How can we make our high school study of Health personal and relevant to our unique homeschoolers?
God designed us with bodies, and we are called to be good stewards of them. But there is much more to a healthy life than just the basics of care for our physical bodies! The first “extra” element that needs to be included in a strong Health credit is the recognition of this truth, with opportunities to learn about health for the whole person: body, soul, mind and spirit.
Address topics like:
– how the brain works and ways to sharpen our thinking processes
– why we need relationships in our lives and how to build good relationships and limit bad ones
– why we need God’s wisdom to understand ourselves, because we are not naturally sure of who we were made to be
– how the body affects the emotions, how emotions affect the body, and so forth
– why it’s important to learn about our individual strengths and weaknesses so we can reinforce our weak areas
– how to set wise goals for improvement in various areas of our lives, create accountability for ourselves, and succeed in reaching our goals
– how to discern good advice and bad with so much information available on tv and the internet.
Here are some possible curriculum choices you might find useful as you design a study of Health that will really fit your student:
1) Traditional curriculum: a favorite locally is Total Health by Susan Boe This text is serious health for the serious student.
2) Practical, hands-on, experience-based learning: Log 120-135 hours of individual instruction in health topics (such as Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses)
3) Anatomy and Physiology– a choice for future nursing students or those heading into Exercise Fitness (like my high school junior). Look at Apologia’s for a good challenge.
4) For teens who have already covered nutrition, exercise, drug avoidance, and abstinence- offer something rich and practical, building understanding of themselves, those around them, and how we all interact with one another. This is covered in the course: Human Development from a Christian Worldview.
From the author, Vicki Tillman, MA:
“I didn’t want my own kids to graduate high school without a good understanding of the way people grow and change from womb to old age. However, I couldn’t find a Human Development curriculum from a Christian worldview. So, out of my work and training as a counselor I wrote one. I’ve been using it for years with all my kids and the local homeschoolers. Now, 7 Sisters has published it.”
Our Human Development book is written as a light-hearted text at an average high school level. Your student may choose to add activities suggested in the book to increase the level to college prep.
I’d like to suggest Human Development to your homeschooler as high school health!
Your turn: What are some things your homeschoolers have done for health?