Our family absolutely loves The 101 Series and have used it for about six years of our homeschooling. So, I'm very excited to be adding Biology 101 to the Review Series and helping you understand how to implement it with your homeschooling for elementary and high school children. Trust me, your whole family will loves these creation focused, DVDs that go through the literal days of creation that involved the creation of ‘life' since Biology is the study of life.
The Biology 101 DVDs focuses on Day 3, 5 and 6 of the creation week because these are the days that life was created. There four discs are broken up into 9 lessons ranging from 15 – 44 minutes long, designed to give your children a Biblical foundation for the study of Biology.
Here are 5 ways to use Biology 101 with your homeschool:
Learn about life classification by learning how life is organized through taxonomy. I have fond memories of my children do some of the activities that are suggested in the lessons plans found on the DVDs that will help even the smallest of your children to understand about how life is organized for quick identification. Consider having each of your children to choose one animal and work up a life classification in their journal or a binder book for Biology.
Charlotte Mason loved to have her students learn about nature through journaling and plants would be a great place to start! You could always start with your own plants and trees in your area and use a field guide to identify them or you could take advantage of The 101 Series plant board to find some that you may never be able to see in your area. This would be a great high school assignment tied together with their geography lessons, as they learn to identify where the plants are located.
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Part of the lesson plans for Biology 101 suggests you to use picture books to teach key aspects of each of the areas being studied. The reason behind this is because picture books have only the important aspects, similar to text books, but in a more comprehensive way to learn. What I love about using picture books is that I can bring all my children together and learn in one time, always assigning more work from my older children.
Aquatic and Avian Creatures
Young children just love birds and water creatures, so getting them involved with this part of Biology 101 will be quite easy and will have them begging for more. Doing nature studies to learn about the birds and water creatures in your area will be a great way to enhance your studies and build their relationship with the living creatures around them.
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In addition to nature studies, you will want to add some hands-on activities and living books to engage their minds into what they are learning through the DVD lessons.
Here are a few other resources for migration that will help you learn about how and why birds and water creatures migrate.
When we studied land animals, I had my children do a full unit study on the animal of their choice. They had to learn all about their habitat, their food, their defense mechanism and their prey and anything that they found to be interesting about the animal. This included a sketch, photocopies of pictures from the books and even their own story about a day in the life of the animal. At the end of the assignment, they had to give an oral report about the animal. We all loved this!
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Learning about how we are made in God's image and seeing how uniquely and wonderfully were made, will ignite so awe in the Creator. From genetics, cells and anatomy that doesn't go into too much details is a great way to keep the family learning together and allowing for older children to dig deeper on their own or in a separate time with the parents. I love this about Biology 101!
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