Summer Science Fun for the Human Body

 

 Nutrition and Cooking with your child

Students love to learn about themselves and their bodies. Inside your Outside, from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library by Trish Rabe, is a story that has an Inside-Your-Outside machine. At the end of the story after learning all about our bodies the reader discovers:

As you grow, you will know, 
that your bones will get longer,
Your lungs will get bigger, 
your muscles grow stronger.
Your brain and your heart will guide all you do.
Someone special is inside your outside—it’s YOU!
 


We all want vibrant good health for our children and ourselves. I have been adding more information about nutrition and the human body to many of the classes  I teach. I would like to share some of my favorite sites and links with you.

In Kindergarten, we study the organ systems of our bodies and draw them on t-shirts: heart, lungs, spine, and others. A great site for putting it all together is Arnold. The students love to help Arnold get his body parts all in the right place.

In the First Grade, our nutrition unit is excerpted from “Nutrition Explorations” and we are assisting Lil’ D the dragon to learn about a healthy life style. The Royal Food Family is teaching Lil’ D good foods to eat. The dragon lost all his scales from eating junk food; he complains about how his stomach hurts and he has no energy to play soccer.

The children love to help the dragon learn and recently we have tasted Kale and Asparagus as part of our learning. We also made foods from the grain group.

Due to food allergies, our zucchini and banana bread recipes are nut free, dairy free, egg free as well as gluten free! When I adapted the recipes, I was not sure how they would turn out. It was a true experiment but two Kindergarten and two First Grade classes later; I can promise you kids like it and it tastes great! Both recipes list in their ingredients either eggs, yogurt or applesauce, so use whichever you want! If you the dish to be dairy-free, you can use applesauce instead of yogurt. For egg-free you can use yogurt or applesauce. To make the recipes gluten-free, just use gluten- free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour.

The younger students also love to play nutrition games with Lil’ D. My third graders have enjoyed the antics of Arianna Bones and the Case of the Missing Food Groups! They love to play Food Force One! It has amazing maps and the students have to find all the ingredients to create several different foods.

I hope that you have a wonderful summer with lots of experiences involving science, health and great nutrition. In revising how we regard their far-reaching attributes, and with our yearning for a healthy family and planet, I leave you with these words from Franklin D. Roosevelt:

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships–the ability of all people, of all kinds, to live together in the same world at peace.
Article first appeared in LA Mom Magazine: 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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