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Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Review

We have loved Apologia‘s Young Explorer Series science in the past so I was thrilled to get to review Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.

We received this entire set:

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD

I have used other Apologia Young Explorer books with David (my now 6th grader) and he has always done very well with them.  This time we included Evie, his 1st grade sister.  She is very happy to be doing one of her favorite subjects with her brother, to her she has finally reached “big kid” status!

In the past, I have read the text and David listened.  This time I have not read any of it to them.  I put the CD in my computer and had them listen while they work in the notebooking journal, color/doodle or follow along in the book and it has worked brilliantly!!!  The author Jeannie Fulbright reads the text.  She has done a wonderful job.  She’s a pleasure to listen to and kids really seem to like her!  They have already learned a lot and I am so glad this format is working for us.  She can pronounce those big science words better than I can.   We will continue for a few more weeks and then pick up where we left off in the fall.

In both the regular and the junior notebooking journal there is a suggested schedule.  They work together so that both levels study the same part in the book.  The regular journal has more advanced activities.  The junior notebooking journal has some coloring pages and not as many activities.  David has always used the junior notebooking journal in the past, but is doing well with the other one.  It’s easier for him to complete the lessons he doesn’t enjoy now that he’s doing it with his sister. I’m loving that they are working together and actually doing more than if they did it separately.

I am enjoying the pace of the schedule.  Each lesson is broken into 4 sections over 2 weeks.  Most lessons are laid out in a similar way.  The first week you spend 2 days reading through the text and the next week you spend 1 day finishing the text and 1 day doing journal activities and a project at the end.  There are “try this” experiments/activities to do as you come to them in the text.  We save those until the reading portion is over and then go back.  This has helped to keep my kids attention during the reading time and it’s like a prize at the end.

Here are a few pictures of the kids’ first project:

This is the project at the end of lesson one.  It is an edible cell made with jello and different candies.

We named each part of the cell as we placed them.


I loved that the supplies I didn’t have were easy to find and they were super excited for all this candy!!!

Here is David’s cell ^

Here is Evie’s ^

This one is little brother Thomas’.  He is in kindergarten this year and wasn’t interested in our lessons, but this project brought him to the table.  Note: he didn’t actually eat all of this, but thought it was a lot of fun!!!

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Bird watching

We enjoyed bird watching from the ferry last week. We laughed at the pigeon who was taking apart another nest an osprey was building.

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Creation Illustrated Review

Creation Illustrated sent us two of their unit studies as well as gave us access to those magazines that go with those studies for us to review.  We received the Fall ’17 Digital Edition with the corresponding Pine Trees study

and the Winter ’18 Digital Edition with a Snow Unit Study.

If you are new to my blog, let me begin by telling you how much I love unit studies!  I love to totally immerse ourselves in what we are learning.  In doing so I incorperate ALL subjects in this topic.  The perfectly executed unit study will cover language arts with reading, writing and handwriting, Bible study, history, science, social studies, even math.  I have found that I need to do a lot of work pulling the perfect study together because none of them really cover all I’m looking for.  I have to say that I was very impressed with the two unit studies that I received from Creation Illustrated.  I had never seen anything from this company before and I’m so glad that I’ve found them.

David, my 6th grade son, and I decided to focus on the Pine Tree study.  We chose this one for a few reasons.  First, our other option was snow.  Although it’s beautiful and I’m sure we would learn a lot about it, we are really over the snow this year and will pull this one back out again when we miss snow a little more.  The other reason we chose pine trees is because we have so many around us.  Many plots of land around us are logged for their pine and we knew we really didn’t know that much about them.

I received a 16 page PDF version of this unit study.  This is geared for students in 5th to 8th grade, but could be used with older and younger students.  I printed the whole study out and asked David where he would like to start.  As I read him some facts about pine trees he worked on the word search.

I really enjoyed how this entire study was centered on God, His Creation and the Bible.  In my opinion, this was the perfect unit study, down to the math lesson! We were able to learn about pine trees, but in the process learn about God’s marvelous and perfect creation!!!

Here is the Table of Contents:

  • Reading Resources – 31
  • Educational Videos – 3
  • Vocabulary & Spelling – 4, 5
  • Bible Study – 6
  • Geography – 7
  • Science – 8, 9
  • Math – 10
  • Writing & Penmanship – 11
  • Art – 12
  • Puzzle – 13
  • Teacher’s Answer Keys – 14, 15

The magazine is absolutely beautiful!  The pictures are gorgeous and the articles are interesting for the whole family.  What a perfect combination for us: Bible and science!

Here are a few interesting facts we learned in this study:

  • trees are mentioned over 200 times in the Bible
  • two species of pine keep their seeds in tightly closed cones that only open during intense heat (like a forest fire).  Then the seeds are released and begin to replenish the forest.
  • the average lifespan of a pine tree is 100-200 years, but there are a few types that have lived 5000 years!!!
  • there are 126 identified species of pine trees

The Snow Unit Study is set up the same way.  It’s Table of Contents looks very similar.  There are 17 pages total in that one.  In this study you will learn about crystals, the water cycle and that cold snow can actually be an insulator.  The Bible mentions snow 24 times.  The winter magazine has amazing Biblical correlations to go along with this snow unit.  I’m looking forward to learning more about snow and other units soon!

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