Learn About the Human Body

Learning about the human body with our children is a privilege and a responsibility.

As homeschoolers we have the opportunity to use resources that promote truth and goodness. We have always started early teaching our children about the human body, so when it came time to talk to them about puberty we had an excellent foundation already set.

This post is designed to help you weed through the many materials out there, and focus on a few good resources for teaching your children about the human body. You will find resources for multiple ages, and learning styles.

Learn About the Human Body

*This post is from contributing writer, Amy.

Learn about the Human Body

The Human Body: God's Masterpiece: Overview of the human body for kids, by Answers in Genesis, that points the reader back to the Master Creator. You can also find a quick video about the uniqueness of man's creation in the image of God

The Human Body App by Tiny Bop: This app looks not only fun, but quite educational. Definitely check this one out if you are looking for an app to engage your child in learning about the human body. There's even a handbook available to go along with it. 

My Incredible Body App: This is an interactive app designed for kids to be able to explore inside life-like human anatomy models. While it's pricey compared to many other apps, this app is a Parents' Choice Award winner and offers plenty of in-depth learning for your students. 

Educational Videos and Games for Kids: The NeoK12 website archives educational videos from across the internet in one place. There are a host of categories including the human body, which has a number of sub-categories. Within each section you'll find videos, games, printables, etc. This site does say that's it's 100% kid-safe, however you should still take appropriate precautions when your kids are watching anything online. 

Mega List of Free Resources for Human Body Unit Studies: There are a TON of FREE resources listed on this page. Why reinvent they wheel when you don't have to? Check out this list for unit study ideas and resources to use in your homeschool. 

Celebrate Life: Human Body Unit Study Bundle: I'm really intrigued by the copywork included in this bundle, included with all the other ebooks in this unit study. I love tying subjects together - science, Bible, handwriting, copywork.  

Magic School Bus has several episodes about the Human Body: Season 1 Episode 2 "For Lunch," Season 1 Episode 3 "Inside Ralphie," Season 2 Episode 2 "Flexes Its Muscles," Season 3 Episode 9 "Works Out," and Season 4 Episode 5 "Goes Cellular." You can find these on Amazon or Netflix. There is also a Magic School Bus DVD on the Human Body with 3 of these episodes on it. 

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology: If you are looking for a curriculum to help you teach your children about the human body, Apologia's elementary curriculum is highly recommended. The optional notebooking journal and junior notebooking journal are ready-made resources to use as you work through this curriculum.

Survive Inside the Human Body: My son devoured these books as soon as he got his hands on them! I highly recommend these books that take the reader on adventures in the human body using manga-style graphics. 

Know Yourself Academy offers a series of four engaging workbooks designed to help students get to know how their bodies are built. Make sure you preview the inside of these books on the Know Yourself website which shows more detail than the Amazon listing (although you'll save a bit ordering through Amazon).

Notebooking and Coloring Pages about the Human Body

Human Body / Anatomy Notebooking Pages: With a membership to Notebooking Pages, you can download notebooking pages for your students to complete during their studies of the human body. I love that they offer a large variety of page layouts so you can choose just want you need in your homeschool. 

Human Body Coloring Pages: These coloring pages help students learn the different parts of each organ. There are answer sheets to make sure everything gets identified correctly. 

Human Anatomy Coloring Book: These inexpensive coloring books would be ideal for upper elementary (or older) children due to the amazing detail in the drawings. 

Hands-On Activities about the Human Body

Make a Life-Sized Human Body Model: Trace your children on a large sheet of paper and use the FREE organ printables on this site to create life-sized models of the human body.

Make a Life Sized Human Body Model: This is another method of making a life sized model, using a digital download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Reading passages and lift-the-flap pieces are included in this option. 

Drawing the Human Body for Kids: There are some creative ideas here for how to help your children learn to draw the human body. I'm very interested in doing some of these activities with my children. 

21 Super Fun Human Body Activities and Experiments for Kids: You'll find plenty of hand on activities on this site to use with your children while learning about the human body.

Scripture Songs about the Human Body

Teaching our children about the human body is an wonderful opportunity to point them to their Creator as we discover all about how our bodies are made. 

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

The team at Seeds Family Worship creates scripture songs word for word from the Bible. Below are several songs using scripture that would be quite appropriate to teach your children during your studies on the human body. 

Books, Games, and Other Resources about the Human Body

Learn About the Human Body

Are  you teaching your children about the human body this year?

I hope these resources are helpful to you!

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Learning about Christopher Columbus can be memorable and fun. 

It doesn't have to take a lot of resources, but choosing a few QUALITY resources will be effective. 

(It's the same philosophy I use with our Morning Basket, too.)

Christopher Columbus is an important figure in history, especially when learning about the history of America. Even though it's more widely recognized now that he wasn't the first person to discover America, he was still a key figure in exploration, trade, and the new world. 

Below you'll find a round-up of ideas on how to help your children learn about Christopher Columbus. 

Learn About Christopher Columbus

*This post is from HGL contributor, Amy.  

Learn about Christopher Columbus

Overview of the facts about Christopher Columbus 

Christopher Columbus Notebooking Pages: Our membership to Notebooking Pages is my go-to place for ready-to-go notebooking pages for any new topic we study. There is a set of pages for notebooking about Christopher Columbus. No matter what sources you use for your Columbus studies, your students can use these pages to document what they are learning. 

Christopher Columbus Lapbook: This FREE lapbook is a neat way to include hands-on learning about Columbus.

Poem about Christopher Columbus: This is the familiar poem many of us learned in school. You'll also find rhyming text in in Jean Marzollo's 1492

Writing Assignment: Check out this link for some creative Columbus writing assignments for your students. 

Visit Replicas of the Nina and Pinta:  For the ultimate field trip for your Christopher Columbus studies, you can visit the life-sized replicas of the Nina and the Pinta. This is on my wish list to do this year. 

While many students are only taught the positive things about Christopher Columbus, there were many negative things that happened as well. This video helps explain that to children without being too graphic.

Hands On Christopher Columbus Activities

Make an "old" map of Columbus' voyages: This looks like such a fun activity to do with the kids. Simple, hands-on activities are a winner at our house. 

Measure actual size of Columbus' ships: Link math and history together as you measure the size of the ships. 

Make ships in a bottle: This looks like such a fun idea! I wonder if my kids have ever even seen a ship in a bottle. 

Make a cardboard model ship: Not only can you get ideas for creating cardboard replicas of Columbus' ships from this site, you can see other interesting ways she incorporated hands-on learning about Columbus in her homeschool. 

Make a paper boat: This is a fairly easy craft to make with little supplies needed. 

I'm always interested in simple, hands-on activities we can do with supplies we already have on hand. We made tin-foil boats to represent the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. We used pencils, notecards (for the flags), tape, Lego mini-figs, and modeling clay to hold the pencils and mini-figs in place. Our little boats were even seaworthy in our bathtub.

Books and Videos about Christopher Columbus

I've included several books about Christopher Columbus below that may be helpful for you to use in your homeschool studies. 

Encounter shows a different side to Columbus' adventures. Here are some ideas on how to use this book to teach about Columbus from two perspectives. You could even use this book with your older children to relate these events in Columbus' day to current day world events that leave people displaced or disadvantaged. 

The Nest Animated Hero Classics video of Christopher Columbus is available on Amazon, but you might can find it at your library as well. And for fun, check out the Mr. Peabody and Sherman episodes on Columbus

Are  you teaching your children about Christopher Columbus this year? I hope these resources are helpful to you!

Learn About Christopher Columbus