20 March 2015
Day 75 / 104 - Intro to Human Anatomy
I mentioned in the fall that my son's Science strand had him weekly researching and reporting on various organisms. This spring, that strand has shifted to an introduction to human anatomy. We will memorize nine different body systems by drawing and labeling their parts.
This style of learning works so beautifully. When my son was in the CC Foundations program, he memorized lists of anatomy systems. This year, in Challenge A, he explores those lists more thoroughly. All of this prepares him for the day he will study Biology in depth since he will have a wealth of vocabulary about the subject memorized. This frees him up to learn at an unfettered pace in order to enjoy the goodness and beauty of all subjects.
These four pictures I chose (of the heart, digestive system, the tooth, and the respiratory system) are not his finest work. They were quickly sketched one morning while eating breakfast (you can even see food on the paper.) Two were drawn on one side of the paper, then he flipped the paper over to draw the other two. But to me, this showcases our education at its finest. The fact that he can quickly sit down and recall this information encourages me that we are training his brain to retain. Most importantly, we are teaching him how to learn.