Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology was an exciting curriculum to review with my kids. Since my oldest loves life science, a curriculum focused on the study of the human body for elementary grades was ideal. Apologia Science is a well-known brand for homeschoolers wanting to maintain a creation-centered focus on scientific studies.
My daughters appreciated how authors, Jeannie Fulbright and Brooke Ryan M.D. used multisensory learning tools.
My girls were completely engaged in each session. Plus, with listening, writing, retelling, observing, drawing, and experimenting, it was quite the interactive study.
I would love to have had a ceremonial unboxing when the items arrived. But, since it all has to go through customs, I have to check the contents of the post before leaving. Make sure everything that was sent arrived intact.
Nevertheless, the look of glee on each face when they realized they had their own Notebooking Journal…
The package included the Apologia Textbook, Notebooking Journal, Junior Notebooking Journal and Audio Book (each sold separately).
The spiral-bound Apologia Notebooking Journal has lesson plans for scheduling ease, review questions, mini-books, puzzles, and other activities to keep students engaged.
The Apologia Junior Notebooking Journal covers everything in the regular notebooking journal, but at a more basic level. The vocabulary pages are at an easier level. Coloring pages are included. And the copywork uses primary writing guidelines.
During the week, I use my voice a lot. Yes, I am a writer, but I also teach music lessons 10x/week. So, the Audio Book was a Godsend.Those times when I needed to save my voice, I used the audio disc to narrate while I followed along in the text with the girls. It is an MP3 Audio CD which will play on any device capable of playing MP3s.
The text is rich in information. At times, it was a little overwhelming for my 5-year-old. I was thankful for the experiments, projects, drawing activities, and pauses to break all of the information into smaller portions.
Even then, some of the portions were still too much for my younger learner. So, the lesson plans that were divided into four, neat sessions became five for my household.
We were all super excited to get to our first experiment. But I wasn’t sure if we would be able to do them all. Since we are a single parent family based overseas, some items easily found in other metro areas would be a scavenger hunt for us. (I’m thinking about Epsom salts and Fruit Roll-Ups, right now.)
Because I wanted to give my daughters the full experience of the Apologia Young Explorer Series, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a science kit made specifically to accompany Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.
The very first pause was the very first experiment! How fun! An introduction to Anatomy and Physiology.
I was ready with my apple slicer and my eight Corelle bowls.
We went to the community kitchen for this experiment because we weren’t sure if the tropical weather would bring tiny winged visitors.
After one week – and many other experiments in lesson one, we returned to experiment #1.
These were our findings:
And we properly disposed of the waste.
We continued with lesson 2 and the skeletal system. I enjoyed the personal stories the author includes with each lesson.
They help bring a lot of things to light for my daughters.
And because of the simpler (not too technical) language used in the text, I was able to add some of our own personal stories.
One such included my oldest daughter’s father.
While her father was a police detective in Atlanta, GA, he was in a catastrophic accident. He lost over 90% of his own blood and had a lot of bone damage.
One section in lesson 2 helped me explain exactly what happened to one of his legs and why he had so much bone growth after the accident. His body began to do the amazing work that it does. And as a result, doctors had to remove 5 pounds of extra bone from one of his legs.
The language and illustrations of the Apologia text made that so much clearer for her. She was even able to explain the lesson to her father in her own words.
I must say that I was not very familiar with Apologia Science before this review, but I’m glad I was able to experience this curriculum. My oldest is a true hands-on learner and artist. And my youngest loves narration and reading. So, the curriculum was a great fit in that respect.
I would still break the sections down a little more for the younger learners. With such rich information, I would be concerned it would go over their heads.There were some portions of the Notebooking Journal that were still a bit above the level of my 9-year-old. Other areas (like anything having to do with drawing), she really enjoyed.
I think for our next Young Explorer Series (because we will continue with Apologia), I will see how she likes working in the Junior Notebooking Journal. Then, move up when she is ready for some of the more complex work.