Apologia Educational Ministries has graciously sent us the entire Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set to use with Jahnna. I may or may not have totally geeked out over the news that we were selected for this review. Like every good 90’s high schooler I wanted to be a marine biologist for at least two years.
Before I get too much further into this review, I need to let you know that this course is designed to be independent. That means the student is in charge of their learning. There is no teachers manual even though there is a test answer booklet. The beginning of the textbook and the student notebook both contain sections on how to use the books effectively. I LOVE this! So many students need their hands held on how to learn something. Apologia makes it abundantly clear that students are in charge of their learning. I’ll touch on this again because it’s such an important aspect of this program.
Next up is the Student Workbook at over 500 pages! Jahnna saw that and her eyes went wide! I might have chuckled just a little at her expression. Spiralbound this is a sturdy workbook that will stand up to a year’s worth of work. There is plenty of room to write answers, draw pictures and record observations.
Our Marine Biology Experience
Jahnna thought we were getting the Biology book for review. When she saw that it was Marine Biology she was slightly disappointed. That quickly changed after she started looking through the books. Even though we have not used the Biology book before this course it was okay for Jahnna to start with this class.
Jahnna is used to be fairly independent in her school work so she really liked the suggested course schedule. She has been following it and has found that the schedule is perfectly paced for her. The narrative style of writing makes the text easy to read and understand. The entire family has had great discussions using the dive in sections to talk about evolution, God’s plan and how scripture is still relevant when learning about other topics.
We have not received the dissection kit yet because I had to wait until this month to purchase it. Using YouTube and various resources on the internet to look up images of the slides Jahnna had everything she needed for the first three modules. We were also able to use some of our own aquarium plants to complete the photosynthesis experiment. Apologia makes it easy to use what you have available to you and customize your experience as needed.
My Marine Biology Thoughts
I stated before that Biology is recommended before Marine Biology. I’m going to agree with that recommendation. Jahnna is completing her work but we’ve had to go over a few things separately. In the spirit of full disclosure, we are going to shelve Marine Biology for a year now that this review is complete. I’m ordering the Biology course this weekend so we can go in the correct order. I do think that we could continue with Marine Biology just fine but Jahnna is going to need Biology anyway, so why not make it simple and start at the beginning? This is especially true now that I know how in-depth and fantastic the Apologia high school courses are. I am completely impressed and happy that Jahnna enjoyed this curriculum so much.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you want a quality homeschool curriculum, you can’t go wrong with Apologia. I am much more confident in my ability to provide Jahnna with a good high school science experience now that we have been able to use the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Advantage Set and the Marine Biology 2nd Edition Audio CD.