With the Apologia science curriculum The Human Body, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, students will gain college level knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, a topic usually covered in less depth even in most AP biology courses. With this background, combined with Exploring Creation with Biology, students should be well-prepared for AP exams or CLEP tests.
This program, like all of Apologia science curriculum, is designed to be self-teaching. Dr. Jay Wile, the author, is a college professor who noticed most of his best students were homeschooled. They seemed to do so well because they were confident independent learners. He’s written these texts to encourage the sort of independent learning that makes homeschoolers so successful. All the needed information is found directly in the student text, rather than some parts of the lesson presentation relying on a teacher’s explanations. Some particularly motivated students finish it in less than a year.
This is a text that gives glory to God for his awesome creation of the human body. I wouldn’t have my students study it any other way. The amazing intricacies of each of the organ systems, right down to the workings of the individual cell just inspire such wonder at our great God, who created all that.
Like in the other Apologia science books, Dr. Wile takes the opportunity from time to time to show how evidence from science supports Biblical beliefs. He thinks it is important for students to have a grounding in this sort of apologetics, so that they “always have an answer ready” when challenged by an unbeliever.
This science curriculum is definitely challenging. Students should be prepared to devote at least 45 minutes daily to their studies, sometimes more when there is a lot to memorize. To finish in less than a year (if a student wanted to complete Exploring Creation with Biology one semester, and Human Body the next) would require at least an hour to an hour and a half each day, plus labs.
While it’s good to focus on seeing things from the Biblical worldview, the creation only approach in the Apologia science curriculum means that the evolutionary concepts that are tested on the AP exam will need to be studied from an outside source.
Students who complete both of the Apologia science biology texts with 80% or better on their module tests usually do well on the AP exams. They should take a little time to prepare with practice tests and preparation booklets, especially to brush up on the evolution concepts.
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