Showing posts with label biology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label biology. Show all posts

Learning The Human Skeleton for Preschoolers

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

We’ve been singing a lot of Halloween songs at home lately and Vito was fascinated with the Skeleton Dance song.  I decided to give him some activities on skeletons just like what Mavi and I did years ago (The Skeletal System).

Child Size Skeleton Puzzle

Montessori Inspired Parts of a Flower Activities

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This midterm break (for Mavi), I’m trying to setup activities that both of the boys (3 and 8 years old) can participate in.  One of which is learning about flowers and what they are made of.  Now, even though Mavi has done this a lot of times already (when he was 4, when he was 6) , he’s still eager to do this activity with his little brother.  This is something new for me though, doing the activity with two boys, making sure that it is engaging to the little one, but at the same time able to relay information to my 8 years old.  Anyway, you can skim through the post to see how I made the boys work together in the activities I prepared for them.


Teaching Kids About their Lungs

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I forgot to share this simple activity we did during our Body Unit week.  The boys had so much fun learning how their lungs work using our homemade lung materials!

Teeth Activity for Toddlers! (29 Months Old)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Vito is 29 months old.
Another fantastic activity I got from my Pinterest board!  This is a perfect activity for toddlers to explore their teeth as they can’t usually see it.  This is so easy to assemble and will keep your little ones engaged!

Homemade Face Puzzle for Toddlers

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Vito is 29 months old.

So I was brainstorming the other way of what else could we do for our Body Unit and Mavi suggested that I should give Vito do a puzzle work.  But he worked with our favourite body puzzle already and Mavi said, what about creating Vito’s face? And it hit me! Why not print a picture of Vito and turn it into a puzzle!  This way he’ll be familiar of the order of his face from top to bottom, right?


Internal Organs Sensorial Tub and Matching Activity

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Vito is 29 months old.

This is one of the highlights of our Body Unit! I was more than excited to give this to Vito!  Just look at his face on how much he’s enjoying this activity!


Beleduc Boy Body Puzzle

Saturday, April 30, 2016

One of my best finds this year is this absolutely amazing learning material from Beleduc.  Just like Grimm and Shleich, Beleduc is a German company that produces high quality wooden learning materials that are designed for kids of all ages.  I absolutely love this puzzle because for Vito, he is just playing a game but little did he know that he is actually learning!


Learning about Faces!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The boys (and I) had so much fun making faces!  This is a simple activity that you can do with your kids with minimal preparation.  It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about emotions and the facial expressions they can make! 


Learning the Parts of the Human Eye

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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It’s Mavi’s midterm break and we decided to look into the parts of the human eye!  We examined our model unit this morning which we bought last year from the local store.  It’s so perfect and goes along so well with our Human Eye Nomenclature Cards and Booklet

The Study of the Circulatory System for Kids

Friday, October 16, 2015

It’s another 12 Months of Montessori Series and today I’m going to share with you some simple and easy to prepare lessons and activities for learning the circulatory system of the human body.  I mentioned earlier how Mavi was asking me a lot of things about the human heart and the diseases of the heart that causes death in some famous people.  Bombarding me with so many questions and that eagerness to learn, we worked on this unit study to:
  • Learn about the human heart and how it functions
  • What causes heart diseases
  • A better understanding of blood vessels: vein and artery
  • How to prevent heart diseases
  • What’s the role of the blood in the human body

In this unit study, we focused on the three major elements that comprises the circulatory system:
  • the human heart
  • blood vessels
  • human blood

As a bonus, I also added a few pointers on how to have a healthy heart!

The Human Heart
Last month, we learned about the human heart, the different parts and how it functions. You can learn more about it in this post, How to Teach the Anatomy of the Human Heart to Kids.

How to Teach the Anatomy of the Human Heart to Kids
Blood Vessels
First we plotted the network of  blood vessels in our body using our Cardiovascular Information Diagrams sheet as a guide and a printed outline of the human body.  We used PlayDoh (red and blue) to represent the vein and artery.

This activity will introduce the child to the basic concept of how blood is distributed in our body.  By plotting the veins and arteries, they will understand how the organs in the body receives oxygen and nutrients.

Working diligently to replicate our guide Open-mouthed smile

And he realized that even the head have blood vessels!

We went a little farther by inspecting the network of blood vessels, learning the difference between the veins and arteries and capillaries.   Below is a demonstration of the direction of the blood flow in the body through the blood vessels, of how oxygen rich blood enters the artery (except pulmonary arteries) to the capillaries (where oxygen is distributed to the organs) and passes through the vein to enter the human heart.

Here Mavi’s creating an artery, vein and capillary.

He even made his network and labelled the parts.

The Human Blood
This is to demonstrate the composition of blood.  45% red blood cells (red coloured water), 54% plasma (cooking oil) and 1% platelets (bubbles in between).  

Care of our Heart
These cards are included in our heart model.  It identifies 10 foods that are essential for a healthy heart.  Mavi was seriously reading all through the 10 cards and checking if he’s consuming them.  Well of course, he eats almost everything in the list except for the broccoli and wine Open-mouthed smile

And that ends our circulatory system unit.  For more biology related posts see the following:
For more details on the Circulatory System learning materials you can check this post, Circulatory System Learning Materials.

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This post is part of the 12 Months of Montessori Learning which is hosted by Natural Beach Living and The Natural Homeschool.


Collection of Human Body Activities for Kids and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kids love to learn their body parts! Our human body activities has always been a favourite at home and with my readers as well.  Here are some of our favourites throughout the years:


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Parts of the Body
Hands-on Study of Human Anatomy from Christian Montessori Network
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Montessori Human Anatomy Activities from Natural Beach Living
Homeschool Unit Study Human Body from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool
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  • How to Teach the Anatomy of the Human Heart to Kids

    Sunday, September 27, 2015

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    Mavi was so excited about this.  He has always been so curious of the human heart and how it works. Because he reads some biographies, he would encounter terms like “died of heart attack” LOL and most probably triggered his curiosity and enthusiasm in learning about the heart.  So I worked hard to create learning materials for our study and I’m so happy that they turned out pretty good, and Mavi loves them!

    Objectives on why we study the human heart:

  • Learn how the heart works
  • Learn why it is one of the most important organs in the body
  • Learn its functions
  • Learn how to avoid getting heart diseases
  • Learn how to maintain a healthy heart

  • HumanHeartFB
    Learning about the human heart might be too advanced for a 7 years old.  But Mavi was persistent, and because I created the materials suitable for his age (lots of graphic presentation) he was so engaged the entire time we talked about this important internal organ.  Another advantage of learning this at home is that I get to filter “complex” concepts.  This means, I set aside information that he can’t absorb yet and save it once he’s old enough to understand complex functions of the heart.

    So let me share with you how we worked on our human heart.  Links to the materials used are provided at the end of this post, including where to buy heart models.

    The Human Heart and its Parts

    It’s always been a practice that we always start learning about different parts of our subject.  And in Mavi’s case, he learns and absorbs everything with the use of The Human Heart 3-part cards.  We’ve been using this technique since he was 3 years old and so far he’s used to learning this way.  The retention is great, he can remember the parts by working on these cards over and over again. 

    Of course, having a heart model adds up to the fun in learning. It’s the closest we can get to visualize what the heart really looks like, unless we dissect a pig’s heart Open-mouthed smile
    Aside from the 3 part cards, we also used the definition booklet included in The Human Heart learning pack. It was so handy whenever I needed to describe each part, its function and how it works. We took turns in reading and discussing the parts. 
    Afterwhich, Mavi worked on the activity sheets, also included the The Human Heart learning pack.  It’s basically making his own heart anatomy booklet (less the description).

    How the Human Heart Works

    This part was for Mavi to understand how the blood flows in and out of the heart.  To demonstrate how this works, we used our materials mentioned below, plus pipe cleaners to trace the flow of blood.
    In this part, we used the materials The Human Heart learning pack and Cardiovascular System Information Diagrams to learn how the heart works.  I created the information diagrams to see how the blood flows in and out of the heart and the blood distribution to the rest of the body.
    As you can see, we used pipe cleaners to demonstrate the blood flow in the left ventricle (blue pipe cleaners) and the red pipe cleaners for the right ventricle. 
    So now, Mavi knows which part of the heart is responsible for distributing deoxygenated blood to the lungs and the part which distributes oxygenated blood to the rest of the body.

    Heart Diseases

    I just have to include this to answer Mavi’s question about “heart attack”. Included in my Cardiovascular System Information Diagrams, is a presentation of the different heart diseases. One of the main focus of our study is the coronary heart disease which is the main cause of a heart attack. Here, I pointed out which part of the heart is affected and how it is causing the problem.
    Our model comes with arteries showing the progression of fatty residue that limits the flow of blood flow.  See how Mavi discovered that there’s not enough space for the blood to flow when the walls of the artery is covered with fats.
    Now his question is, can he still eat fatty foods? Now that’s another story and will be included in my Circulatory System post next month.

    By the way, if you wish to demonstrate this with your kids, you can either use a straw or a hose, tissue rolls can also be used, and for the fatty residue Playdoh would be best.

    And that’s about it, our human heart study.  I hope you find this post helpful!

    Materials Used:

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    Letter E: Parts of the Body Unit Activities

    Sunday, September 20, 2015

    Letter Sound E

    Last week, I put up a body parts unit study for Vito with emphasis on the letter E.  I’d like to share some of the materials and activities I prepared for him, of which he truly enjoyed.

    1.  Recognition of body parts.


    Vito knows most of his body parts so I introduced our Body Parts Cards to him for abstract presentation.  The cards were used for identification, but in different ways. 

    • I would show the card and ask “what’s this?” Vito would answer and at the same time point to that part of his body.
    • I used the doll for identification (3rd person) like “where is the dolly’s hair?”
    • I could see him at times looking at the cards and imitate the picture.  So cute!

    We are using my The Parts of the Body cards which you can get from here.

    2.  Letter E objectsDSC_0339

    I’ve got three objects for our letter e:  eye, elephant and egg.  I so love this method! To expand the child’s vocabulary, learn phonics and letters all at the same time!


    Vito always goes to this tray and would give me the object and say its name.  As for letter e, I love that he can remember the sound of ‘e’ whenever he encounters this in books! How amazing!

    3.  Writing using our Egg shaped crayons

    We are using Crayola here.


    4.  Tracing the body

    DSC_0508Oh yes, this was fun! Mavi participated as well!      

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    5.  Letter E for egg


    So he worked on peeling the eggshells…


    and devoured the egg!

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    And we later on used the eggshell in our letter E craft.



    6.  Making a faceDSC_0625

    I cut out some different shapes, used a yarn for the hair and paper plate for the head and we have this cute face!  Vito was happy enough to wipe out all the glue as well.


    7.  Body Parts Puzzle


    Yes, if there’s one time that a little toddler can do with body parts is to start using a simple dress-up bear puzzle, with head, body and legs portion and being emphasized.  He couldn’t fit perfectly the pieces yet but he knows exactly where to  put the head, limb and legs.  We’ll do more of this!

    And that’s about our activities for learning the body parts.  Don’t forget to pin this for later!

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