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If you have been reading this blog for some time, you will know of Kiki’s quest to study the human body for the past several years. So when Apologia came up on our list for reviewing, we were super excited about the Anatomy being on the list. The Anatomy and Physiology was on our wish list for this year but it was not in the budget. So now we have been blessed to receive the one thing my daughter wanted this year to study and we are here to share with you our experience. As usual, we took lots of notes for this review and so we have to condense it down to something more manageable to read. I am not sure if it makes it easier to write a review or harder, when you have prior experience, because you thank so highly of Apologia it self but have to focus on just one product topic.
The Human Anatomy and Physiology Textbook, MP3, and Journal is for your elementary aged child (4-6 grades). Younger learners can use a
Junior Notebooking Journal (k-2), we used the older or regular aged Journal for grades 3-6.
My “How we used the product” disclaimer:
Because my daughter is older than the recommended ages and more of a self guided child, she did the lessons with minimal help from me. I was just there to guide her, check her work, and make sure she completed things with thought. If your child needs more help, is younger, or you like to be right there with them, you can do that with this curriculum which is what I believe is the intent of the publisher.
What we think:
Apologia has been our main science curriculum we have used since the beginning of our home school journey and it will continue to be at the top for us.
The lessons are laid out simply. They are easy to follow and give lots of activities and experiments.
Some of the subjects you will cover are:
- Cardiovascular (any future aerobics instructors here?)
- Holes in your head (still laughing at this one)
- Fingerprints (ohh, fun)
There are lots of activities assigned such as making a personal person for your child to put in the journal and then you go through the lessons and ad your organs. We actually plan on doing a life sized person on the wall with a large sheet of paper.
One of the projects was to make a cell out of jello and candy. We didn’t do this because of the sugar content, we don’t want to overload our cells! But Kiki did draw a cell in her journal and that picture is below.
I really wanted to do the “Try This!” project that referred to how magnifying glasses work. The experiment uses saran wrap, water, an eye dropper, and a word on page 26 in a box, but we didn’t have an eye dropper available. I had the outcome pictured in my head because I love to take photographs of rainwater on things outside.
As you progress through the lessons, you build on your body knowledge. As you go through the lessons you will find a lot of the “Try This!” to help expand your knowledge on what is written in the text. You will learn about friction through rubbing your hands together, a popular one in the winter.
You will do drawings, a little math (figure how much your muscles weight). You will also do fun experiments with fruits and other household items. Maybe your thing is history? Apologia has that covered also.
I really don’t think you can go wrong with Apologia, especially if you want something that is based on creation, or if your child plans on going in to any health field or into exercise and nutrition. This text will give your child a good foundation in creation Anatomy.
I do think the activities, experiments, and projects get more in-depth. So don’t get discouraged if you start the text thinking its a little slower, it will get more in-depth and the projects are more detailed.
I know we are going to enjoy finishing up the rest of the book. We will be modifying the schedule though, yes you can do that. That is another great thing about Apologia, you can modify to make your own schedule, skip what you already know or don’t want to learn right now.
Apologia also makes a great home library resource to have around for when your child has questions or just wants to do an experiment out of the blue and you don’t know what to do. hmm.
Maybe your child is older and wants to do one of the experiments, but wants to turn it into a scientific study? You can do that. Just because your finished with the text, doesn’t mean you have to be done using it completely.
I must say, I had always looked at the journal and wondered if I really needed it or would like it, and in the end, I never purchased it. Now that I have seen it, I wish I had it all along. I may go back and purchase one for the Botany that we put on hold until after this review. The Journal has made a big difference in how we use the text. The journal has a schedule in it and Kiki followed it. The pages are simple but effective. They really spurred extra thought out of Kiki that she normally would have skipped over, like the history of Egyptians and the Greeks.
The journal is filled with worksheets like “What do you Remember?”, “Fascinating Facts” for things you can jot down that you want to remember (and you can also print more on the Apologia website with a special code), and Kiki’s favorite the Crossword Puzzles. You will also find scripture copywork for print and cursive, and more. I really think its worth purchasing instead of making them your self, unless your an expert at making notebooking pages, and I will tell you I am not!
I personally enjoyed the MP3 reading of the text. I, I mean we, could pop it in the CD player in our truck (MP3 compatible) and listen and learn while on the road to the grocery (or on vacation). This was more of an extra way to cement the information in, as well as spur some extra thoughts and discussions that she may not have registered while reading. The MP3 version is perfect for those children who struggle with reading but want to do the lessons with out help or when you can’t be there with them. They can follow along in the text as Jeannie (the author) reads in her pleasant and soft voice that is easy on the ears.
I must let you know, they package the MP3 with care. It comes bubble wrapped so the case shouldn’t show up cracked (I have had this happen with other companies and it drives me crazy).
Some extra tid bits:
A lot of supplies are things you might find in your kitchen already.
There will be some other supplies that you will need that are not readily available around the house.
My favorite science supply company is www.homesciencetools.com
If you are part of HSLDA, you can go get a discount code for the Home Science website.
You may also want to check out yahoo groups. There are several groups for Apologia that offers support, printables, and other resources. They are not tied to Apologia. My favorite group is HERE.
The Nitty Gritty:
Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology $39.00
Anatomy Notebooking Journals $24.00 each
Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD $29.00
My Disclosure: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.