How YOUR BODY Works
I just began a month long program to teach Batman and his buddy Superman all about the human body. I'm using How Your Body Works by Evan-Moor which is correlated to state standards and so easy to use. The book is broken down by concepts and is very organized in it's approach.
Here is what I focused on in my class today:
*Bodies change as they grow older.
*The body has external and internal parts.
*The brain controls the body and is the center of thinking.
*We use five senses to find out about our world.
First we discussed how bodies change when we get older. This is a great time to bring out some old pictures of your child. Batman loves to look at himself as a baby. We looked at five pictures of Batman over the last five years of his life that showed how much he has changed. Next I took a piece of butcher block paper and outlined each child. We focused our studies on the brain this week so I used body part printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Erica at COAH did an amazing job with her human body activity pack. Thanks Erica! Superman is shown putting the cerebrum on the head.
Did you know there are there parts of the brain? The cerebrum, cerebellum, and the brain stem.
Next we moved on to the five senses which was so much fun. The boys used their senses to touch, smell, etc. lots of fun things. We even got to talk about how our taste buds and the different kinds on different parts of the tongue (sweet, salty, sour, and bitter).
To end out the class the kids finished a worksheet based on the five senses. Both boys did super on it! Batman and Superman each got some take home pages and a booklet about the body which is all part of the Evan-Moor program.
Next week we'll be studying how the body has lungs for breathing. I can't wait. Batman and Superman will love the neat respiration experiment that I have planned all from Evan-Moor!