Friday Faves: Anatomy Resources!

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This Fall we’re diving into studying Anatomy as we enjoy our Science with Friends Bundles! Who else is doing the same?! We have compiled some resources that you may find helpful for the duration of your study of Anatomy and we wanted to share them with you. All resources should be used at your discretion.

Nicole and I homeschool our kiddos who are between the ages of 8 to 12, so for this particular week our picks are geared to that age group. We also homeschool with a Classical Conversations Community, therefore some of our choices will reflect what we are studying in this cycle 3. However, the following resources can benefit any family really – whatever your method of schooling might be.

Here’s our Friday Faves for this week (Books & Tactiles):

The Ilustrated Atlas of the Human Body, by Beverly McMillan. We are love, love, loving this big Atlas right now! I believe this is our main go-to Anatomy Book for both of our families (Nicole’s and mine). Here’s mainly why: It is larger than life! ha! Therefore, it is so fun to lay it out at a table (or the floor) and look at the big illustrations. I can guarantee you that as soon as you open that book, everyone around you will be crowding around it! Such a fun addition to a family’s library.

How the Body Works, by Peter Abrahams.

A comprehensive reference book. Very valuable info about every part of the human body. Reliable information.

One Blood for Kids: What the Bible Says about Race – “Prepare your children to be world changers in a culture where overcoming racial division and discrimination is critical. One Blood for Kids teaches what the Bible, science, and history say about people: This book teaches:

  • the real history of the human race and cultural differences
  • how evolutionary science was misused to promote racial inequality
  • what God expects from us in how we treat each other no matter how different we may look
  • why God’s truth is the only real answer to battling racism because it targets the heart of a person – something laws, education, and social rules cannot do.”

Usborne’s First Encyclopedia of the Human Body – A good option for younger audiences (early elementary years). “Filled with information on the brain, respiration, circulation and the senses, this book answers such questions as ‘Where does your food go?’ ‘How many bones are there in your body?’ and ‘What are eyelashes for?’. Simple text, amazing photographs, detailed illustrations and a selection of exciting recommended websites make the subject easy to understand.”

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist, by Martin Clayton – As one of the first men to produce such anatomical drawings, Leonardo da Vinci pioneered the art of medical illustration. This beautiful volume includes da Vinci’s drawings along with modern commentary. Parents should preview this book ahead of time, but this study is a fascinating collision of art history and science.

SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body – Such a fun resource for the whole family! This is a fun and great visual tool for little hands and for parents alike. A good tactile tool if you have a variety of ages at home and you want something simple that will engage them all.

Melissa & Doug 100-piece Human Anatomy Puzzle – Great tactile for younger audiences (3-7ish yr olds). The Melissa & Doug Human Anatomy Floor Puzzle includes 100 extra-thick cardboard pieces that are easy for children to put together. The finished puzzle displays beautiful original artwork.

Kaplan Medical Anatomy Coloring Book – This resource looks like a good find, just based on reviews. We have not tested or tried this resource, but it looks promising. “Anatomy Coloring Book features detailed illustrations of the body’s anatomical systems in a spacious page design with no back-to-back images–goodbye, bleed-through! Plus, Color Guides on every 2-page spread offer instructions for best coloring results so you can get the most out of your study.”

Science with Friends, Anatomy Bundles – Last but not least! :) How could we not remind you all that the projects in these Science bundles is what ties it all together for us?! We simply love our hands-on time learning Anatomy with our Bundles and we are pretty confident that you would too!

Our 12-week Anatomy Bundle pairs no-fuss experiments with thought-provoking discussion starters and Scriptural connections. Parent Guides are designed for family and friend groups K-8th grades, and the corresponding Student Lab Notebook offers space for students to brainstorm, record, and reflect.

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