If you are looking for a high school health and nutrition course, let me introduce you to Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition by Dr. Laura Chase, published by Apologia Educational Ministries, who has sent me the Health and Nutrition Basic Set.
First, I must state how much we adore Apologia . My daughter loves every single lesson she has learned with Apologia materials. Kira says that she believes they are one of the best companies for Science materials. As she is a Science buff, this is a very high compliment. It was no surprise to see how extremely excited Kira was when the Health and Nutrition Basic Set from Apologia Educational Ministries arrived! This wonderful set included a student notebook and a text book.
Kira could not wait to dive right into the books! We incorporated Health and Nutrition Basic Set from Apologia Educational Ministries into our daily lesson plans. Kira averaged 90 minutes per day with her studies of the Health and Nutrition Basic Set . This does not include our extra activities and field trips resulting from her lessons. Presently, she at module five. Kira has absolutely loved each module, but is struggling a bit with module five. The inner ear is causing her to become confused and we are outsourcing extra materials to help her fully comprehend this module properly. It seems remembering the structures and their functions has caused her problems. For us, we like writing little poems or rhymes to help learn/memorize items, similar to, Every Good Boy Does Fine, in music.
Kira displaying one of her index cards for module 5.
This tactic, and using index cards, seems to help us ensure Kira can memorize most. It did, however, cause a mini melt down. Sometimes homeschooling is not all kittens and rainbows. As Kira is amidst SAT prep, she has placed extra pressure on herself. Within as much, everything else becomes the teenage angstitute I have previously mentioned. Some days, I feel as though I am in an endless cycle of a teenager’s self-doubt and self-deprecation. I forget that kids all assume their parents are biased and not being honest when we tout just how incredible our kids are. Some days, I pray that Kira could see herself through my eyes; then, perhaps, she could truly understand just how amazing and incredible she is. Sadly, it seems every time I have said, “no, that is the wrong answer”, it has somehow stabbed her in the depths of her soul, causing her to think she cannot do anything right. That homeschool over-achiever syndrome is real, and it is oh so brutal, guys! Perhaps the biggest lesson we have learned from Health and Nutrition Basic Set from Apologia Educational Ministries is patience. Module 3 especially hit home with us. This is included, of course, with the absolutely wonderful lessons and education within Health and Nutrition Basic Set.
Kira enjoyed proving how good her hearing and eyesight (rather, her capability of seeing colors) is. The best part was Kira expressing that her Daddy needs the hearing test more than she does. Lord, isn’t this the truth. If the man nods at you, rest assured that is a sure sign he didn’t hear a word you have said!
Kira expressed that her favorite module was the Physical Influences On Thoughts And Feelings. When I asked her why this particular module was her favorite, she said, “I’ve always enjoyed studying the nervous system. I have always found the different aspects of the brain fascinating.”
As if all of this weren’t enough, there is the free activity book. That is right, I said FREE!
Whether is was the fire drills or taking a field trip to the home improvement stores to price smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, we all enjoyed working through the lessons within Health and Nutrition Basic Set from Apologia Educational Ministries!
Below are images of a small sample of some of the lessons within the student notebook that Kira has completed to date.
Module 3 truly hit home.
We all are extremely emotional and tend to speak before we think. This module was invaluable to us as a family!
Kira does not use a cell phone or a tablet and strictly uses a computer for school. For her, fasting from technology was a breeze!
Kira enjoyed the reflection on birth order and trying to discover whether she behaved more like a first born vs the youngest child. Kira also really enjoyed analyzing today’s culture.
Kira and I both highly recommend Health and Nutrition Basic Set from Apologia Educational Ministries to all homeschooling families. It contains wonderful, thought-provoking lessons with fun projects. We especially enjoyed doing our fire drills. It is fun to watch us all scramble to leave the house in under 30 seconds from each room!!!
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