The kids have had great fun this week studying about germs. I figured, mainly since everyone had a cold, that this was a good place to start. We did a mini overall introduction to the human body last week with a few fun worksheets and watching Osmosis Jones. Of course, as you can see above, we dug out the doctor kit and the littles have been playing all week. They were even fighting over the outfit so their solution was that Lilah got the shirt and Luc the scrub pants. He made up for it by donning a mint green oxford button up. He actually did look like a doctor then! It made me smile.
Although we’ve read several good books and watched several good videos, I think the kids favorite activity was learning how to wash hands properly. Ivy has been in the bathroom every chance she gets now to put soap on her hands (and whatever else she can). Our house mess level has been high but overall the kids have been enjoying themselves. It has been harder sticking to the other schedule of maintaining math and language arts. The first week back is always hardest. My weekend plans, other than Eli’s birthday, is to tweak this part to make sure we stay on schedule. I think what will help the most will be me being even more prepared. I thought I was this time with everything all printed out but I’ve found it’s the little things that will make the biggest difference to us…already-sharpened pencils, papers already on clipboards the night before for each child, as much chores as possible already done the night before to make a smooth morning transition.
We studied how our body works to keep germs out, combat germs once they invade, and how our body naturally heals itself. We also read about the doctor and immunizations. Most of our technical stuff (for the older two) had to do with the job of white and red blood cells. Here is a sampling of what we used.
- Magic School Bus: The Giant Germ Lapbook at yeeshallknow for the older students
- copywork pages from The Human Body Copywork (only $1.50 for 3 Volumes!!!)
- lapbook pieces from the pre-K Human Body Lapbook for the littles
- mini lapbook piece on the body healing (great for everyone to use) at 1+1+1+1
(There are many other great books to go along with this one.)
Other books we used:
- About Me (Childcraft) – great overall resource for a human body study with children. Worded as a living book and keeps the kids interest the entire time. Great for older or smaller children. Use the parts that go with what you are studying. We will use this book each week and just read bits and pieces as we go.
- The Giant Germ – a Magic School Bus chapter book that Gabe read independently this week.
- Judy Moody: The Doctor Is In – a chapter book that Lily read indepdendtly this week.
- Daisy The Doctor (Usborne) – a great read-aloud for the littles
- Bernstein Bears Go to the Doctor – another great picture book for the littles
- Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie – you can’t go wrong with Ms. Frizzle! Lots of great scientific information.
- Hand Washing for Kids – an adorable little cartoon kitty shows you the right way to wash hands
- Protect, Don’t Infect: Germ Wars – a great little cartoon similar to those old Saturday morning PSA’s on television…my kids loved this one!