I found we (personally-as this may not be for every family so keep that in mind) needed to do something different regarding one recommend book for science; and that one area definitely needed a more in-depth investigation-the poet Robert Frost.
I have the Considering God's Creation [CGC] curricula (which I have been plucking units from for about a year and 1/2 now) that has a section on the body. After we read the book Exploring the History of Medicine (very good book!) we simply have moved into this study. I ditched the An Illustrated Adventure in Human Anatomy book that was scheduled (I had received it via the library inter-loan prior to the Exploring History one...and it needed to be returned before we came to this section-I didn't feel it was worth trying to re-hold/check out again as I have enough human body books on our shelf that are very similar to this one) and that is why I chose not to follow that part. Plus, being we are lapbooking/notebooking sorta folk-the CGC fit the bill perfectly. So we have been working our way through this unit and are just about done. I am very satisfied with it and find it is just the right amount of info/work for our boy. Again-this stresses the need for the instructor to look at what does and does not fit the student or situation when using an all-encompassing type of guide such as HOD. Just because it is listed and recommended does not mean it must be used. Esp. when you are at the mercy of library loan books, and other circumstances that require tweaking. [image from eagleswingsed.com]
As for the lack of any biographical data/study on the poet Robert Frost...well here is where I was sadly disappointed with this section. It is very Charlotte Masony to study the person and not just their work. So being that I am versed in scrounging up data-I found a few things to offer the boy as a backdrop into who this dude was. The one I got via the library is older-so not everyone will be able to find it. It is Robert Frost: America's Poet by Doris Faber. I have to say it was a very nicely written book that hits all the key points a book should when following the CM method for choosing books-it was twaddle free. :) Anyhoo-I saw the other listed book below via Amazon, but was not able to get a hold of it...so not sure how great it is but looks to be written for children and looks lovely. If I do get my hands on it-I will come back and update my thoughts on it.
Robert Frost: America's Poet by Doris Faber
Papa Is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost by Natalie Bober
image from Amazon.com
I also downloaded these free notebooking pages on Robert from
to give him some opportunities to jot down
some essential data and such.
I have also pulled those noted human body books from the shelf and we refer to them when needed. Again-I am using what I have to wrap up this unit and it is all good. Just not what was originally outlined in the study.
And now for one of my favorite projects the Boy has done so far...and yes, it is a fav because he put some personality into it. Our floating-head skeleton boy with a Barber of Seville curly mustache and a rocker dude goatee. [I say-if you do this study-dry place the pieces prior to the child gluing unlike us. Otherwise, you too will end up with a lovely floating, non-connected skull]
And that my blogger peeps is how we tweaked our HOD study to fit us and our current needs.