We have been using (and loving) Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology by a homeschooling favorite, Apologia! Their young explorer series is a favorite elementary homeschool science for our family.
You may remember we reviewed their Astronomy curriculum a while back, and my kids *looooved* it; they soaked up everything we did. It was just the right amount of hands on, listening, and literature learning they needed. Well, the same can be said about Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology!
We received all the components of the program:
- Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text
- Junior Notebooking Journal
- Notebooking Journal (for older students- we didn’t use this because I have younger students, but we WILL use it when we go back through the program when they’re older)
- Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD <–my second favorite part!
All of my children have been learning with the program, but I use it more intentionally with my 7.5 year old. The text absolutely captivates all my young learners; my oldest however will sit and read it to herself for long periods of time. The book is hardcover with thick, high quality pages and durable binding that will last many years for many children. The book is divided into chapters and sections with fun activities to do between sections, for a quick break and hands on learning.
The Junior Notebooking Journal, *sigh*, is my favorite part of this program! It is perfect for young learners that enjoy hands on activities; it combines writing, diagrams, coloring, drawing, vocabulary games, and scripture for an overall perfect science for elementary children.
Our approach to homeschool topics and subjects is very different from what I experienced in public school. We do a sort of “loop” schedule, which you may have been hearing about lately (it has become somewhat of a buzz word/topic in the homeschool circle as of late, but has been widely used for many, many years). We have been schooling this way since we began homeschooling, it just comes naturally. Basically, at any given time we have a long list of fun interests and activities going that we just slowly loop back throughout out the week(s)-history, read alouds, reading/LA, and math are daily, and the other things we loop through- nature study, science, music, handiworks, sensory play, learning games, music studies, etc.
Many homeschoolers avoid “textbook style” learning, and I 100% understand why- because literature and hands on learning are the best ways to learn for most of our children. Literature is more fun, more interesting, more meaningful, and sparks a love for learning, (not to mention all the statistics on the benefits of literature based learning) while most parents loathed the textbook world from which we graduated. I am one of those parents!
Though Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology does have a textbook by definition, it is written in such a way that even I, a mama with a degree in education, forget it is a textbook! The pictures and photography are lovely, the writing is clear, but not a “dumbed down” version of information; it always leads to God’s design of our world and includes scriptures which we love. I especially enjoy how the author has taken what we know through science, and linked it to examples in the Bible- how different cultures viewed the body, what they thought different parts were for, and what the Bible says about those things, is just one example.
What’s even better for our family is the MP3 audio CD! The author has recorded an absolutely lovely reading of the text; my kids become so interested in her reading of the text. Her voice is easy to listen to, soft, encouraging, and takes a LOT of the weight off my shoulders when it comes to science. I can turn on the audio book while my kids follow along in the textbook, my oldest may color in the Junior Notebooking Journal, or doodle while she listens. This is a favorite time for all of us-learning together is such a blessing in homeschool! I enjoy the new facts and refreshers in science that I am learning alongside my kids. The recorded reading of the book is enchanting and attention-grabbing.
The entire program captures the interest of my children without burnout or dread- Apologia keeps that fire for learning burning. We don’t feel like it is something else we have to check off a list, we look forward to science days!
Below is an example of the junior Notebooking Journal pages vs the Notebooking Journal (for older students). Throughout the Junior Notebooking Journal you will find coloring pictures with scripture, copy work which has elementary dotted lines for writing, the diagrams are less involved/larger, thus easier see for little ones. Vocabulary and more hands on games are found in the Junior Notebook. It also has larger spaces for drawing diagrams and labeling, with less required writing.
The regular Notebooking Journal has nicely spaced lines for copywork, but they are “wide ruled” style, not dotted with a midline. The diagrams are a bit more detailed, the images are smaller with more space dedicated to writing and note taking.
I love using Apologia curriculum and products in our homeschool, and Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology is no exception! This is such a fun way to learn anatomy; I was truly amazed when my daughter started showing me the work she had done in her Jr. Notebooking Journal. Her cell in lesson 1 looked awesome and when I asked her to tell me about it, I wrote down her narration of each item:
I am thankful for a company and program that feeds my children’s ever growing love of learning, & provides quality texts that show God is clearly working in ALL things, especially science.
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