Using Apologia’s Marine Biology in a relaxed homeschool

My teen is 100% in love with the ocean. We are relaxed, interest-led homeschoolers, but I like to have at least one key resource to build our curriculum around. This year, for her, it’s been Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Marine Biology.

We’ve used other Exploring Creation books in Kathryn’s elementary years, and I’ll use them again with the younger kids. They are kid-friendly and work well in a relaxed and/or Charlotte Mason style homeschool. However, I knew Apologia’s high school level curriculum is more challenging and structured so I spent some time trying to decide if I could make this work for us — but nothing else I saw came close to the quality of content in this one, so I gave it a try.

I’m so glad I did.

using Apologia's Marine Biology in a relaxed homeschool at

{Note: I’d have gladly paid for this curriculum but in the interest of full disclosure, I received this in exchange for an honest review, and was compensated for my time in doing so. Also note this post contains some affiliate links.}

We used Apologia’s text as a spine.

We are so relaxed in our home education that we lean towards unschooling, but since Kathryn’s favorite subject is science, and because she is strongly considering a science-based career as a marine biologist, she willingly stepped up her studies as she began high school level work.…keep reading >>

Week-end: links & life {vol. 27}

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie


My flowers were busy while I was away last week! My yellow rose is blooming in high gear and my hot pink peonies (in the background) are finishing up quite a show. Irises are done but my calla lilies are just beginning to rev up. And the blueberries are going to be CRAZY this year!

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In Honor of Memorial Day: a giveaway

From everything I’ve heard, the movie “American Sniper” is powerful. (I haven’t watched it yet.) The film is adapted from a marine’s autobiography; because of the subject matter, I don’t expect it to be an easy film to watch, but I believe it’s crucial we understand the cost of service to both those serving in the military, as well as the cost for the families they leave behind to preserve our freedom.

Synopsis of “American Sniper”

The following is from the movie’s press release:

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield.

But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.
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