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Popcorn Words

Please read these weekly Popcorn Words with your K-Kid each night!

*I *it *run *help *away
*a *in *jump *down
*is *we *one
*am *big *two
*to *for *make
*the *this *get
*go *red *play
*me *like *find
*see *my *funny
*and *come *look
*can *up *blue
*you *not *yellow
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Let's be HEALTHY!

We have finished up our Healthy Body unit and the kids had so much fun with our weeklong project!

We continued our study of the skeletal system, and the K-Kids loved walking stiffly around the room pretending their spine was one long bone instead of the vertebrae it's actually made of. 

Next, we moved onto our cardiovascular/respiratory system, exploring how the heart and lungs work. We learned that the heart pumps blood filled with oxygen out to all different parts of the body through the arteries and works as a partner with the lungs to make sure that each part of our body is getting the oxygen it needs. We also learned that after dropping off the oxygen, blood travels back through the veins to revisit the heart and lungs to pick up more oxygen. Truly magnificent! We did a quick experiment to test how hard our heart has to work when we are moving faster, by checking our pulse, running in place for 30 seconds, then counting our pulse again. We were so impressed to see how much faster our heart was working after we ran for a short amount of time and quickly connected the idea that this was helping to “exercise our heart muscle!”  

Lastly, we discussed the brain. Without the brain, we would not be able to do anything! We discussed the three parts of the brain (Thanks to Erin's mom!) and how they work together to help each part of our body function. We talked about how the brain controls each of our senses and also how our brain is always working, even when we aren't thinking about it!

Although all of this was so fun and incredibly interesting, the best part of this week (by far!) were the life size healthy bodies we created! We started with the skeletal system, adding in a majority of the 206 bones. Next, we added our brains, to ensure that our healthy bodies could think, of course! After this, we added many of our bodies organs (mainly the digestive, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems) to show what our insides look like. After adding the organs, we drew red and blue lines to illustrate arteries and veins. I hope you have time to check them out in the hallway this week!

There will not be a blog post next week due to Grandparent's Day and Thanksgiving. Have a great and safe break!

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