Pine Castle Homeschooling/Elementary Science

I am eventually going to figure out how to make a tab on WordPress to catalog this information. For now, I will keep posting as blog posts.

The next teacher profile today is Taraleigh Davis. Tara is a mother of 4 and has 10 years of homeschooling experience. She went to college for intercultural studies and history before she got married.  She has taught this curriculum in co-ops before and is one of the most creative and fun teachers I know.  Tara is also a small business owner running an online curriculum store for private schools and homeschooling families. Check her store out at

The Zoology classes will be split into two age groups. K-3 and 4th-6th.  The beauty of this class, and the Apologia curriculum, is you can combine age groups.  Three of my children (from ages 6-11) will be learning science together this year through these classes.

Elementary Science Zoology/Land Animals (K-6)

What separates people from apes? How can a Great Dane be related to a Chihuahua? Is there evidence that people and dinosaurs lived at the same time? What should you do if you encounter a bear? How can you tell if a snake is poisonous? Come find out answers to these questions and many, many more with Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Zoology 3! This third book in the zoology series takes students on a safari through jungles, deserts, forests, farms, and even their own backyard to explore, examine and enjoy the enchanting creatures God designed to inhabit the terrain. We will spend time discovering the amazing animals from primates to parasites, kangaroos to caimans, and turtles to terrifying T-Rexs— this safari doesn’t end there! Students will also keep a record of where each animal is found on a map and learn to identify animal tracks. As with all the Apologia elementary books, students will continue the practice of narration, keeping a notebook of what they have learned, and enjoy many hands on projects and experiments throughout the course.

Materials needed:

Exploring Creation With Zoology3, Apologia Textbook

Jr. Notebooking Journal (or notebooking journal for 5&6th graders)


Most of the tutoring time will be spent doing the activities,projects, and notebooking journal. I gather all the supplies needed and do all the clean up! The student/parent will be responsible for keeping up with the reading and any of the fun notebooking assignments that aren’t done in class which can be finished in 1-2 school days per week. The class will also be taking an optional field trip to the Sanford Zoo!


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