Homeschool Biology: Secular Curriculum Live Online 2024-25

Homeschool Biology: Secular Curriculum online class for 2024-25 is a great way to get started learning bio!

Course Overview: Homeschool Biology Secular Curriculum

This homeschool biology online class is a fun introduction to high school level cell biology for the 2024-25 school year.
Topics for the secular curriculum include prokaryotes, eukaryotes, plant cells, animal cells, blood cells, brain cells, skin cells, and other types of cells. We’ll focus on making sound technical drawings of the cells’ parts and functions.  Plus there are games. This homeschool biology class will also introduce nucleic acids, lipids, and proteins.
Cell Bio Part A is the homeschool biology secular curriculum you need to begin high school level life sciences, in a convenient online class format.

Cell drawings and biology vocab crossword puzzles are a fun way to learn high school biology! --Katie, Homeschool Mom with 10th grader in the program.

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Course Data: Homeschool Biology (Secular)

Live Classes with Instructor: This online homeschool high school chemistry course is a live, group class that meets regularly on Zoom for the 2024-25 school year with Dr. Scott, the course instructor.

Materials Included:  The online class has 9 printable pdf files including worksheets, answer keys, class notes, and a final exam. Learners typically spend 1.5 to 3 hours per lesson, which includes combined live in-class time and out-of-class time.

Time Commitment: Learners typically spend 2-4 hours per week, which includes combined live in-class time and out-of-class time.

Course duration: There are 8 lessons, and we cover a lesson about every week of live classes, meeting twice per week.

Instructor Support Included: Dr. K teaches the live class. There’s more info about her at the bottom of this page.

Who It's For

– High School aged or advanced Middle School aged learners
– Homeschoolers looking for biology with a secular curriculum online
– Learners with artistic skill or looking to develop technical drawing skills
– Anybody who might have an interest in a career in the health sciences

Learning Outcomes

Learners completing Cell Bio Part A will be able to:

1. Understand cells and their parts.
2. Make accurate and attractive drawings of cells and their parts.
3. Understand different types of human cells.
4. Be introduced to the modern science of DNA.
5. Be prepared for future high school and college level biology courses.
6. Learn how to have fun learning about bio, health, and wellness.
7. Be prepared for more advanced bio courses.
8. Understand labs and keep a lab notebook.
Lesson 1: Prokaryotic Cell Diagrams

Learn to how to draw prokaryotes, which are older forms of single celled organisms. They lack a nucleus to hold their DNA.

Lesson 2: Eukaryotic Cell Diagrams

Learn to how to draw eukaryotes, which are organisms having nuclei to hold their DNA in the center of their cells. We’ll draw and learn the function of the other organelles including the cell membrane, nuclear membrane, DNA, nucleolus, cytoplasm, mitochondria, ribosomes, lysosomes, peroxisomes, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, rough endoplasmic reticulum, centrioles, pores, vacuoles, and the Golgi apparatus. We will compare how to draw prokaryotic cells with how to draw eukaryotic cells.

Lesson 3: Plant and Animal Cells

We’ll learn to distinguish and draw the differences between plant and animal cells. We will learn about the role of individual cells in multicellular lifeforms. We will discuss chlorophyll and chloroplasts.

Lesson 4: Brain, Skin and Blood Cells

We will discuss various types of human cells including brain cells (dendrites), skin cells (melanocytes), red blood cells (erythrocytes), and white blood cells (leukocytes).

Lesson 5: Nucleic Acids

We will discuss the nucleic acids DNA and RNA. We will discuss the various forms of DNA, including chromosomes and chromatin fiber. Plus some games!

Lesson 6: Lipid Bilayers

We will learn about how lipids organize into bilayers to form membranes such as the cell membrane. We will learn about hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions.

Lesson 7: Active & Passive Cell Transport
We will discuss diffusion and Fick’s Law. Passive transport occurs down a concentration gradient, where active transport requires the cell’s energy to move chemicals up a concentration gradient.
Lesson 8: Gas Exchange in the Lungs
We will learn how the lungs work in conjunction with the red blood cells and hemoglobin to move oxygen into the cells and carbon dioxide out.

Course Sequence

Cell Bio Part A is the first course in our sequence of homeschool biology online classes with a secular curriculum. Get started learning secular bio with the free demo course!
Cell Bio Part A: Cell Biology is followed by Cell Bio Part B: Cell Division about the replication and division of cells. 
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Meet Your Instructor

Dr K is our 9th grade biology teacher, and all high school aged students are welcome in her class. She has decades of experience in health and veterinary sciences, plus experience in major research institutes. She enjoys using games to teach high school biology.