Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology ~Review

Anatomy & Physiology

Apologia has long been our 'go to' for science for the past 14 years, and they continue to grow in scope with great sciences like Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology
This may sound like it is high school science, but it isn't! Elementary and junior high age kids are learning this great study! That amazes me honestly. And if you have been homeschooling for a season, you realize that you rotate through the different sciences, and return again at a later time to the same one, just more in depth. This is one thing that Apologia is great at. We can study it, and though my 4th grader may not get it as much as my 8th grader, it is still sinking in and he is gleaning information on it. 

I love using Apologia Science with all of my kids at once. Firstly it makes my life easier as the teacher when we can learn a subject all together. Secondly, it is much more fun to do science as a group than alone.  With the  Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal my 8th grader can work at her level and journal the things she has been learning. Her book is meant for grades 3/4 and older. I find that it is a little bit too in-depth for my 4th grader so he is using the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal which is meant for grades K to 2nd and 3rd grade. Apologia has always been a little more advanced for us, and the vastness of the information has had us using lower levels than what Apologia recommends. 

Each workbook is consumable, and I love that there is a variety of different activities that they do in the books. It is much more like a journal than a workbook that you finish and toss away at the end of the year. Similar pages in both, but more advanced for my daughter.

My 4th grader is struggling to read and write, but still enjoys working on science. His junior book has coloring pages in place of writing sometimes and that is much easier for him to do while listening to me read. Strangely enough he got a little queasy learning about cells and the human systems. I would have thought he would have been the tough one and my daughter a bit squeamish , but it was the opposite.

If I don't have time to sit and read the Human Anatomy and Physiology Text Book , Apologia has it all on Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD which will read everything in the book for me. Sometimes I actually think they prefer that to my reading! There is a lot of reading for the teacher, as my kids prefer I read it then them try to read it themselves. I think this helps with discussion as well, as I can stop and mention something I may think of during the reading.
The CD doesn't allow for those extra 'mom moments' but in a busy time, they can listen to it or even re-listen to it later. I did see someone mention of taking the CD in the car to listen to it. We are on the road on Thursdays and that is just what I plan to do for reinforcement of what we have been learning about.

We learned about the history of human anatomy in the beginning of our studies and one of the experiments was to mummify apples. This was really fun for all of them to work on, even the 3 year old got involved. She had to taste the salt and we had to get another apple for her to eat!

Not only is there the text, and notebooking journals, MP3 Cd; there is Book Extras online!! For each lesson there are 10-20 links that go beyond the study. (Always have parental caution when using the links, as they can change). There are articles to read, videos to watch, and even memory songs. There is a gold mine of additional information that we are enjoying.

I feel like I focus much on the English, Math, and basics of our schooling and often the Sciences get pushed to the side. Just with a larger family and the busyness of running here and there. I want the Godly science that Apologia offers to be a bigger part of their homeschool education. Apologia gives resources in audio, physical, and visual that support the teacher in this. We will continue with our studies (even with the squeamish kid), and keep working through Apologia's Exploring Creation curriculum.


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