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How is this different from a Family Life Skills course?
Good question. It seems that Human Development would be an important part of a Family Life Skills credit. Family Life Skills might also include aspects such as Financial Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Home Economics and Home Maintenance, among others.
What I meant by Family Life Skills was something similar to BJU’s course, which covered some aspects of having healthy marriages. Is that covered?
Oh, I see, Karen. The texts are not identical. Human Development is a developmental process textbook, only a little is addressed on relationships because that is out of the scope and sequence of a traditional HD course.
Hi! How is this different from Apologia’s Biology text?
Hi Cindy, Apologia has an excellent Biology text that covers the scope and sequence for the overview of all biological science. Our Human Development text (like all Human Development texts) covers the way humans grow and change over time. This is not covered in a standard biology text because high school biology is an survey course, not an in-depth course on one aspect of biology.
Just wondering if the lesson plans are available for purchase yet? This looks like a great match for my high schooler this year. Thanks so much for offering it!
Hi Rebecca, It’s almost done! If you want, contact me at Vicki@7SistersHomeschool.com and I’ll give you updates!
I am thinking of teaching this for the first time in a co-op this fall. Our electives are full year classes. Is it possible to stretch this into an entire year? Also, would it be possible to make this two credits since I would be stretching this over a year?
Leanne, Human Development is SO much fun to teach in co-op! I often have taught it over a full school year. When we do that, we usually have the teens work for an Honors credit which is quite powerful for the transcript rather than recording 2 credits. We usually break the chapters into one class discussing the topic of the chapter, one class with a visitor or visitor from that age group being discussed, and one class doing project presentations/hands-on activities/other fun ideas. Watch for a lesson plan guide summer 2017.
Where can I find out how to use this in a homeschool co-op situation? With a class of approximately 12 students. Is there a process to follow to purchase school use or rights to reproduce and use in a class setting? Thank you.
Hi Vicki! Human Development is SO much fun in co-op! Here is a post about it: http://7sistershomeschool.com/homeschool-co-op-high-school-elective/
Contact us about the group purchase discount: http://7sistershomeschool.com/contact-us/
We hope to have the lesson plans we’ve used on the store later this school year.
Just wondering how much is taught about puberty, male and female anatomy…all the sex education stuff.
My daughter is going into grade 10 and I want a good resource for “Sex education” that is informative but tasteful. If this isn’t included, do you know of an appropriate curriculum or book. Christian-based 🙂
Since this curriculum starts with conception, pre-conception material is not really pertinent so the information is minimal. When I need to check out a new curriculum I read reviews by Cathy Duffy and Curriculum Choice.
My son will be senior this coming school year and I already plan to have him do Intro to Psychology, yet I found this Human Development that seem so interesting to take too. Is that a good idea to take both at the same time?
thanks and blessings, Debbie
Congratulations on your son’s senior year!
Neither course is taxing and is adaptable. If he simply needs an elective credit and doesn’t have to worry about a rigorous Honors credit, he can easily do them at the same time. Or spend one semester on each one. If he needs Honors credit, it might be more challenging timewise.
However, if he has a heavy course load (physics and calculus and Honors Language Arts) and lots of other time commitments, it might not be as much fun to do both.
Two of my kids did both in one year. They chose to make each a one semester course and did one in the fall and one in the spring.
My son took Psych his junior year as a dual enrollment course. I was surprised that he read a chapter that went into great detail about the sexual process (climax, resolution) of each gender. I had to explain to him that he was reading some very mature material and that he now had knowledge that he was responsible for. Had I known that ahead of time, I may have waited to start the psych class a bit. Just FYI.
Yes, that is why I wrote this text when my oldest started high school. I wanted him to have a background in psychology but without some of the worldliness that secular texts would have.
I noticed there are only <60 pages of text and only 9 chapters. Can this be finished in a semester assuming no honors credit is necessary?
Average high schoolers who do not need to do the extra work for college prep or honors credits usually finish Human Development in one semester. They will usually work on one chapter per week and do the test for that chapter a second week.
With the book being in an electronic format, can siblings use concurrently? Can it be downloaded to different devices? And I assume once purchased, it’s accessible for years, so younger siblings will be able to use the same curriculum just as they would a hard copy book? Thanks for addressing those logistical questions!
Yes, siblings can use the etext concurrently. You have permission to save the .pdf file to multiple devices in your own homeschool when you purchase from 7Sisters. We simply ask that you do not share the .pdf OUTSIDE your own family. And you are correct; just as a hard copy book would be waiting on your shelf for your younger child to use it, the .pdf for your ebook will be waiting on your hard drive.
How many hours, approximately, does this course take to finish?
Heidi, The number of hours it takes to finish this course varies widely by student and by the level chosen. It is a one credit high school course. An average high schooler will cover the curriculum in a shorter time than one who is aiming for an honors credit (because the honors credit requires more work). The directions for each level are in the text. Remember this, though: all 7SistersHomeschool.com materials are no-busywork, no-wasted-time. They are designed with the idea that we’d love our students to love the subject 🙂
Your book looks like a lovely yet informative way to share human development with teens. I noticed that the website indicates it will count as 1 high school health credit. Would there be any reason for anyone to debate this? My daughter has been home-schooled thus far but will be joining our local public high school’s International Baccalaureate program for grade’s 11 and 12. We have not yet done health and I would like to use your book as our program. Thanks you.
Hi Betsy, If your daughter is headed for IB make sure she follows the instructions for an Honors credit in the front of the book. There will be some extra assignments for her to do that will add the rigor to get her ready for IB.
I am looking for a curriculum that covers the following topics and wondered if this curriculum at least touches on them: Sex education, drugs & alcohol, healthy eating and exercise, transmitted diseases, dating relationships, reproductive health.
Good questions, Krista. This is a human development curriculum from a Christian worldview, so you will not find a “how-to” chapter each with those titles. You will find instruction on how children are conceived in the chapter on development of the child before birth. You will find the concepts of teratogens, healthy self-care and relationships woven into the chapters on children before birth, adolescence, and young adulthood. Teens who need specific “chapter titles” with those topics usually do some side projects (a short paper, essay, or powerpoint presentation) and use those for “leveling up” to make human development an advanced or honors course.
I will be teaching health next quarter to my high school PE class! I teach in a Christian high school and was wondering if this would be a good curriculum for my 14 students ranging in age from 14-17 years.
That is the perfect age group, Martha! We’ve been teaching Human Development in our group classes for years and the teens love it. Contact us about group discounts.
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