Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Apologia - Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology {TOS REVIEW}


Captain loves science. In fact, if he could study animals, and science all day and skip math he would be a very happy boy! Captain has used the Apologia's Young Explorers Series before and was super excited to be able to review Exploring Creation with Anatomy & Physiology.

We received the textbook, MP3 audio version of the textbook, and two copies of the note-booking journal one regular and one junior. Captain really loves the note-booking journal. With my older kids, I used lap-books but the quality of these notebooks are well worth it! There are fourteen lessons in the textbook.

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 System
Lesson 14- Growth and Development

The suggested schedule for this book is to be worked on twice a week to complete one lesson every two weeks . The schedule is found at the front of the notebook. However, there isn't a schedule as such in the textbook but it does mention that most lessons can be divided into a two-week schedule but it's not broken down for you. The notebook schedule specifies what pages to read, experiments to complete and work to complete in the note-booking journal.

One of the reasons we like the flow of these lessons is that it recommends narration. The students are encouraged to narrate at the end of each study time. I am a firm believer in narration and how it helps retention of the information learned. A lot of our narration is done with Captain not even realizing he's doing it! He loves to tell his dad or sibling what he's learned that day.


Captain prefers to use the older note-booking journal. It is a little harder and contains more work. There are crossword puzzles and extra note-booking pages to complete. The junior notebook journal contains more coloring pages. Captain likes to do one or two of these but decided that he prefers the crosswords and other pages more than the coloring ones. The quality of the books is the same though. There is just less writing in the junior journal.


Lesson one introduces the child to Human Anatomy and Physiology. There are new words defined and the history Human Anatomy and Physiology from the Egyptians, Hebrews, and the Greeks. Captain enjoyed working on the personality tests using the four humors to describe different types of people.

Phlegmatic - Easy going and easy to get along with
Sanguine - Excited full of energy, usually happy
Choleric - Controlling, Leader, liked to be in charge
Melancholy - Thoughtful, artistic, emotional

We also mummified an apple!




Lesson one also focuses on cells and how they are made up and what their role is.

Lesson two is all about the Skeletal System! This has been Captain's favorite chapter so far. There is a fun experiment about trying to make a human from a lump of clay! Captain thought it was super fun to try and get it to stand up. We had previously made a wire body covered in paper mache and so he understood why we need something strong as a frame to hold our body up! We read through the chapter and completed the note-booking exercises. Captain loved labeling the bones of the body. He found the name "humerous" very funny (pun intended).



Lesson Three

This lesson focuses on the muscular system. We worked on this chapter just before going to one of those fun trampoline parks. Captain thought it was fun to think how his muscles worked while jumping. He also found it funny to ask people if they knew what their biggest muscle was apparently saying "gluteus maximus" is funny when you are a boy! He also enjoyed learning about the muscles that control his eyes and rapid eye movement. One of the experiments in the book is related to muscles. holding out your arms to work the triceps brachii muscle. He wants to work out all of the muscles he uses when he swims. He has noticed how he feels stronger gradually over time and how sometimes his muscles hurt when he does a lot of sports after a break.

Lesson Four

We have just started working on this section so I don't have a lot of fun information yet. Captain is just loving all of the information in this book so far. I think it's easy to enjoy something that is so easy to relate to. When you learn about things that are happening to your body every day it makes it easier to understand why we need to make healthy choices.

The Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology MP3 Audiobook is great for studying on the go or when you are just tired of reading! When I put it in the disk drive of Captain's laptop it shows there are 415 files on the disc. However, if you look for the AemMp3.cdd button you will find a little MP3 picture pop up in the middle of your screen. When you click play you first hear music and then some instructions on how to use the audio cd. I wouldn't suggest using the audiobook without the actual textbook as whenever you get to a "TRY THIS" section the narrator just says "You can now do the Try This experiment on page 21"  If you are listening at home it would be easy to pause and do the experiment. However, if you are using this disc in the car you would have to go back and look it up in the book. Captain prefers me to read to him...he loves being curled up on the sofa - what can I say. However, I think this is a great idea to give your voice a rest or enable a beginning reader to be more independent - it's definitely not a replacement for the book though.

We have been really enjoying this course and will definitely keep going! Captain has been learning so much and loves the notebook - crafty without too much wasted time! He is not as keen on the audio disc, but I am going to keep it handy for the next time we have to go on a road trip! It definitely would make car schooling easier!

You can check out more reviews by clicking on this link!

Apologia - Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Reviews


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

1 packet of Aldi chicken (about 5lbs)

5 sticks celery

5 carrots

1 package frozen corn

I package frozen green beans

1 onion

2 chicken oxos (or similar)

4 tablespoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons Thyme

2 tablespoon Basil

I tablespoon oregano

10 cups chicken stock

1 cup cream

pepper


6 tablespoons cornstarch and ½ cup water


For dumplings


3 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

Pepper

Thyme

Water till it forms dough.


Cut up chicken, celery, carrots, and onion. Cook on browner setting - add garlic and continue to cook till chicken is slightly brown.

Add 2 chicken oxo's (or other chicken bouillon cubes) and other spices and chicken stock. Seal and cook on high ( I normally do 10-15 minutes)

- make dumplings mixture now.

Do quick release - add in frozen veg, cream and cornstarch and water mixture (stir). Turn pot back on (browner not pressure) place dumplings on top and cover (I have a glass lid) until dumplings are cooked (make sure not to leave the heat on too long in case it burns. If the top of the dumplings are soft rotate them in the chicken mixture.

Serve in bowls (not plates as it's like soup).


This is my recipe for my 8 quart - you will need to reduce it for a smaller instant pot.


Enjoy and don't get upset when they argue over the dumplings :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Carole P. Roman {TOS Review}

We love Carole P. Roman's books! We have reviewed them before but as soon as I mentioned to Captain he was super excited to choose three new ones to add to our collection. Captain got all of our books out and then compared them to the list available and immediately he knew which ones he wanted to add to our collection. There are a huge variety of Carole P. Roman Books and Collections. Captain's favorites are the non-fiction ones! The three he chose to review were Ancient Mail EmpireAmerican West, and the Middle Ages.

These books have a fun reaction when they arrive in the mail! Captain grabs them and runs straight to the sofa to read them...all...all the way through. He then gets them out randomly to sit and read. He reads at a crazy high level for a nine-year-old and so he can read these books quickly. However, they are packed full of interesting information.


Our first book - If you were me and lived in Ancient Mail Empire. I love the facts included in this book! Did you know the word Mali means hippopotamus in the Mandinka language? The child learns what the common names are for children. You learn about the religion, homes, food, and other customs. Captain thought it was funny that there was an actual city called Timbuktu! He thought it was amazing that there was a huge University with a huge library. We have learned about trade routes when we studied China. So it was interesting to learn about the trade routes and products that were traded. Silk, slaves, salt, and gold. We both found it interesting that the traders were not sure whether salt or gold was more valuable. Captain loved learning about the music and instruments were played in this time period. Did you know there was no written language, people learned the history by listening to a storyteller! There are so many other facts mentioned in here, I can't tell you all of the interesting details - you'll have to read the book!

Our second book - If you were me and lived in the Middle Ages. This book seems thicker than the others we have! This book talks about the year 1072 over 900 years ago. Since I'm from England this is definitely a favorite! Captain has been to England and learned all about Robin Hood and other people from the middle ages. Another name for the middle ages is the Medieval time period. The book explains how the Roman Empire fell apart, and then what happens in England from that point. How people lived, what they ate and again how expensive salt was! We found it interesting that salt would be considered expensive in this time period too! It was often called white gold! Did you know in this time period the richest people salt near the salt at dinner? There was a lot of meat available, however, on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday you were expected to fast and not eat meat. Everyone ate ale, sometimes mixed with honey and it was called mead. This book also touched on some of the science we have been learning in our biology class. As it talks about some of the medieval beliefs of science at the time. Another thing I love about these books is the glossary found at the back. All of the unusual words are at the back with their definitions.

Our third book - If you were me and lived in the American West. This book talks about what would have made people set out on the Oregon Trail and travel to the American West. They discuss why people took oxen instead of horses to pull their wagons. Captain and I have studied the Oregon Trail before and he loved comparing the packing list of what families would put in their covered wagons to cross the plains! The story talks about mud and Indians plus lots more. At the back of the book before the glossary, there is a great section about famous people from the American West. Some of the people mentioned are Annie Oakley, Daniel Boone, Geronimo, Lewis and Clark, Red Clark, Sacajawea, Wild Bill Hickok, and Wyatt Earp.

These books are perfect to use for unit studies and short book reports! They are interesting and packed full of information! You can see what the author is up to by following her on social media.

FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

There are so many books in the Carole P. Roman collection, it would be hard to name them all. So instead I'm going to show you some pictures of them!

Oh Susannah Books


IF you were me and lived in ...


IF you were me and lived in ...
Captain No Beard
IF you were me and lived in
Bedtime Stories
I can't tell you how often these books get read in our house. My young nephews love them when they visit, Captain No Beard is favorite with the youngest one. Captain has a leaning towards the factual and historical ones. When he is reading one his favorite phrase is "Mom, Did you know...?" that's always a great sentence to hear!
Check out the link below to read more about these books. There are so many different combinations being reviewed.
Carole P. Roman books and collections {Carole P. Roman Reviews}



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Apologia - Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology {TOS REVIEW}

Captain loves science. In fact, if he could study animals, and science all day and skip math he would be a very happy boy! Captain has us...