share of biology classes and read numerous science textbooks at the high school and college level. I am impressed with the thorough coverage in Exploring Creation with Biology. The textbook is divided into sixteen modules. Here are the modules: Defining life, Classification, Taxonomy, Kingdom Monera (Bacteria), Kingdom Protista (one celled organisms), Kingdom Fungi (yeasts and molds), Chemistry of Life (elements, molecules, photosynthesis, carbohydrates, proteins, and enzymes), The Cell, Cellular Reproduction and DNA, Mendelian Genetics, Theory of Evolution, Ecology, The Invertebrates of Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Arthropoda (Crustacea, Spiders, Insects), Phylum Chordata (animals with a vertebrea), Kingdom Plantae: Anatomy and Classification, Kingdom Plantae: Physiology and Reproduction, Reptiles & Birds & Mammals. The “On Your Own” Questions are throughout the module with answers at the end of each module. At the end of each module is a study guide for the student to fill out. This study guide is great preparation for the tests, which are available in a package with the textbook for $85.00 or with the solutions manual only for $20.00 on their website: https://apologia.securesites.net/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4 The textbook is available separately for $65.00.
One of my favorite parts of all Apologia textbooks is the page at the beginning of the book entitled, “Need Help?” This page lists all the possible ways for you, the homeschooling mom, to receive support and help using this textbook. You can get help via mail, email, on their website, by fax, or by phone. There is also a companion CD available with video and animation to accompany the textbook. The multimedia CD also gives pronunciations and works out problems related to the material. In addition, this textbook has a special website for this course. The textbook contains the web address and password for you and your student to use the website. For the biology class, you can purchase a microscope ($220.00), slide set with microscope ($270.00), a microscope slide set alone ($80.00) or a dissection kit with specimens ($40.00). Everything else you need for the course can be found around your house or picked up at Wal Mart.
Exploring Creation with Biology is a beautiful book! There are lovely charts, graphs, illustrations, photographs, and funny cartoons to keep your interest throughout the whole book. I enjoyed leafing through the entire book to look at all the pictures. Well-written and easy to understand, your high school student will have no problem understanding this book. For the vast amount of information that is covered, great detail is shared without it being dry and boring. Another great job, Apologia! Way to go!
You can purchase Apologia’s (http://apologia.com/) Exploring Creation with Biology textbook on their website for $65.00 and the solutions/test manual for $20.00. The companion CD-rom is available for $15.00. The entire set is available on CD-rom for $65.00 (you would have to print book and tests!). These textbooks are not cheap, but worth the price!