Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Review of Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology from Apologia

I have admitted before that science is not my favorite subject.  While it isn't my favorite subject to teach, it is one that Little Miss likes to learn about.  This is why I am always on the lookout for great science curricula.  I want her to learn all about science while she is interested in it, so I was excited to receive Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology from Apologia to review recently.
Anatomy & Physiology, human body for elementary grades, Apologia
Apologia is the #1 publisher of creation-based science and Bible curriculum.  They believe in homeschooling, being able to defend the Christian faith, and that every academic subject can be taught from a biblical worldview.  They publish materials and curriculum for many different academic subjects covering grades K-12.  They also offer resources for homeschooling families and even have an Online Academy that students can attend to.  Apologia has been a company we have used for years and one that my family will continue to use for years to come.
Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology is part of Apologia's Young Explorer Series.  For this review Apologia was very generous and we received the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook, the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal, the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal, and the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD.  The textbook features 265 pages and 14 lessons.  The lessons are:
  1. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  2. The Skeletal System
  3. The Muscular System
  4. The Digestive and Renal Systems
  5. Health and Nutrition
  6. The Respiratory System
  7. Life in the Blood
  8. The Cardiovascular System
  9. The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  10. The Nervous System Extended
  11. Your Senses
  12. The Integumentary System
  13. The Lymphatic and Immune System
  14. Growth and Development
The textbook also includes an index and a section of answers to the Narrative Questions in each lesson.  It also includes projects and experiments for each lesson.  This book is written so that it can be used in any elementary grade from Kindergarten to Sixth grade like all of their Young Explorer Series books.
Little Miss made a slime skeleton.
The Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal has 210 notebooking pages, 15 pages of answers to the vocabulary exercises throughout the journal, 3 pages of field trip journals, 38 pages of mini-book activities, and 5 pages of drawings and templates for putting together the "Personal Person Project."  This Junior notebook is perfect for younger elementary students since it includes coloring pages, copywork, and easier activity pages.  There are plenty of crafts and activities in it to keep young students busy and interested in anatomy.
The Anatomy Notebooking Journal is laid out much the same as the Junior Journal except it is designed for older students.  It has 196 notebooking pages, 4 pages of vocabulary answers, 2 pages of field trip journals, over 50 pages of mini-book activities, and 5 pages of drawings and templates for putting together the "Personal Person Project."  In the pages for each lesson it has pages where the students can take notes while they read, copywork to complete, vocabulary crosswords, questions for each lesson, and more.  It keeps students thinking about the lesson they read in the book and has creative activities for them to complete after they finish each lesson.

The MP3 Audio CD we received is the textbook read aloud in an audio format.  Each lesson and each section of each lesson is labeled so that you can quickly find where the section you need to listen to.  The textbook is read clearly and at a good pace, not too fast, not too slow.  It is very convenient to have when a reading section has a lot of big words or if you want a break from the reading.  We used it for both of these purposes.
This is her Digestion Theme Park
Little Miss, my 4th grader, has been having a lot of fun learning all about Anatomy.  Even though there is a suggested schedule you can follow for this book in the notebooking journal, I wanted to use this curriculum 5 days a week so I planned out the reading and the activities so that each lesson took us about a week and half to get through.  I had her read a couple of sections from each lesson each day and then I would ask her some questions about what she learned.  We found that it was easiest for her to do the notebooking journal pages at the end of each lesson spread out over 2 days rather than try to do a little bit of the journal each day.  Little Miss was able to read the text on her own especially since hard to pronounce terms also had the phonetic spelling so she could properly sound them out.  As she was reading the text, I had her write down notes that she thought were important to know on the appropriate journal pages.  Her favorite parts of each lesson were the "Try This" sections which gave students projects they could try that pertained to the reading.  Some of the "Try This" sections were mummifying apples, calculating how much of your weight was muscles (Little Miss is just over 20 pounds of muscle), and measuring our the length to represent how long your small intestines are among others.  Little Miss also loved trying the experiments and projects for each lesson.  She had a lot fun creating her "Digestion Theme Park," growing her muscles, and analyzing a chicken bone.  She liked having the notebooking journal to work through the pages for each lesson.  She did very well at remembering what she read and the vocabulary crosswords.  She liked creating the mini-books and I think all the hands-on activities, experiments, and "Try This" sections help her retain the information she read about in the textbook.  She is still talking about things she learned in lesson 1 and 2 even though she has been working through lesson 5 this week.
A closer look at the theme park elements.  
Little Miss likes the way using the textbook and the journal together makes learning about Anatomy interesting and fun.  She said, "It's not just reading and answering questions so I want to work on science because I get to try what they talk about."  I like that this curriculum makes science interesting for her.  I also appreciate that this is written with a Christian perspective and it gives several reminders of God as our Creator and that we were created with a purpose.  I also appreciate that at the beginning of the textbook there is a list of all the supplies needed for the experiments broken down by lessons.  That made it easy for me to gather everything each week that we needed for the experiments.  We are truly enjoy this curriculum and even though science is not my favorite subject, Apologia has made it easy for me to teach and Little Miss is eager to soak it all in.

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