Monday, May 10, 2010

The Skeleton Inside Me

Anna keeps saying that she wants to learn more about human body, so we are returning to human body in our science track. I admit that I like have an easier time teaching with books than with hands-on experiments even though variety of materials on the net definitely help me to come up with creative ideas. Still, we started with books, and this week I read to her The Skeleton  Inside You (we own this book), and she read a science easy reader Bones on her own. She knew a lot about skeleton already from Sid the Science Kids episodes and from prior reading, but was fascinated to learn that our ears and noses don’t have bones, but have something called cartilage in them.

May8_Skeleton I relaxed for once my rules about food in arts and we did a pasta skeleton using different types of pasta for different bones. I printed a skeleton from here. It gave us an opportunity to talk about what some of these bones do. When we got into ribs Anna said, I know, mama, this is our ribcage for heart and lungs. It always surprises me to see what she chooses to retain in her memory.


I enjoyed reading a post at Living, Loving, and Learning at Home about their study of human body. They are doing a fun experiments with soft bones. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t eat anything with bones, so we couldn’t get bones for this experiment at the moment. I will keep it in mind for later. Much older kids might enjoy Anatomy Arcade – I myself found Whack a Bone strangely addictive.

For more science with young children visit Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.


Joyful Learner said...

We have that book too. I love Anna's pasta skeleton! Last year, we got JC this floor puzzle after reading the book.

What might also be fun is to have her count your vertebrae or vice versa. You can draw an outline of her body and ask her to feel where the bones might be and draw them in.

We also read and saw the video called Dem Bones which she LOVED. The skeletons get up to sing and dance, fall apart and then come back up again.

Debbie said...

Anna looks so happy there creating her skeleton! I too am amazed over what children choose to retain and I think sometimes they retain more then they want us to know.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Occasionally I get Kiddo Magic School Bus dvds from Netflix and the most recent one he watched was "Human Body". He told me facts about how the digestive system works for a week afterward.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

To second Mom and Kiddo, there's a Magic School Bus about how the skeleton, joints, and muscles work together, too.

We'll have to check out the Anatomy Arcade, that's a new one to me.

Ticia said...

I think we've checked that book out from the library a couple of times too. My kids keep asking to do it again and again. It cracks me up.

Ticia said...

Oh, and a fun math activity at Halloween, get Dem Bones candy and you can graph what bones you got.

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love the pasta bones - that's great! We're on a big anatomy kick here, too. We recently got a "painless learning" placemat that shows some of the systems of the body. TB loves it.