Thursday, July 17, 2014

CC Cycle 3 Science match ups with Apologia

One of the beautiful things about Classical Conversations is that you don't need to add much to it to give your child a well-rounded, excellent classical and Christian education. You really only need to add a math curriculum and language arts to the memory work. That said, this will be both of my boys, ages 7 and 9 (well, by the time we start in the fall they will both have had birthdays), second trip through cycle 3. With that in mind, and several trustworthy recommendations, I purchased the Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook to supplement our first semester science. I love that the book has Scripture throughout and points to our Creator time and again. Also, one friend spoke very highly of the simple science experiments that are included and said they were easy to do with supplies most of us have at home. Since this mama is still learning to love science, and my boys are science fanatics, I thought this might be a good addition to our learning this year.

I am planning to drill the memory work daily, and then add reading the following portions of the book with my boys one or two days of the week. Here is how I will be using the Apologia Exploring Creation book with Classical Conversations this year*:

Week 1: Lesson 1, page 32
Week 2: Lesson 2, pages 46-49
Week 3: Lesson 3, pages 57, 65, 66
Week 4: Lesson 9a, 10, page 150
Week 5: Lesson 11
Week 6: Lesson 4 (part of week 6 is covered in Lesson 4, see below)
Week 7:  Urinary Tract-part of Lesson 4, p. 80
                Lungs-Lesson 6, pages 110-113 (most of Lesson 6 applies more to week 10)
                Skin-Lesson 12, pages 195-203
                Intestines-part of Lesson 4
Week 8: Lesson 7 (this week covers the parts of this lesson, week 12 covers the purposes)
Week 9: Lesson 13
Week 10: Lesson 6
Week 11: Lesson 9b, pages 158-159
Week 12: Lesson 7, pages 119-124 (see week 8)

The goal would be to read the complete lesson, unless specified, focusing on the pages mentioned if applicable. For example, during week 1 we would read all of Lesson 1, focusing on page 32. During week 11, we would read the second half of Lesson 9, focusing on pages 158-159.

Based on the above, the following chapters, or lessons, would not be covered completely by Cycle 3: Lesson 5, Health and Nutrition, Lesson 14, Growth and Development. These chapters would be great to work through with your child(ren) during the time between semesters. Lesson 14, is a great chapter that emphasizes God and His role in creation, although that is done throughout the book. 

I hope that this is helpful! :)

*I will upload this information, complete with the actual science questions to CC Connected once the upload function is enabled again.

If you want to read more:

If you are interested in learning how we review CC memory work at home, check out this blog post. you might enjoy reading Getting Started with Classical ConversationsWhy We Choose to Homeschool or a post about our schedule, What This Homeschooling Thing Looks Like for our Family.

Here are some of my favorite CC blogs to visit: A Stick and SandAnd Here We GoClassical Conversations at HomeHalf-a-hundred Acre WoodHomegrown LearnersMt. Hope Chronicles, and Running with Team Hogan are the ones that I have bookmarked at home, but there are many more. In fact, if you blog about CC, please let me know! I'd love to glean wisdom from others on this journey!


  1. Thank you! Much appreciated!

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  3. Thank you for this! We will be doing your plan this year! Have a great day! :-)

  4. This is very helpful. Appreciate it greatly!