Biblically-Sound Biology DVDs
In the Christian homeschool realm, too often what appeals about a product is its religiosity, not its excellence. While you know that you cannot do an honest job of teaching biology unless you use a resource that is both scientifically-accurate and God-glorifying, many times a teaching parent may have to sacrifice one for the other.
First-Place Winner in 2004
Not so with Biology 101. The preview short "From Genesis to Genes" was the first-place winner in the Creation Category at the 2004 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. Now this four-DVD version is available to teach your entire family high-school-level biology in a systematic way.
Developed and hosted by homeschooling father, Multnomah Bible College graduate, and fifteen-year veteran filmmaker Wes Olson, Biology 101 approaches teaching biology by classifying all of life according to the days of creation. Individual segments include classification, plants, aquatic creatures, avian creatures, land animals, mankind, cells, and genetics. Upon its completion, it was submitted to the Institute of Creation Research, where it was intensely scrutinized and was found to be scientifically accurate. Nearly 4,500 hours were spent researching and developing Biology 101.
Hundreds of Captivating Visuals and Graphics
It may be Biblically sound and scientific, but is it appealing? Absolutely! In fact, we have never seen a more engaging approach to biology. Using eye-catching video footage supported by hundreds of captivating visuals and graphics, Wes does an excellent job of explaining even the most complex of topics. And if retention is important to you, you will especially appreciate Wes' effort to cement any new vocabulary through the use of word pictures.
Biology 101 is best for students who:
1. Would benefit from an overview before an intense biology study.
2. Struggle with textbooks but readily learn via discussions.
3. Are not college-bound but need the basics of biology.
Appropriate and Engaging for the Whole Family!
With initiative, Biology 101 can also be used as a full-blown, accredited biology course. Toward that end, a printable PDF file with quizzes and discussion questions is included, as well as a twelve-page Course Accreditation Program booklet which is included as a printable PDF. While Biology 101 was designed specifically for ages fifteen and up, if you have younger children in your home, you will be relieved to know that every word, graphic, and picture in Biology 101 is appropriate for the entire family. In fact, while this may be technically geared for high-school students, children as young as eight who love science and are bored with juvenile science courses will glean a massive amount of biology knowledge from this course and be further ahead for it.
These nine individual segments run from thirty to forty-five minutes each:
Author: Wes Olson
Total Run Time: 4 Hours, 37 Min
Publisher: Westfield Studios
Made In: USA
Typical High School Credits Earned: 1 credit biology
*Please note: A computer with a DVD drive and Acrobat Reader is required to print the PDF files.
Awards and Endorsements:
review by Pebblekeeper blog
"...As soon as we started watching Introduction: Defining Life and Life Classifications – I knew I had the missing piece of our puzzle. Our family enjoyed the teacher, his voice and his mannerisms...I do believe that with our current Nature Studies and this DVD series we will be able to stand firm in the knowledge that the High School Credit has been earned in Biology..."Read the Review
This was an different approach to our normal workbook and science books this past year. We enjoyed the dvd lessons and the ease of printing the work sheets from home.
We are using this as a companion to another full Biology course. We watched this together at the beginning of the school year and both boys (14, 9) really liked it. I love the Biblical worldview. Some of the info might be a little dated (as my son informed me “that’s not actually true anymore”), but that’s how science works.
We pulled our son out of 8th grade shortly after the beginning of the second semester. I needed something stressless for science and decided to use it as prep for 9th grade biology. We both really enjoyed the quality of the videos as well as how the information was presented. I don't plan on parting with it. It was easily one of the best choices I made. He enjoyed it so much he asked me to buy chemistry 101 and physics 101 just to watch which I did.
Spreading it out one topic a month is too far apart.
My 10 & 11 year old are rather ambivalent about science, but have enjoyed this DVD series. It's presents a large amount of information at a moderate rate, so the do miss quite a bit, which I expect for their ages. We plan to repeat it in two years to gain more depth from it. However, while they may not remember the scientific names of things, they have retained a lot about processes, taxonomy, etc. I think this is appropriate for ages 8 and up (though younger ages could certainly watch, I think it might be too deep to be of much benefit) with younger students grasping some basics, and older students gaining more in depth knowledge. The guide/narrator is a little nerdy, but very engaging and pleasant to listen to.