Great supplement to other curriculum!
I would strongly recommend this as a supplement to a science curriculum for children in upper elementary through high school, but do not in any way think that this qualifies as a full year’s high school curriculum. My autistic 10yo son loved it and learned quite a bit from it, and my daughter was using another curriculum from Timberdoodle for high school biology and found this to be an interesting supplement, but definitely not as intense and comprehensive as the more traditional curriculums. I think it is more middle-school level than high school.
from Crestline, CA
I know this series is billed as for elementary kids, but my rising 5th and 7th graders did it independently and loved it!
As science flunkies (we start, we stop, we don’t accomplish much) we hadn’t completed much, if any formal elementary science. They began this book in late May and I set them a schedule of one chapter per week. They did the reading on their own and discussed questions and completed experiments together. I required them to each keep a notebook of vocabulary and other notes (more for the older child). My younger child, who enjoys art, loved the drawing projects. For my older dd, it was a good introduction to taking notes and reading a text in preparation for high school.
They learned SO MUCH (and not just because they had had little previous science!) My younger dd, especially, still, a year later uses the technical terms she learned in this book, referring to monocots and dicots and intelligently discussing fungi.
They have since moved on to other books in the series, completing them in the same way. I think this is a great series for independent learning for older students.
Sandwich in WI
Not just for Grade School and High School Students
This DVD series is not just for grade school and high school students. I purchased this DVD from Timberdoodle when I signed up for a Biology class in college. I used the DVDs to understand the topics covered in class. At the end of the semester, I ended up getting an “A”. I recommend this DVD to anyone who is has a hard time understanding topics in Biology or is one of your weak areas. This DVD presents information that is well organized, simple and easy to learn. Also, it is mixed with a bit of humor so it’s fun to watch.
Okay, I am not as impressed with the 3-D Skeleton puzzle as I thought I would be. The detail is excellent, but the rib cage was difficult to put together and kept falling apart. Also, it wouldn’t stay on the stand once we (yes, it took an 11 year old and an adult) got it together. If I had known how it was, I am not sure I would have purchased this item.
Wendy from Nancy, KY
I have to say that I am VERY impressed with the 4-D Human Skin Anatomy Puzzle. I teach nursing as well as medical terminology at the college level. I planned on using this with my children, but I am going to take it in to the college students as well. The detail is absolutely amazing and will give my children and adult students a truly amazing picture of the skin. Definitely an excellent buy!
Learning so much!
I bought this series (Body of Evidence Curriculum – Set of 8 DVDS) for my 13 year old son but I’ve learned a great deal myself. I’m an EMT and I wish I had access to these DVDs when I was taking my EMT classes. The good doc has a real gift for explaining things simply and clearly. I love his use of “props”. It’s especially good for the visual learner. Excellent series indeed!
I won’t use anything else!
Last year was the first year we tried the (Apologia) notebooking journals, and it was with this one – Human Anatomy and Physiology. I won’t turn back! I used to have the kids take notes and verbally answer some random questions. How boring! This was EXACTLY what we needed to add to complete our science curriculum. My 5th grader remembered SO much more because of this journal and it is something we will keep for review. WELL DONE! I need these for all my subjects!
Fun and Educational
I don’t exactly know if this is a puzzle, a book, an educational tool…because it functions as all of the above. It is a puzzle in the sense that you take the body parts out and then you have to replace them in the correct order. It is a book because the book is very colorful, interesting, easy to follow and read and just wonderful. And it is educational tool…not only will you learn about the human body and the basic parts, but also the bones, the muscles and the major organs of the body. They say it is for ages 8 and up, but my 7 year old loves it and can put it together. The added medical instruments are a bonus…very fun to play doctor with as you are taking apart and putting back together the human body, plus it is good for developing fine motor skills. The squishy body parts are also a hit with my kids. This is a winner all the way around. I am glad we bought this item.
homeschooler from Nebraska
Fantastic DVD Course!
We love Biology 101! Although our children are younger than the targeted age (4, 6, 9, 10, and 13), it works wonderfully as a supplement to the Apologia Young Explorer Series because it also approaches biology from the Creation order. Each lesson is clear, interesting, and God-glorifying. It is packed with information in a very enjoyable way. The product of each Day of Creation is discussed in detail. I have found it very beneficial to watch the section (i.e. Botany, Avian Creatures, etc) many times throughout our study and also use the short lesson on a specific topic to introduce the specific chapter we are studying in Apologia. The 114 page guidebook (included as a pdf on dsic 4) is a huge asset to the course and is filled with all kinds of information and also quizzes. I am thrilled at how much my children are learning (and retaining) about biology in such a fun and biblically accurate way. I feel it is a huge value for the price and I highly recommend it!
Christina from United States
The 14 page book showing each piece and naming the parts found on it with a brief description of each organ and its function is helpful, but not thorough enough to fully utilize this puzzle. I’d suggest a good anatomy program or a helpful librarian. The parts seem to be well made, but I have not yet put it to the “kid test.” Some of the removable parts include: eyeball with muscles attached, lungs, kidneys, trachea/larynx with bronchi and a two-part heart with ventricles and atriums. The head is removable (really cool or really disgusting- you decide). Either way it allows for the examination of the four-part brain with brainstem, cerebellum and lobes. Also included is a spinal cord and vertebral column. There are too many parts to mention. This product (Deluxe Torso Anatomy Puzzle) would be a great addition to any home school conducting a formal (or informal) study of anatomy. Everyone should understand how the human body works in order to make well-informed health and medical decisions.
Homeschool mom from Illinois