Are you using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Astronomy book in your homeschool this year?
Apologia’s Young Explorers series is a science curriculum for elementary aged children and focuses on a narrow area of science for complete immersion in the individual topics. The hardcover textbook appearance can fool people into thinking this is textbook-based science curriculum, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Many Charlotte Mason style homeschoolers use this science curriculum with Apologia’s notebooking journals. When you add extra hands-on activities and free printables for Apologia’s individual lessons, you can see how a 14-unit book can be used over the course of a full homeschool year for a complete science curriculum.
We have really enjoyed the Apologia Young Explorer Series. When we first started using this curriculum all we had was the textbook. The wonderful notebooking journals did not exist at the time so I had to search for my own resources to make a notebook. There are many free resources for all the Apologia Young Explorer Series books, but taking the time to hunt for quality free resources for each lesson can take days and even weeks.
Exploring Creation with Astronomy uses Charlotte Mason’s methods to immerse elementary aged children deep into topics related to astronomy: the solar system, stars, the sun, planets, and more. Your kids will delight in the studies of galaxies, black holes and the wonder of our Creator. Exploring Creation with Astronomy is a Christian science curriculum that delves deep into a particular area of interest for an entire year. We have saved you a ton of time and rounded up lots of science freebies and resources for you to use along with Exploring Creation with Astronomy.
We have broken down free printables for Exploring Creation with Astronomy by lesson to make it super simple for you.
Here are FREE Printables that will accompany each lesson in the Exploring Creation with Astronomy book:
Lesson 1: What is Astronomy?
Printable Star Gazing Scavenger Hunt
Famous Skywatchers Scientists
Download a free printable evening sky map from Sky Maps. This is a 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to Astronomy. It will help you to identify stars, planets, and more!
Carrie’s daughter took this Experience Astronomy Course in 9th grade and really enjoyed it. They now have an elementary version as well. Take a look at Carrie’s review of Experience Astronomy and see if it would be a good supplement to further your study of astronomy.
Lesson 2: The Sun
We have done an entire round up of resources all about the sun. There are tons of printables, unit studies, crafts, hands-on activities and book suggestions.
Lesson 5: Earth
Learn About the Earth’s Layers
Earth’s Layers Doodle and Write Graphic Organizer
Create a 3D Model of the Earth
Earth’s Rotation vs. Revolution Game Freebie
Recording the Earth’s Rotation with Shadows
Earth Fill in the Blank Planet Worksheet
Lesson 6: The Moon
We have another round up of resources that are all about the moon. There are tons of printables, unit studies, crafts, hands-on activities and book suggestions. We even have a FREE Notebooking Research Project Journal that is an instant download.
Lesson 7: Mars
Mars the Red Planet Worksheet
Mars Surface Worksheet
Mars Fun Facts for Kids
Plan a journey to Mars printable pack
NASA Mars Explorations has some amazing resources to learn about Mars, as well as these really fun printable “recruitment” posters your kids will enjoy.
Lesson 8: Space Rocks
Learn the difference between a meteor, meteorite and meteoroid worksheet.
Comet vs. Asteroid Worksheet
Meteorite Science Experiment Fun
Asteroids, Comets and Meteroids: What’s the Difference?
Lesson 14: Stars, Galaxies and Space Travel
Types of galaxies and how they are formed, with videos and links from Astronomy for Kids.
Printable Montessori Universe Cards
The Milky Way Printable Reading Comprehension Worksheet
Space Exploration History Printable Cards
FREE Astronaut Unit Study
We also did a HUGE round-up on the Solar System which would go along great with this book!
Learning About the Solar System with FREE Printables and Projects
Here are some very affordable telescopes for star gazing:
Celestron 21035 70mm Travel ScopeEducational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club MoonScope & Sky Gazers 22-page Activity Journal, 90x magnificationBlack Twinstar 60mm Compact Kids TelescopeDiscover with Dr. Cool Lunar Telescope for Kids – Explore The Moon and Its Craters, (2018 Release)Kids Telescope, DIY Kids Telescope for Beginners, Early Development Science Toys, Three Different Magnification Eyepieces, Finder, Sky Observe, Tripod, Easy Operation, Detachable
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate!) She is a an eclectic,Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!