We’ve been studying U.S. history and anatomy throughout our school year so far. Each month-ish we are focusing on a new system of the body. We have studied a few Indian tribes and the different names of God using the MFW curriculum as well. Here’s our tentative schedule for the year:
October: Skeletal System & Northeastern Woodland Indians
November: Digestive System & Plains Indians
January: Inuit Indian Tribe
February: Circulatory System
March: Muscular System & Southwestern Indians
April: Nervous System & Northwestern Indians
May: Immune System & Southeastern Indians
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see more photos of what we have learned each month.
February was obviously the perfect month to study the circulatory system and God’s love so I decided to teach a four-week mini-series during Sunday School. I called it The Love Project. Here’s what we did:
Week 1: God’s Love is Infinite. We measured several things with rulers and measuring tape using this resource as a guide. We even measured the globe! We recognized that we can measure many things, but we cannot measure God’s love. Read about it in Ephesians 3:18.
“May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.”-Ezekiel 36:26
Week 3: God’s Love is Contagious. All of our friends have been getting the flu lately. Fortunately, all of the illnesses going around gave me an idea. This was a great week to learn about God’s contagious love.
We asked the kids if they ever had the chicken pox before. Most of them had no clue what I was talking about! Don’t you remember that Calamine lotion that your parents smothered all over you? Phew!
The kids learned that after God fills our hearts, he wants us to spread that same love to others and not our germs! The kids were each given Love Pox to place on each other. Everyone was encouraged to spread their Love Pox stickers onto someone else after saying one nice thing to one another.
Week 4: The Love Project. We wrapped up our series by gathering final food donations for our local food bank that our church had been collecting. The kids were each given bags to fill with different items every week. We challenged the kids to decorate their non-perishable food items with hearts, scripture notes, and other affirming words. Each person receiving these items would surely know that they are loved!
Well, that’s what I did for Sunday School during the month of February! You can easily do these activities at home with your family.
Below are the things that we added at home for school. Like I said, we’ve been following the 2nd/3rd grade My Father’s World curriculum. I pieced together anatomy and Native American unit studies as supplemental fun on Fridays.
Circulatory System Resources
- Free Heart Anatomy worksheet
- Preschool Valentine’s Day printable
- DIY 3D Heart Model
- Operation game
- Professor Noggin’s: The Human Body Card Game
- Red and White Blood Cell Jell-O
- Magic School Bus on Netflix
- Exploring the Heart
- How the Heart Works
- StoryBots: Your Heart Has a Beat
- StoryBots: Love’s Not Just a Word
We enjoyed eating our red blood cells for a morning snack!
I found this math book at a garage sale and finally got to use it for multiplication and division fun.
We made PlayDoh hearts again like last year.
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Overview of Anatomy & Native American Unit Studies
We studied the skeletal system in October.
Jesus: The Bread of Life went with our digestive system studies for science. The kids have been using this easy Bread in a Bag recipe to make their own loaves of bread.
The boys practiced counting by scooping cool whip onto their apple pie charts. Peanut created her Thanksgiving grocery list for math fun.
We found this really fun and gross! science experiment that taught us how food passes through the digestive system using a piece of bread and some vinegar. The kids loved learning how their food turned into human waste! This experiment really smelled like vomit. Phew! You’ll have to hold your nose.
The boys practiced their letters with ice block sugar cubes.
The boys helped make bird seed ornaments as we studied migration. Jesus: The Way was the week’s focus.
Whew! That’s it in a nutshell! Those are the unit studies that we’ve enjoyed adding into our school year along with MFW.
We are now preparing for our Easter plans. Will you join us?