Let me walk you through my lad's and I approach to Apologia.
First we checked out the table of contents. We noted there was 14 lessons, which meant we didn't have to be in a hurry to finish the course, we could easily be done in 14 weeks, or longer if we got distracted by life. :)
I talked with him about how eventually I thought he could work through a lesson all on his own and about how we were going to work towards that.
Lesson One and Two we would do completely together, lesson one doing all the elements called for so he could make an informed decision about what he REALLY needed to accomplish.
We then noted how each lesson (and chapter) follows each other closely.
Each lesson is broken into four daily assignments, "MOM, that means I can decide to do two one day and then I have a day free right?" What can you say, but sure lad? :)
Readings and activities and a "what do you remember section".
It made for fun times and good conversations, like why doesn't the earth get dizzy, what do you think keeps the earth from getting all wobbly? All these questions keep a boy coming back for more you know?
It was rather funny though, one of the books my son really likes is the Warrior Cat series and at one point there was an eclipse which scared all the cats. So as my lad was playing around with this pinhole viewer, he added an element where the sun was blocked....It was funny. How did you feel mom, where you like the cats and all scared when you couldn't see the sun Huh mom???? :)
By Lesson Three my lad was confident enough in his abilities to work through one section while at gramma's, and then did the "do you remember" part independently. I have to admit, we aren't going through the book quickly. We are averaging 3/4's of a lesson a week since it's technically still summer holidays here. We'll be starting Lesson Four this coming Tuesday, my lad has already determine that he'll do the first part at gramma's on Tuesday and then two parts on Thursday and one on Friday.
Part of his planning is a request that I do some of the reading while he works on his copywork. The copywork is provided in print and cursive. My son prefers to work off the print, but writes it in cursive.
I need to mention the junior notebooking option, we looked through it and my son chose to do this book even though it has more writing. The junior workbook for this science curriculum for homeschools, has less writing, shorter copywork and pictures to colour. It's a simpler version for younger children.
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