Apologia Anatomy (elementary) Add-Ons

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  • LillyLou

    Hi All, 

    We have been using Apologia’s Astronomy this year, and have been very happy with it.  I had planned on going on to Botany or one of the Zoology books, but my daughter (8) is firmly set on doing ANATOMY of all things!  From what I’ve read, this is the most “advanced” of the elementary series, so I’m trying to find some living books that deal with anatomy SOMEHOW so that we won’t have to just rely on the Apologia book, which I think may prove too advanced at times.  I did try to talk her into delaying Anatomy until we study the Renaissance in Module 4 so we could really spend some time studying Leonarda DaVinci, who was all into anatomy too.  No dice.  She is DOING anatomy this year!  I hate to force her out of it if she’s so interested.  All that’s to say, I’m in desperate need of suggestions for Living Books that have something to do with Anatomy and the human body.  Just FYI, here is a link to the book https://apologia.securesites.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=144.  If you click on the pdf for the table of contents, you can see what exactly the book covers; I thought that might spark some ideas…  Also,, we’re going to be studying Module 2 this year, Ancient Greece.  I know that of course they were interested in the human body, so maybe there will be something that I could pull from there (?) 

    Any and all suggestions are appreciated!




    A few we liked:

    The Magic School Bus Loses a Tooth reader

    The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body (digestive system)

    The Magic School Bus Has a Heart reader

    The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

    The Magic School Bus Inside Ralphie (germs)

    The Magic School Bus chapter books – The Search for the Missing Bones is one,  The Giant Germ is another.

    A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers

    Wht Happens to a Hamburger? by Paul Showers

    Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn by Melvin Berger

    There are a lot of possibilities out there.  Have fun with it!  We’ve done several chapters with my children (ages 9 and under).


    Lindsey – you are absolutely right this year we are doing Anatomy as we’ve done all the other books and WOW it is advanced.  Let’s just say that I really think it should be more for the Jr High years.  I am even having a hard time understanding all the concepts and such.  That said there are other parts that were very easy and interesting to follow.  So for us we are on lesson 9 and just finished the heart and as long as we have the basic understand of it’s ins and outs I’m good.  It was a tough lesson, but the ones on muscles, skeleton were much easier.  Good luck! Misty


    Tristan:Thank you for the suggestions.  I hadn’t even thought of the Magic School Bus series!  I’ll look the other titles up too.  

    Misty: Thanks for the insight.  I’ve had a hard time finding others who have used this book.  

    To both of you:  I’m glad to hear that you’ve used it with your children because I anticipate using this again when my younger two, who are closer in age than my first 2 (2 years apart vs. 4 1/2 years apart) get older (they’re only 3 and 1 now)  And for the record, Tristan, if you haven’t looked at Apologia’s Astronomy yet, consider it.  We’ve really had fun with it.  There’s just so much you can do with Astronomy, no matter where you live or what time of year you decide to use it.  I had originally wanted to use Botany first, but realized that might not be much fun through the winter…we’ll do that over a spring/summer term sometime.  

    Anyway, thanks again for the help, and if you think of any more suggestions, I’m all ears!



    Lindsey – We actually own all the Elementary ones.Embarassed  We haven’t done astronomy yet but my boys might this year, I know one of them would absolutely love it.  So far we’ve just done a month or two from a book at a time, more unit study style than anything.  My kiddos are mostly closely spaced which does make it easier to combine.  I’ve done Anatomy with ages 9, 6, 5, 3, 2, baby.  It was fun, we didn’t stress over remembering the technical vocabulary on some of it. 


    We use the anatomy book for science this first part of this year. I will have to agree that it is a tough one and we are in 6th grade this year.  We stopped using it about halfway through the book and are saving it for next year to finish. Some of the vocab terms are advanced and some of the explanations. Since January we have been doing subjects that interest us like gardening, butterfly life cycle, ecosystems and raising baby chicks. I don’t see where she really retained anything from the first term with the anatomy book, maybe just because it was a little advanced and not that interesting to her at the time. Advanced science is really not her thing, so might even wait until 8th grade to finish up the anatomy book. Looking at Real Science 4 Kids for next year. Hoping to check it out at the convention in a couple of weeks.




    Here is a list of books we used for our study of the human body.  My boys were 10, 10, 6 and 4 at the time.

    And here is a list of books I wanted to use, but couldn’t find so I’m not sure if they are the best or not.


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