Before we begin a new project I scour Pinterest for engaging learning ideas, reserve as many books as I can on that topic from the library and buy/make any resources.
Rather than create a tight plan of what we are going to do. I will leave out the books, resources and set up a few invitations. Then I just sit back to allow the girls to explore and investigate on their own. Observing and helping along the way if they need me to.
Here is a little overview of our learning during our human body topic.
I set up a little provocation on the light panel. The girls enjoyed cutting out and sticking the organs in the right positions.
The whole family loved the Smart Labs squishy human body. I don’t mind investing in resources like this as I know we will get years of play and learning from it.
I bought these plastic bones from eBay for about £1.99. We did a play dough experiment to understand how our skeleton holds our body together. They also came in handy for lots of maths and loose parts play. How cute are these mini skeletons the girls made!?!
This Janod Magnetic Human Body was a Christmas present. We cannot get enough of it, it is such a fantastic toy. It also has body part cards in 11 different languages. We all enjoyed learning how we say different names for body parts in different languages. I know this will be a toy that we will always come back to.
At the start of each project I have a look at apps that relate and can be downloaded. This can be an excellent learning tool. I also create a YouTube playlist of suitable videos. I find it helps to do this before hand as you can prewatch the videos to check suitability; there is some fantastic learning opportunities to be found on YouTube, but also some horrendous stuff that I don’t want to accidentally click on when I’m with the girls!
This experiment was awesome. I made some raspberry jelly, this represented the red blood cells. I then added marshmallows for the white blood cells. The girls used a pipette containing green water to represent infection. They squirted a few drops onto the plate and had to stop the infection spreading to all of the red blood cells by blocking it with the marshmallows. It was so much fun and the best part the girls got to eat it afterwards.
The girls wanted to create a life size anatomy model, so they drew around each other, and cut it out. Here is big bean drawing the skeleton. We have just begun painting the organs in watercolour ready to cut out and stick on. This is a bit of a work in progress.
This was such a fun interesting project, and I learnt a few things along the way too! We didn’t learn all of the scientific names or go massively in depth. The girls learnt all they need to know at their age about the human body. Unlike school, where you visit a topic once and that’s it, box ticked, no need to learn about that topic again, we can come back to our learning in the future and add more layers to our knowledge. That is the beauty of home education!