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Apologia Astronomy project #1 – Balloon Solar System


I am excited about our science this year.  My younger kids decided they wanted to learn about Astronomy.  What better curriculum to use than Apologia’s Exploring Creation through Astronomy! This past week, the kids and I have been reading lesson one in the Astronomy book.

Project #1, Balloon Solar System from Apologia’s Exploring Creation Through Astronomy.


The kids have learned what Astronomy is and why God created the Universe.  We talked about God making the planets and what scientists have named them.  We also talked about why scientists don’t consider Pluto a planet anymore.

We have learned words such as; gravity, constellations, instinct and gravitational pull.

The kids and I read about the scientists Nicolas Copernicus and Galileo Galilei, who believed the sun was the center of the solar system and the planets revolved around the sun.

However, I think the best part of the lesson was at the end and getting to make our own Solar System.  The kids and I had a great time trying to blow up the balloons to the dimensions that they gave us.  While we didn’t hang the balloons like they suggested, still had a fun time with the project.

The kids are really enjoying the Apologia Astronomy and can’t wait to read the second lesson and work on the project.   I am just happy that we are having fun and learning about science!

What are you using for science? Are you and the kids having fun?



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  1. Lynnea Lynnea
    October 11, 2012    

    How fun! We will be starting Apologia Astronomy in a few weeks! Keep posting the projects to help us out! 🙂

    • Joy Joy
      October 11, 2012    

      Awesome, Lynnea! I am going to do my best to keep posting about the projects. I hope you will keep us updated on the projects that you do in the Astronomy book! 🙂

  2. October 11, 2012    

    We’re using Apologia Land Animals and the kids are loving it!

    You should link this up to my science linky on Sunday.

    • Joy Joy
      October 11, 2012    

      We have the Land Animals book. Well, we have all of the elementary Exploring Creation books. My oldest daughter used them when she was younger. Now we are using them with the younger two kids and I am loving it just as much now, as I did when we used them several years ago! I will definitely stop by and link up with you! Thanks for the reminder of you link-up! 🙂

  3. October 12, 2012    

    What a fun project! This year, my 2nd grader is using Nancy Larson Science and my 6th grader is using Apologia Human Anatomy and Physiology. Those are our “official” curricula. As you know, we love science and tend to stray here and there with nature walks, kitchen chemistry experiments and random studies because things just make us curious.

    • Joy Joy
      October 12, 2012    

      My oldest daughter read the Apologia Human Anatomy and Physiology book when it first came out. I am going to wait a couple of years before I use it with my younger kids. I truly love the Apologia science curriculum. I have never heard of Nancy Larson Science. I will have to check it out. We are the same about straying from the curriculum. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow! 🙂

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