Apologia Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal: A Review


Apologia Educational Ministries produces so many incredible products for homeschooling families, including science textbooks for all different levels, planners, journals, and so much more! When I was given the opportunity to review their Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal, I jumped at the chance! After all, our kiddos love to go on field trips. 😉


Apologia’s Field Trip Journal is divided into several sections:

  • Preparing for a Field Trip;
  • Student and Teacher checklists for the week before, the night before, on the way, and at the “field”;
  • Over 100 Field Trip Ideas;
  • Over 100 suggestions for studying plants, animals, Earth, space, aviation, the human body, history, government, culture, and more;
  • Places I’ve Explored Maps;
  • Three separate sections help you document the date and destination of any field trips exploring your state, the United States, and the world;
  • Field Trip Pages;
  • Specific field trip pages help you plan out your visit, document any books you’ve read about your field trip, create a “must do” list, take personal notes, tell the “Story of my day,” and record “Something I never want to forget”;
  • Special Spot Pages;
  • As I See It Pages.

This beautiful, spiral-bound journal is designed to help your student slow down and notice the fascinating changes that occur from one season to the next.  Four times a year, your student will map out a specific location to see what happens over time, recording things such as color, flowers, leaves, sights, sounds, animal clues such as track or droppings, temperature, average rainfall, and much more. It was created to help your child document thoughts using imagination to capture an experience as only he or she can see it.

Here are a few screenshots of sample pages:

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I really wish I would have known about this journal at the beginning of the school year. We would have used it at SciWorks & several other places. We talked through our trip at the Children’s Museum with it, but we could have used it so much more extensively if we had it earlier. If you and your children love field trips, or if it’s hard to get them talking about what they learned on field trips, this is a great tool to help conversation.

We were able to have a conversation about dinosaurs during (and after) our trip to the Dinosaur Exhibition at Broadway at the Beach today, so I’m thankful that the ideas presented in this Field Journal are now just a part of how the kids and I learn.

If you are looking for a notebook/journal to help your kids (and you) to learn more during field trips, I highly recommend that you take a look at Apologia’s Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal. It will help you discuss things in more detail, and will serve as a learning tool that you can keep and look back to for years to come!

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