Here is another wonderful product that I was asked to review for the TOS Homeschool Crew. It's a wonderful curriculum that can be hard to stick into one category. It could easily be considered a science curriculum since it covers how the body works. In six complete units with four chapters each it covers:
- The Brain & Nervous System
- The Digestive System
- The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory, and Visual System
- The Skeletal and Muscular Systems
- The Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
- The Endocrine System and Emotions
It could also be considered a home economics course as it is so full of wonderful recipes that the children are encouraged to try. There are numerous (about 80) recipes to chose from.
However, it could also be considered a nutrition/health course since it discusses how food affects the body. Children are encouraged to try the nutritious and healthy recipes inside and see how they feel afterwards.
Or it could easily be counted as all of the above and far more.
By clicking HERE you can see a 26 page sample of the book. Included in the sample is the table of contents, information about the authors (homeschooling moms!) and samples from the chapters.
The book contains discussion questions for each chapter, activities (many to pick and choose from), additional resources (many are Internet links), recipes galore, an answer key for the activities (called an activity guide), and a comprehensive appendix. Did I mention the book is 450+ pages?
It's available at Growing Healthy Homes currently as a CD-ROM ebook for $79.95. There is a print version coming out soon with a cost of $99.95. And there is also a combination of the two available for $129.95.
I will say this about the price - it is a bit on the high end but I do feel it's worth it. This is a very unique product. I've never seen anything like this before. It combines the science of the body with good nutrition. I love how it shows how it all plays a role in how well the body works. All while encouraging excellent nutrition.
While it says it's good for all ages, as written I would say it's better for middle school age and up. However, I am using this with all my children (ages 5, 8, & 13). I skip some parts & hit the high notes of others so that they are getting the basics of it & understanding the general concepts. Obviously I don't expect my five year old to label all the parts of the brain correctly but I do want him to understand it has an important role in how the body works.
This is one curriculum we will continue to use.
If you'd like to check out a video of the product, I've included one below.
*Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. All opinions shared are my own. TOS Crew Members are given the product free of charge in order to review it.