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Friday, May 8, 2015
B is for Body
This week, we studied the human body. I know that's a big topic but the kids are young so we just focused on a few concepts. Sort of by accident, we spent a lot of time talking about injuries and how our bodies heal. We also tried a new technique called "Five in a Row," (FIAR) where the parent reads one book every night for five nights in a row (we actually only made it 3 nights). This method is supposed to help kids to absorb information, vocabulary, rhetoric, etc. The book we used this week for FIAR was "Your Body Battles a Skinned Knee." The book uses child-friendly pictures and concepts to explain what happens in our bodies when we get a skinned knee. This has been very applicable since we've had a number of skinned knees this week (sigh). From reading this book and discussing it, Dragonfly can now tell you that the "Fibrin makes a net to hold in the red blood cells so we stop bleeding."
We also bought a stethoscope this week and listened to our heartbeats, the blood going through our veins, and "secret" messages from each other.
Our sensory bin for the week was a model of our blood. Not a very good one- I'm saving the "gross" model for later years. Our bin only had "red blood cells" made from tapioca pearls, ping-pong balls as "white blood cells," and spiky balls as "germs." The kids played with it for about 45 minutes: sifting, touching, squishing, jumping, splashing, rubbing, etc. Of course, the airplane wasn't planned but it still managed to "sneak" in anyways (Skimmer is hardly ever without his planes or cars).
Practical: hand washing practice
listening with a stethoscope
Sensory: blood sensory bin
glitter germ experiment
Educational: doctor's office pretend play
skin color chart
human body videos (Youtube)
Work Boxes: fingerprints exploration
tooth brushing practice
Books: "Germs Make Me Sick"
"I See Me"
"Bear Feels Sick"
"My Amazing Body"
"The Life Cycle of Humans"
"Your Body Battles a Skinned Knee"
"Pilobolus- the Human Alphabet"
Song: "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
Outing: Well-child check-up at the doctor's office
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