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  • Item #: 010992
    ISBN: 9781933339009
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    In the quest to cover a little of everything from a particular time period AND present it at a level that a younger child can understand, most elementary history texts are, well, probably just a bit lacking in the exciting and shall we say “interesting” department. At least, I found it as such when I was much younger, although it led me to do a lot of self-reading to complete the picture in the areas that interested me. Susan Wise Bauer attempts to remedy this difficulty in presenting a chronological history to the younger set using a classical approach to history. The Story of the World is structured around a text and a curriculum guide/activity book that serve as a springboard for your futher history explorations. The readings in the text provide a background of the time period covered, augmented by the use of the guide, which contains review questions, suggestions for supplemental readings, appropriate literature selections, and also map activities, coloring pages, as well as an abundance of projects that span history, art, and science that are sure to excite the student.

    The text itself serves as the starting point and backbone of each unit. Each chapter covers a particular time period, and is placed in chronological order. For example, in Volume One: Ancient Times, Chapter One begins with “The Earliest People” followed by chapters detailing periods of Egyptian, Sumarian, Jewish, Babylonian, Assyrian, Indian, Chinese, African, Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Persian, Native American, Roman, Christian, Celt, and Barbarian history. The book goes in strictly chronological order, so one time period of a civilization will be covered, and then a different civilization may be covered, returning to another era of the first civilization later, to encompass a significant historical event of that civilization. Each chapter is further split into smaller, more bite-sized amounts that lend themselves well to a younger attention span. The chapters are presented at a level they will understand, but at the same time, find fairly absorbing. History is presented in more of a story-type format that they will appreciate, and the author emphasizes that the book is not intended to give a complete overview of the time period, but rather to give the student a chronological order of major events and an appreciation and understanding of different cultures while presenting it in a way that will foster an enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject matter. For example, while not every ruler of a civilization may be named, along with major accomplishments, an overview of the period highlighting important events and rulers, along with details of how the people in the civilizations lived comprise the short chapters. Mythical stories as well as historical fiction-type passages about young children from different cultures are woven into the narrative to stimulate further interest. These almost story-type chapters are meant to be read aloud to younger children, or those with reading difficulty, while good readers and older children can read or take turns reading the chapters aloud.

    When a chapter has been completely read, you and the students then turn to the curriculum manual/actvitiy guide. At the beginning of each chapter in the guide, corresponding page references are given from four recommended supplements Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, The Usborne Book of World History, and the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. These selections further flesh out the history lessons, particularly for those periods or civilizations where less supplemental reading is available. When all the chapter reading has been accomplished, the next order of business are the reading comprehension-type review questions for each chapter section. Following the questions, the student is asked to summarize the chapter in a few sentences. The author again stresses that important facts be included in this narrative, but not necessarily every single one. A few sample narrations are also supplied for each section. The student’s narrative is then written, illustrated with his/her favorite part of the lesson. The narratives can be collected and put into a loose-leaf binder, to create the student’s own world history. After these activities have been completed, a list of readings chosen to supplement and complement the history lesson are supplied, as well as a following list of corresponding literature suggestions to further flesh out the lesson, with books telling stories from that era. Author, publisher, copyright date, and a sentence summary of each book are given for ease in locating the book.

    Now for some real hands-on work! The activities commence with “Map Work,” where a map of the appropriate area is supplied, and the student identifies and marks pertinent areas, routes, and features. The geography section is normally followed by a coloring page, highlighting some aspect of the history lesson, or some other word activity. Finally, the chapter closes with a selection of projects to do to really “get into” the featured civilization or time period. These may be arts, crafts, writing, or science projects, or just fun supplemental activities. Most require only common household supplies and art supplies such as paints & paintbrushes, boxes, newspaper and waxed paper, self-drying clay, etc. Several projects are provided for each chapter, covering a wide range of activities. These could include anything from building your own hut to making your own cunieform tablets, mummifying a chicken, brick-making, baking an African or Greek feast, purple dye, an erupting volcano, an olympic wreath, a Native American sand painting, a Roman chariot, making paper, and LOTS more. When you’ve covered the chapter content as much as is desired, move on.

    While the breadth of activities and readings may seem overwhelming or time-consuming, keep in mind that not every suggested book needs to be read, and not every single project needs to be completed. (But Mom, can’t we embalm the chicken today?) Spend as much time in an era as suits the students, pacing yourself to cover everything that is of interest. The structure of the curriculum makes it especially easy and enjoyable to use with several children in this age range, although I’m sure the older kids would love to get into it too!

    Volume One was revised in 2006 and now features more illustrations, maps, several timelines and additional parent/teacher notes. The text is paperback, and the Curriculum Guide/Activity Book is a bound paperback. - Jess

  • Item #: 005555
    ISBN: 9781932012859
    Retail: $42.00
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    This is it, the eagerly anticipated and finally available third book in the"Exploring Creation with Zoology" series. Now it's time to learn about all the land animals God created on the sixth day. Animals in this category are diverse and include many different types. Like the others in this series, the groups are studied using their scientific names. You'll learn about Carnivores, Caniforms, Feliforms, Marsupials, Primates, Rodentia, Ungulates (hoofed animals), Artiodactyla, reptiles, amphibians, and even dinosaurs. The book is divided into 14 modules, each containing the quality information and illustrations you've come to expect from Apologia. Children will learn about what makes each group very special and different from other groups of animals.At the end of each module, children will engage in a variety of notebookactivities and experiments. A "Track It!" activity helps students identify tracks of the animals just covered in that module. The "Map It!" activity encourages students to mark a map with the location of where you might find the animals from that module. How Exciting! I think parents will really enjoy learning along with their children about the unique land creatures God created.

  • Item #: 003189
    ISBN: 9780544336261
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    Another Newbery Award (1994) winner from the author of Number the Stars. A remarkable coming-of-age story about a young man who overcomes his society. Set in a "utopian" or "dystopian" (depending on your point of view!) society which is extremely regulated and controlled, Jonas is selected for the very special job of becoming the Receiver of Memory in this story about a community of the future. When Jonas realizes, however, what has been lost and what the price of conformity is, he makes a daring decision that will forever change his life. Our whole family read and discussed this book, finding it an excellent starting point for frank discussion of individuality and responsibility vs. security and homogeneity. Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver of Memory for his community. As he becomes aware of the choices his world has made, he is faced with a difficult decision.

  • Item #: 070491
    ISBN: 9780794540289
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    This full-color activity book provides children with a series of forty map-themed mazes to explore and complete. The map mazes direct youngsters to travel across continents, walk the streets of world-famous cities, and explore long-lost lands. This super collection of mazes gradually becomes more challenging as young people move through the book. A complete solution guide or answer key is included at the back of this well-designed publication. Measures 10" x 12". 64 pgs, pb. ~ Mike 

  • Item #: 017302
    Retail: $54.99
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    One thing I really like about this beginner telescope is that it comes with an Activity Journal that walks students through how to use their telescope and gives them guided observations rather than just simply letting them explore once or twice and then they are tired of it. The MoonScope itself features two all-glass eyepieces, a focusing knob, and a short tripod. It magnifies from 18x to 90x with the aid of the 4mm and 20mm eyepieces. It also contains a red LED light to read reference material in the dark. The 22-page Activity Journal covers how to use and focus the MoonScope, which eyepiece to use when, the phases of the moon, taking a lunar tour, reading (and writing your own) myths about the moon, viewing the moon during the day, how to find major features on the moon, and searching for Saturn and Jupiter. The Activity Journal contains tips and instructions as well as areas to record observations and answer questions. As part of the Nancy B. Science Club series, the journal and aqua-and-purple design of the MoonScope are targeted to girls, but useable by any young student. – Jess

  • Item #: 006577
    ISBN: 9780020418306
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  • Item #: 003522
    ISBN: 9781619303201
    Retail: $14.95
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  • Item #: 070508
    ISBN: 9780760354377
    Retail: $12.99
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  • Item #: 067113
    ISBN: 9780515157758
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  • Item #: 065041
    ISBN: 9780544500280
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  • Item #: 064708
    ISBN: 9781576582381
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  • Item #: 064503
    ISBN: 9780448490229
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  • Item #: 060814
    ISBN: 9781601447135
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    When children are young, we teach them to recognize sequences, shapes, and patterns as prerequisites to math – important skills to build upon. This book from The Critical Thinking Company incorporates some fun puzzles to work with children at the fifth to seventh grade level to really get them thinking about math functions. Five different types of puzzles make the math exploration challenging – Pattern Predictor, Equality Explorer, Sequence Sleuth, Number Ninja, and Function Finder. There are eight of each type for a total of 40 puzzles that become progressively more difficult. Pattern Predictor asks the student to look at a pattern of shapes and predict where the pattern will be in future stages. Equality Explorer is like Balance Benders (also by Critical Thinking Press) where the student sees a series of balances with shapes on one side and a number on the other – the student has to figure out the value of each shape in order to equal the number on the other side (balancing equations). Sequence Sleuth shows a sequence of patterns, objects, letters, etc. and asks a series of questions in which the student is to determine future stages in the sequence based upon what they can already see. Number Ninja lays out a series of operations and tells you a starting or ending number. Based on the operations you have to determine the missing start or finish number. The fifth type of puzzle is the Function Finder in which the student is to determine what functions are being employed given the example presented – look for a pattern and understand it. An example of this last puzzle would be 6♦7=43, 8♦3=25, 9♦10=91, 2♦5=11. Based on the mystery function offered here, what would the answers be to 5♦9 and 16♦3? The mystery functions would be multiply and add one, so the answers would be 46 and 49, consecutively.

    Hints for solving the puzzles and solutions are offered at the back of the book. These are very helpful when you get stuck.

    I know this book says that it is for 5th – 7th grade, but I feel like the number-brain exercises in these puzzles would be good for even high school and adults. I have completely enjoyed working the puzzles in this book. Like other Critical Thinking products, this book is reproducible for classroom and family use. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 059263
    ISBN: 9780545572705
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  • Item #: 043879
    Retail: $29.99
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      Here is another in the Geosafari Jr. Series of products, intended for your young scientists. Explore the world afar with this 10X magnification telescope (with lens cap) that offers two-eye  viewing (like binoculars) – much easier for young eyes. A tripod is included that is easily attached for steady viewing, images appear upright and clear, and it isn’t necessary to focus. View the night sky or objects at a distance (a deer in the woods maybe), then pack it safely away for use another day.  

  • Item #: 038234
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    With this kit, you aren’t limited to just one robot build. Young engineers can build and program 8 different robots, each utilizing an ultrasound sensor and controlled by an easy-to-learn visual programming language. The kit includes 233 pieces and a 64-page, full-color experiment manual. You will also need to download the free Robotics: Smart Machines app, available for iOS and Android. The manual introduces the ultrasound sensor used in the robot builds, provides a general overview of the app and programming, and then goes into building and programming each of the 8 models. Jump in and build the shy turtle robot, the helicopter robot, dozer bot, dancing robot, rover bot, scorpion robot, desert explorer or scout rover. Requires a tablet or smartphone with iOS (iPhone 4S or later, iPad 3 or later, iPod 5 or later) or Android (Android 4.3 or later on a device with Bluetooth 4.0 support).

  • Item #: 027106
    ISBN: 9781934670613
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    If you have a young one interested in rocks and collecting, this book can offer some fun supplementary activities to educate them on the subject. Explore Rocks and Minerals teaches children about the structure of the earth, minerals and crystals, igneous/sedimentary/metamorphic rocks, fossils, and how to be a rock hound. All of this is done by incorporating 20 different hands-on projects that will make the learning fun like making an edible 'earth' model, growing your own crystals from Epsom salts, modeling basaltic columns, baking 'pumice' meringue cookies, eating a 'sed-sandwich' for lunch, and wrapping up by making your own rock display. More than just fun, your children will be introduced to the amazing world of rocks and minerals. This non-reproducible book is divided into 7 chapters and each includes information on the topic, vocabulary words, interesting facts, black & white illustrations and activities. The back of the book includes a glossary and a page of resources in case you are interested in further investigation. You can use this book as a supplement to your curriculum or do a mini-study on rocks and minerals. Either way, you may be training a future geologist. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 020893
    ISBN: 9780486448039
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    This Dover edition is an unabridged republication of the book Winning His Spurs: A Tale of the Crusades by G.A. Henty. Like all Henty novels, it's full of historical events and lots of adventure. It's about young Cuthbert de Lance, part Norman and part Saxon, who wins a job as a page going to the Crusades. Excitement and narrow escapes follow as Cuthbert gains a reputation for valor, prowess, and resourcefulness. 264 pgs, pb.

  • Item #: 020213
    ISBN: 9780064405102
    Retail: $10.99
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    Rose explores the countryside around the Farm, makes friends, and begins a new school.

  • Item #: 020071
    ISBN: 9781619302372
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    You don’t have to wait for students to reach older ages to introduce them to scientific concepts in their world. This book, part of the Explore Your World! series, is a well-achieved blend between presenting scientific ideas in a meaty way while still providing lots of hands-on learning. Through activities and 25 projects, young readers (Guided Reading Level T) gain an understanding of basic Chemistry principles: matter and its changing states, solids, liquids, gases, mixtures and compounds. A strong amount of text (with an occasional science pun thrown in) is reinforced with bolded new vocabulary and definitions in boxed insets. It’s eye-appealing, too: hand-drawn, cartoon style illustrations and diagrams, and an Einstein-looking frog guides you along. Projects are user friendly (students will need some assistance): these are identified with purple margins and include step-by-step directions and supply lists. Lists of additional web and print resources, a glossary and an index enhance learning. 8” x 10”, 92 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 009281
    ISBN: 9781586093655
    Retail: $24.99
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    What makes this series meaty enough to be considered for gifted education? The units were written by the College of William & Mary specifically for Project Clarion. The Project Clarion Science Units introduce young ones to science concepts, processes, and overarching concepts in a hands-on, inquiry approach which allows children to build their knowledge and skills as they explore and play their way through organized information.

    You're probably wondering about Project Clarion, what it is, and why it is important. The College of William and Mary received a research grant from the Department of Education for a five-year study, with the goal of enhancing science concept development among the K-3 group. The subjects of the curriculum they developed are: basic concepts in the world of science, overarching or macro concepts (change is the concept in this series), knowledge of selected topics in science, science process skills, critical thinking skills, creative thinking, curiosity and interest in science. Children will learn about scientific method in age-appropriate terms and learn to apply the method just as a real scientist would.

    Each science unit is divided into two parts. The first part of each unit includes an introduction, instructions for using the unit, grading rubrics, glossary, teacher notes, and resources. "What is a Scientist?" by B. Lehn is required for the four units listed here, along with others which are listed below. Section 2 includes 12 to 15 lessons which have been tested in over 40 classrooms and cover science in the areas of earth science, life science, and physical science. The first two lessons in each unit are much the same ("What is a Scientist?" "What is Change?") and lesson content is similar in each of them, but include slight variations. Pre- and Post-assessments are included in each unit along with reproducible activity pages and appendices which include materials lists, tables, and reference material.

    These units are definitely for children who have a bent for learning and for parents who want to meet their gifted child at an appropriate level. These expansive studies are challenging and thought-provoking while being fun and interactive. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 008616
    ISBN: 9780393059762
    Retail: $35.00
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    Fans of Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the Worldare thankful she's writing a series for young (and not-so-young) adults. History of the Renaissance World is third in this series and tells the story of a world in transition. From the end of the First Crusade through the beginnings of our modern world, Ms. Bauer details the declining influence of the Popes even as the Inquisition seeks to assert their control; ordinary people seizing power even as kings and emperors cling to their "divine rights"; and world-changing catastrophes (ie. Little Ice Age, Great Famine, and Black Death); even as adventurous exploration opens up new worlds. Plentiful maps and illustrations accompany the distinctively readable text. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 006691
    Retail: $17.00
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    This is a hands-on introduction to electrical circuits and electricity. Your young scientist will learn about series, parallel and short circuits, voltage, switches, and more.

  • Item #: 005143
    ISBN: 9780531223291
    Retail: $9.95
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  • Item #: 001932
    ISBN: 9780876593875
    Retail: $14.95
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    Science is all around and should be fun for children. The idea of a book and pencil would be shear drudgery for young ones, but this book combines their love for children's books and natural questioning spirits to create a memorable science experience.

    Fifty different activity suggestions in four different areas of science – building, growing, outdoors (wind, rain, shadows), and animals & insects – introduce concepts in the simplest of terms for young learners. Pick out books from your local library to read together, and then explore the topic in a hands-on fashion. The content of this book is flexible and can be taught in any order and you aren't limited to using one specific children's book per lesson. The author offers a list of three books for each lesson and you can read just one of them or all of them. Short summaries are provided at the back of the book to help you know if the books are ones that you would like to read to your children. Read "From Seed to Plant", "How a Seed Grows" or "One Bean" to introduce children to the idea of germination and growing conditions. Then sprout your own seeds in a number of ways to see which works best. Look at the seeds with a magnifier and talk about the questions suggested in the book. You will also find facts about each topic listed within the lesson.

    You don't need a strict, regimented curriculum for science when children are young. This book is the first in a wonderful science series that could take you through your early science years in a more age-appropriate format. Have some fun and read some good books while learning about the world of science around you.

  • Item #: 001548
    ISBN: 9781561452453
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    Written around real people and events from history, this book is a realistic, exciting story of 12-year old Sam Collier, the page of John Smith. Sam thinks he is the luckiest boy in the world, on an adventurous voyage to the New World. However, there are dangers Sam never even considered, and his courage will be tested many times. If Sam ever gets the opportunity to leave Virginia and go back to England, will he leave the dangerous New World behind? 198 pgs.

  • Item #: 000880
    ISBN: 9781929683123
    Retail: $24.00
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    In the newest offering in the Great Science Adventures Series, young scientists will explore the Earth's surface, including such topics such as the lithosphere, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and geysers, types of rocks, minerals, fossils, soil, weathering and erosion, caves, glaciers, bodies of water, deserts and more. This curriculum follows the same approach as is presented in the other Great Science Adventure books, such as the student constructing their own Lots of Science Library Books, learning the presented vocabulary words, creating graphic organizers to aid in their activities/investigations, creating your own lab investigations using the Investigative Loop, and then following up with more suggested activities. For a more complete review of this curriculum, please see the review of Great Science Adventures, or The World of Plants.
  • Item #: 001512
    ISBN: 9781888659047
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    Not to leave out the eager younger children, this volume provides mini Five in a Row- style lessons for youngsters. This book; however, is divided into two parts, the first being similar to the other curriculum guides. Just as in the original series, each unit is built around a simple, classic children's storybook. This book differs from the older volumes in that it is not structured around a week. The purpose is simply to provide an array of activities for each book that engage children and lay the foundation for further learning. Some of the activities are subject related, such as Bible, science, math, language arts, and art; others are various skills such as learning shapes, sequencing, colors or problem solving, and the rest are centered on specific topics, like relationships, contentment, birthdays or another book-related idea. The second part of this book focuses on arming parents with creative ideas to build learning readiness. This section is a treasure trove of activities that help develop reading readiness and motor skills or focus on the arts. Additional activities also capitalize on teachable moments that arise during bath time, in the kitchen, or during a trip to the store. 149 pgs. ~ Steph

  • Item #: 019866
    ISBN: 9781940110585
    Retail: $42.00
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    This book is now in 2nd ed. and chapters include What is Astronomy, The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon, Mars, Space Rocks, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Kuiper Belt and the Dwarf Planets, and Stars, Galaxies, and Space Travel. The last few chapters are where you see a change in the chapter sequence from the first edition – chapters 11 and through 14. There are still interesting activities and projects including a model solar system made of balloons, pinhole eclipse viewing box, making a compass, understanding the moon phases, and creating an astrometer. Children are sure to remember the information they are learning between hearing the text, performing the hands-on activities, and completing the journal pages.

    The text is formatted differently from first edition – it begins with an explanation of the text, activities, course website, notebooking journals, and science kit in clear bold print. Each lesson is full of new photography and illustrations and interspersed with scripture. Blue “Think about this” and “Wisdom from Above” boxes give special attention to the Creator, and orange questions are scattered throughout the lessons for students to think about and explain. Activities for each lesson include instructions and illustrations for completion. Every chapter is rounded out with “What do you Remember?” where students recall information from the lesson. The appendices include a lesson-by-lesson supply list for hands-on activities and an answer key for “What do you Remember?” questions.

    Notebooking journals are now in full color and color-coordinated. A suggested schedule is in the front of each notebooking journal, but you decide how many times a week to do your curriculum. The schedule lists daily assignments (71 total), and the lists have items listed in 3 different colors – green for textbook reading assignments, blue for notebook assignments, and brown for science kit activities. Pages in the notebooking journal are formatted for students to answer questions and complete activities. A review of the inner planets now follows lesson 8, review of the outer planets follows lesson 12, and a final review follows lesson 14. “Take it Further” pages are now drawing, making lists of books you’ve read, movies you’ve watched, additional experiments you may have completed, and making scrapbooking pages. Copywork is still included and coloring pages in the junior notebooking journals. There are answer keys in the back for vocabulary crossword puzzles and final review questions.

    Because of the content changes, first edition products won’t work with the 2nd edition. Experiments are different (four of them are unchanged), so lab supplies do vary as well.

  • Item #: 023169
    ISBN: 9781935495147
    Retail: $42.00
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    Exactly what was needed in the Apologia elementary science scope and sequence – the Human Body. We waited awhile for this, but it was worth the wait (as we knew it would be). Continuing their pattern of in-depth studies, exciting information, engaging activities, and biblical worldview, this latest course examines the body systems – skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, nervous – along with nutrition, health, embryology, the immune system, and the major organs. It also provides a brief history of medicine and an introduction to cell structure and DNA. Activities within the fourteen lessons include finding blood type, making a cell model, and building a skeleton. Oh! And be prepared! Your student will be looking for household bacteria. ~ Janice