Introduction to Apologia’s Anatomy and Physiology (Lesson 1)

Today is so exciting! Just as my children have waited all summer to start our study through Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, I have been anxious to share our study with you. Even better, I get to team up with The Homeschool Scientist so you get two different perspectives on each lesson.

Introduction to Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

Apologia Anatomy and Physiology lesson plans

For our family, I divide each lesson into two days. Since my children are kinesthetic (busy, little bodies) and visual (let me see what you are saying), I mix hands-on activities with powerpoint shows that I create myself based on the text. I click through the powerpoint as I discuss the material I have read in the textbook.

After reading lesson one, I told Bill that I know more about DNA now than I did after one year of biology in high school and another year in college. I am telling you this not to prove that I was a lackluster science student but so you will read through the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology even if you plan to use the powerpoint shows I have provided below.

Anatomy and Physiology Defined

 For lesson one, we focused on the definitions of anatomy and physiology as well as the history of the science. The children worked on coloring the images in their Junior Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology as I discussed the details of the lesson.

Apologia Anatomy and Physiology lesson plans

I wish we had a microscope but I have not had the courage to invest in one yet. So, after we talked about how Robert Hooke named the “cell,” I pulled out the magnifying glasses and Lira inspected a cork. She drew pictures of what she was able to see through the magnifying glass and was so amazed that she went throughout the house looking for different textures to investigate.

Model of a Cell

For our second day in lesson one, we focused on the cell. As we looked at the powerpoint show, the children drew their own cells.

Apologia Anatomy and Physiology lesson plans

Franc’s cell was amazing. I could not believe how he noticed even the small details. Normally, I cannot hold his attention for longer that two minutes but anatomy seems to really grab his mind.

Apologia Anatomy and Physiology lesson plans

After drawing the cells, we made a model of a cell using gelatin as suggested in the textbook. Can you imagine the faces of my children when I put a plate full of candy in front of them? Yes… it was hysterical.

Apologia Anatomy and Physiology lesson plans

I clicked back through the powerpoint show as the children added the different pieces to their model.

My children are ordinarily very sensitive to textures. Franc hates anything sticky and Lira is hesitant about anything new. However, they both thoroughly enjoyed making their own cells.

Apologia Anatomy and Physiology lesson plans

Don’t forget to swing by The Homeschool Scientist to see their family’s version of lesson one.

Free Anatomy and Physiology Powerpoint Lessons ~

Please note: These powerpoint shows are not intended to be used without the Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology text. The shows are summaries of the information within the textbook and should be supplemented with additional information for a lecture. These shows would also make an excellent resource for review.


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  1. says

    WE LOVE Apologia. We are using Anatomy and swimming creatures this year! We have been on a little break, but will begin the Anatomy lessons next week! Can’t wait!

    • Penny says

      This is perfect timing for you. Wonderful! Marci and I are so excited to be able to collaborate this way. I hope you find it helpful.

  2. says

    Any chance you’re a few weeks ahead?? :-) We’re starting lesson 3 this week, and the powerpoints would be fantastic help for my 1st grader. We’re doing one lesson in two weeks, though, so maybe you’ll catch up to us. She loved the edible cell too, and also surprised me with touching it even though it was sticky.
    This is our first year with Apologia, loving it so far! Looks like you are having fun with it too

  3. Sheila says

    I LOVE the powerpoint! Do you have any more? We are using this curriculum this year and it would be very helpful with my second grader!!! We are now on lesson 3. I wish I had this for our first lesson! Thanks for sharing!

    • Penny says

      I’m sorry. I am not that far ahead because we got a late start on our science study. So sorry that I cannot provide you with those powerpoints… and there will be more each week.

  4. Dee says

    For what age group do you think this textbook is appropriate? I’m still trying to figure out if purchasing this textbook is the right one for my son.

    • Penny says

      My children who study anatomy are 6 and 8 years old. I do most of the reading although my 8 year old can read most of the words. The technical anatomy vocabulary can even be a challenge for me. :)


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