There are times when my teen boy does not want his mom to teach him. When it comes to his health, his own body, this is especially true. It’s just awkward.
In these teen years I know that the lessons taught now will serve as a foundation for good healthy habits in the future. Which is why I want to be sure he learns the importance of self-care.
Be sure to read through to find out how you can enter to win health and nutrition curriculum for your family.
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What You Need to Know about this
Health and Nutrition Curriculum
Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition is a comprehensive health curriculum. It has 15 modules and can be done over an entire school year doing 3 days a week.
It’s written from a Christian faith-based scientific perspective. It covers a wide array of health concerns and takes the students from the basics of life, genetics through physical, emotional and even spiritual health, to human reproduction.
Topics covered in Health and Nutrition Curriculum
- Physical Influences on Thoughts and Emotions
- Mental and Emotional Stability
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Your Senses
- Nourishment and Hydration
- Food Science
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory
- Fighting Infection
- Seeking a Peaceful Life (Through adolescence & beyond, spiritual life, grief, and more).
- Reproductive Health
As you can see the curriculum covers all aspects of human health and nutrition. I think it’s wonderful that they’ve included comprehensive information on mental and emotional health. I think these two topics are missing from most studies of human health. So many people are ill-equipped to handle their own mental stability. But, so often, they are faced with mental health struggles of others and don’t know what to do or even understand what’s happening.
I love that there are detailed descriptions for exercises and the projects encourage teens in starting their own routine to exercise to stay healthy. My son has recently been motivated to do some core training and was excited to see these diagrams in the textbook.
Apologia suggests that this curriculum can be used with students in grades 8-12. I would agree with this, however, I think it’s geared more toward the true high school aged students. But if you are teaching a sibling group and want to include your middle school kids you certainly can.
A word of caution, the reproductive health section is very detailed. While it is written from a Christian worldview you will want to read through the material. You will want to make decisions about what your child is, and is not, ready to learn about and discuss. You will want to make certain decisions about your family’s principles concerning what is taught in the book and whether your philosophies align with the material.
Inside the student notebook you’ll find a detailed lesson plan that guides the student through each week of the school year.
Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition comes as a set. You get the comprehensive textbook with the 15 modules along with the accompanying student notebook. The same type of notebooking journal that Apologia is known for with their other science curriculum.
- The set is $85.
- You can purchase additional student notebooks if you plan to teach the material to more than one child at a time for just $39.
The material is designed so that the student uses both the textbook and the student notebook.
Adapting the Health and Nutrition Curriculum for Your Family
Now, this is where my eclectic homeschooling method comes out. While I think this curriculum is well written, and thorough in its methodology there are a few things I need to do to make it right for my gifted learning son. And also, to make it fit our family schedule.
• Adapting the lesson plan to fit our schedule
As I previously stated this curriculum comes with a detailed lesson plan that covers 34 weeks and has lessons 3 days a week. But, this is a recommended guide that can be altered to fit your own family schedule. I need my son to have health lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. So I went through and combined various portions together making each week a 2-day lesson plan.
Doing this added only about 2 weeks to the overall lesson plan. The way it’s planned in my planner means he’ll complete it by the end of May.
Adapting the assignments to fit my son’s unique learning style
I want to always encourage my son to learn in the way that suits his unique needs best. With him, reading the material once is enough for him to understand. In fact, repetition is the stuff of nightmares for my gifted learning son.
Gifted learners often have asynchronous tendencies. That means they excel in some areas of learning and perhaps struggle in other areas. For my son, writing is his struggle area. So when he opens a notebooking journal and sees a lot of blank lines for note taking he immediately gets anxious and apprehensive. Which is never a good way to learn.
So, for my son, we won’t use the entire student notebook. He’ll use it to complete the projects and the tests. Otherwise, we will discuss the lessons he’s learning so that I know he has a full comprehension of the material.
Whatever your child’s learning style is you can utilize this curriculum. For a hands-on learner the projects allow them to take what they learn and explore real-world applications of the lessons. Do you have a child who thrives with logic and reasoning? They’ll do well with the On Your Own thought questions. You truly can teach every learning style, adapting as necessary, to teach them everything they need to know about health and nutrition for their body, their mind, and their spirit.
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Are you homeschooling high school? This curriculum is a great way to add in a complete high school level health and nutrition class from a Christian worldview. I think it’s fantastic and know that you’ll love that it helps your kids to focus on their whole health, body, mind, and spirit.
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