I really like this curriculum. I feel it's thorough, clear and makes kids apply themselves. The video explanations are a plus too. I think I am enjoying it even more than my kids do, which helps to teach it with enthusiasm. Wish the Biology I took in High School was as straightforward.
This is a great book. I typically shy away from Christian curriculum, simply because it isn't always as challenging as I feel it should be. In this case, the Apologia curriculum exceeded all of the other biology textbooks that I researched. Challenging enough to compete with any biology curriculum out there, but without the inaccuracies of secular science books. My friend, who is a microbiologist, guest taught a class for me and found the information in the book to be right in line with what she would want them to know at this level. The pictures and experiments are great, and my son loves the way that the authors incorporate truths in the Bible throughout. Looking forward to the other books in the series!
I read through these other reviews.This book is very well explained and my daughter just loved it.She understood everything perfectly.The only reason why I did a four star was because their weren't almost any real pictures,only diagrams in the Module 5 that I did.I also didn't really appreciate the way the sections were set apart.They were not marked clearly where one section ends and another one begins.So I didn't really like that aspect.Overall all though I really enjoyed the text and the explanation
My daughter took Apologia Biology in 9th grade. She wanted to attend public school the next year and I was a little nervous about passing an EOC with a curriculum that is not developed to the test. She took the Biology in 9th grade and finished in May of her 9th grade year. She started public school the following August and they pulled her out of class in October to take the EOC without warning or preparation (they had originally told her it wouldn't be until December, so she thought she would review closer to that date). She passed the EOC with a 4 out of 5 possible five months after finishing the curriculum. Apparently she learned and retained something. Now the Florida EOC for Biology has a lot of evolution stuff on it, Apologia science does teach about the hypothesis called a theory of Evolution, it doesn't lead you into phases of supposed evolutionary ideas. In other words, Apologia sticks to reliable facts and teaches the fallacies of evolution. My daughter took Chemistry at the public school in 10th grade and made an A, so Apologia must have prepared her well (or public school Chemistry is easy).
I've used Apologia for 3 years now, and they've never failed to meet my expectations. Material is easygoing, relaxed, and easy to read. You have what mot textbooks lack: a true conversation with the reader!! You feel as though the author is talking directly to you, and I love being able to relate to what he is saying. Very very pleased, once again. Would recommend any Apologia books!!