Welcome to Guest Hollow's Little Otter's Anatomy Curriculum / Human Body Study! This is a gentle, literature approach to science with simple experiments and activities.
This curriculum is designed for preschool through about 2nd grade or for older children with special needs who would benefit from books that are more "gentle" and are scheduled at a slower pace. You can also substitute some of the books for a younger student who is using Guest Hollow's Jr. Anatomy Curriculum. Just choose from the two programs to get the best fit.
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Topics for this curriculum:
- All about the human body
- How some animal parts are different than human parts
- Nutrition & Food
- Germs and Getting Sick
- Going to the Doctor
- Where babies come from (age appropriate)
- Smoking is bad for you
- Keeping safe from inappropriate touch
- Stories & videos about famous people and animals, like Fanny Crosby, Louis Pasteur, Helen Keller, Buddy - the first seeing eye dog, and Balto who delivered medicine to children in Alaska
Materials and resources
I've scheduled in a variety of fascinating books and resources to make this human body curriculum informative, interesting and fun! I've also included several items to enhance this year's studies that incorporate art and imaginative play.
Question: What age is this curriculum for?
Answer: This curriculum is designed for pre-K through about 2nd grade. The scheduled topics match up with our Jr. Anatomy Curriculum and High School Anatomy Curriculum, so you can teach a multitude of ages from preschool through high school. You can also mix-and-match books from the different levels to create the BEST fit for your child(ren).
Question: Is this science curriculum Christian or secular?
Answer: It's secular with a few Christian resources. Those resources are obvious (and marked in the resource list), so non-Christian families can easily skip them. You will need to preview materials to make sure they are appropriate for your family.
Question: If I buy all of those books, I'll spend a fortune! How can I afford this?
Answer: Borrow as many books as you can from the library. If you want to order them all, the cost will be similar to any other core or literature type curriculum, such as Sonlight, except you won't have to shell out tons of money for an instructor's guide! Please consider ordering through our links, as we get a small commission via Amazon. Your purchases through our links help our site stay up!
Question: Won't my children get bored spending an entire year studying the human body?
Answer: Children love knowing how their bodies work. Unfortunately, the human body is usually studied over the course of a week or so, with a couple of books. That's hardly enough time to really learn much of anything about this fascinating and broad topic!
I've designed the Guest Hollow anatomy curriculum to allow children a much better understanding of how their bodies work with lots of colorful, interesting books, and gentle activities that not only engage, but help build retention. Kids aren't stuck studying just one thing. They are learning about the skeleton, the brain, nutrition, and more. It's very much like like studying various cultures when learning about history.
Question: What is so special about Guest Hollow's curriculum vs. something else?
Answer: I LOVE science. I've always wanted my kids to love science too. I've worked hard to create a science curriculum with plenty of options that make it flexible, fascinating, and fun! When I design curricula, I design it to be something *I* would love to learn and base my choices off of 20+ years of teaching my own children, including a previously reluctant reader. I've scoured through hundreds of books to find interesting stories and entertaining resources that bring learning to life and that will help kids retain what they are learning and to encourage them to WANT to learn.
I also don't like how science often takes a backseat in the homeschool world. Core curricula is usually centered around history, which is fine, but what's do you do for a kid who wants something centered around science? There just aren't many choices. You can get a thin textbook and use that, or you can pick through some of the anemic literature-based science curricula that just doesn't fill up a science-loving kid's heart. That's why I started creating science curricula that is meaty enough to be used as a core curriculum. Kids interact with science on a daily basis. Why not make it an important part of the school day?
Question: How does your curriculum schedule differ from traditional style instructor's guides?
Answer: I've scheduled in books, videos, printables, activities, etc. but I have NOT provided comprehension questions, tests, or anything else. Take a look at the free sample weeks by scrolling down below.
I sometimes shelled out big bucks for instructor's guides and usually only ended up using the schedule portion. Sometimes, in my opinion, less is more.
Question: Do I have to have my student do everything in the schedule?
Answer: Consider the schedule a buffet of activities. If you are behind due to illness or another reason, it's easy to get back up to speed. Just pare down the schedule activities, and you're all set! Do you have another resource you'd rather use? Just plug it into the schedule and use it instead. The printable schedule is editable, so you can take out and add things as you desire.
Don't let the schedule rule you!
Always remember that YOU are in charge, not the schedule. Guest Hollow schedules are adaptable and flexible. There are some "light" weeks where you can play catch-up and heavier weeks with lots of OPTIONS, not commands, lol.
I do NOT make any guarantees about this curriculum. USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Thanks also to each and every one of you who has emailed me to say thanks or to let me know how my "stuff" has worked for your family. Your emails are a huge encouragement.
The following is not guaranteed and is only provided as a courtesy. It may become unavailable at any time:
When you purchase a printable schedule, you also get access to a password protected ONLINE schedule for those of you who’d like a more visual schedule with links a student or parent can click on directly from a computer or a tablet.
- Free updates & additions to the online schedule may be added occasionally! You do not need to repurchase anything to access these changes, as long as the online version of the schedule is provided. That means that even if your printable schedule is out of date, the online schedule will always be the newest version of the curriculum.
Click on the linked weeks below for a free sample ! Please note that the printable schedule is formatted for printing and does not contain book cover pictures, etc. like the online schedule, so as to save ink!
Week 1: Your Body
Week 2: All About Me
Week 3: Skeleton
Week 4: Skeleton
Week 5: Skeleton
Week 6: Muscles
Week 7: Muscles
Week 8: Brain
Week 9: Brain & Senses
Week 10: Eyes
Week 11: Eyes
Week 12: Ears
Week 13: Ears
Week 14: Heart
Week 15: Blood
Week 16: Lungs & The Sense of Smell
Week 17: Digestion
Week 18: Digestion
Week 19: Teeth
Week 20: Nutrition & Food
Week 21: Nutrition & Food
Week 22: Urinary System - This is an example of a light week. Some weeks have more activities and other weeks are very light. This allows you to take things at YOUR pace and not end up "behind".
Week 23: Growth
Week 24: Skin and Touch
Week 25: Germs
Week 26: Germs
Week 27: Getting Sick, Going to the Doctor, and Sleep
Week 28: Fighting Germs, Parasites
Week 29: Feelings
Week 30: Smoking is Bad for You
Week 31: Keeping Me Safe
Week 32: Babies
Week 33: Safety
Week 34: Safety
Week 35: Safety