Sometimes things don’t goes as planned, and that was definitely the case with our homeschool science plans for this past school year.
My original plan was to do the Apologia Botany course. Well, we ended up moving right at the beginning of our school year, so science got put on the back burner. Plus I didn’t think things through clearly enough, and starting a botany course at the beginning of the fall season in upstate New York just wasn’t ideal. I decided it would be best to start the course in the spring. Then we added a new family member a few months later and science was the farthest thing from my mind.
At the beginning of the year, we were given the opportunity to review the Apologia Zoology 1 curriculum. This was perfect timing since I wanted to hit the books again with the kids and I wasn’t ready to start up Botany yet. Even though it was winter in upstate New York and there aren’t many birds or insects to explore, we were still able to get our feet wet and do the first couple chapters of the curriculum. We then put it on hold again for a few months (as we were planning another move – but that’s a whole other post!), and started it back up when spring arrived.
We started back in with the last chapter in the book about “leps” (butterflies, skippers, and moths). We are currently in the middle of the bird part of the course and then we will move onto insect.
Here is a little peak at our year:
These last three pictures are actually from a few years ago. Our local children’s museum has a Butterfly Garden and these pictures were taken at a visit there. We plan on heading back there now that we have finished up our lesson on “leps.”
So we will be spending our summer finishing up our bird studies and having fun hunting down insects.
I’m not sure what next year holds for science (and even if I did have a plan, it’s not guaranteed that it would pan out, as I’ve learned), but I do know that it will most likely be a course from Apologia!