High School Health from Apologia – A Homeschool Crew Review

In our state, teaching health is a requirement for graduation. However, finding a health curriculum that is biblically based can be hard to find. I want to make sure to teach the topics needed, but I want my children to see them as God’s creation.

I was thrilled to see that Apologia Educational Ministries had recently come out with Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition by Dr. Laura Chase for high school aged students. We had the chance to review the Basic Set.

What It Is

The basic set includes the hardcover textbook and one spiral-bound student notebook. Both of these are required to make the coursework. Also included with this set is access to the book extras on the website. You will find the password for the book title in the front of your textbook.

The book extras include the answers to the study guides and tests as well as many supplemental weblinks to visit to supplement each topic in the book. While these are not needed, it is fun to take a topic and explore it further.

At the beginning of the Student Notebook, you are given a suggested daily schedule. This is set up for a whole year doing something three days a week. You can also make this into a one-semester course by doing something every day instead of three days a week.

How We Used It

Moe Man has a full year to complete his senior courses. I figured that it would benefit him if we took the slower pace option over the faster. That means he has been working on this course on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We could pick any three days during the week, but this was the easiest way for us to split it up.

Moe Man will read through the text, stopping as needed to work on the On Your Own (OYO) questions and projects. The projects don’t require much of anything. In the first module, Moe Man learned a lot about himself and his temperament. This is a huge thing for him! As we move forward, he will do things like checking on food storage to exercising daily.

After the end of the module, there is a study guide to go over the main points in the module. This is a great way for the kids to study before the test. With the Study Guide Solutions from the book extras, Moe Man was able to go through and make sure he had the right answers to study from. I let him correct these on his own so that he could get the right information in his head before the test.

At the end of each module, there is a test to see what has been retained by the student. The questions are very similar to the study guide, so if your child actually studies the study guide, the test will be easy for them! I usually don’t like tests for Moe Man, he tends to get stressed out over them, but these are easy to do, and he has no issue.

What We Thought Of It

I have always loved Apologia in our house. They create great products, and they are based on God’s creation. When it comes to science, this is a huge factor for me and picking a curriculum.

Moe Man has not used an Apologia product before but has always admired when the younger kids get them. He is thrilled that he has had the chance to use one finally. He loves the way the lessons are broken down. The OYO questions are easy to answer, but yet they challenge him to think a little more.

The tests are easy enough for him to understand, being one who stresses over tests. He is actually doing very good at these tests.

I really appreciate that the topics covered are all the topics that are needed for a high school health class, yet I don’t need to worry about proofreading the lessons to make sure they align with our beliefs. This makes me happy that Moe Man can work independently without me making changes on particular topics.

If you are looking for a health and nutrition curriculum for your high school students that has a strong biblical foundation, Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition from Apologia is the curriculum that you want.

Right now, you have the opportunity to grab a free Whole Health Activity e-Book from Apologia. Included in this book is not only some fun activities and articles on health but also a sample chapter of Exploring Health and Nutrition to see how this wonderful curriculum would work in your house!

Health and Nutrition Basic Set {Apologia Educational Ministries Reviews}
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MarshMedia – A Homeschool Crew Review

Every child loves to be able to take a break from the reading, writing and math some days. No matter how much they act like they enjoy it, or really do enjoy it, they still need a break. What if that break could include a video? MarshMedia has a library full of videos that cover puberty, hygiene, health, and safety which are now available to homeschoolers with their Homeschool Special.

Health  Videos for kids

MarshMedia has been providing these quality videos to schools and finding things like this for the homeschool community can sometimes be tough and time consuming. This Homeschool Special gives you 59 of their videos all in one place for one price. There is no more need to spend your time looking all over for them and paying who knows what for the ones you really want.

I decided to use these videos as part of our health units. While we have a set curriculum for the basic subjects, when it comes to the extras like health, I like to plan little unit studies to learn about different things at different times. Adding videos into the studies is a no-brainer.

Health  Videos for kids

Ray Ray is growing. He is no longer my "little" boy. In fact, he is busy growing faster than I would like to admit. Spending some time looking through the video library allowed me to find some that would be perfect in teaching him the beginning stages of puberty and what he is going through. Meet the New You – Boys is geared for grades 3-5 and is a great introduction into puberty.

Yes, I said that word, puberty. And yes, I said we used a video that was made with schools in mind. But no, it is not like the horror stories that you would hear about from social media and what kids are learning about puberty in school. While I have not watched all the videos yet, those that I have watched have met my Christian standards when it comes to teaching my kids. I think you will feel the same way. Of course, I still pre-watch them before allowing the kids to go at it.

Another video that I jumped at the chance to watch was Take Care of Your Teeth. This video is geared towards K-3 grades, but I would say more of the lower grades as Ray Ray felt it was kind of silly. This was a great way to talk with the kids about the importance of taking care of your teeth in a fun way. Little Miss really loved the silly Annie Funelli, and this was perfect to grab her attention to what was being taught.

Health  Videos for kids

Now, we have a little problem in our house, the kids don't always wash their hands. And if they do, they don't do it the correct way. Now I could sit in the bathroom and lecture them every time about how to wash their hands correctly, or we could a fun little study on it and use a video. Wash Your Hands is geared towards grades K-5, and this one is great for all those grades. It does not talk down to the students and does not use too big of words for the younger ones. Just the facts in a fun way.

Health  Videos for kids

The videos that we spent time watching range from 10-20 minutes, so they don't take much time. Each one is filled with valuable information and is geared towards the different ages. These ages are listed for each video and having those helped me pick out the videos I would want to look at further and those to wait on for now.

I am happy with the videos that we have had the time to watch so far. They are fun and full of information. They draw the kids in and make them want to watch them. In my house, and I am sure yours, this is a plus! I look forward to using more of these videos soon for some more of our health lessons.

MarshMedia has been focused on schools, and the homeschool community is their new venture. I am glad they have decided to let us have access to these videos. They are perfect for what we need them for. Since they are just starting out in the homeschool community, please be patient when you go to the page for homeschoolers. It may take a moment or two to load, but it will be there! If you wish to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce the MarshMedia curriculum to your home schooler(s) click on the link below for more information:


Make sure you check out some of the other reviews from other members of the Homeschool Review Crew and see what they thought of MarshMedia. And make sure to check out MarshMedia on social media:

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