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Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology Review

Apologia Educational Ministries is one of our favorite homeschool curriculum publishers.  One of the reasons we love Apologia so much is that their curriculum gives glory to Father God our Creator, and they teach all of their subjects, including science, from a Christian worldview.

We are excited to tell you about our experience using the Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology by Apologia for our science studies.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

1 year Science Curriculum

Text

Audio CD (Text Read Aloud)

Notebooking Journal

Junior Notebooking Journal

Apologia has created four components for this curriculum.  Students typically use three of the four components depending on their age and skill level.   There is a Text book, an Audio CD, and two different age/skill options for the student Notebooking Journal.

Text:

The text book is a hardback book with 265 illustrated pages.  This curriculum covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body.  This course text book is suggested for use with kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade.  Younger students may need the course read to them or if they have begun to learn to read but still need support, they can follow along with the Audio CD, where other students who are strong readers may not need the additional support.

Also older students (junior and senior high) may find this course beneficial too if they haven’t previously studied this material or to use it as review. Apologia has other science courses they recommend for older students.  However it is my opinion that this introductory course is very informative, contains lots of pictures, and covers a large amount of material that students of all ages (even adults) will benefit from reading.

Lessons:

There are 14 HUGE lesson modules covered in this curriculum. Each lesson module has two full weeks of lessons and science experiments within and is suggested to be used at least twice a week.  At this pace, it is expected for the curriculum to last about 28 +/- weeks or a full school year.

Lesson Modules covered include:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
Lesson 2: The Skeletal System
Lesson 3: The Muscular System
Lesson 4: The Digestive and Renal Systems
Lesson 5: Health and Nutrition
Lesson 6: The Respiratory System
Lesson 7: Life in the Blood
Lesson 8: The Cardiovascular System
Lesson 9: The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
Lesson 10: The Nervous System Extended
Lesson 11: Your Senses
Lesson 12:The Integumentary System
Lesson 13: The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
Lesson 14: Growth and Development

Contained within each lesson are components that encourage narration (both written and oral retelling of what has been learned), “Try This” mini-experiments, notebooking journal activities, a personal person project (a paper body model), and at the end of each lesson, students complete various projects and experiments.  Each lesson covers different information, but follows the same overall format.

A “Materials List” is included in the front of the Text book and each lesson also lists out the specific items needed to complete the projects and experiments.  There are suppliers for materials if you want a pre-made kit too.  To further the learning, students are given access to a course website for what is called “book extras” if students desire to dig deeper into learning more than what is covered in the text.

Audio CD

The Audio CD is an audio recording of the course read aloud by the author, Jeannie Fulbright.   Using this CD enhances the learning even more because it gives another way for the brain to receive and remember the information.

This CD is beneficial for students who are auditory learners who prefer using more than just a textbook, is helpful for slow readers, or others who may have learning disabilities that make reading difficult.  This Audio CD is also great for the whole family to listen and enjoy together too.

This is an MP3-CD and in order to listen to it, you must play it in an MP3-compatible CD player or on a computer.

Student Notebooking Journals:

Apologia offers two age/skill level student journals with this course to choose from. One of the journals is called the Anatomy Notebooking Journal and one is called the Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal (note the word “Junior” in front of the other words).

Both notebooking journals are huge soft cover illustrated spiral bound books.  They both have a suggested schedule for the school year.  They both are filled with worksheets and fun hands on activities and projects.  They both cover similar materials and review the material learned in the text book lessons.

The Anatomy Notebooking Journal (designed for grades 3-6) contains 202 activity and review pages, plus 65 mini-book (cut, fold, glue, fill in the blank) pages and template pages.

The Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal (designed for grades K-2) contains 230 activity, coloring, and review pages, plus 67 mini-book (cut, fold, and glue) pages and template pages.

Both notebooking journals are filled with activity and review worksheets and mini-books and templates.  Sections in the student journal include:

  • Lesson Plan Suggested Schedule
  • Fascinating Facts
  • What Do You Remember? Review Questions
  • Notbooking Assignments, Ativities, and Projects
  • Scripture Copywork
  • Vocabulary Crosswords
  • Project Pages
  • Cut and Fold Miniature Books
  • More To Explore (experiments and activities, additional book and DVD suggestions)
  • Field Trip Sheets
  • Final Review: 50 Review Questions that can be answered orally or in writing.
  • Answer key included.

The main difference in the two journals is that the regular student Anatomy Notebooking Journal has a higher level of writing expected on the assignments and projects, and it uses challenging crossword puzzles to go over vocabulary words and definitions.  There is less writing assignments in the Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal, flashcard style mini-books and simple crossword puzzles are used to review the vocabulary words (students cut out the word and glue it like a flap onto the definition), and the Junior version includes lots of coloring pages.

Our Experience

We love using Apologia products in our homeschool.  I am thankful for these resources to help teach my kids all about Father God’s creation, the human body.

We were sent all four components of this course for this review.  We used both of the student journals.   My 9 year old son used the Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journal and my 13 year old son used the Anatomy Notebooking Journal.  My other children enjoyed watching their brothers do various science experiments and have requested to join in the learning fun. I intend to purchase additional journals for my other children to use for this coming school year.

Here are just a few examples of our Anatomy and Physiology learning adventure.  These pictures are a few examples of what my kids learned in lessons 2, 4, 5, 6, and 10.  Each lesson module covers different information, but follows the overall same format.

Text and Audio CD Lessons

My 9 year old son starts out each lesson with the Text book and Audio CD.  He places the CD into the computer and uses his earbuds to listen to the lesson.

A menu pops up on the screen to help you choose the lesson, but there are no pictures or video, so he has to follow along in the text book.

My 13 year old starts out each lesson with his text book and journal.  He is a strong reader and doesn’t prefer to use the Audio CD.

However, my 9 year old loves using the Audio CD and it has helped him gain more understanding and helped reinforce how things are pronounced and helped him move through the material at a good pace.

Try This Experiments

The kids can pause within the lesson as needed, or go back after they are done reading, to complete the suggested “Try This” experiments scattered through out the lesson.

Digestive System – measuring length of small intestines:

Digestive System – stomach simulation:

What Do You Remember?

Then we do the “What Do You Remember?” narrative.  These discussion questions help summarize the lesson and encourage the kids to put what they have learned into their own words.

Journal Activities

Next we completed the Notebooking Journal activities.  If you don’t have the Apologia Notebooking Journals, you can answer the Text questions from the lesson and do the suggested activity in just a regular notebook.

However, the Apologia Notebooking Journals have so much more to offer.  They are filled with pre-printed worksheets and hands on activities.

I would recommend you get these journals to go with the learning experience.

Some of the worksheets included are scientific speculation forms, project forms, fascinating facts, vocabulary mini-books, body organ mini-books, coloring pages, vocabulary crossword puzzles, diagrams to label, bible scripture copy work, and more.

Copywork examples from my 9 year old’s journal:

Copywork and Vocabulary Crossword examples from my 13 year old’s journal:

Personal Person Project

Next we added the body part we learned about to the Personal Person Project in the Anatomy and Junior Anatomy Notebooking Journals. If you don’t have a pre-made journal, there are directions so you can make your own person and body organ systems and add them to a homemade journal.  At the end of most of the lessons, a new body part gets added.

Experiments

The last thing to complete is the main experiment (s) or project at the end of the lesson.  These experiments are in addition to the many “Try This” experiments scattered through out the lessons. There is at least one main experiment or project at the end of each lesson, and sometimes two or more.  The experiments and projects at the end of each lesson communicate the overall learning experience and knowledge of the lesson.

Respiratory System Experiments – 1) lung and diaphragm model  2) visual lung capacity:

A Few More Explorations and Learning Fun:

We had a few props on hand to use as models.  It makes learning even more fun and interesting for kids to have a lesson related prop next to them while they study.

We used a magnifying glass to examine a plastic skeleton, plastic lungs and respiratory system, and a plastic skull and brain.

The kids made a head with a face from a plastic skull, playdough for connective tissue, a pencil sharpener nose, bouncy balls for eyes, a plastic mini-brain from a game, and a Mr. Potato Head mustache.  They played around with their model they created and also used a magnifying glass to check it out.

They have also used playdough for skin and covered the skull with it. But I didn’t get a picture of it.  I think we will come up with something else we can use for skin, perhaps we can find a lightly colored but transparent plastic bag material.  They also have a huge plastic tooth, a plastic liver, and a few other props not pictured that they used for some of their investigations.

Materials

Several materials are needed to complete the experiments.  In the front of the Textbook is a Master List of items needed for each chapter.  Most of these items for experiments are easily acquired either from your own cabinets and pantry or from the local store.  In addition to the items you need for experiments for this course, you might also have some things on hand you can use a props such as toys, puzzles, games, or books on your shelves that can enhance the learning too.

However, there are various pre-made science supply kits sold by different suppliers online that contain most of the items all in one kit or box.  These kits can save you time and makes doing these experiments very simple when you have everything you need all in one box and you don’t have to go and find each item.  You can find these science kit suppliers by doing a a quick google search for “Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Science Kit”.

Final Thoughts:

My family has truly enjoyed using Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.   This course covers a lot of information.  The Textbook, Notebooking Journals and Audio CD are well made.  This course encourages lots of hands on suggestions and explorations which makes learning fun for kids.

Apologia Educational Ministries offers wonderful science programs for students of all ages.  Their curriculum has won numerous awards and is well respected in the homeschool community.   I would encourage other homeschool families to check out these courses, and see what products Apologia has to offer to meet their needs.

Check out this video to learn more about Apologia Science courses. Apologia has many more wonderful products in other subject areas too.

Here are a few links to other Apologia products we have reviewed in our home.

Exploring Creation With Marine Biology

Internship for High School Credit

Where To Buy Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Text (for grades K – 6)

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Junior Notebooking Journal (for grades K – 3)

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Notebooking Journal (for grades 3 and up)

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audio CD (audio recording of the text)

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Readers in Residence Volume 1 Review

A fun way for kids to learn to become excellent readers is for them to become an expert reading detective and see the material presented with a biblical worldview. The Readers in Residence Series has 4 great courses to get kids excited learning how to be a reading detective.  We were recently sent the first volume in the series Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) by Apologia Educational Ministries .

Readers In Residence Volume 1 (Slueth)

2 Book Set

Student Worktext

Answer Key

4th Grade and UP

Retail $89

This is Volume 1 in a 4 volume series of Readers in Residence courses by Debra Bell and Published by Apologia.  Be sure to check the website for the latest updates in this series.  The four volumes in this series include: Vol 1~ Slueth, Vol 2~ Detective, Vol 3~ Investigator, and Vol 4~ Analyst.  Readers in Residence assumes every reader is a detective.  It focuses on reading comprehension and vocabulary using various literature genres to help students become excellent readers who understand the big picture about the story, the intentions of the author, and real life applications of the story’s message.  Each volume can be used as a stand alone course.

This course is intended to be done by one student, or used in a group setting (such as a book club) with each student having their own worktext. In this course, kids read 6 chapter reader books while using their worktext to answer specific questions to reach their goal of becoming a reading detective.

The course is divided into 6 Units and contains 14 Modules.  It is intended to be worked on 4 days a week and completed in 32 weeks.  However, the course is flexible and you can go as fast or as slow as you want.

Goals of this course include:

  1. AUTHOR’S DESIGN: understand the author’s craft, choices, and intentions
  2. ELEMENTS: recognize the literary elements authors use to create fiction and nonfiction
  3. INFERENCES: make inferences from the details in the text plus their own prior knowledge and experience
  4. NEW WORDS: decode the meaning of unfamiliar words from context clues build a rich and varied vocabulary
  5. FIGURES OF SPEECH: identify and understand figures of speech such as personification, metaphor, and hyperbole
  6. OBSERVATIONS: notice how expert writers employ the conventions of the English language (punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and usage) to achieve clarity

Kids learn about several kinds of literary genres and then settle in to research three specific fiction genres using six chapter books.  They will specifically research three kinds of fiction: Historical Fiction, Animal Fantasy, and Realistic Fiction.  Through out this process, kids will learn about characters, themes, comparison and contrast, plot development, figures of speech, story turning point, settings and set design, and more.

Chapter Book Readers

The suggested chapter books are available at your local library or can be purchased online.  You may already have these books on your book shelves. Three of the books are suggested for you, and three books are of your own choice.

  1. Sarah Plain and Tall (historical fiction)
  2. Your choice (historical fiction)
  3. Charlottes Webb (animal fantacy)
  4. Your choice (animal fantasy)
  5. Because of Windixie (realistic fiction)
  6.  Your choice (fiction of choice)

Student Worktext

This worktext is huge!  My son was excited to get such a big colorful workbook.  It has 562 pages and from cover to cover it is very well done.  It is a text and a workbook “all in one”.

It has large easy to read print on colorfully illustrated pages.  These bright colors and easy text kept my son interested in the material.  There are a lot of comparison type charts and other visual aids built into the lessons and it really makes learning the material easy to understand.

The worktext is spiral bound and the pages are thick and sturdy so it was easy for him to flip the pages and not worry about tearing them.  The book is soft cover so it isn’t has heavy as you might think a large book of this size would be.  It has a nice feel in your hands.  It is very well made.

He likes to take his schoolwork outside on the porch.  It was nice to know this sturdy book would hold up to him using it outside or inside where ever it best fit his needs.  Our other books are not near as sturdy.

I really like how the questions are layed out.  They have explanations and room to fill in the blank after you “hunt” as a detective for the answers.   He found the worktext very easy to follow and the questions were worded in a way he could find the answers in his chapter books quickly.

Answer Key

The Answer Key is a soft cover book of 232 pages.  This is a very easy to use resource for parents to check the progress students are making in their worktext.

The Answer Key contains the lessons questions written in black, and the answers to the questions written in green colored ink.  

In the back of the Answer Key book is a suggested daily schedule that matches the one in the student worktext.  There is also a Grading Rubix called a “Checklist Point System” for each Module.  Points for grades are earned based on the percentage of tasks completed in a Module instead of right and wrong answers.  A student can earn a top score of “6” for “exemplary in quality and effort” down to a “1” for “incomplete” for each task.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

Some of my favorite things about this course are:

  1. Sowing Seeds: There are scriptures to study in the Sowing Seeds section at the end of each Module to help kids understand the material from a biblical world view.
  2. Independence: It is easy for the student to follow independently and easy for the parent to check on their progress.
  3. Graphs and Illustrations: The comparison graphs and visual aids and colorful pages that engage the student.
  4. Hands On Projects: There are also projects suggested throughout the course that give it almost a hands on Unit Study feel at times.
  5. Study Skills: The reading and comprehension skills learned in this course will be useful for all courses taken throughout all grades especially in highschool and college and it teach good study habits.

I would recommend this course to all homeschool families and homeschool book clubs and coops.  I found this course to be a very useful method of helping kids learn good study skills they will need throughout life.  Debra Bell has put together a great method and beneficial worktext for teaching kids to understand what they are reading.

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The Ultimate Homeschool Planner Review

Planning your homeschool day, and setting goals for your home, can be so so much easier if you choose an amazing product like The Ultimate Homeschool Planner – Orange, Blue, or Yellow, from Apologia Educational Ministries.

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We were recently sent the Ultimate Homeschool Planner to review and I am really impressed with this useful tool that helps homeschool families.   Homeschool Resources from Apologia Educational Ministries never cease to amazing me with their quality and helping families maintain their focus on the Lord.

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Apologia is a publisher and distributor of Christian education curriculum.  We love their science curriculum!  Everything we have used from Apologia in our homeschool has been top notch in quality and character.  The kids enjoy everything we have received from them and they always look forward to using their products.   This time though, this product was to better equip me to be a better mom, and help equip my children in their faith and oversee their education with a plan in hand.

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The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

Personalize your color choice (orange, blue, or yellow) for the cover.

263 pages, Spiral Bound Planner.

Yearly, Monthly, Weekly, and Daily Planning Strategy.

Use for planning with up to 6 children.

Retails for $29.00

This planner can work alone, but is designed to work perfectly with the The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens (grades 7th-12th) and The Ultimate Daily Planner for Students (grades 4th – 8th) so that your kids also have their own planners too.

How To Plan:

  • Once a year 4 to 8 hour planning “retreat”.
  • Monthly 2 hour planning sessions.
  • Weekly 30 minute planning breaks.
  • Monday mornings, 20 minutes tutoring each child.
  • Friday afternoons, 15 minutes to review.

The Author, Debra Bell, goes to great length to explain each step in planning.  She walks you through examples that are very practical and easy to follow. Through out all of the planning, she constantly brings you back to your primary focus of keeping “first things first” in your walk with the Lord and focusing on what God is doing in your family’s life.

How We Used The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

This is a great planner with many unique features built in just for Christian homeschool families.  It is more than just a planner, it is an actual planning system and has a methodology to promote your faith through out every day of the year in everything you do.

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The Ultimate Homeschool Planner with the orange cover option.

I was given the option to chose my cover color and I chose to work with the planner with the orange color on the cover.  When I open the planner, the first thing I see is a pocket on the inside cover that has a quote that reads: “Order brings peace.” ~St. Augustine.  Also on the pocket written in a faint and whimsical font, is a pivotal line of inspiration and the strategy that will set the pace of this planner for the rest of the time you put it to use.  ” Count Your Blessings.  Encourage Independence, Record Your Progress”~ Debra Bell.  There is also a pocket for extras on the inner back side cover too and it is a quote from Deuteronomy 5:7 about teaching your children in the ways of the Lord.   From the beginning all the way through the end, this planner is filled with inspirational quotes, scriptures, and encouragement.

The next section is 4 yearly calendars that start and stop with the school years.  So the calendars begin in July of one year and finish in June of the next, such as July 2015 – June 2016.   You can see everyday of the year for four years in a glance.  This simple visual aid is motivation to help you stay the course and not loose sight of the overall goal of training day after day the precious children God has put into our home.

The next section goes over, in great detail, the planning system and walks you through lots of examples to help you understand.  Then there is a one year planning grid for every day of the entire year, a student goal section for Character goals and Academic goals, family priorities and goals, monthly planning for all 12 months.

The next section is the weekly planner.  This covers every day of every week for 48 weeks.  Each week covers four pages.  There is room for writing everything down each day.  Along the side there is also room for notes, supplies needed, and upcoming appointments.

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weekly planning pages

The next two pages are really unique.  I love this section of the weekly plan, because in addition to writing down everything for each day, it also has scripture, and room for a Bible Plan, Battle Plan and Prayers and Hospitality / Outreach. Then on the following page there is lots of room to write down even more notes, like a journal where you record special things that happened with your family during the week that you want to remember.  There is also a place to record what you want to remember about how God showed up in your life that week.  How you experienced his grace, mercy, faithfulness, protection, and provision.  This my friends is what sets this planner experience above the rest, a place for you to record your experiences connecting with God and your family.

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weekly planning pages that focus on Christian faith, action, and understanding the experience

The next section is for recording student grades on quizzes, lists of books they are reading, field trips and outside activities.  And then there is a section on Teaching Tips with some great information about all sorts of subjects. There is a highschool transcript planning guide, room for more notes you might want to write out, and also a bibliography section and a biography about the author of the planner, Debra Bell.

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teaching tips section

I am grateful to have been given this opportunity to review this planner.  I am not one to go looking for planners.  I usually just print off a month at a time from my computer and hang it on my bulletin board and though it is terribly inadequate, it is the method I use.  But I want to do better and I want to have a system that functions in running an effective homeschool and being the hands and feet of Jesus in our home and community.   This planner has given me the strategy to intentionally plan both of them and then a place to record how it is going on a regular basis.

Debra Bell is a homeschool mom who has been right where I am at and she knows the challenges we face first hand.   I am excited to read about her life and learn how she homeschooled successfully by using this strategy to plan it out.  She is a super hero.  She achieved homeschooling 4 kids k-12 who all graduated and went on to graduate from college too.  She is an inspiration.   I would encourage you to check out this wonderful planner for your homeschool.

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Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal Review

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Field Trip Journal Review

Our family has always made field trips a priority in educating our kids.  We want to take them on adventures to inspire, explore, inquire, and gain knowledge from first hand experience and hands on explorations.  Apologia Educational Ministries has a new resource to help your kids capture their field trip experiences, thoughts, and fun memories in the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal.   We were sent one for review a few weeks ago. We were excited about trying out this scrapbook-journal method for creating a memory book of our fun learning adventures.

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Apologia is one of our favorite homeschool curriculum companies.  They have a wonderful variety of high quality products, and we were pleased with this new addition to our homeschool.

Field Trip Journal

Field Trip Journal

For Kids of all ages.
Spiral Bound
Heavy duty
64 colorful pages printed on card stock
Retails for $22

Encourages kids to write about their field trip experience in creative ways.

Table of Contents

  • Prepare a field trip (with helpful tips like check lists for planning, before, during, and after).
  • Over 100 Field Trip Ideas
  • Places I have explored maps (for your state, country, and world).
  • How to use Specific Trip Pages
  • Field Trip Pages (for 10 field trips)
  • How to use My Special Spot pages
  • My Special Spot Pages  (a special spot is a 20 x 20 spot you sit and draw what you see 4 times a year, 1 time during each season, and notice how things change with the seasons).
  • How to use As I See It pages
  • As I See It (pages at the back of the journal can be used for illustrating what you see).

How We Used This In Our Home

I was really excited to receive the Field Trip Journal from Apologia for review and I was hopeful this would give us motivation to start creating a memory book of our fun learning adventures. I take hundreds of pictures of everything we do, daily, but seldom print them off my computer other than to create a yearbook page or mail to family because printer ink is expensive.   Most of the time, pictures just stay in digital format and get posted on social media or on this website.  But I realize that isn’t always the best thing.  Kids like to look over pictures too, and I hope this Field Trip Journal will get us int the habit of printing a few of our pictures, and writing down what we learned.

Working in his Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal.

Working in his Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal.

For each field trip, my son included a small map to show the location, and one picture (we tried to use two to three pictures per page) as well as a description of the field trip and any books you read, and what he did and what he wants to remember about it.  I was thrilled that he was motivated to use the journal.  He plans to use every section of the journal from cover to cover.  He did say he wished there was room to record more than 10 field trips, because we do so many, but I told him if we need to, we can convert other pages at the back of the book.

Here are four of our recent field trips completed during this reivew and recorded in his journal:

Nature Study Field Trip

Field trip to explore nature and small waterfall along the creek.
Field trip to explore nature and small waterfall along the creek.

Hueston Woods State Park Field Trip

The way I see it, kids need to experience life hands on, and they can’t experience much in an 8am-3pm classroom sitting at a desk.  Kids were made to move, explore, touch, run, laugh, and learn through play and hands on explorations.

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We have dumbed kids down both mentally and physically in the USA, by locking them into an 8 hour a day public education system that restricts physical movement.  This can causes childrens growing spines to become disfigured and grown in an S shape instead of a J shape.  Sitting in classrooms all day leads to week core muscles from a lack of activity, even though some kids play sports, the majority of kids have weak bones, week muscles, and a week spine.

Observing wild geese at the lake at Hueston Woods State Park.

Observing wild geese at the lake at Hueston Woods State Park.

Many kids are medicated to force them to sit still and be quiet in class.   Besides making them more prone to to back pain, joint pains, and serious health concerns, many children end up with a life long battle with meditations to try and fix the lack of physical freedom they experienced in childhood.

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Field trip to the Lake. It was such a beautiful day.

I would encourage families to explore the option of taking family field trips, and homeschooling and all the wonderful learning opportunities and physically freeing opportunities homeschooling offers for developing bodies and minds.

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Investigating the water’s edge at the lake.

I remember school days being so boring growing up. I enjoyed after school activities, and a few electives like music and track, but classroom time was usually a snooze!  I would literally stare at the clock watching the seconds and minutes pass by in most of my classes.  It was torture to have to sit still all day!  We only took a school field trip once or twice a year and had a field day once a year.  What kind of life is that for a kid?  Forget that!  I am forging ahead and excited about the next adventure.

Jimmy John’s Field Trip

We set out to find out if Jimmy Johns was as good or better than Subway.  Was it as good as everyone says?  How does a restruant like this become so successful?

Our stop at Jimmy Johns was a new experience for us.  The shop has a fun atmosphere and special names for every submarine sandwich.

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The sandwiches have a fixed description, and that is what is in the sandwich.  This is the real secret to how fast you are served, no one is standing around deciding what fixings are going in their sandwich.  Instead you choose the sandwich design from the menu that best fist your tastebuds.

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We let the children choose their sandwich, and choice of chips, and we all had waters to drink. The bread is very soft and fresh.

Jimmy Johns

Field Trip: New restrurant experience. We took a trip to Ohio and stopped at a Jimmy Johns sandwich shop because we had never been before.

I have another post for you to read more about this fun field trip to Jimmy John’s and all we learned.

Loveland Ohio Castle Chatue Laroche Field Trip

Castle Field Trip

Field Trip to Loveland Ohio to see the Castle.

My kids go on field trips at least 3 to 4 times a month!  It is a regular part of our school learning. They know they can look forward to going somewhere each week.  So they work hard on their school work and projects early in the week and prepare to go on some kind of adventure towards the end.  Sometimes we go on Fridays, but most of the time, we go on the weekend so we can include Dad in our learning adventures too.

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Overlooking the river from the castle balcony.

The Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal has helped us keep up with a scrapbook style journal of our recent outings.   We usually keep what they want from our trips (brochures, pictures, postcards, etc) in their portfolio.   But now with this journal, they have a fun place to record their memories too.

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Castle Field Trip: standing beside a knight inside the castle.

The way I see it, kids need to experience life hands on, and they can’t experience much in an 8-3pm classroom.

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Castle Field Trip: playing old fashion games.

Check back soon to read the post about our field trip to the castle.

I would recommend school aged kids everywhere keep a fun journal of their learning adventures.  This will be a great way to look back on your year and be reminded of the wonderful time you had and all you learned about.

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