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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Apologia Health & Nutrition Review #hsreviews #apologiascience #homeschool #HighSchoolHealth #HealthandNutrition

Every school year at least one of my kids uses something from Apologia Educational Ministries. This year we are using their new homeschool Health and Nutrition curriculum for students in 8-12 grade. 

 Exploring Creation With Health and Nutrition Basic Set was written by Dr. Laura Chase. The course comes with the hardcover textbook and one spiral bound Student Notebook. I ordered an additional Student Notebook so both Delaney and Alaina could study Health & Nutrition this year. The textbook contains a passcode to access the book extras from which includes the Solutions Manual and Learning Aids. There is also a free Activity Book to go with the course.

This 441-page hardcover textbook contains colorful pictures and illustrations and is recommended for high school students or mature eighth graders. The course is worth one high school credit and can be completed in one semester or can be spread out over the course of one year. There are 15-Modules that cover the physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual aspects of growing up. This is a complete health course so you may want to look through it before just giving it to your children. It includes topics on reproductive systems, sexual misconduct, pregnancy, pornography, STDs as well as drug and alcohol abuse, and depression.

Each Module starts with a Powerhouse Update. This is a couple of paragraphs about what was discussed in the previous chapters and how it will tie into what you will be studying in the current module. There are On Your Own questions asked throughout that help the students better understand what was just discussed. There are also Think About This boxes that give students a real-life example of the topics. The answers for the On Your Own questions are included at the end of each module and it is recommended the student check their own answers. If they miss the question they should review the topic until they understand it and move on.

The Student Notebook is a 366-page spiral bound notebook. It contains a grading rubric for projects, a grade recording chart, and a suggested daily schedule. Each Module starts with lined pages for note taking, all the On Your Own questions and room to answer them, project directions, worksheets, and a study guide. All the Module Tests are in the back of the notebook.

I have been using this course with Delaney & Alaina. We started this review using the suggested three day a week lesson plan because we were officially still on summer break. Now that we have started our new school year they have started working on it five days a week. They started out reading about why they should study health, genetics, DNA, nature versus nurture, and dominant temperament. They really enjoyed the projects on figuring out their dominant temperament. They read through definitions of each temperament they had fun picking out what everyone in the family is. Then they took the Temperament Test to see if they were right.

In Module 2 they learned about the Physical Influences on Thoughts and Feelings. It talks about the nervous system, the brain, adrenal glands, the thyroid, and hormones. We spent a little extra time while studying the adrenal glands because my mother had Pheochromocytoma a couple of years ago. They had a first-hand experience to see how this affected her entire body and how the Dr. and specialists kept checking for things based on each individual symptom instead of what could cause them all.

The girls are now working on Module 3, Mental Emotional Stability. This chapter includes self-care tips, attention spans, and distractions. One of the projects they will do this week is a Digital Media Fast for 24 hours. Since some of their school is online they are a little excited about this. We shall see how they feel about it when they can't use their phones at all.

Looking farther into the course it talks about overcoming loneliness with acts of service, nutrition, vitamins, health problems, different body systems and exercise. This course was very thought out and is from a Chistian prespective which I am very happy to have especially when talking about the reproductive system and mental illnesses. Another thing I like is the Consider a Health Profession pages. These pages talk about different jobs within the medical field that students could consider doing that they may not have ever thought of.

This course not only teaches health and nutrition it shows teens how to be healthy and take care of themselves both mentally & physically.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wordless Wednesday Preschool

My baby sitting kids is growing up and started preschool. 
We are all a little sad!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wordless Wednesday Horse Show Fun

Delaney's 1st Horse Show
1st Place in Barrels
1st Place in Poles
2nd Place in Trail
2nd Place in Western

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Time Travelers American History Review #hsreviews #historystudies #worldhistory #americanhistory #historytimelines #historycurriculum

Home School in the Woods
One thing Alaina dislikes about getting older is that she misses all the fun hands-on history things we have done from Home School in the Woods. When we were offered one of many products to review this summer she chose The Civil War from the Time Travelers U.S. History Studies.

We have reviewed several units from Home School in the Woods over the years and their newest collection is the Project Passports. They actually just released Project Passports: Ancient Rome study ahead of schedule and this completes their Project Passport Collection. 

Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company. The offer multiple product lines that teach  World History and American History. The products include notebooking pages, timelines, hands-on activities, recipes, and more. Their products may be purchased A La Carte, individual titles, or complete sets.

The Time Travelers American History set includes seven lapbook titles. Alaina has been using The Civil War and there is also New World Explorers, Colonial Life, The American Revolution, The Early 19th Century, Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression, and World War II. These studies are recommended for students in grade 3-8. Alaina is going into the 9th grade, but she still enjoys completing the activities. She is also my crafty kid and enjoys anything she can create with her hands.

After downloading your history study you actually view the product in a web browser. You can click on each lesson to see the list of all the pdf files you need to print to complete your projects. There are pictures of all the completed pages and activities as well as information to help the teacher and how to arrange the items in a lapbook. A lapbook is where you fold a manila folder and attach your completed work inside.

The lesson plan for The Civil War is very well laid out and easy to follow for all 25 lessons and can be completed in 5-10 weeks. The curriculum includes all the text you will need to read for the study and there are hands-on projects to complete, timeline figures to place, a journal to keep, newspaper articles to write, and homemade cards and games to make. The text covers The Civil war and the Reconstruction. You will learn about the causes of the war and look at the battles that were fought while being introduced to important people and political topics.

Since Alaina is getting older she has been studying about The Civil War on her own. I went through and printed off all of the pages she needed and she got started right away. She has studied about The Civil War in the past so she knows what it was about, but she learned some new information this time. She liked putting together the Library of Leaders box and reading about each one of them. She also liked the maps because it helped her see where everything took place. Alaina is my only child that doesn't absolutely love to read. I think that is one reason she enjoys Home School in the Woods. The text is very informative, but there isn't a lot of it as one time. And just like the little booklets she made for the Library of Leaders box each one contains just enough information.

Home School in the Woods does an excellent job in creating their lapbook studies. My family has enjoyed and learned so much from the ones we have completed and I'm sure the rest of them are just as good. Members of the Homeschool Review Crew were offered over thirty studies to choose from so stop over at the Crew Blog to read about them.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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