Anytime we get the opportunity the review for Apologia we know we are in for a real treat. This go round we are studying Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology. Our daughter has a passion for the human body and she agreed to “teach” her younger brother with the help of this curriculum.
Our daughter has been studying the human body for quite some time. She is actually learning from a college level book at the moment, but she was willing to do sort of a review by helping teach her younger brother about the human body by working along side him with this Apologia curriculum.
But first… a little about them!
Apologia Educational Resources Inc. is the #1 Creation based, Christian-backed curriculum publisher. Apologia has won over 50 awards from parents and media. They publish curriculum for grades K-12 and cover Science, Bible and Worldview, Language Arts, Geography, History, Civics, Preschool, Planners (yes, planners!!), Encouragement and Devotionals, Homeschool Helps, What We Believe Series, Digital and Audio, Full Curriculum Sets, Science Sets and Apparel and Accessories. They also offer Apologia Online Academy. Apologia believes in what the Bible says and all of their curriculum is Bible/Christian based.
What we received.
We received four products: the Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology textbook, the Junior Journal, the Journal, and MP3 Audio Book Disc. The recommended age for use of this product is 6-13. The suggested time span for completion of this curriculum is 28 weeks at 2 days a week, but you can manipulate that to fit your own schedule. There are experiments and hands-on activities, so it’s not just a boring textbook and copywork.
- The textbook has 265 pages with 14 lessons, and a step-by-step guide on how to use it. It also includes a material and supplies list for the experiments (I’ll tell more about those later) and has Narrative Questions and the answers can be found in the rear of the book. The Index is great for quick reference, if needed.
- The Junior Journal is geared for younger students. There are fun coloring pages that are based on a Bible verse located on the bottom of the picture. There are so many amazing projects, like minibooks, where the child writes down what he/she has learned in the lesson, a Personal Person project, where the child creates him/herself in paper form, and throughout each lesson, they add on whatever system or body part the lesson was about. That’s not all though! This journal sports activities on every page!
- The Regular Journal is for the older ones. There is a lot more copywork and writing what the child has learned. There are no coloring pages, but your child is free to draw what they have learned! The most wonderful thing is the LESSON PLAN in the front. It saves mama a lot of planning!
- The MP3 Audio Book is very helpful for younger students or students lacking reading comprehension. It is also great for students with learning disabilities or auditory learners. The CD is amazing for listening in the car if you’re on the go and still wish to get homeschool in on the road. The CD contains the reading of the textbook (with the exception of the science projects and experiments) by the author Jeannie Fulbright.
How we used it and our final thoughts!
We used this curriculum about 4 days a week. Like I mentioned before, flexibility. My oldest daughter (who has the biggest passion for anatomy and physiology) is teaching my youngest son throughout this curriculum. She is really enjoying this curriculum and she wishes that she had it when she was younger. My son wasn’t exactly thrilled when I told him the news about the review, but when he opened up the textbook and saw experiments, he was so excited! The experiments were… kinda gross, but pretty cool. Here are some of the experiments they did.
In this experiment, my kiddos were asked to pour in the right mixtures of table salt, epsom salt and baking soda over seven cups with apple slices in them. The eighth cup was left untreated. They had to let the apples sit for one week. Which mixture preserved the apple slice best? This was to determine which mixture was the closest to the mixture that the ancient Egyptians used to preserve and mummify deceased bodies. This experiment was quite fun!
My son was so excited and couldn’t wait for this one! They were asked to get candies that represent the different organelles inside the cell (the recommended candies are listed in the lesson) and Jell-O for the cytoplasm. They then put the candies where they’d be located in the cell. It was the tastiest build-a-cell project! My kiddos had such fun the first time, that they made a second one.
We all love Play-Doh in my household, so this project was extremely fitting, and quite hilarious. They were told to shape a human figure from a lump of molding clay (Play-Doh works very well) and stand them up. Well we all know that it doesn’t quite work like that, because there’s no support. Then, they were told to put toothpicks (supposed to be bones) and then to try again. They stood up a lot better and easier than the non-toothpicked figures. And yes, that is Elvis. My son loves Elvis! Hahahah!
And lastly, the ooey-gooeyest experiment of them all. The what-would-happen-if-there-was-no-fluid-in-between-your-brain-and-skull experiment. The experiment said to put two eggs in small containers and run around shaking the container. This is supposed to show that if you didn’t have fluid in your brain, that things would go very badly. Then, they washed out their containers and put another egg in along with enough water to fill up the container. Then they duct taped it shut and ran around and shook it. The egg didn’t break, because it had the protective fluid around it!
Our final thoughts.
Overall, this curriculum is AMAZING!!!!! The laidback structure makes it easier for kids to understand and it’s fun.
My 10 year old son’s thoughts:
“I. LOVE. IT. I really liked that it is fun and there’s really cool awesome activites to do.”
My 13 year old daughter’s thoughts:
“I absolutely love the freedom and flexibility of this curriculum. I really wish I used this curriculum when I was in that stage of learning! It gets my official Big Sister approval!”
“Apologia never disapponts me. There curriculum is always top-notch and comes so highly recommended for a reason. I appreciate the hands-on approach to learning.