We decided to join/start up a new 4H group in our area this year. We didn’t do a whole lot as a group this year, but we did try out a few activities and plan to do a lot more next year. One activity we did was charcoal making-you can read about that here. In addition to primitive skills, we tried out an anatomy and physiology class. Two other moms and I split up the systems and went to work. We grouped the systems into -systems for movement, systems for nutrient delivery, and systems for nutrient absorption and excretion.
Systems for Movement
We started with the skeletal system, learning the anatomy of the bones and the skeleton and the physiology of the bones. Then we moved to the muscular system. We wrapped up this group with the nervous system.
Systems for Nutrient Delivery
This unit began with the circulatory system and finished up with the respiratory system.
Systems for Nutrient Absorption and Excretion
The kids went into the depths of the digestive system, and they loved it.
The class concluded with each child presenting on a disease, disorder or condition that they researched. We had a fantastic array of information. The list included pulmonary fibrosis, autism, diarrhea, strokes, heart attacks, pace makers, hemophilia, central core disorder, celiac disease, and Paget’s disease.
I really enjoyed teaching this group of systems and tying them together in this manner. I felt that the kids were able to put the systems together and realize that they are never separate from each other. The kids also really learned the importance of taking care of your body and how ignoring one body system can really effect more than that one system.