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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Biology 101, Chapter 4, The 5th Day – Avian Creatures

In addition to Biology 101:
• Apologia Biology Exp. 16.1, Bird Embryology (Video below that I plan to use for this.)
• Apologia Biology Exp. 16.2, Bird Identification (2 parts to this)  We will do everything at home and used this worksheet.
List of Birds of North Carolina, grouped by category
• 10 videos by BBC on The Life of Birds - These total over 8 hours.  We will watch #2, "Mastery of Flight" and use this accompanying worksheet for assistance in choosing a bird for a report the next day.
Be aware that there is evolutionary content in these videos.

• Apologia Biology Exp. 12.2, Insect Classification
--A helpful link -  Look through these pages, or click an insect in the box on the left.
--Tips for collecting and mounting insects at Applie's Place.  Scroll to the list of requirements this blogger gave her class.  There are several more links below that as well.
Another way to do the Killing Jar.

►Additional websites:
Beneficial Insects
What's that Bug?

The Avian Kingdom

(1) The Life of Birds: Mastery of Flight
►Full length video - this is Day 1 of a 2-day assignment.
Embedding disabled, please watch here.
--accompanying worksheet to use in assistance for choosing a bird for a report the next day.
Please ignore the references to adaption.  How would animals live before adapting???

(2) Birds are in the class Aves (AY-vees).
Think of aviation to help you remember how to pronounce aves.  =)
How wings work:

(3) Bird Flight animation

(4) Webcams
►Usually in the spring at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, there is a live web feed of Eagles and Eaglets.  Watch a couple of videos and read more at Sahm-I-Am.  Also video from previous owl webcam.

(5) Bird Embryology (Apologia Biology Exp. 16.1)

►Not for the faint of heart -- Atlas of Avian diseases; study bird embryos.

(6) AMAZING!  How weaver birds make their nests.

(7) How an Egg is Made

(8) Honey Guide Bird

Flying Invertebrates

Insects have an exoskeleton rather than an outer skeleton.  So they do not have a backbone which means they are invertebrates.
They also have jointed legs, which means they are arthropods.  (pod = foot, kind of like pedal.)

(9) Class Insecta

(10) Grasshoppers breathe through spiracles, tiny holes along the abdomen.  There is one on each section.  In this video, they look like little dark dots.
Order Orthoptera

(11) Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis
Embedding was disabled for these videos, so click on a link to watch.
If you click the first link, they will continue to play in order.  11-12 minutes total.  (They are numbered like they are in the playlist.)

Complete Metamorphosis: 4 stages:  egg, larva, pupa, adult
Simply amazing!!!
63. Monarch butterfly laying eggs
64. Monarch caterpillar growing
65. Monarch caterpillar changing into chrysalis
66. Monarch butterfly metamorphosis

Monarch or Viceroy? (not a video)
How to tell the difference between a Monarch butterfly and a Viceroy?
The difference is the additional black line that goes across the hind wings of the Viceroy.  Monarch butterflies are bitter because of what they have eaten, so birds will avoid Viceroys as well as Monarchs, not realizing they are different.

Incomplete Metamorphosis: 3 stages:  egg, nymph, adult
67. Preying Mantis  Order Orthoptera
68. Preying Mantis life cycle

(12) Whirligig Beetles

(13) Life Cycle of Honey Bees
Order Hymenoptera:  Ants, Bees, and Wasps ("social" insects - live in colonies)

(14) Grasshopper Dissection

Extras if you need more.
►Another grasshopper dissection.  Part 1,  Part 2. (about 14 min total)
Just glanced at it, but seems to have more vocabulary, so it depends on what exactly you are wanting to learn about insects.

Insect External and Internal Structures and Functions (16 min)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Biology 101, Chapter 3, The 5th Day - Aquatic Creatures

In addition to Biology 101:
• Apologia Biology Exp 13.1 Perch Dissection (another great image)
--We ordered our dissection kits from Home Science Tools.  Our worms in the kits were mostly flattened, so I requested new ones and received them in just a few days, round and plump!
Write a report on any Aquatic Creature (also draw and label)

• Apologia Biology Exp 12.1 Crayfish Dissection
--Crayfish dissection worksheet and appendage table
--another image of crayfish internal organs
--also see Applie's class's crayfish dissection
--See our crawdad the girls found shortly after doing this chapter in Apologia.
Write short reports on organisms in Subkingdom Protozoa: amoeba, euglena, and paramecium (also draw and label)
--How to pronounce euglena. Also type in paramecium, etc.
• You can also make edible trilobites!  We didn't since half of my class had already done that in General Science M8.

►Links to more dissections

I assigned the written reports above to take the place of the field trip and essay assigned in Biology 101.  We also allow 4 weeks per chapter instead of 3 weeks.

(1) Terminology
  • Dorsal - referring to the back, or it might seem to be the top if the animal is not upright like a human, but it is its back.  Like a dorsal fin on the back of a fish.
  • Ventral - referring to the front, or belly-side of an organism.
  • Anterior - in front of, or the end that contains an organism's head.
  • Posterior - in back of, or the end that contains an organism's tail.
A shark has two dorsal fins.  This means they are on its back.  There is an anterior dorsal fin and a posterior dorsal fin.  The anterior is toward the head and the posterior is toward the tail.
Something can also be "anterior to" another body part, meaning it is in front of it, and "posterior to" another body part would mean it is in back of it.

Aquatic Vertebrates

(2) Osteichthyes (bony fish)
Perch anatomy - exterior and interior

►You can also watch Shark anatomy!

(3) Agnatha (jawless fish) are a type of cartilage fish.
Lol, Agnatha talked so much, her jaw deteriorated.
One type of Agnatha is the Lamprey.  ewwww! 

Aquatic Invertebrates

Invertebrates have an exoskeleton rather than an outer skeleton.  So they do not have a backbone, thus the name invertebrate.

Some invertebrates are also arthropods.  Arthropod means jointed leg or foot.
All the creatures below are invertebrates.  Which of these invertebrates are also arthropods?

(4) Crayfish Anatomy part 1
Please ignore the evolutionary references.

(5) Crayfish Anatomy part 2

(6) Crayfish Swimming, trying to catch food.
Growing up, I always called these crawdads.  =)

(7) Lobster

(8) Shrimp

►See baby shrimp being born around 0:50 seconds.

(9) Beautiful Crab at Costa Rica

Watch this crab run!

"Barnacles (see images) are crustaceans that have jointed legs and shells of connected overlapping plates. Instead of crawling after food, they glue themselves to rocks, ships, pilings  abalones, and maybe even whales and wait for food to wash by. When barnacles are under water or when a wave washes over them, they reach out little feathery barbed legs to strain out plankton and absorb oxygen."

(10) Barnacles "sweeping" the water to gather any plankton floating about.

(11) Amoeba Dinner!
Watch this amoeba eat.  It uses its pseudopod locomotion to move and to engulf its prey.  To begin with, everything moves slowly until the prey realizes it is caught!

►See more images of amoebas!

(12) Euglena, from a pond

(13) Euglena's movement by whirling its flagella, and by drawing its cytoplasm into the central region of the cell, then re-extending itself forward.

(14) A paramecium moves by beating the tiny "hairs" on its edge.  These are called cilia.
Paramecia have an oral groove where they take in food.  You can see the oral groove around 40 seconds when it starts turning over several times.
The little "blobs" throughout are food vacuoles.  After a paramecium takes in food through the oral groove, it pinches off a little section with the food inside it.  This is now a food vacuole, and it will move to other parts of the paramecium, taking food to its whole body.

(15a) Octopus Camouflage!  This is incredible!

(15b) Watch it in reverse

Octopus videos from

Sunday, September 29, 2013

At, Apologia's *1st editions* are on sale! Up to 89% savings!

Current prices:
General Science, Text and Answer Key - $8.99
Physical Science, Text and Answer Key - $10.99
Biology, Text and Answer Key - $8.99
Physics, Text and Answer Key - $8.99

Just go to this page on and scroll down.  I sorted by Price, and this should land you on page 4.  If you don't see what you're looking for, check pages 3 and/or 5.  Look for the ones that say "2 volumes" to be sure you're getting both the textbook and answer key.

Page 1 has some of the Multimedia CD Roms for $1.99.  To my knowledge, these have things like short animated illustrations and vocabulary pronunciation.
Check around and see what else you find!  =)

See here the different components of Apologia, and which ones are necessary and which are supplemental.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Biology 101, Chapter 2, The 3rd Day - Plants

In addition to Biology 101:
Grow a bean plant, learn about tropisms
Dissect a Flower (worksheets here or here)
• Apologia Biology Exp. 14.1 - Leaf Collection and Identification (worksheet, guide)
• Apologia General Science Exp. 10.4 - Turgor Pressure (scroll down) (directions/worksheet)
• Transpiration - Apologia Botany p. 96 or 138.  Place a baggie over a leaf of a well-watered plant that is in the sun.  Close baggie with clothespin or twist-tie.

(1) Plant Cells

All cells have a cell membrane.  But outside a plant's cell membrane, there is also a cell wall.  
The cell wall of plants is made of cellulose.  
There are three structures in a plant cell that pertain specifically to plant cells.
  1. cell wall (for stiffness of the stem; also keeps cell from bursting if the central vacuole continued to fill)
  2. large central vacuole (for turgor pressure)
  3. chloroplasts (for photosynthesis)

(2) Turgor Pressure
The large central vacuole and the cell wall work together to create turgor pressure.
As the water vacuole fills, it presses against the cell wall, making the plant become more rigid.  This rigidness is known as turgor pressure.
This plant regains turgor pressure as the vacuoles in each of its plant cells fill with water.
(459 shots, made every 30 seconds for 3h 45m. He added about 1½ cups of water.)

The food coloring in the water shows that the water traveled up the xylem, filled the celery's plant cell vacuoles, and caused the plant to become rigid with turgor pressure.

(3) Plant Parts

But what about a daisy?  Where is the stigma?  Where is the stamen?
Read this article (scroll to Inflorescence and then The Magic.)
Then look at these microscopic images.

(4) Leaves
►See several labeled images of leaves here.
►A great site that classifies leaves.  (Also see the paragraph about bark)
• Scroll down and see what kinds of fruits there are, including nuts.
• These are important to think about when classifying leaves in class.

These links will help with leaf identification.
► Keys to Leaves of Virginia, (4H) I've got my leaf; let's get started! (interactive)
► Auburn University Horticulture Dept, Plant Identification Resource (interactive)

The microscopic structure is what you cannot see with the naked eye.
►Image of what is inside a leaf (scroll down)

Structure of a Leaf

Parts of a Leaf

(5) Stems
Xylem and Phloem  (zy' lum, flow' um)
♦Xylem and phloem tubes are together in a vein, or a vascular bundle.
If you look at the bottom of a stalk of celery, you will see these.  They look like strings, and both xylem and phloem are bundled together, like wires through a power cord.
♦ The xylem transports water and minerals UP the roots to the leaves where the chlorophyll is located, in order to make food for the plant.
Xylem is dead tissue.
♦ The phloem transports food (sugars) back DOWN the leaves, then to all the rest of the parts of the plant.

(6) Transpiration - how water and minerals are transported up the xylem (which is dead tissue) and how moisture exits the leaves through the stoma so that more water and minerals are pulled up through the xylem.
 stoma/stomata, guard cells, vacuoles

►Remember that plants have specialized structures while algae do not.  In other words, plants have structures that each perform their own specific task.
(1) Roots take in water and minerals.
(2) The stem transports these to the leaves.
(3) The leaves carry out photosynthesis.

(7) Tropisms

Stimulus:  something causing a response.

Nastic Movement vs. Tropism
Nastic movement is a preprogrammed response, and any direction of movement is independent of the direction from which the stimulus comes.  No matter from which direction the light comes, the plant's response is the same each morning -- opening of leaves and petals.  Or if a plant's leaves close when you touch them, it does not matter which direction the touch is from.  The plant is preprogrammed to this action.
Nastic movement is not a growth response.
It does not grow in a direction as a result of a stimulus.

Tropisms depend on the direction of the stimulus, and therefore, can change.
Tropisms can be a growth response or a movement response.
 Growth of a plant toward sunlight is phototropism.  The sunlight is the stimulus.
• Heliotropism is when plants bend toward the sun as it moves across the sky.  This is a movement response that is a tropic response since it depends on the direction of the stimulus.
--These are tropisms if the plant moves or grows toward the light, rather than just opening its leaves as in nastic movement.   
• Thigmotropism is a growth response to touch, like a vine touching a branch will grow around the branch.  The direction of growth depends on the direction of the branch.  The branch is the stimulus.
Tropisms are growth or movement responses, but both depend on the direction of the stimulus.
• Gravitropism (also called geotropism) works in two ways.  Roots grow down, and shoots grow up.  The shoots growing up is not simply a result of phototropism, because they will grow up even in the dark.  The seeds that germinate and sprout upwards while still covered with soil are proof of this.  This is called negative gravitropism, since they grow in the opposite direction of gravity.  Roots growing down is positive gravitropism.
• Hydrotropism is growth toward water.  This would most likely be roots growing toward water.

(7a) Examples of nastic movement (not a growth response like a tropism can be)
Nastic movement because it does not matter from which direction the bug comes.
This is a preprogrammed response to happen when the hairs are touched.   

(7b)More nastic movement
Nastic movement because it does not matter from which direction the leaves are touched.   
This is a preprogrammed response to happen when touched.    

(7c)Nastic movement of a Moon Flower, also called an Evening Primrose
It opens near dusk and it takes about 30 to 60 seconds for one to open. About 10 to 20 open each night on a plant and they all fade by noon the next day.
♦ This is in real time, not a time lapse.
Nastic movement because there is nothing in any direction that prompts this behavior.  
This is a preprogrammed response for this to happen at night. 

LOL, dh asked about pollination, and I told him they're open until noon the next day.
He laughed and said they only serve breakfast.  =)

Tropisms can be a movement OR a growth response.
(7d) Phototropism, and a little about gravitropism 
These are growth responses as a result of the direction of the stimulus - the sun, or gravity.

(7e) Phototropism and Heliotropism
Watch these bush beans as they grow toward the sun. (phototropism)
Then watch as shadows move over them - they ALL lean toward the sun. (heliotropism)
(Video was shot over a 24 hour period.)
Growth and Movement response is a result of the direction of the stimulus - the sun.

(7f) Thigmotropism - response to touch (what the plant touches, not what touches the plant - like a human or animal)
Growth response as a result of the direction of the stimulus - the pole.  The vine would not grow this direction if it were not for the pole.
LOL at the spider that comes down at 0:12  =D

Monday, September 2, 2013

FREE Kindle Books

Don't have a kindle?  You can download a Free Kindle app for your computer or other electronic device!

I have a tablet with an Android operating system.  Instead of going to the link above, I had to go to the Google Play store on my tablet and search for Kindle App for Android.
I turn on my WiFi for downloading books, and turn it off while reading to speed up my Kindle app and to save battery.  =)

First, you will need an Amazon account, then download the Free Kindle app.
Then you can go to this awesome website and download tons of free books!
There is everything from Beatrix Potter, to Tom Swift, to G. A. Henty!  Over 3 dozen series!
Be sure to thank this lady for such an awesome resource.  =)

Oh yeah... and if you have teenagers, but you just love the younger books too.... get all of them anyway!  You'll have grandkids one day.  =D

P.S. A few more G. A. Henty books here, just in case there is one you want that isn't listed on Contented at Home, but she has nearly all of these!

In case you don't know where to start with the G. A. Henty books, a young man told me these were some of his favorites:
In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce
The Young Franc Tireurs and their Adventures in the Franco-Prussian War
The Treasure of the Incas
Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion
The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
St. Bartholomew's Eve: A Tale of the Hugeonot Wars
On the Irrawaddy: A Story of the First Burmese War

He only texted the first main parts of the titles, and when he said, "On the Irrawaddy," I texted back, "Lol on the what???"  He told me Irrawaddy is a river in Burma.  =)

UPDATE on the Biology 101 Books

I had posted about how I put together our Biology 101 books, and used cardboard folders for the back cover.  I need to tell y'all this is not a good idea.  =\
I would use either use plastic folders, or an additional heavyweight binder cover on the back of the cardboard folder.  Plastic folders would be cheaper if you don't already have binder covers on hand as I did.  In fact, if you haven't already made your books, you could use one folder for both front and back.
With just a few days of use, I saw my cardboard ones were not going to hold up, so I had to get more holes punched in cut-down plastic folders (I told Staples I had already had my books bound there, and since they would have punched these for me along with my books, there was no charge).  I then cut one end off the spiral binding, and unbound and re-bound them myself.  You'll need needle-nose pliers to bend back the spiral binding.  Fun, fun.  =D  Actually not too bad once I got it going.
Please comment and let me know how your books turned out!  If anyone wants to email me pictures, I'd love to post them here.  =)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Biology 101, Chapter 1, Introduction: Life Defined

In addition to Biology 101:
• Apologia Biology Exp. 1.1 - Biological Classification  (worksheet)

What is Life?
There are four criteria to actually be able to say something is alive.
1. All life forms contain deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
2. All life forms have a method to extract energy from their surroundings and convert it into energy that is useful to them.
3. All life forms can sense changes in their surroundings and respond to those changes.
4. All life forms reproduce.
(Apologia Biology, p. 1)

King Philip and the Biological Classification System - Taxonomy

During the video, he gives the genus and species for a mountain lion.  On the screen it says, "Felis Concolor."  The spelling and name are correct, but it should be written as Felis concolor with only the first word capitalized and both words italicized.
The genus and species are the only two categories in the Biological Classification system whose proper names will be italicized.
The proper name of a species is always written in lowercase.

Order of the Biological Classification system:
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genusspecies

The words themselves, "kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species" are not capitalized in sentences unless they precede the proper name.  Such as Kingdom Animalia, or Phylum Chordata.
The proper name of the species is never capitalized.

Use this mnemonic to help you remember the order:  King Phillip Cried Out, "For Goodness Sake!"
Write your own mnemonic.  =)

There are 5 kingdoms.
Each is further divided into the levels mentioned in the video. 

--Kingdom Monera consists of bacteria, and are made of one cell.  Their cells have no nucleus and therefore are called prokaryotic cells. (pro-carry-ah-tic)
(All other organisms have a nucleus, and have what are called eukaryotic cells.)
--Kingdom Protista is made up of other organisms such as amoebas, and are also made of one cell, but their cells have a nucleus - a eukaryotic cell.  (you-carry-ah-tic)
Members of this kingdom are larger than bacteria but still are too small to be seen without a microscope.  

Anything you can see with the naked eye is made of many cells.

Part 1

Part 2 Single-celled kingdoms Monera and Protista

Part 3 Multi-celled kingdoms Fungi, Plantae, and Anamalia

Friday, July 19, 2013

Putting Together Our Biology Book

If you saw my last post, A Different Biology, you know we will be using Wes Olson's Biology 101 this fall, along with John Hudson Tiner's Exploring the World of Biology.
I bought the ebooks for both so I could print them out for each of the kids as well as for me.  With at least one of my kids I will most certainly be reading aloud, so it will be helpful to have my own.  We can write in them and make notes.  AND I can put everything together in one book, in the order I want, and not be going back and forth between books and maybe forgetting when I wanted to read a chapter from the other book.

I paid $4.49 per book at Staples to have them bound. (It depends on the type of binding and the size binder needed - mine was 22 mm.)  In one book there were pages upside down and I'm absolutely certain that was my fault.  The same book had the wrong size spiral binding put on it.  But there was no problem!  She cheerfully cut off the binding, turned around the upside-down pages, and re-threaded it with the correct size.  She also told me if either of the other books had pages upside down, they would fix them also. =)
I hated that they had to waste one of the spiral thingys, but I'm thankful the mistakes were on the same book.  =)

I used my own clear binder cover (actually it says 'frost' but it's pretty clear - these -- they are heavyweight).  The free one that Staples offered along with their binding was too flimsy to last an entire year of being tossed around by teenagers.  And me.   ;-)

I made the cover page using various pictures.  The central pic is from Biology 101!  =)
See the Science Fact at the bottom?  hee hee! =D

Next I put in a 1 page calendar, then the table of contents from both books.
I got this free school calendar from, then tweaked and added highlighted days where needed.

Since I had chapters from 2 different books, and since some sections would have more chapters than others and it could get confusing, I used a colored sheet of paper between each section.  This is also where I printed the verses for that chapter.

Next I put in the assignment page.  Biology 101 comes with the assignments already made up, but I had typed up a few extra instructions.  This was typed very small on the left side of the page so that I could run it through the printer onto the Biology 101 assignment pages.  I like all the assignments on one page.  =)
I will add to and/or tweak these as we go.

Email me if you want these.  Includes which chapters of Tiner's we will be using with each section of Biology 101.  You can also have the KJV verse pages too if you want.
hehe, I have "flower dissection" on there twice, lol.

Then came the Biology 101 chapter/section and the Tiner's biology pages.

At the end of each section, I put in a page with lines on both sides and a blank page.  Just in case I need them to write some notes or to draw something.
Last I added in the index pages from both books.

I did not include the answer keys in the kids' books; the quizzes will be open book.

For the back, I wanted a folder for a place to put in occasional loose papers, so I used a piece of cardstock as a guide to measure and draw lines, and cut down a file folder to fit.  =)
UPDATE: Either use plastic folders, or an additional heavyweight binder cover on the back of the cardboard folder.  With just a few days of use, I saw my cardboard ones were not going to hold up, so I had to get more holes punched in cut-down plastic folders, then cut one end off the spiral binding, and unbound and re-bound them myself.  You'll need needle-nose pliers to bend back the spiral binding.  Fun, fun.  =D  Actually not too bad once I got it going.
This is my book because I like green.  JohnDavid chose blue, and Bethany's is purple.

Including the pages I made up and added in (28), it ended up being over 160 sheets of paper, most printed on both sides.

I just love having our Biology made up into this cool book!  =)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Different Biology

I have put in many hours in gathering and saving "stuff" for Apologia Biology - videos that I went over with a fine-toothed comb, only using a small percentage of all the many I viewed; web links that I read through, keeping some and discarding others; web sites that had other links to peruse; saving everything that could be used again; keeping notes of what I did.... and that was for just one module!  But I have decided my kids and I will use something else this year. 

I have decided on Biology 101 with Wes Olson of  In my opinion, this biology seems to be more clearly explained.  It has some videos, some hands on, and less of the nitty gritty details.  (Plenty of details, just not nitty gritty ones!)
If you like the nitty gritty details, and memorizing weird-sounding names of phyla, that's great!  Although they were extremely interesting, I just didn't care for memorizing all that stuff in the first four chapters of Apologia Biology.  And in a few other chapters.  Made me cross-eyed.  Or maybe just cross.  hehe.  
I still have my Apologia books though, and plan to keep them.  We 
                                                    will use parts of them as a supplement.

Biology 101 consists of 4 DVDs containing:  9 videos, a printable Guidebook with quizzes, and a printable Course Accreditation Program.
This course is divided into chapters by the days of Creation.  Some days of Creation take more than one chapter, and each chapter takes three weeks to complete for a total of 27 weeks.  
--There is a video for each three week period that is assigned to be watched twice in those three weeks. (sample)
--The Guidebook (with quizzes) is a thorough review of what is in the video for that chapter, and is very well written and clearly explained.  This is assigned to be read two different times during the three week period.  (sample)
When first browsing through the sample pages, I actually understood some things I had struggled to remember before!  =)  
--The Course Accreditation Program has listed what assignments are to be done each week.  (sample)

Usually in the first week of each period, the child will read juvenile books of your own choosing from the library, then non-juvenile books suitable for high school the next week, again of your choosing.  Sometimes they're instructed to even watch an appropriate video if available.  
There are some written and hands-on activities assigned as well.  I will be tweaking these as needed and even adding in some extras from what we did with Apologia.
Read more by clicking on the Biology course at, then clicking Contents.

Per Biology 101:  *Intended audience age: 15 and up. However, every word, graphic, and picture in Biology 101 has been carefully selected and is appropriate for the entire family.

My plan for the reading/video assignments:
-Use some passages/pages from the books from Apologia's elementary series, and some from Apologia Biology as well.  
-Read coordinating chapters from John Hudson Tiner's Exploring the World of Biology.  (also available as a digital download - both paperback and PDF download are available at this link.)
-Watch some/all? of the videos I've already found as part of the assignments.
-Use library books when I can't find all I need in the above resources.

See how I put our book together 
Other Resources:
The Biology Corner - dissection labs
Home Science Tools - dissection kit
Additional #22 scalpel blades

Since I will be adding in experiments and probably other extras not included in Biology 101, we will be taking 4 weeks to do some chapters.

The scripture used in Biology 101 and Exploring the World of Biology is not King James, which is what we use.  In Biology 101 there is a verse quoted at the beginning of each video.  Both John Tiner's and Biology 101's written materials contain verses not from the KJV.  I will be watching for these as we go and will have them typed up for my kids before beginning each new chapter.  (I know *I* don't like to stop to look up things when I'm in the middle of something, and I figure kids will be more likely to read what is right there on hand rather than pausing to go look it up.)
If you want the typed up verse pages that I've made, and/or my schedule notes (actually a really loose plan) telling what extras and what chapters in Tiner's we are doing for that section, email me at and I'll be happy to send it.
Please correct any typos, ha!

►Biology101 is currently available at for $49.99.

If all goes well with Biology 101, we may be doing Chemistry 101 next!  My son will love it.  =)
And it has 19 videos!    =)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bob Jones Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1 Videos!

Bob Jones Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 -- over 200 videos on YouTube!
They're not in an exact order, so my advice is to save them in order yourself -- maybe on youtube playlists a few chapters per playlist (They can be rearranged if saved out of order), or bookmark them by chapter(s) in folders.
This is simply awesome! =D

If someone does make youtube playlists, and if you don't mind sharing, please leave a comment and a link!
That would be wonderful!  =)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Triangle Trick!

I love this.  =)

When you have a simple formula where one variable or value equals a fraction, and you need to rearrange it so that you find a different value, this triangle trick might just be what you need.  =)

velocity = distance/time

9:20-10:42 from this video.

Isn't this awesome!?! =D