Not only did I take some time off from blogging around the holidays, I also took some time off from homeschooling. I’ll often try to squeeze a couple of days of school in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but I didn’t even try this year. It was great having that time off, but it did make it hard to get back to work this week. It helped that we were starting a new topic – how the human body works. I teach a Human Bio class in college, so I’m quite comfortable talking about this with my kids. I did need to find a few books for them to utilize. They included:
The Human Body Factory: The Nuts and Bolts of Your Insides by Dan Green. Green provides a two-page spread on different parts of the body. The organs are re-imagined as a factory with many people inside, doing and explaining the work of the organs. It’s definitely a sit and look at all the fun facts kind of book that is full of fascinating facts.
I also got The Body, Revised Edition: A Complete User’s Guide, a National Geographic book written by a panel of experts. This is closer to a textbook, with both illustrations and images of internal organs. While it is full of explanations of how the body works, there are also lots of little asides in the text in the form of “Did You Know” and “Breakthrough” boxes.
If you’d rather learn about the oddities of the body, I found a couple of books to fill that category. The Odd Body: Mysteries of Our Weird and Wonderful Bodies Explained by Dr. Stephen Juan answers all those random questions people have about how the body works. It includes questions like “Why do I yawn?” or “Can my nose grow bigger?” or “Why are there more right-handers than left-handers?”. I think I need to get a copy of this book for my Human Bio class so I can answer all those odd body questions my students ask me all the time. In the same vein is Why Doesn’t My Funny Bone Make Me Laugh:: Sneezes, Hiccups, Butterflies, and Other Medical Mysteries Explained by Alan P. Xenakis, M.D. Instead of answering Odd Body Questions, Xenakis talks about why we have “funny feelings” in our body. He explains phenomena like itching, thirst, sneezing, butterflies in your stomach, and so on in a very easy to understand manner.
That’s certainly enough books to keep us busy for a few weeks. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up.
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