{Homeschool Product Review} ~ Apologia's Health and Nutrition

Recently I was blessed with being able to review a brand new science program from Apologia Educational Ministries - Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition by Dr. Laura Chase

 This course can either be done three days a week and completed in a year, or done daily and completed in a semester. And as you will see, it covers a plethora of topics. I received the Health and Nutrition Basic Set, which includes a hard-cover textbook and a spiral, consumable student notebook.

Apologia Exploring Health and Nutrition

The book begins with a chapter, or module, that defines health and then talks about genetics, temperament, and other natural inclinations. This was the perfect start to this book and was a good introduction to health. The next two modules are on mental and emotional health, and the fourth is on relationships. And then the modules following are on the different body systems: digestive, nutrition, respiratory, the skeletal system, and more. But this is not an anatomy course. All of these modules teach the student how to care for these different systems and how to be healthy with the bodies that God has granted them.

If you have used Apologia before than the format of the textbook will be familiar to you - there are excellent images, and Think About This boxes, which give further information. There are projects that coincide with the accompanying student notebook, and On Your Own questions to answer.

The Student Notebook is an invaluable part to this curriculum. In the introduction there is a section for parents. It describes how to complete parts of the notebook and the importance of the Study Guide sections. These are in each module, and are a place for students to take notes.

These notes are used to study off of in preparation of an exam, which is taken at the end of each module. And, to make grading easier for parents, a project rubric is included. There is also a suggested daily schedule which is extremely helpful.

In the notebook are places for notes, projects, writing assignments and review questions. At the end of the study guide are all of the tests for each module.

During our review period we were able to get up to the test in the second module. We followed the schedule in the notebook and did this three days a week. The first week we did a fun activity: Dasher took a temperament test. We were having so much fun giggling about our weaknesses and strengths, that the other two girls came and joined us. Together we looked through the temperaments and were able to identify the dominate one in each of us.

The depth of the student notebook was impressive.  One of the projects was to choose from a list of names, and research that family and what might have contributed to their success. Another project was to take the temperament test results and to find your strengths and weaknesses. Then the student was asked to come up with a plan of action steps that would increase their weak areas.

As we worked through the student notebook, I was very happy with the depth in the review questions. These are definitely at high school level.

I looked ahead and in parts of the review sections there were fill in the blank activities, which my daughter loves doing. This type of learning is perfect for Dasher and really helps her to retain information.

The tests are more straightforward and test-like, with multiple choice questions, matching, and anatomy labeling.

Above is a page from the test in Module 8, which is on Food Science - micro nutrients. There is a matching section above which has them identifying insoluble and soluble fiber, and then at the bottom are questions about food labels.

I loved that the students were actually tested. Studying notes and review questions is an important part of higher education and I am thankful this is has that focus. The answers to both the study guide and all tests are found online and are password protected.

Each day we did this, she spent 30-45 minutes on it, plus she studied for her test at the end of each module.

I spent some time reading ahead in the textbook - I tend to do this with my curriculum choices - and was very happy with how Apologia addressed certain issues. The module on mental health is presented with scripture and from a Christian perspective, a welcome relief from secular curricula. I also peeked at the module on exercise, and was pleased to see that there was so much emphasis on technique and form.

I also read through the module on the Gift of Reproduction. This module covered both reproductive systems, marriage, sex, pregnancy and birth. There were sections on pornography, modesty, sexual misconduct and how we need to approach these areas as Christians. Protecting our eyes, being careful with what both sexes wear, and being abstinent, these things are talked about and encouraged. As I read this section, I was struck with how grateful I was that there was a Christian health curriculum alternative for my high school students. I want them to have a high school health class, but from a secular perspective? No way. This module is a gem, and one I would suggest to have all young adults read.

One aspect I really loved was that at the end of each module, there is a page that addresses professions in that field. Medical laboratory scientists, nurses, opticians, paramedics, athletic trainers, and many many other professions, are described.

There is also a free activity ebook that Apologia is offering right now; this book is meant for the whole family and has portions of the Health and Nutrition book for you to read.

Guys, this curriculum from Apologia Educational Ministries is a huge addition to our high school curriculum. I am so very excited to continue to use this. Dasher is absolutely LOVING it, and is quite excited to use it in the coming school year.

Health and Nutrition Basic Set {Apologia Educational Ministries Reviews}

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