Different style learners benefit from different approaches. For my auditory learners, we also use the audio cd-rom after they've read the textbook. *Sonlight Curriculum has a wonderful lesson plan for each of the Jr/Sr High sciences with Apologia, to make your planning easier. Another tip: Quizlet & StudyStack websites help you make or play flash card games & practice quizzes throughout the week or two before a Module Exam.
As homeschoolers we had heard of Apologia for years but this is our first year using it. I work professionally as a microbiolgist and my wife has worked as a chemist and we are both impressed at how well the material is presented.
Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition, Textbook is a well presented science cirruculum for a child serious about taking science further into the senior years. Written in such a fasion that my 12 year old loves doing it on her own. It not only creates a love for the subject but a tight christian understanding of science to. Well done!
We've used Apologia in the past and found it a very well-written program. This book is as colorful as we've come to expect, and written to be easily handled by a wide range of students. We're ready to jump right in on our science for next year!