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#1 nursemom


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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:22 PM

Have any of you ever created your own high school health class? I would like to do this for my upcoming 11th grade daughter. It will be for 1/2 credit and would not include PE (that will be a different class). I would like to have her read some books, maybe do some reports/projects. I know I want to include the book What the Bible Says About Healthy Eating, but other than that I'm not sure. For my older daughter I used Abeka's health, but I really don't want to go that route again. Any ideas would be appreciated!

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 07:25 PM

How about TC's Nutrition Made Clear? http://www.thegreatc...l.aspx?cid=1950



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Posted 26 June 2011 - 10:47 PM

I put together my dc's high school health course. There are many resources available. It all depends on what direction you want to go. I used the text for Total Health because it touches on several different areas of social, physical and mental health. My dc also took Red Cross First Aid and Infant, Child, Adult CPR courses and got certified. Two of my dc also completed Lifeguard training. I consider those to be part of a health course. I had them read several books and articles and write about topics related to the subject they were studying.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:37 AM

One thing I had my dd do was make a page on each vitamin & mineral, telling where you find it, what happens if you have too little, too much, etc.

Also used Total Health.


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Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:41 AM

We chose an electic approach with the Human Anatomy chapters from ABEKA Biology, discussed human sexuality & STDs (I used ABEKA Biology chapter, books and got free educational pamphets), drugs & alcohol (ditto on free resources -- son ended up writing a research paper on one topic in this area), diet & nutrition (various websites and books -- plus my son sees a specialist every 6 months and has to write up a 3 day diet plan for the nutritionist and discuss this with her), safety (son got his state boating license and took the Red Cross CPR & First Aid courses), and emergency preparation (tornado survival kit in car & home). Another thing that helped was following the Boy Scout Merit Badge guidelines for Health & Safety.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 01:24 AM

I am wanting to do the same with our dd as I can't find a curriculum that I can agree with/follow.

Thanks for the great ideas.:)

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:29 PM

Lots of great info! Any other ideas??

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 02:58 PM

I have Total Health---but simply can NOT make my kids do textbook health---so have come up with my own ideas too to use with ds next year. I am going to use a few Lifepac Health workbooks, #4 and #5, and pair them with a Camping and Wilderness Survival book. Then, I will have him finish up Winterpromise Anatomy and Physiology, pairing that with Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Rockies, Primal Blueprint book, a Raw Food book and the Homeopathy booklets I use to treat our ills. I had to come up with something that follows my philosophy on health and exercise. MUCH more informative and exciting IMO than a textbook.... :001_smile:

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:49 PM

The BSA First Aid merit badge book is really good and is full of information. Another option is CPR certification. I have looked at the exercise physiology class @ Landry Academy, but I'm not sure if I would count it as PE or health. You're getting some great ideas, here. I'll have to file them away for future reference.

Are you going to include any information about drug abuse or reproduction? I'd like to find some good resources on those areas.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 10:12 AM

He's going through it, but says that the professor is SO dog-gone boring. We might have my ds watch bits and pieces of it.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 04:00 PM

Thinking this through a little more, and why I've always balked at health curricula, is because I want my dc to be informed about vaccinations-pros and cons.

I pulled out Don't Vaccinate! Before You Educate by Mayer Eisenstein and plan on including it as part of her health curriculum.

Just another thought for a topic I've seen in various health curricula.:)

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:25 PM

Hey there,
I think you can do some much with a health class on your own. Just think about what is important to know in order to take care of yourself, your food, and your hygiene and incorporate that in with hands on and reading as well as projects and trips

For example, you could do a healthy eating portion - go over nutrition information and what each category means. Set up a menu for a week that will be nutritious. Have them shop for the ingredients and see if they can remain in budget. Take out some healthy cookbooks from the library and have them learn how to cook the food. Try to find out why they are more healthy. Talk about how to take a favorite not so good for you meal and substitute healthier ingredients. Offer them a opportunity to create their own healthy meal. Investigate sugars and how that works with body.. there is a great cookbook called sugar solutions - the recipes are yummy and we lost 15 pounds just cutting out sugar in our diet without cutting out the taste. Have them make a presentation or invite guests over and have them make the dinner. Lots of ideas just for eating.

take any area and just expand on it.

Good luck and hope that helps

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 11:15 PM

I tried to post this once, a day or so ago, but lost it all, so here goes again. These are just some resources I've started pulling together on various health topics:

I'm looking at using some books I have at home, such as The Way WE Work; a Nat. Geo. book entitled Body: The Complete Human; a Nat. Geo. book entitled The Incredible Machine; and maybe even a book entitled Medicine: A Treasury of Art and Literature (looking at how medical and health care have evolved over time).

I've pulled a bunch of online lesson plans for various topics, too:

Mental Health

http://www.eduref.or...h/Mental_Health (the ones for high school)

...and a variety of other health related topics


First Aid


(And I want him to take CPR/First Aid courses, too....)

Tobacco Awareness Issues



Parasites and Disease


Sex Ed Topics (perhaps, haven't reviewed yet)





Sexual Harrassment


Health Occupations


The Movie Supersize Me


Lesson Plans to go with that movie



Michael Pollan's books; the movie The Future of Food; the book Seeds of Deception

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 08:27 AM

Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology (yes, the elementary one) + a Human Anatomy Coloring Book + a Red Cross First Aid & CPR course

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:28 AM

I used the outline for the Health - Life Management course by FLVS... with various materials I have on hand and online...


I had ordered AO High School Health but it turned out that our computer was borderline with RAM and after a few lessons it stopped working. I would recommend that course if your computers have the memory requirements - check all of them, including hard drive - because my ds was learning a lot from it....


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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:04 PM

Thanks for all the great ideas and links! Lots to check out!

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:13 PM

apexlearning.com (or is it .org?) has a great syllabus for health that you could use as a guide in forming your own course. Guesthollow.com has Otter's Science in which there are some weeks on health, nutrition, drugs, safety, & first aid topics. I don't know if there are high school extentions for those but it could give you ideas anyhow.

I'd also recommend the documentary The Beautiful Truth about alternative medicine; it's on Netflix.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:17 PM

I'll add another to your already full list. One of our resources we'll be using Nutrition 101 - Choose Life! It covers both nutrition and anatomy.

I'm not sure what else we're going to do. The Red Cross First Aid and CPR class mentioned above sounds like a really good idea.

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 01:33 PM

I just got finished looking through the GuestHollow website! What a wealth of information!! Thanks so much for telling me about it!

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:00 PM

No sense in recreating the wheel.

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 03:24 AM

I'll add another to your already full list. One of our resources we'll be using Nutrition 101 - Choose Life! It covers both nutrition and anatomy.

I'm not sure what else we're going to do. The Red Cross First Aid and CPR class mentioned above sounds like a really good idea.

I'm also planning to use Nutrition 101. I wish I could find a used copy of the CD!