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.
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.