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  1. In our state there are essentially no requirements for what has to be taught when homeschooling any grades. That said, the state offers an "Academic Honors Diploma". In order to receive this, one takes at a minimum all the classes I am planning to require at home, PLUS one semester of Health, which I would not normally require. If I put together a semester's worth of Health class assignments (to be completed as time allows over the next 8 months) and we do all the other required courses over the next 4 years, can I label the diploma Academic Honors? Projecting ahead 4 years, our academic and financial safety school is most likely going to be the Big State U, where presumably the "Our State Academic Honors Diploma" would mean something. This is the only thing motivating me to consider this. I know the local schools satisfy this requirement in 8th grade, so I'm comfortable completing the work prior to high school starting. Also, I have a copy of the Oak Meadow syllabus, so the planning itself won't be hard. Just wondering if it is worth the effort and time. Thoughts?
  2. Reviewing the 2018 thread has really shown how different our goals and methods are, so I thought I would start a new thread for 2019. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound. I know this works for many people, but honestly it doesn't for me. The more specific and strict I am about goals, the more pressure I feel. I feel like I am doing something because I have to, and that makes me not want to do it. Personally, I like to set goals about habits, not about results - since I can control what I do, but I really can't control the effect it ultimately has on my body. So my goals are all about things I wan to do, and wherever it leads me is great. I would prefer to lose about seven more pounds, and I think these habits will lead me there. I have started using a Clever Fox planner to jot notes for each day (how I feel, how I ate) plus it has a spot for habit tracking & self reflection. It's awesome. It keeps me mindful of my health and non-health goals (like reading more!). My 2019 goals: Exercise: Continue with daily exercise, and aim for 30-60 minutes a day - 30 in the morning and maybe another 30 in the evening. Last year I got in basic shape and want to take it further with more intense cardio & strength training. I am doing the Jessica Smith 6-week transformation, and I'm enjoying it so far. I will probably do phase 2 & phase 3 of her Walk Strong program. I'm actually going out today to get weighted gloves to make the workouts more intense. My resting heart rate is about 55, and it takes a lot of effort to get me in the cardio zone. I'm interested in trying Yvette Bachman's YouTube routines - they would definitely be challenging but look really fun. My current step count goal is 8000 but I think I will move it back up to 10k. Eating: I have to fit in my ball gown in two weeks, so for now I am eating pretty light and trying not to bloat. I do a lot better without this kind of pressure. I have used various methods to track my food, but ultimately my goal is to keep tracking it. I have a target calorie range of 1200-1600 and plan to keep that until I lose these last 7 lbs. Then I will bump it up to maintenance. My Fitbit says I burn 2000-2400 per day but I'm not sure I believe that. I plan to keep doing what is working; I have settled on a routine of four meals, about 200-400 calories each, at 9, 12, 3, and 6. I don't eat after dinner so I have a bit of a fast. I am happy with the quality of the food I eat so I don't have specific goals there. I have been making lunch bowls and they are LIFE CHANGING. I roast and/or saute a bunch of veggies, cook up some whole grain (barley, farro, brown rice, quinoa), and cook up some protein (chicken, Boca burgers, turkey). I portion it out into 2-cup food storage containers and those are ready to go. Right now I have brown rice, peppers/onions/zucchini, and fajita steak in some and I also have farro, pumpkin/zucchini/onions, baked chicken, and salsa in another. I want to keep doing this!! So basically, my goals are to keep exercising daily, aim for 10k+ steps per day, eat in my target calorie range, eat on my schedule, and batch-cook healthy lunch bowls - and hopefully I will lose fat and gain muscle by doing that. ETA: I found this and thought it could be helpful!
  3. My chiropractor recommends that I take this product to cleanse my colon in order to reduce my sugar cravings as I am trying to go off sugar and lose weight. Do you know how these ingredients are suppose to help me? Has anyone here used this product? Max GI (Maximized Living product in their store) ingredients are: 260 mg----Lysozyme, Potassium Gluconate, Essential oil Phenolics (clove, oregano, thyme), Bacillus Subtillis (1 billion) ...... for $ 44.95 for a months supply. I would need to be on this for 90 days. https://store.maximizedliving.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=566 Have you used this product? Do you know the benefits of these ingredients? Seems to me that just taking a high quality probiotic and drinking some Raw Organic Green Super Food would do the trick. Am I missing something?? Would love your opinion and advise! ETA: I think the wording I used conveyed the wrong message to some of you. No, I would not use this product only and not eat. The Dr. did encourage eating the proper veggies and such, as well as getting off the sugar. This GI supplement is just suppose to balance my colon so it would absorb the nutrients better.
  4. If dd will continue her foreign languages track she will not only have an integrated math exam, but also an integrated science exam. Practically it means she will have a 12th grade exam with some chemistry, several biology and a lot,of physics topics. For Physics and Biology I found textbooks covering our examtopics, but Chemistry seems to be a little bit odd to me. She just has to learn about chemistry in relation to food and health in a human body. Anybody knows a texbook/course about that? She has to learn more about sacharids, lipids and the chemistry of food in your body then about chemical reactions. She will learn about polymeres though. In grade 9+10 we will cover IGCSE Chemistry so she will have some more general chemistry under her belt before this. Integrated science is a 3 hour subject in grade 11+ 12 and Chemistry seems to be the smaller part, so i am not looking for a yearfilling project. I hope anybody has soms suggestions.
  5. I thought we could do with one. Please, no phonies, flaming other people's choices, or attempts to "cheer up" the cute little 40 year old kiddos. I'll start: Does it REALLY get better or is that just something you say because you think it will help us get through one more day without becoming a danger to ourself and others?
  6. After posting about nutrition (the Swiss food pyramid thread) and trying to change my ways, it finally sank in that there was almost no way to get 7 - 9 serving of fruits and vegetables a day unless I also ate veggies at breakfast (and gave up coffee - for probably the 10th time).... Now I've been having onion, tomato and Swiss chard in some scrambled eggs....It's starting to get old yet nothing else seems to jump out as a possibility... So I thought I'd ask here - for people's ideas....I realize that this might not be the most popular breakfast option....:-) Hoping for some other ideas, Joan
  7. My son just watched this movie, which we received as a Christmas gift, and he strongly recommends it and asked me to post about it here (I recommend it too)! It would be suitable to parents and to older children. It does not particularly have anything that would be bad (strong language, sex, violence) for younger children so far as we noticed, but my son thinks children much younger than he is would probably just not understand it and thus be bored by it. He is 11.5 and we think children his age old or older could understand and appreciate it. It might be available to stream, or to buy a DVD, at http://www.TakeBackYourPower.net eta: he requested that I bump it up and make my review better, so I am trying to do that. It is about public endangerment in terms of health, and about government and corporate intrusion and surveillance into our lives and homes--things that in the USA are supposed to be unconstitutional, but this is actually about a global situation and the film maker is from Canada, so it is not just about USA issues. It is about totalitarianism via the "Smart" Grid, and "Smart" Meters, and about cell towers, and their problems and related matters in a movie that is a little hard to describe, but has important information and is also well done. a quote from jacket: "What you discover will surprise you, unsettle you, and inspire you to challenge the status quo."
  8. Looking over my Texas high school recommended credit hours, I see that I've forgotten to plan for Health. When my older daughter went through high school, I counted Apologia Human Anatomy as her health credit. She also was a Red Cross certified swim instructor with many CPR classes (even some CPR classes she taught) under her belt, so I felt good about checking Health off our list. However, I'm not sure if this daughter (10th grade) will take Human Anatomy, and she has had only 2 CPR elementary courses. (She is also a Red Cross swim instructor, but has been less involved.) I don't want to wait until her senior year for her to take this credit. My question. . . do you teach a "health" course? Or Is it a credit you blow off? (It's not required for us, but I'd like to have a good answer for why it's not on the transcript if someone, who was so intensely bored with his life, ever asked. :laugh: ) Suggestions?
  9. She will be using the revised, 2012 ABeka Health and I want to supplement with books which fall under these categories. Sex Education (we've had both formal & informal talks along with reading books-but nothing too recently) Nutrition/Fitness (we don't follow or agree with the USDA or their Food Pyramid.) Mental Health-Depression/Anxiety/Eating Disorders.....??? Emotional Health Spiritual Health- We are protestant Christians. She's read some Christian teen "Self Help/Non-Fiction" type books, so she's not utterly clueless but I will say that she's not a reader, so nothing too long or deep, please. ;) Oh-some books she read when she was 13-14, but would really benefit from reading them again. I'll try to post those particular books as soon as I can. :) Okay, here are books she's either read(not recently!) and/or we own..... Nobody Told Me B4UD8 the Truth about Guys The Truth About Dating, Love & Just Being Friends God's Will, God's Best for Your Life The Power of a Praying Teen A Young Woman After God's Heart The Anxiety Workbook for Teens My Anxious Mind TIA! ETA- Oops-I forgot to add her age! She's 16. :)
  10. A free Coursera series of lectures on food, nutrition and sports nutrition that looks like it would fit nicely into a health credit. https://class.coursera.org/lifenutr-001/class/index
  11. Working on nutrition right now, I was surprised to see so many of the old 'food pyramid' images which have carbos as the base... I thought that people might be interested in the Swiss one - it is from 2007 - but may not have circulated in the US yet.... It reflects research about the need for liquids and fruits and vegetables more than the ones with carbos on the bottom... ETA - this one comes up quicker (at least on my old laptop) and has requirements if you are an athlete Basic and Sports Swiss pyramid Swiss food pyramid Here's an article about it in English Personally I think it makes a huge difference in perception of what we should be eating... Here's the new US food pyramid ETD -part about milk Due to my husband's work, we have had the idea of needing 5 - 9 servings of fruits and vegetables drilled into us for years - but that is quite hard to eat - esp if you are eating all those carbos. (Ok I realize that some fr/veg have lots of carbos too)...But it seems to be a daily concern to get enough fruits and veggies. With the Swiss pyramid - it can help perceptions of importance... FWIW, Joan
  12. What topics or information would you/ do you present to your children under the umbrella label of "Health and Safety" Education? I live on a farm, so I see things from that point of view. Some topics would be for elementary age level, others for high school level. Elementary Level Internet Safety Bike Safety ATV Safety Gun Safety Swimming Safety Large Animal Safety Tractor and implement Safety Fire Safety Chemical Safety Grain Storage Safety High school level Internet Safety - because they forget!!!! ATV/ motorcross safety Gun Safety Large Animal Safety Tractor and implement Safety Chemical Safety Grain Storage and moving Safety And today I'm adding - Date Rape Prevention, reasons for evidence collecting, etc. Any other suggestions? Just makes me spitting mad that I have to talk to my kids about what to do if they are ever attacked, even if they don't want to tell me for some reason.
  13. I have DD11 and DD8, both currently in a Christian private school, but we will be starting homeschool after the end of this school year. I've held off certain "changing bodies" and "facts of life" talks until we have them out of the school, to avoid any possible problems of things being repeated to classmates and the classmates' parents complaining. I know how I will have these specific talks with the kids, but I'd like to also blend in general Health lessons while I'm at it. We already have PE covered (a personal trainer for the DDs once a week, plans for Aikido once HS starts, swimming at the Grandparents'), but I want to cover the rest of Health in a coherent fashion, too. Anyone have any recommendations on books or other resources?
  14. Last week my doctor informed me that my HDL levels are too low, my LDL levels are too high. This is the first time in my life I've gotten a red flag on screening blood work for anything other than thyroid--which was fine, indicating my present medication level is good. My dr. has me taking red rice yeast, and suggested I lose weight and get back down to the 158 that was my low point when I set out to lose weight after DS; I fell off the bandwagon with the craziness of summer. I'm not thrilled with my own performance in the weight yo-yo, especially as I've never weighed as much as I did last week when not pregnant. So I jumped back on the bandwagon with MyPlate tracking on Livestrong.com. But I've never dealt with this cholesterol business before. I'm cutting back animal fat, and fat in general (I have to watch it because to lose weight it's really carbs I need to cut back, but I'm hypoglycemic and need SOMETHING to tell my brain I'm full so I don't eat all day!). Anyone have success stories about turning cholesterol levels around?
  15. We just found out we will be moving this summer. DD will need to have one semester of health. What is available? I am not looking for a very detailed course...just one that meets the .5 credit requirement for Alaska.
  16. Hello, I need advice on the viability of a business idea I have. We had to stop homeschooling our kids at a young age because my wife's failing health couldn't sustain the rigors, so any insight you experienced members have would be greatly appreciated! I'm a medical 3D animator, and I'm researching the possibility of creating broadcast-quality 3D animations of the human body for use as supplemental teaching material in biology and health curricula. My idea is that for a small fee (maybe $5 a month, or $40 a year), families would have access to a library of high-quality 3D animations showing how the major systems of the body work, what various health problems look like, etc. So my questions to you all are these: 1) Assuming the work was high-quality and informative, would this be useful to many homeschool families? 2) Are you currently using something similar to this, either online are on DVD? 3) How much content needs to be created before the site would be worth-while subscribing to? 4) Is the pricing appropriate? Thanks to all who contribiute to my research. I wll be asking this on several other homeschool fourms as well, since I'm trying to gather a consensus of oppinions.
  17. I got a wonderful checklist from someone here and have tweaked/added to it. Before I print this out and distribute it to the families who will co-op with us, would you all please critique it, give me suggestions, etc.? Thanks! -------------------------- Health Projects To successfully receive Health credit, you must do all of the following units/projects. All units must include research into that topic; research can be done online or with library books and must be exhibited in presentation form (notecards, etc.). Some units involve outside sources/interviews so plan ahead! Don't forget to write “Thank You†notes for those who give their time to you! SAFETY/PREPAREDNESS _________ 1. Take a Red Cross class in First Aid/CPR. _________ 2. Create a fire escape plan. Have two fire drills with the family. Create a map of the house with escape routes and a short paper with plans of escape. Research common causes of house fires, prevention, and what to do/not to do in case of fire. _________ 3. Create a first aid kit. Be creative! (ie: purse-sized, small-child focus, etc.) _________ 4. Interview a firefighter/first responder. Training required? Hours? FOOD AND NUTRITION _________ 1. Keep a food diary for a week and write a ½ to ¾ of a page analyzing what you found. _________ 2. Watch “Food, Inc.†and “Supersize Me†_________ 3. Read In Defense of Food or What to Eat (or other approved book); write 2-3 page response and prepare presentation for class. _________ 4. Research fad diets and present to class. Pros/cons? _________ 5. Research “boosted†water products (Propel, Gatorade, etc.). Is the product worth the hype? PHYSICAL FITNESS _________ 1. Read/listen to Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain _________ 2. Create a fitness plan. Write it out and FOLLOW it. Keep track of hours. Record a baseline and set goals for year. Turn in a notebook at end of semester. _________ 3. Participate in the Presidential Fitness day activities. Aim to improve from last year! PERSONAL HEALTH _________ 1. Research careers in Health. Interview a health care provider and write a report with your findings. _________ 2. Make a health history family tree. _________ 3. Attend a purity weekend and complete all activities required. _________ 4. Read Talks to Girls/Boys; discuss with parent. _________ 5. Create a quiet time plan: set up a devotional schedule, prayer notebook or journal, etc. MODERN HEALTH ISSUES _________ 1. Research the progression from casual public smoking to smoking bans in public areas. Focus on second-hand smoke concerns. Write a persuasive paper defending your stance. _________ 2. Research the world's most used drug – caffeine. Present findings to class. _________ 3. Watch “Addiction†_________ 4. Watch “World's Deadliest Drug†_________ 5. Research marijuana: medical uses, gateway drug or not? _________ 6. Watch “DUI: Dead in 5 Seconds†_________ 7. Watch “20/20: A Deadly DUI Accidentâ€
  18. I am making my own curriculum because I haven't really found anything that I like. Here is the current plan -David Macauleys The Way We Work -First Aid (get her CPR certified as well) -We go to the gym so I will use that to teach her about exercise and such (any ideas here? Just explain what the different machines work out?? Talk about the affects of cardio on the heart?) -We will talk about nutrition (watch Fathead on Netflix plus..... not sure but I will find something) -Get into some diseases/viruses/bacteria (not sure what because she went through a huge disease rabbit trail in 7th grade-- any thoughts on this?) -I think we will get into medicinal properties of plants because she is REALLY into that -Gods Design for Sex book 4 (she did book 3 in 5th grade biology) -I Kissed Dating Goodbye (book and DVD with study guide) -Boy Meets Girl Am I missing anything? Any ideas on how to fill in the areas I am kinda sketchy about?
  19. I was asked to repost this comparison of Total Health and A Beka Health for those who might be interested. The A Beka text is detailed, as are all the A Beka Health texts. Now, if you want to simply check the box, Total Health will do the job. So much of it is common knowledge by high school age, though, that it doesn't seem worth the expense or time. Let's look at how each text treats the eye. My description of Total Health is longer because I wanted you to see the type of details. Total Health covers the eye in 2 and 1/2 pages (large type). The first page tells us nothing about the eye itself. The paragraphs mention a commercial for eyeglasses people with vision take it for granted and don't understand blindness Bible uses eyes to illustrate spiritual truths caring for eyes is important The second page gives a very basic list of ways to care for the eye. proper lighting rest eyes when reading/using computer wear sunglasses protective eyegear in sports vision checks don't rub eyes keep sharp objects away don't look at sun/bright light That same page starts a list of common eye problems, which continues on the next page. Each illness or eye condition gets 1-2 sentences. Then, there is a short list of eye-related careers with 1-2 sentence descriptions. That's it for the eye in Total Health. As I said, it seems common knowledge by high school. A Beka has two pages (in small type) to cover the actual parts of the eye and how they work together to produce sight, with color illustrations showing cross-section of the eye with parts labeled iris difference between bright and dim light how lenses correct near- and far-sightedness There are also medical meaning lists of prefixes and suffixes for scler(o)-, my(o)-, -op(s), and -ia. It goes on to cover vision issues briefly (similar to Total Health, slightly more detail), and gives a long list of specific symptoms to be aware of that may indicate a problem with vision. There is another page in a section on disabilities that discusses vision impairment/blindness, several causes (same basic info as in Total Health), and a very specific list of ways to interact appropriately with a person with impaired vision.
  20. I haven't been on the board in a very long time but have an issue that I am at my wits end over. Hoping you all might have some answers or suggestions for me. I have a 19 year old son who seems to be stuck at an 8 year old emotional capacity. He still plays with his legos, beyblades and REALLY doesn't want to work or grow up. He wants to play all day. He even admits this freely. When he was 8 years old he had a fairly extensive surgery on both feet. Before this surgery he was a very thin, happy young boy. After the surgery he started to put on weight quickly and turned inward, closed off and depressed most of the time. This has continued since then. He is 6'3" tall now and about 300 lbs. He struggles daily with self-doubt and depression and has talked more and more about suicide. I cannot get him to go into counseling any longer since he is an "adult". He has been when he was pre-teen to early teen years. It didn't seem to make much difference. I have heard of a theory/therapy where once the emotional building block is "fixed" the person is able to progress and mature quite quickly. I was not given the name of this therapy or how it works beyond this basic description. Has anyone heard of this? Any other suggestions? I am quite concerned for him. He still lives at home and I have a little influence on him. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. BTW, thank you Carrie, for reminding me that this board always has answers
  21. www.knowthecause.com I just wanted to share a monthly email newsletter I started getting recently. Now if I could just watch the show I would. I found Doug Kauffman about 10 years ago and have been helped tremendously by his research. He has some great guests and great books as well. Archives are easily accessible to read in the newsletter as well. Allergies, DNA, Diets, and much more are discussed in the new May newsletter. :001_smile:
  22. Health Is there any reason why I should use a Health curric? I've had "the talk" with the girls (turning 10 & 12 this fall). It is an on-going, open discussion, as they know I'm not embarrassed to talk about it:) We talk about puberty, we talk about strong emotions and how that will be affected by what's happening in their bodies. We talk about relationships, romance, the s** word. We talk about our religious beliefs (we're Christian) and how that affects our decisions in regards to boyfriends, marriage, babies; but also how other people may not make those same decisions (unwed moms, giving babies up for adoption, etc.) I've lost 50 lbs this year, and yeah, that's sparked a whole lot of talk about making healthy eating choices, exercise, etc. We talk about drug addiction, and other choices we make in life that can lead to addiction if we aren't careful (overeating, video games, gambling, alcohol, etc.) We wear seatbelts in the car, helmets on our heads when we bike, and talk about making good, safe choices in every day life. So. Is there any reason why I would need a Health curriculum? I remember my Health education in public school and can sum it up in one word: Lame. We watched outdated movies about our bodies and giggled. In 7th grade (when everything mattered) we had to sing this stupid song in class to boost our self confidence ("I am special"). And in 8th gr, we watched a movie about 2 mentally retarded people that wanted to get married. I guess I wonder if there is any value in a Health curric? I'm not sure why the heavy focus on self-esteem; does this really boost student self esteem? Ok, so...if we need a Health curric, can you suggest a good one? BTW, we use Elemental Science Biology and will be hitting the human body unit soon, but I don't think Health is a part of it.
  23. The co-op is offering Chemistry and they rotate Chemistry and Biology, so I'd rather have dd wait and take Biology in 10th and Chemistry in 11th. I was wondering what direction to go in and it's been a while (when the kids were younger that we did Human Anatomy) So I was thinking of doing it this next year. Any suggestions? Thanks, Phlox
  24. Hello all! My dd is hoping to do a health credit this summer after 8th grade(regular ps kids here do this in 9th grade). She wants to do some AP courses in 9th, and thinks that that getting some easier work out of the way would give her more time to focus on academics during the year. Sounds good to me, especially since we can then utilize Red Cross classes and etc. that are scheduled in the summer. I know that work before 9th grade is generally not shown on the transcript. Does this apply to HS level work done after 8th but before 9th? Sorry if this question is crazy- today is a planning day and right now I am a little cross eyed! In 6 minutes I can responsibly move from my coffee binge to wine. Perhaps you should expect more crazy questions later tonight :D. Thanks!
  25. I am not sure why but my 8th grader is insisting on a health unit, because he knows they cover it at the local middle school. He has older siblings so he is not completely in the dark since we talk pretty freely in this house. Also, if he is not homeschooled for high school, he will have a class his freshman year. Are there any secular health programs? I am sorry to say I don't want to devote a ton of time out of our other studies, but would appreciate some suggestions.
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