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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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