I have made no secret of the fact that I am in love with the Apologia Young Explorers Series and learning the human body with Jeannie Fulbright is no exception!
If you are looking for a fun way to teach your elementary aged kids the human body, keep reading 🙂
What is the Easiest Way to Learn Human Anatomy?
I get this kind of question with all subjects and the answer is not a simple one. The easiest way to learn the human body would be in whichever way your child learns the best.
Is your child hands-on, learning by experiments and actions? Does your child enjoy reading or listening to you read?
How Do You Study the Human Body?
The best way for kids to learn the human body is through the following which covers various learning styles and techinques:
- reading text
- photos and illustrations
- activities such as journaling and lapbooks
And I’m happy to report that this book has all of that (especially if you get the notebooks).
Human Body Experiments
Apologia Anatomy has you covered with human body experiments! Check out some of these fun learning adventures!
- mummified apple pieces
- strengthened our finger muscles and recorded the progress (this took a month)
- jogged around the house with an egg in a container of water to show why we need fluid around our brain
- Put tape around our chests in order to see it stretch as our diaphragm expanded
If you are teaching multiple age groups, these experiments are for you. My kindergartener does not read the text with us but has learned a lot from simply doing the experiments.
The text is informative but not overly complicated with dozens of practical stories. It is not textbook dry.
I admit that “Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology” can be a bit text heavy and I have a friend who told me her kids became bored after a couple of minutes, but for us, it is divided into manageable sections. Each page holds a variety of drawings, illustrations, and experiments so we didn’t have that problem often.
Human Body Illustrations
I think pictures and illustrations make or break a textbook and the entire Your Explorers Series does a wonderful job in making the text come to life visually. (Also check out my review on Apologia Botany and In the Beginning Science)
The textbook contains a large number of informative and educational illustrations of the human body. They are relatable and easy to understand.
These human body illustrations are especially helpful if you are teaching the human body to multiple age groups.
Apologia Anatomy Notebooking Journal
I know many families use the Young Explorers Series without the accompanying notebooking journals and there is plenty of activities included in the textbook to cement important concepts into your child’s memory.
That being said, I appreciated all of the learning activities included in them so I think they are worth mentioning.
There are two levels to the notebooks. The older one contains lapbooking and writing activities, Bible verses to copy in both print and cursive, crossword puzzles, questions to answer, and extra experiments that would make great human body science fair projects, and resources for additional study.
The Jounior notebook has everything the regular notebook has, just simplified with wider lines for writing. The junior Apologia notebooking journal is recommended for grades 1-2.
How to Learn Anatomy
Just in case you are not sold on learning the human body with Apologia, I rounded up a couple of other great ideas. You could always supplement with these as well.
National Geographic has wonderful information as is perfect for learning the human body without spending any money at all (win win!)
Kids Health has a series of little videos about how the human body works. Definitely worth looking into and also free.
I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below 🙂
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