Sometimes I feel like we've accomplished so little in school and it takes some looking back to remind myself that yes, we've done a lot! Science is a hard subject for me to teach and it can feel like such a chore so it's easy to scrimp in the science area. This year though, I feel like we've learned a lot so far. We're using Apologia's Human Anatomy & Physiology. I tried using Apologia's Botany last year, but it overwhelmed me and I stopped using it. But this year, a wise homeschool mama friend advised me that I don't have to cover ever page of every chapter...it was fine to pick and choose. So I have and it's worked great.
Here's what we've covered so far this year...
I've taken the 14 chapters in the book, picked the 8 that I most wanted to cover and we're spending about a month on each of those chapters. First we covered DNA and cells. DNA was a little over their (and my) heads, but that's ok. If they see a DNA strand, they'll know what it is and that works for me. We covered cells more in depth and learned all the different parts and what the parts do.
We made several models...
They thought they'd be good to eat. They weren't. So grosssss! But great visual aids. Each candy represented a different part of the cells and the Jello was the cytoplasm that held it all together.
We also made mini pizzas and the toppings were the parts of the cell. This was really fun...and was actually good to eat :)
There are SO many great resources out there, but sometimes I find myself getting stretched too thin if I try to use it all. So we've basically been using the Apologia text, a few extra books here and there, and The Body Book. We are making their models and adding them to our "body" after every system we study. This has been a GREAT visual aid for us!
I've choses a few extra books and this Magic School Bus movie to add on for extra reinforcement. I am figuring out if I add too much I don't get to any of it.
Our lastest unit is on Blood and the Cardiovascular System. These are two different chapters in the book and I would normally take a month for each, but we're trying to get as much done before April as we can. We usually do Science two days a week and History two days a week.
We've been reading about blood this week. I found some great printable on pinterest. You can check out my Science Board for some of my resources. We talked about the parts of your blood and made a model with corn syrup, jelly beans, sprinkles, and a mint! So fun!!
There's almost always more than one way to use a good resource, like Apologia Science. I think if I would have tried to cover all 14 chapters in a year I would have been overwhelmed again, but breaking it up into units has been perfect for us. I think we'll give botany another go next year. Apologia also offers science kits for each of their books so you can have all the supplies ready on hand. I think we'll do that too.
So that's science lately...blood and guts. Mmmmm, time for lunch yet?? :)