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During the month of May we're studying our bodies. Originally I was going to start our month off with the Respiratory System, however, as different events have occurred in our own personal lives (I am NOT pregnant), and Princess has been asking lots of questions, I switched gears and we started our month out with the Reproductive System.
We've only been using our new trays of activities for two days now, but learning time has been AWESOME. I worked extremely hard to find and create activities that would fit the needs, learning styles, and developing minds of my three children. As part of the unit we have included material about modesty, good touch and bad touch, and privacy. And since Sunday happens to be Mother's Day, I found it extremely easy to add in some fun holiday themed activities.
This is a very sensitive topic and rightly so. We have felt much heart ache as foster parents as we've witness the sexual trauma and abuse so many have received. In every training we've attended, the speaker starts out by saying every 1 in 5 people will be sexually abused in their life time. Education is our children's only defense at such young ages.
Source: I found these free print outs at Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs.
Mother's Day Beginning Sound Adjective Match Up
Source: My husband created this activity.
A Book About My Special Parts
The book is specifically designed for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but can be easily modified (a change of a few words) for families who are of other faiths, or for those who don't want to include God in their explanations. The book shown below is in it's original form for members of the LDS church.
In case the text is difficult to read, I have included it below each picture in the captions. We have read this book each day this week and will continue to do so. The kiddos are making their own as well. My book is specifically for females.
|Page 2-Heavenly Father has given me a body to take care of. He wants me to keep it clean and safe.|
|Page 3-My body changes as I grow from a baby to a grown up.|
|Page 4-Heavenly Father has given me very special body parts that allow me to create a baby with my husband or wife, when I am a grown up. If I am a girl these special parts include my breasts and vagina. If am a boy, I have a penis.|
|Page 5-These special parts are my private parts. Private means they belong only to me. It is important to keep my private parts covered.|
|Page 6-Modest clothing helps me keep my private parts covered, so no one else can see them.|
|Page 7-I only uncover my private parts when I go potty, take a bath, get dressed, or when I'm at the doctor's office with Mommy and Daddy.|
|Page 8-When my private parts are covered, I do not touch them. I never touch other people's private parts. If someone wants me to touch their private parts I say, "No!" and then go and always tell Mommy or Daddy right away.|
|Page 9-It is okay to show people I love them by tickles, high fives, hugs, hand shakes, holding hands, and giving kisses on the cheek. When I am married, it is okay to kiss my husband or wife on the lips.|
|Page 10-If I need help when taking a bath, putting lotion on, or wiping my bottom after going potty, it is okay for Mommy or Daddy to help me.|
|Page 11-It is not okay for other people to touch my private parts. If someone tries to touch my private parts, I say, "No!" and leave right away. I always tell Mommy or Daddy if this happens.|
|Page 12-When I am married, it is okay that I share my special private parts with only my husband or wife, so we can create a baby together.|
Source: I created this book.
Sequencing the Development of Baby
The Male & Female Reproductive Systems
When working with the male reproductive system I used a yellow bead to represent urine, a blue bead to represent sperm, and a black bead to represent bowels. We started out by putting the beads in their storage and/or creation areas and then followed the paths that lead to their exits from the body.
When working with the female reproductive system I used a yellow bead to represent urine, a pink bead to represent an egg, and a black bead to represent bowels. Again, we started out by putting the beads in their storage and/or creation areas and then followed the paths that lead to their exits from the body.
There were more than one of each color bead so the kids could have fun repeating the activities. In no way were the kids inappropriate. In fact, they were very intrigued by it all. I was even given the opportunity to talk about why it's important to wipe from front to back for girls because the diagram showed how easy it is for items exiting the body to go into the wrong places and cause infections.
Sources: The diagrams can be found at AllPosters.com. Click here for Human Female Reproductive System. Click here for Human Male Reproductive System.
How a Baby is Made
Source: I found this diagram at AllPosters.com. I found the cute little baby figures at my local craft store in the baby shower section.
What Do Breasts Do?
There has been quite the curiosity in our home about breasts lately, so I wanted to be sure to include this organ. Just like the other organs, I am using the same approach. I have shown the kiddos where milk is created inside the breast and then the paths it can take to come out the nipple. Since I was unable to nurse 3 out of 4 or my children (health issues and adoption), it has been important to discuss the function of breasts, in that they are used to feed babies.
Source: My apologies again for not documenting where I found this diagram. I can definitely tell I put this week's activities together when I was completely exhausted. I'm not sure if I found this at AllPosters.com or not. If you know where it came from, please leave a comment with the information.
Geography & Culture:
Mother's Around the World
As part of our Mother's Day Celebration I have created this activity. The kiddos are to match up the mothers with children displayed in the pictures to the continent they are from. I wrote the continents on the back of each picture card so I wouldn't forget and also as a control for the kiddos. My husband and I worked very hard to find pictures of several original inhabitants of each continent in ethnic clothing etc. so the kiddos could see as much diversity as possible.
The conversations during and after this activity have been fabulous. We've talked about several different skin colors, ways to carry children, and just how different we all look. I can't wait to see what they come up with tomorrow.
Sources: The continent cards were part of a different activity I've used several times at Walk Beside Me. Ic create the other cards.
All Mammals Feed Their Babies Milk
Source: I created these cards.
This activity helps the kiddos identify what clothing is modest. Depending on the standards your family has, you can adjust this activity accordingly.
Source: I created these cards.
Mother's Day Necklaces
We used beads a few weeks ago and the kids seemed to enjoy it, so I put different colors back out on the shelf.
Fancy Scissor Cutting
While I was looking for some markers I needed for an activity, I happened to pull out my scrap booking scissors. The kiddos went nuts over them, so I just had to include them on the shelves this week.
Caring for Baby
I would have liked to use a baby doll that appeared more real, but I couldn't find all the proper clothing, so this one worked for the week. The tray includes a baby with clothes, blanket, bottle, bowl, spoon, mini baby doll, pacifier, teether, and book. Princess had a lot of fun taking care of the baby today. Oh, the baby also has a diaper on that just might need changing.
Salt Glitter Hand Print Cards
I wanted to have the kids make cards for grandmothers for Mother's Day and thought this would be a cute craft activity.
The kids are enjoying it however it does take a significant amount of salt and glitter. The glitter I have at home seems to sink to the bottom of the bin. Since little hands enjoy playing in it so much, we tend to be getting more salt on our hand prints than anything. Still,they're having fun.
Source: I found this activity at Blog Me Mom.
Play-Doh Beaded Flower & Hearts
They are having so much fun decorating their Play-Doh hearts and flowers.
Colors from Light to Dark
Next week we're continuing the study of our body with the Respiratory System!