Monday, May 4, 2009
It never would have occurred to me to teach a 2 year old human anatomy. Of course I taught her things like fingers and eyes and such, but I didn't think about expanding this into internal organs or anything. A couple of months ago I was at the local children's museum, and in one of the rooms they have play x-rays of the skeletal system that kids can put on an x-ray reading screen and "read" under the light, and various diagrams of the human muscles and bones. There was a 4 year old boy and his 2 year old sister, and I was astounded that they were identifying and naming things like the skull by looking at an x-ray picture. And they were loving it. So I showed my daughter a few of the things. She thought the "patella" (I don't even know how to spell it) was a fun name for the knee cap and has really remembered that. Well, I'm 9 months pregnant, and I have a little kids book someone let me borrow that shows the process of a baby growing in mommy's tummy and then coming out. Probably in part because she is enamored with the idea that a baby is about to come out of me, she is really interested in the book. I started using the real name for the different things in the pictures - like, umbilical cord, placenta, uterus, etc. And she has really picked it up. We've done joints, veins and arteries, and some other things like that, too. I am constantly amazed what kids this age are capable of learning. I guess it make sense. She is actually eager to build vocabulary at this stage.