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Rooted Childhood: A Way to Create and Connect with Your Children Through the Seasons



What is Rooted Childhood?

Rooted Childhood is a carefully thought out monthly collection that is seasonally inspired. It includes various handcrafts, recipes, stories, and book suggestions. Our family has taken advantage of a subscription to Rooted Childhood for several months now and I always look forward to the ideas and inspiration I receive in each collection. What I love best about these collections is that all of the ground work is laid for me to help develop a seasonally rich atmosphere in our home.

Meghann, the creator and founder of Rooted Childhood, has carefully curated the crafts included in each monthly edition to be seasonally supportive. I find them to be on varying levels (none of which are too hard and that's coming from a non-crafty person).  She includes beautiful pictures, step by step instructions (including video tutorials) and tries to keep the costs down by not using anything too unusual. It's easier for me to turn to a monthly collection like this rather than Pinterest for several reasons. For starters, I know that the crafts and recipes are all tried and true. I also appreciate that everything that is pulled together is with a theme in mind. This saves me a lot of time and trial and error. 


My children have loved the various projects that we've worked on and several will be keepsakes for years to come. For me personally, I've loved that the recipes are easy, healthy and delicious. (My all time favorite so far is the Date Caramel Apple Dip. It was AMAZING--and I don't even like dates!) I think I'll be taking advantage of that recipe quite a bit in the last month of pregnancy as I prepare for labor. 😉





Who is Rooted Childhood For?

Rooted Childhood is geared towards a wide range of ages. Personally, I've used it with my five children, ages 2-13 in varying degrees. Obviously, the two year old is more along for the food as is my 13 year old boy. 😉 My middles have enjoyed the books suggestions, crafts and food and I would say my 11 year old daughter has loved all of it but especially the crafts the most. Truly, Rooted Childhood has been such a great addition to our homeschool! Honestly, though, whether you homeschool or not, I think you will find the collection endearing. I love that it helps me to spend quality time with my kids and usually without too much effort. They thrive on these types of activities and time together so I feel that it has been such a great fit for us. I personally don't feel led to complete every single handcraft or read every story that's included so I just pick and choose the ones that best fit our style and budget. 





How to Stay Connected

Meghann has created a closed Facebook group for Rooted Childhood subscribers which is an excellent resource to ask questions, get help or see how others are implementing the collection into their family rhythm. 




Want to Give it a Try?

If you care to try before you buy, then be sure to download the FREE Sunrise Collection here. It will provide you off with some beautiful inspiration that is flavored in the same way as the monthly seasonal collections. Meghann has put a tremendous amount of effort into each month's collection and it all stems from years of activities that she has done with her own children. Each collection is beautiful, professional and inspirational and has brought my family simple joy and peace as we explore each month's activities. Be sure to use my affiliated coupon code PURPOSEFULHOMEMAKING10 to get 10% off your own collection of Rooted Childhood. Get yours here. 


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Our Review of Apologia's High School Chemistry Course


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Our school year is off to a great start and I'm feeling more peaceful and organized than I ever have before. A contributing factor to that besides making some organizational choices in our curriculum and home is the the fact that my son's science course for this year is much more independent. 

Last year I had to be heavily involved with his course (from a different curriculum company) and it was A LOT for both him and me. We persevered and finished it but I knew we needed something different for his learning style and my schedule.

While I am happy to be involved, as a mom of six, I definitely do need some help carrying the weight of these upper level science courses. The options we found with Apologia were an answer to prayer, especially with the self-paced options that are now available for the middle school and high school science courses. I'll have more coming soon on that option in another post.

As part of our curriculum choices for the year, I wanted to share an in- depth look at our science curriculum for my 10th Grader who is using Chemistry from Apologia. (Currently on SALE!) I know that homeschooling high schoolers can seem daunting, but Apologia has completely taken the fear out of covering these high school courses. With the incredible array of options you truly can get a course that fits well with your child's learning style. 


I am so relieved to know that I have resources available for my child that will help him to succeed and gain a solid science education "even though we're homeschooling." Honestly, in 2020 there are so many options available to homeschoolers. It's just a matter of finding what's the best fit for your child. I love that I can choose the same course but in a variety of learning styles based on the best way my particular child learns. 


Course Overview

We have used Apologia for years. Not only for science, but also for BibleGovernment (best course, ever!) writing, and reading. I also recently wrote a review about our middle school science course, General Science. So, by this point, we are quite familiar with this curriculum company! 

Everything with Apologia is done well and is very thorough which is why we chose to use this them for our son's High School Chemistry course. We felt it would the best option to give him a well-rounded, well-prepared high school experience that would also prepare him for college.


 



Challenging science concepts in this course are presented in a conversational tone yet include thought-provoking experiments designed to help students learn, develop self-checking skills and eventually master difficult concepts before progressing.  

"Topics include significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, gas laws, and equilibrium. Experiments include measuring specific heat, discovering the electrical conductivity of compounds dissolved in water, measuring the width of a molecule, exploring freezing, point depression, using the ideal gas equation, recognizing the effects of catalysts, and much more." 

 

Who Is This Course For?

Apologia's Chemistry is designed to help high school students who have completed pre-algebra and are proficient in algebra. 

There are several different ways to complete the course. You can choose to use a textbook with a student notebook, the  streaming option, video instruction or the self-paced option. As I mentioned, I'll be posting more about the self-paced option in a separate post.

As a mom of many, I appreciate the various options that are available for my different children's learning styles as well as the ability to pretty much hand off their science instruction to Apologia's well-equipped teaching team and curriculum. Especially at this level! I basically see myself as a overseer at this point for my children in their science because it's not necessary for me to be directly involved in their lessons which is a huge weight off of my shoulders and answer to my prayers! 



This "award-winning 3rd edition high school chemistry course offers more in-depth discussions and explanations of concepts, a more user-friendly flow of topics, as well as biographical sketches of Christian scientists who have made a difference in the field while giving the glory to God. This course provides a rigorous foundation in chemistry in order to prepare your student for college-level studies."

 

 

How We Use This Course

At this age, my son is able to handle the course on his own for the most part.  He has the textbook, student notebook, MP3 and thumb drive. He also has the self-paced course which I will write in more detail about later. While you will not need all of these, it is certainly helpful to have several of them. You can choose what would best work for your child.

If you have a visual learner, you would probably want the textbook, notebook and Thumb Drive. 

If you have an audible learner you would probably still want the textbook so the student can follow along but also the Thumb Drive so the text can be read out loud to your child. 



If you have a child that would benefit from an audible and visual perspective then you would consider the textbook, notebook and the Thumb Drive. The student notebook is an excellent way to record answers as well as to help prepare for tests. In my opinion, it really is a necessary component. It's also a great compilation of the course especially if you need to present course work in your state. We like having the MP3 Audio Book in addition to the textbook because if we are on the go, my son can take a small DVD player and the MP3 with him rather than carrying around a heavy textbook. 

The Video Instruction Thumb Drive is an excellent resource because it provides instructional videos for each module. It gives animated diagrams of difficult concepts and includes over 20 hours of instruction covering every experiment in the textbook. 

The video features a science instructor and will most definitely enhance your child's learning experience by providing a deeper and clearer understanding of the concepts taught in this course. I love that it provides on-location footage which virtually takes my child all over the globe allowing the course material to become more relevant.

With the Thumb Drive, the instructor teaches the lesson but it is not verbatim of the textbook like the MP3 Audio Book is. It's more of a classroom style. It also includes demonstrations of each science experiment included in the course.  

To break it all down, your course options are as follows:

 

  • Video Instruction Thumb Drive with Student Notebook
  • MP3 Audio Book with Student Notebook (You will be lacking experiment demonstrations. However, you would have step by step instructions in the notebook.)
  • Textbook with Student Notebook (you will need to follow step by step instructions for experiments in the book)

 

I know that many parents are suddenly faced with the decision to homeschool and I understand that it can feel overwhelming, especially if you have a child needing to complete higher level science courses. Truly, Apologia has made it possible to do but to also make sure that your child gets an excellent education, not a mediocre one. 

 

From Now until August 6, Apologia has a Back to Homeschool SALE. Shop now to save up to 25% off on Apologia Science products including audio CDs, audio downloads, and Video Instruction materials featuring Sherri Seligson. Apologia Math is also on sale - up to 15% off and our FAVORITE biblical worldview set, the What We Believe series, is also on sale. Click HERE to save now.

  


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This post may involve product that was received in exchange for a review or contain affiliate links for which I will earn compensation should you choose to make a purchase. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Thank you for your support of Purposeful Homemaking.

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