Category Archives: Human Body

The Human Skeletal System

Amber Neal is back to share more wonderful homeschool projects she is doing with her family.  Her family has been studying the Human Body in their homeschool science schedule.  A few weeks ago, Amber shared their study of cells in How To Make An Edible Cell.   Today she is sharing several projects they did in their study of bones and the human skeleton. 

Please join me in welcoming Amber!!!

The Human Skeletal System

This week we continued our human body unit study with a study of the skeletal system. I like to start out the week with something fun that will build excitement for our study, or at least get the kids laughing a little. To accomplish this with the skeletal system I started Monday morning with bone shaped pancakes. To do this I made up the batter and used a measuring cup to do my best to make a long bone by pouring it out slowly on the griddle. This got my son laughing right away. Of course some of the bones “broke” during the cooking process (again making it very funny to be eating broken bones for breakfast).

To really make this topic come alive for the kids I found some great resources online. I also scoured the local library’s shelves for any interesting books on bones, skeletal systems, and the human body.

Each day we read a different book and did some kind of hands on project. I encourage you to look and see what books your local library has and use those. The books I used came from our library but really any books on the skeletal system will do. When you can’t find the books you want you can also use online sources and just read them from the computer out loud to your kids.

What We Did This Week

After reading the book, we talked about the five major functions of the skeletal system. I also created a worksheet for the kids to put in their science notebooks. They had to fill in the blanks as we went over each function. This helped speed along our study as compared to if I would have made them write these out completely. A little mom sanity moment because the worst thing you can do is to assume that everything is going to go as planned. It’s better to help things along where you can, to assure you get the information across in a way without seeming so monotonous.

Here is a picture of the worksheet:

The 5 major functions of the Skeleton are- Support, shape, protection, movement and making blood cells

Learning Can Be Fun…there are no bones about it!

Our project this week was to make a model of the bone. Sounds cool doesn’t it? First we flatten some homemade playdough out and put a pipe cleaner on top of it. All things that can be purchased at the dollar store for multiple bones. The playdough represented the bone marrow. It was supposed to be red but my little one had played with the red and the yellow and mixed it up a little bit (homemade playdough link at the bottom). The red pipe cleaner represents a blood vessel traveling through the marrow. You could also use a red string or anything else you have around the house that is similar. We just happened to have all this in our craft drawer.

We rolled up the playdough around the pipe cleaner (like you were making a snake). After rolling up the bone marrow and blood vessel we wrapped it in red streamer paper (we had a lot left from birthday parties so I wanted to use it up). This represented the spongy bone. Again, you can use whatever you have around the house. Wrapping two sponges around it would have been great too, and it would have helped them remember spongy bone but I didn’t have any and I wasn’t going to go to the store once we started so streamer it was for us! Being thrifty is the name of the game sometimes. Plus it allows you to use up all that extra stuff.

We then slid the wrapped portion into a toilet paper roll (the compact bone). We then wrapped the compact bone with a red string for more blood vessels. We didn’t cover it with a membrane but we talked about it so they knew it should be there.

We talked about each part of the bone and compared it to what a real bone would have looked like.

My son really enjoyed making this model of the bone as you can tell from this picture.

I found a really useful website Science Matters on the skeletal system,  as I searched around for materials to use.  She has lots of great ideas including an edible version of the bone. I used this woman’s site for help on the basic build of a bone, but again we elected to use materials that we already had instead of purchasing the items she described. It also helps with the frugal homeschooling side of the spectrum.

Throughout the week we would often refer back to this model when talking about the bones or after reading something about the skeleton. It also helped when anyone came over to our house. They would show them the model they made, and what the parts were. I could tell it did its job in making science fun, and learning at the same time.

Snack Time!!

To continue on the path of fun while learning we had to incorporate something a little tastier. Other projects we did this week included a really fun study of the bones of the hand. What could make this exciting you ask? COOKIES! Yes cookies. When in doubt of how to make a topic fun just add food and that will usually do the trick! I wish I could claim that I am just brilliant and I came up with this on my own, but I can’t. I was however smart enough to go surfing the Pinterest boards and find some great ideas for teaching the human body and this was one of them. This is the homeschoolers site I found this great idea learning bones of the hand with cookies on Almost Homeschoolers

Here are some pictures from our go at making Phalanges cookies. I love letting the kids cook together. It covers so many different subjects and life skills a
t the same time. We had been talking about fractions in math with my son so it was a great time to let him “see and touch” what certain fractions looked like. They first had to read the recipe all the way through.

Working together is a great skill to be able to do. It builds patience and encourages self-control on everyone’s side. This is definitely a character trait we are trying to build in our children. It’s always easier to just do things myself or just let my oldest whip through a recipe to just get it done easier, faster, and with less mess (and less fussing) . But then we are missing those teachable moments that we all look for.

After the dough was made up we used this diagram of the hand for our cookies. You can find the link on the woman’s site I listed above.

We followed her directions and this is what our cookies looked like before we baked them.

This is what our Phalanges cookies looked like after baking.

And what is the best part of making Phalanges cookies? Eating them!!

I had a hand shaped cookie cutter (that came from a playdough set we had) that I used to make cookies for the rest of my crew. I think they came out very cute-

I Can See Through You

Another project we did this week was to print out a “child size” skeleton and label the bones on it. The kids had to work together again on this project. They had to lay out the skeleton first and then tape it to the door. I didn’t have any space on a wall so we used the door. This is an eight page print out, but worth the time to see it all put up. It was great because my son could stand beside it and it was only a little smaller than him. After they labeled the bones we talked about the different types of bones (long bones, short bones, flat bones, and irregular bones). We labeled an example of each one on the skeleton.

You can find any diagram of a skeleton for your kids to label with or use a book. You can go as complicated or as easy as you want. Adjust it to fit the needs and age level of your kids. Just remember to make it fun. This is the link I found the skeleton to print out.

Learning With Movies

We added in some movies this week to go along with our study. The kids always enjoy movies and I like it because it gives me a chance to get some things done that I need to like cooking, cleaning, etc. These are the movies we watched. Both of these came from our library. If your library doesn’t have any ones that you would like to use, look on youtube.

     The Magic School Bus – The Human Body
     Eye Witness- Skeleton

*always preview movies before your kids watch them so you can decide on if they are appropriate for your crowd or not. I have talked to my kids about theories they may hear in videos, tv shows that do not match up with our faith so when they hear them they know how to process them.

The End Of The Week

At the end of the week we reviewed what we had learned this week. I like to make what I call a main objective for the study worksheet. I go through our books we have read and I decide what I really want to make sure they know in the topic and I type it up. I leave blank spaces so the kids can write their answers out. This is how we review. It has always helped me make sure I know what they know and if there is anything I forgot or didn’t cover we can go over it then. Here is a picture of one of my sons pages.

He is not crazy about writing and its one of the things we are working on with him. I find that for him I let him write some of the one or two words answers (or draw the answer) and I let him tell me the answers and I write them out for him. If the answer is really long then I just let him tell me and we talk and discuss it. I think it’s important to make this review time about what he has learned and not his writing ability which is stressful at times. Learning this has made our learning experiences so much better and less stressful for everyone.

To end our study, I let each kid watch the bone section and they each took the quiz. I found a fun site that covers all the systems in the human body. Each system has a little video, quiz, and even an activity you can do. Here is the link- Kids Health

This was a really fun week for us. I hope you enjoyed coming along with us on this learning adventure about the human skeletal system! Have a wonderful week and happy homeschooling! 

                                                         Amber Neal 
                                                        Child of God, Friends with Jesus, 
                                                        Wife to Superman, Mom to 3 Goofy Goobers, and
nbsp;                      Lover of learning!

Isn’t that just Awesome?!  Thank you Amber for sharing this great study of bones in the human skeletal system.  It looks like you all learned alot. We can’t wait to see what you will be learning about next. 

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Do you have a Human Body science project and story you would like to share with our readers?  Leave me a comment and I will be in touch.  Thanks!

Be blessed!

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How To Make An Edible Cell Cake

What is more fun than doing your science homework and eating it too?
A dear friend of mine, Amber Neal, is homeschooling 3 kids and recently did a fun edible science project with her family.    They are learning about cell structures and functions.  She expanded her kids ability to retain information while learning about the biology of cells by incorporating an edible model of a cell, and using a multisensory approach (including the eyes, ears, hands, nose, and taste buds on the tongue) into the learning equation.   Read on to see what a fun learning adventure they had…….

The Edible Cell

I actually saw the edible cell craft many years ago. I knew of other homeschoolers that had done this, but I never could really work it in to what we were learning. Then I found myself without a science topic to study for our Friday Science time I decided now was the perfect time! This was such a fun experience for us to do together as a family. My son (7) said this was the best science topic ever! 


After looking on several websites for ideas, I finally decided on making a cake and decorating it for our cell study. There are lots of great ideas how you can make an edible cell on the internet. Some people made big cookies, cupcakes, or jello molds for their cell study but in the end we are cake lovers—so cake won out!! This is what we did.

The Setup – Edible Cell Cake

I actually baked the cakes the day before we started. This way they were nice and cool, ready for the day’s assignment. I used some silicon baking pans that I had, but you could use just regular circle (8 or 9 inch) baking pans. Just make sure to use cooking spray or what you like to use to grease your pans well so the cakes will pop out easily. I came out with 4 small square cakes. After they cooled completely I iced them. I made my own icing up and split in into three different bowls. One I colored green for the plant cells. The second bowl of icing I left white for the animals cells. The third smaller bowl I made it a blue/ green color for the cell wall and cell membrane. I went ahead and iced the cakes, thus putting on the cytoplasm and the cell wall (plant) and cell membrane (animal). This made it so much easier for the kids to just jump in and start decorating, and helped control mess too (mom’s favorite thing)!

Another benefit to having them ready was the kids were very excited to get started the next day on Science. Throughout the morning they both kept asking me when it was time for science. I mean really wouldn’t you be excited to learn something if you knew cake was involved?

To go along with the edible cell I had printed out a few cell worksheets from Enchanted Learning and put them in the kid’s science notebooks. I included some of the links at the bottom of the post.

When everyone came to the table to start science I had the cells (frosted) sitting in deep pans, their science notebooks opened ready to go, and all the candy I was going to use ready in bowls. Then the fun started!

Learning About Cells
Using the worksheets I had printed out, we went through each part of the cells. We started with the plant cell and then ended with the animal cell. Each kid got to decorate both an animal cell and a plant cell. What an assignment right?  We used print outs that I got from Enchanted Learning. The top was the parts of the cell and the bottom part we labeled the cell with what we used to represent each part.


As we talked about each part of the cell and what it did they would stick the designated candy on the cell (cake). Once we did that they would have to write in their notebooks what we used in the appropriate spot. 


You may have also noticed I had my toddler sitting at the table for this learning adventure too. Normally I have a small sensory tray or a busy bag to keep her occupied, but with all the candy out that wasn’t happening that day! Since my normal tactics were not working I gave her a notebook and her special markers (they only come out at school time). She happily drew in her notebook and munched on some candy mix (M&Ms, goldfish, raisins, and pretzels). I am not normally a fan of candy but today was a little different, and in the science the exception was made! 
After we completed both cells we filled out a Venn diagram comparing the plant cell with the animal cell. I printed this one out from Enchanted Learning as well, but you could just draw one if you wanted to include this for your kids. 


I really recommend doing a Venn diagram. It really helped us to see the differences between the two cells. It also initiated a great discussion on why God would have made the cells different, what plant cells do that animal cells don’t, etc.

The End Process

Here is what our cells ended up looking like. (I had to snap these fast because everyone was ready to enjoy them!) 


Then came the really fun part!! Eating our yummy cells!! 


Each kid made two cells (one plant and one animal). Now having four cakes and only two students decora
ting we decided to share one cake each. I let them pick which one they wanted to eat and which one they would like to share with someone. The toddler was very happy they decided to share as well as their wonderful daddy who was home too. 


Learning is always much more fun when you get to share it with others!

While the kids ate their cells I read them a book I had gotten from the library about different kinds of cells (muscle, skeleton, etc). I drew out on our white board an easy and quick explanation of how cells divide and become more cells. We talked about the cells and I asked them a few review questions:

What was your favorite part of the animal cell? What did it do?
What was your favorite part of the plant cell? What did it do?
What do you think the funniest looking part of each cell was?

Whenever we do a science topic together I always like to ask the kids – Now that we learned about this, what does this tell you about God? How does this prove there is a God? How does backup what we believe? While I am not looking for long answers that are very in depth (even though I have gotten some) I want them to see that God is in everything and to see how amazing it is that He created this world and everything in it.

This was a really fun science topic for us to do together. The kids talked about this for a couple of days so I was really impressed with how much they really retained from making an edible cell. I think when you make something fun and you actively engage kids in the learning process they tend to remember it better. When I was in public school I learned about the cell from a boring textbook filled with questions with little bubble in answers. It was mind numbing to say the least. I am so happy that my kids will not have that same memory because cells are to fascinating to be boring!


Printouts of animal and plant cells:
I have a membership to Enchanted Learning. It is $20 a year and I have used it way more than enough to get my money’s worth! If you don’t want to buy the membership you can still use this site to gain a lot of your information that can help you draw it out yourself. 
            Enchanted Learning ANIMAL CELLS
            Enchanted Learning PLANT CELLS

I used this as a guide for what I could use for what part of the cell. You can use whatever you wish or even make the jello 3-D craft. This is the link for that

            Enchanted Learning JELLO CELL CRAFT
            (You can also Google edible cell and find other great ideas!)

Books I Used
I only used this book because it was one of the only ones at our library that I liked. I did not read the whole book (the first page is about sperm cells- so I left that part out of our study). 

            Cells Are Us / by Fran Balkwill ; illustrated by Mic Rolph
Look at your local library and see what kind of books they have on cells. I was always led to believe you had to read each and every page, just to gain the information that you needed from five pages of the book.  So remember, you don’t always have to read the whole book to get what you need. You can just pick the parts that are relevant to your study at the time. 

                                                                Amber Neal 
                                                               Child of God, Friends with Jesus, 
                                                               Wife to Superman, Mom to 3 Goofy Goobers, and
                                                               Lover of learning!

Thank you Amber for sharing your Edible Cell project with us!

Tasting is a great way to remember concepts. How can you forget that you love the taste of ice cream but you don’t like the taste of liver? How can you forget that you LOVE the taste of chocolate? I don’t think I would ever forget that I do not like the taste or smell of stinky cheese!  The brain remembers things we have eaten, how it looks, tastes, smells, and how we feel about it.  What a great idea it is to associate skills and abilities used while eating with our abilities to remember.

We can incorporate tasting, smelling, and eating while we are learning a subject that normally might seem unrelated. The more senses a child uses in learning information, the more likely it is that he, or she, won’t forget it.

Be sure to check out other stories in our Human Body science section (more to come) and especially the Jello Edible Cell we did in learning about the human body!  It was a whole lot of yummy learning fun!

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Human Anatomy and Physiology

When you are looking for a great science curriculum with a biblical worldview, it is hard to get any better than Apologia’s Exploring Creation series.  They have options for elementary students as well as junior and senior high students.


For the purpose of this review, we were sent Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology suitable for kids in K – 6th grade.  We were also sent the Student Notebook.  Apologia has both a Student Notebook Journal, and a JR Notebook Journal for kids who may not write as well.  Either notebook journal works perfect with the curriculum.  Finally we were sent the Audio MP3 CD which is the author reading the entire course and can be listened to from the computer or an MP3 player.


The Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology course products include:

                            Hardback Textbook      Retails $39.00
                            Student Notebook         Retails $24.00
                            Jr. Student Notebook    Retails $24.00
                            Audio MP3 CD              Retails $29.00

This science course is designed for students in elementary grades.  Apologia recommends the Hardback Textbook for grades 4-6; Student Notebook for grades 3-6;  Jr. Student Notebook for grades K-2 or students who are beginning writers.  The Audio MP3 can be used with any age and skill level, and it is read by the author Jeannie Fulbright. 

The textbook is a big, 265 page, brightly colored, science manual.  It is broken down into 14 Lesson chapters: 
            Introduction To Anatomy and Physiology
            The Skeletal System
            The Muscular System
            The Digestive and Renal Systems
             Health and Nutrition
            The Resiratory System
             Life In The Blood
            The Cardiovascular System
            The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
            The Nervous System Extended
             Your Senses
            The Integumentary System
            The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
            Growth and Development

The text book recommends breaking each chapter down into manageable sections that work well for your own family.  They suggest a two week schedule for each chapter, but you can adjust this to meet your own needs.   Every chapter contains fun experiments and hands on projects. Through out the course, kids will learn how to conduct experiments accurately and apply the scientific method.  There is a scientific method form in the front of the textbook that can be used each time your child conducts an experiment.

The curriculum places an emphasis on the child re-telling what they have learned through verbal and written prompts in both the textbook and the notebooking journal.  The journal contains templates to fill in and is a great place to record what they have learned.  Through out the course they will make various organs and body parts and attache them to a paper person project they have created and keep in their notebook. By the end of the course they have completed a hands on application of the human body form, organs, and systems.

Some materials are needed to complete the experiments.  Many of these materials are things you likely have around the house or are easily attainable at stores and online.  Apologia has provided a list of everything you need for each chapter lesson if you wish to attain the items on your own.  Apologia also offers optional science kits and a 
Blood Typing Kit too.   You can pick and choose what experiments you want to do to reinforce the lesson.  They want you to be successful and offer several ways to contact the
m with questions.  They also have additional website “EXTRAS” that go beyond the textbook, to help your child learn even more.

Our Experience

For the purpose of this review, we received the Hardback Textbook, Student Notebook, and the Audio MP3 CD


I spent some time reviewing the first two chapters before opening these with the kids.  I was amazed how well the materials are put together.  The textbook is colorful and easy to understand.  Most important, it gives glory to God through out the whole book. I loved the Student Notebook too.  It is jam packed with templates that correspond to the lessons and interesting activities. 

My 6th grader was excited to “jump in” independently and read the whole chapter 1 for himself and complete the exercises in both the textbook and the student notebook.  It says a lot about a product when a kid wants to learn the material on his own.  It took him about an hour on three to four days to read through the entire chapter. 

One of the assignments in the notebook is to draw a cell and label all of its parts.  As he read the textbook, he stopped every so often and filled in his cell in his notebook with the new part he learned about.

After reading all of chapter one himself, he listened to the audio of the chapter being read with the rest of the children.  The younger children are not strong readers yet and are able to benefit from either mom reading the text to them, or using the MP3 Audio of the book.  What a great resource.  You can read, or read and listen, or just listen.  So many options to meet different needs of your students.  I have one who loves to read, and one who hates to read, and these products met both of their needs.

I printed out and plan to have the younger children fill out the
free JR. Notebook sample  of lesson one that is available on the Apologia website.  I plan to order the Jr. Notebook soon so the younger kids can work through the rest of the book together with their big brother.  

Below is one example of the many experiments our kids are enjoying in this curriculum.

Experiment: Make an edible model of a cell. 

Use jello to represent the structure of the cell, and various candies to represent the different parts of the cell.

Mix packet of jello according to the directions( one cup boiling water, stir in packet of jello to dissolve, add one cup cold water), but add one packet of Knox plain gelatin powder and 1 additional cup of cold water.


The kids took turns making packs of Jello.  They made one bowl of lemon, and two bowls of pineapple.


Then we put this gelatin mixture into the refrigerator, and planned to let it harden overnight, but it ended up being 4 days until we got back to the project.  

While we waited for our jello to harden, I had the kids take the learning a step further.  I asked them to make a chart of the candies they would be using in side of their jello cells.  We forgot to purchase the NERD candy, so we improvised with smarties.   Here is our candy chart:
        jelly beans and peanut m & m’s = mitochondria
        skittles = lysosomes
        now a latter = golgi body
        fruit roll up = endoplasmic reticulum
        smarties = ribosomes
        cake sprinkles (tubeular) = centrioles
        jaw breaker = nucleus

Next I had them place the candies on a paper cell model.  This gave them a little extra practice before inserting the candy into the jello.  It also helped the younger children visualize the candy once it went into the jello when it was harder to see.


They used a knife to make a small slit in the cell membrane to insert the candy pieces.

They really had fun with this project.  This is a great hands on project to learn with.


We made three cells. Two turned out pretty good and one fell apart as the kids inserted the candies.

But none of it went to waste!  


Oh no, they were not about to waist this edible science experiment.  The kids jumped right in and gobbled up every drop!


Apologia curriculum is a win win at our house!  We are loving this curriculum, the science projects, and fun learning adventures!

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received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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Snikiddy and the Snack Lab

I hosted an outdoor learning program in the park this past week.  Homeschool families joined me and we had a science program and food tasting lab we called the “Snack Lab”. 

The main goal was to help kids identify healthy snack choices.  But we also had a fun adventure learning about our taste buds and sampling sweet, sour, bitter, and salty food options.  We also did a product sampling and giveaway of Snikiddy All Natural snacks.

The kids spent some time answering questions and sharing about their favorite snacks.  They learned to identify their personal favorite combinations: salty and crunchy, sweet and juicy, sweet and crunchy, sour, etc. 

Then we discussed some healthy and not so healthy snack choices.  Using lots of plastic toy foods, we grouped the healthy choices and not healthy choices on different plates.  We discussed why some foods are healthy snack choices: nutrients including vitamins and minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats, and proteins.  We also discussed why some foods are bad snack choices: artificial colors, too much sugar, bad fats and hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients. 


Then the kids took turns trying out several different healthy food choices that met these different criteria: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, crunchy, soft, juicy, etc.  After tasting the food, the children identified and described what they were tasting. 

Bell peppers were bitter and crunchy.

Lemons and Limes were sour and juicy.


Grapes were sweet and juicy, carrots were sweet and crunchy, and so on.  The kids tried out several fresh snacks.  However, I forgot to cut up the apples, even though I brought several apples with me and a cutting board and knife along.  I just ran out of time and forgot to do it.  Sometimes the pollen in the air makes me feel like my head is in a cloud!

We discussed several more fruits and vegetables and protein snacks that we did not have on hand, but would make good snack options too, like fresh broccoli, celery, cauliflower, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, bananas, cheese and crackers, and so on.  Most kids said apples were their favorite fresh food snack. (go figure, the one choice I didn’t serve them, but they saw it on the plate, sorry guys!).

Next we sampled some varieties of salty and crunchy snacks.  We discussed lots of options like popcorn, nuts, crackers, pretzels and various chips too.  Most kids said either popcorn or pretzels were their favorite salty and crunchy snack.

On each plate the kids tasted Snikiddy All Natural snacks. We were sent five different bags to try.  The variety included: Baked Fries: Sea Salt, Barbecue, and Cheddar Cheese; Cheese Puffs: Grilled Cheese ; and Eat Your Vegetables: Sour Cream and Onion.  

Snikiddy All Natural snacks are made with healthy wholesome ingredients, are gluten free, wheat free, preservative free, no corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, and have no artificial colors or flavors.  You can read about the ingredients on the links posted above. 
From the Snikiddy website: “ …Snikiddy® creates products for families actively looking for healthier foods that satisfy their snack cravings. The Snikiddy brand is a portfolio of better for you snacks that are simple, wholesome real products for families.


After the tasting lab, the kids and some of the parents took a snack survey.  I came up with the questions myself and printed them out on paper.  I cut the sheets of paper into 10 rectangles a little bigger than buisiness card size.  This way I could fit 50 surveys on 5 sheets of paper.  It was much cheaper to print this way than print out 50 sheets of paper. 

They answered these questions on the survey:

    1. Do you eat snacks? 
         a) Yes  b) no

    2. Which answer is a snack? 
         a) apple  b) popcorn  c) chips  d) all

    3. What is your favorite salty snack?

    4. Which Snikiddy All Natural snacks were your favorite?
        a) Baked Fries: Sea Salt , Cheddar, Barbecue
        b) Cheese Puffs: Grilled Cheese
        c) Eat Your Vegetables: Sour Cream and Onion


Four of the parents helped me serve the kids all of the various snacks and take the survey.  After the tasting lab, they went to each child and took down their personal answers on the survey forms.  The parents squatted down like you see in the pictures at eye level with the kids and got their honest open opinions.  This was such a big help, as it a
llowed me to focus on teaching the kids and taking pictures. 

I love homeschool families and their servant attitude.  Truly these families encourage me to do more and more, reach my full potential, accomplish my goals, and be the best I can be.  You know they are teaching all these kids the same thing too.  Wow, all these kids reaching their goals and full potentials, awesome!  All this encouragement and support makes teaching the kids absolutely fun!  I just want to say a big “Thank You!”  I just love everyone of them!

After our sampling and survey of the Snikiddy snack foods, the kids and parents were free to eat as much of the various snacks as they wanted.  Oh, it was so yummy, and there was plenty to eat today. They ate everything except the bell peppers. 

The kids also made a snack bag / goodie bag craft to take home bags of Snikiddy snacks.   I supplied them with various craft supplies and they could decorate their snack bag anyway they wanted with crayons, colored pencils, and cut outs. 


After our craft, we filled their snack bags with Snikiddy All Natural snack bags.  This was such a treat to take home.   Then we drew names for giveaways.  Some kids won large boxes full of Snikiddy snack foods. Wow!


Some kids won Snikiddy Art Kits.  These kits are wonderful and fit nicely in a backpack, purse, or desk.  They contained 8 pastels, 12 crayons, and 8 colored pencils all in a handy plastic organizer kit for crafting lots of arts and crafts.


There were way to many pictures from today to share them all with you.  But as you can see, we learned allot about nutrition and healthy snack choices, science with our taste buds, and we had a lot of learning fun! 

Everyone loved the Snikiddy snacks.  When it came to picking favorites, the most favorite by far was the Grilled Cheese Puffs.  All of the parents also enjoyed the Snikiddy snacks and several asked where they could buy them for their kids.  I am glad to share this information, because these snacks really are delicious, kids love them, and many families with allergies or on special diets can eat them. 

Snikiddy is available for purchase in lots of stores and online.  Check out the Snikiddy website to find a retailer near you.  They also offer a free coupon at the top of the product page. 

Snikiddy also offers contests and giveaways.  Right now they have a Summer Escapes Sweepstakes going on.  Stop over to and enter their contests for a chance to win great prizes!

Disclaimer:  I was sent the product mentioned above in exchange for writing an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my personal opinions, and I also gathered opinions from the folks I shared the product with and expressed them in this review as well.

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From Head To Toe

AIMS Education Foundation has a strong commitment to hands on science and mathematics education.  AIMS stands for  Activities Integrating Math and Science.   


AIMS is a non-profit company and their educational products are used by both public school and homeschool educators.  

        AIMS offers:

            Activity Books
            Essential Math
            Classroom Sets
            Literature Link Activities

You can read about their commitment to homeschoolers
here.  They meet state specific standards for public schools in Ohio, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia.  You can view the standards alignment here.

There website has a lot of free samples for you to try and help you get started with science and math activities.  There are two ways to see free samples.  Click here to view some free sample activities  per grade level.   To view the free samples in each product, click on a product you are interested in and then click on the sample /review link.

Here is a video explaining how to do an AIMS activity.

From Head To Toe

We were given the opportunity to review From Head To Toe.  This is a science activity book about the human body and is designed for grades 5-9.  However, we used it for grades 5, 3, 1, preK, and tot school too.  It is very adaptable and kids of all ages will enjoy the science experiments and activities.


The book is large and contains 269 pages.  It also comes with a CD for making printables, or you can copy them from the book too.    It retails for $24.95 from the AIMS website.

It contains 27 activities.  The table of contents is divided into eight chapters:
        Nervous System
        Circulatory System
        Respitory System
        Digestive System
        Urinary System
        Musculoskeletal System Sensory Organs
        Culminating Activities

The book is laid out really nicely.  In each chapter, there are rubber band books to make and read, models and experiments to conduct, coloring pages and worksheets to do, in addition to more pages on the CD.

Students make a rubber band book that explains the specific body system they are learning about.  The rubber band book is made by printing off pages from the CD or copying the page from the book and then folding it and securing it with a rubber band.  It is written with humor and is comic book style and keeps the kids interests. The students can color the pages of the rubber band book to enhance it too.

So far we have learned about the human heart from the circulatory system , and completed the whole chapter on the urinary system. 

One challenge I found with using the book is that the experiments require a few materials that I did not have on hand.  For example: I need to collect a few more materials for some of the activities to complete the chapter on the circulatory system, including an experiment creating a pumping heart model.  I had everything on hand except a tube connector that joins the openings of two bottles and forceps. 

        materials needed for the heart model:
                two 20 ounce plastic bottles
            connector tube
                metal washer, 1/4 inch
                two flexible plastic drinking straws
                nail with a sharp point
                permanent marker
                5 minute epoxy or glue gun

Lesson learned,  I need to plan ahead and gather all of my needed materials before I start a chapter.   It was my fault for not being prepared. I found this situation true with all the chapters, where I had all but one or two items needed to conduct the

You can view the first 37 pages of From Head To Toe
here, and make several rubber band books on the nervous system and circulatory system, color the activity pages, and do the heart model activity.  Your kids will have a lot of fun with this so please give it a try.  Its free!

Here are some of the fun pictures we took as we learned about the Urinary System:

In the activity called “Take Me To The Cleaners“, the kids learned about the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. They learned how the kidneys filter impurities from the blood that has returned from feeding oxygen to the cells of the body. Before the blood returns to the heart and lungs, it is filtered by nephrons in the kidneys. They remove the waste particles and mix it with water, and it becomes urine. Then they send the urine to the ureters which takes it to the bladder to be stored until the body is ready to urinate, or pee. The bladder has receptors that tell it when it is full and it is time to pee. The urine leaves the bladder and exits the body through the urethra. 


To understand the basics of how the kidneys work: 
    materials we used:
             coffee filter
             rubber band
             two clear jars (you can use any clear cups or jars)
             carrot juice (you can use any vegetable juice)

Number the jars 1 and 2.  Place the filter and rubber band over the opening of the second jar leaving a small indention in the filter to hold liquid.  

Place two ounces of carrot juice into the first jar.

Slowly pour 1 ounce of the juice into the filter covering the second jar.

You may have to wait a while for it to filter.  Go slowly and don’t rush it.

Observe what is happening.

The juice in the second filtered jar is clearer than the juice in the first un-filtered jar. 

The filter collected lots of particles of carrot and removed it from the juice.  The remaining filtered juice had no large carrot particles left in it.

This demonstrates how the kidneys filter out impurities from the blood for removal, and return clean blood to circulate in the body.

The next activity demonstrates how the bladder knows when it is full of urine (waste particles and water) and ready to empty (urinate or pee).    A balloon represents the bladder, and tape represents receptors on the bladder.  Place clear tape in a cross or x on two places, making two crosses or x’s on the balloon.  Gently blow a small amount of air into the balloon. Observe what happens to the balloon and tape.

Blow again adding a little more air.  Observe again.

Blow more air in to reach its maximum.

Ok, thinking that this balloon represented her bladder full of pee, she was a little reluctant to touch it.

Now release the air as if the bladder has emptied its contents.  Now the tape (receptors) recognize there is nothing in there.

I was very pleased with the book From Head To Toe.  It has a lot of substance.  There is a lot of fun activities for kids to do, plus coloring pages and worksheets too.   It does require a little planning to be sure you have all the materials on hand to conduct the experiments and build the models.

This book is hands on, our favorite way to learn.  I am planning to turn our projects and rubber band books from this activity book into a wonderful notebook/lapbook as part of our Human Body Unit Study.


If you would like to know what others on the TOS Homeschool Crew thought of this product, please read here.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the product mentioned above for the purpose of writing an honest review.

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