(free resources for homeschooling)
A body – we all have one. And throughout recorded human history all bodies have worked the same. So why is it such a mystery and embarrassment to talk and teach about the body? There are only 2 types – male and female, each having common aspects, and each also with distinct parts. If parents would stop being so other-worldly and dreamy about the body, and open up to their children, then that would remove an obstacle to teaching about reality.
Teach your children about anatomy – what are the valves in the heart? Where’s the liver? What does a kidney do? What do these things look like? We’re so used to watering down teaching that our children may only see, for a long time, the cutesy heart design, or the cleaned-up version of the lung where it shows the shape with the drawn-in branches that show the bronchioles and alveoli.
There are certainly theological, ethical, philosophical and moral aspects and applications (what’s THAT used for? When does life begin and end? Etc.) that need to be considered when teaching , but this post doesn’t cover those. We need to teach that our bodies are normal, that things are ordered in particular ways, and that everyone’s body has pretty much the same layout.
Inner Body – http://www.innerbody.com/
Carnegie Mellon University – http://oli.cmu.edu/courses/free-open/anatomy-physiology/
CMU’s Open Learning Initiative is free, but without a sign-in, you can’t save your work. Sign-up is free. It has great illustrations and quick quizzes.
Make a Model of the Human Body – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4C2jZR8fKo&feature=youtu.be
This 1:18 (that’s 1 minute 18 seconds, not 1 hour 18 minutes) video shows how to use craft paper, markers, scissors, crayons, tape, and paper models of organs, etc. Just simply a neat idea.
BioDigital – https://www.biodigital.com/education
This site lets you view the body in 3D and create custom views.
Build-A-body – http://www.spongelab.com/game_pages/bab.cfm
This site allows you to build male and female bodies system by system. Nothing vulgar or rude here – it focuses on the interior of the body. Fun!