Believe it or not, I've not always been a science geek. It wasn't until college that I lost the fear of science and math and learned to look at it like it was a fun puzzle. Which it is. This is one of the main reasons I teach science so enthusiastically - I don't want my children to be made to feel stupid because what the school book was putting down didn't make sense to them. I wanted to make science fun yet approachable...I want to present it so it just makes sense....like when to use a period vs an exclamation point. So I make sure to teach it early and in new and exciting ways....heck I even learn as I'm going...LOL..
One of the fears I think many HS parents have of science are the Latin/Greek terminology. We (most of us) weren't taught the language so we have terms we don't fully understand and are just told this is this....I'm not a fan of wrote memorization. lol.....Anatomy just means (from education.yahoo.com):
- The bodily structure of a plant or an animal or of any of its parts.
- The science of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.
- A treatise on anatomic science.
- Dissection of a plant or animal to study the structure, position, and interrelation of its various parts.
- A skeleton.
- The human body.
So, really you're using Anatomy far more often than you probably thought. Every time you pick a flower to show your child and talk about it's color or shape and how it grow you're discussing the Anatomy of the flower....sure discussing the cell structure and hydroponics are also forms of Anatomy, but for Preschoolers you can keep it simple and still explore these seemingly more complex terms.
This post is dedicated to some of the lessons on how I aproached Human Body Anatomy (I'll do separate posts for Animals and Plants). Keep in mind I do a lot of Lapbooking as a means of compiling the information my kids learn, how to reinforce it, how to have everything in one place so they can come back to it later on for reference.
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