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This week was all about the human body. You might remember from last week that Jack (4ys) had become quite interested in x-rays lately. This week he and Sarah (2yrs) have still been investigating different x-rays on the OHP and light panel. This inevitably led to questions about bones and so our friendly skeleton “Skelly” came to visit again.
Last June Jack became quite interested in the human body; mostly our digestive system. I really like that we have doubled back to this topic. I can see how much his understanding has grown since then.
Here’s a few things Jack and Sarah explored this week:
Jack: “Mummy Skelly needs some muscles so he can move.”
Me: “Ok. How are we going to do that?”
Jack: “We could paint him with red paint….but then he’ll be all painty… how about we use some ribbons?… I KNOW we can stick them on with wire!”
You probably noticed that there wasn’t any specific math and language work this week. I am still grappling with the best way to move forward with this; I mentioned before that a structured language program wasn’t working for us.
Jack may change his style of learning in the future but for now he really resists being taught in a direct fashion if you know what I mean. So even though I am very conscious of developing his language and math skills he quite understandably isn’t interested in learning things out of context; he’ll try to read and write something if he thinks it is meaningful to what he is doing but otherwise doesn’t see the point in writing for the sake of writing.
He expressed it beautifully yesterday. I wanted him to label some of his drawings…
“It’s ok Mummy. I know that is a rib cage. I don’t need to write it. I’ll remember.”
I quite admire that he has this attitude towards learning; it is me that needs to constantly retrain my teacher brain. I wanted him to practice writing, Jack had no reason to write those words, he already knew them. So I need to find more meaningful opportunities for Jack to write…I’m still thinking…it’s challenging for me but I’ll get there.
Resources and Materials
Coloured craft wire – From Zart Art (page 40 of their Play-based Learning catalogue)
Build a Body by Spongelab Interactive (free)
The Human Body by Tinybop ($3.99): I also really like the look of this one but our old iPad doesn’t support it unfortunately
And here’s my Science – Human Body board