Again, all of my (extensive) notes on teaching this block have already been compiled on the website. We broke this into two blocks but included it all in one MLB. I have mixed feelings about this and probably wouldn't do this again. I think it's discouraging to go back to a book you started and complete it. Leah did this for Norse Mythology and it was fine, because it was saying what came next in the story, but when it comes to notes and diagrams it just made Natalie feel like the thing was going to go on forever and I think it made this block even more fatiguing.
Note #1: We did use Montessori nomenclature for this. I loved it and thought it was fabulous!!!! I also used several great books full of science experiments and listed all of the books and all of the experiments on my Human Physiology page. In fact, I compiled every single thing into a PDF which you can download for free and write all over, including charts listing every experiment and all the supplies needed and an extra column for your prep, where you can write down anything you need to buy.
I suggest you use the public library for the books (Blood and Guts was our primary text) and spend your money on the Montessori nomenclature. The Human Anatomy package is $100.00 and includes BOTH The Great River and Human Physiology Complete Set.
Note #2: Lots of Waldorf resources talk about breaking this up into part in 7th grade and part in 8th. I think it makes sense to do the whole human body at one time. But, again, all I'm trying to do is share my notes in case they are helpful and you should always use your own best judgement knowing, as you do, your own child and your family's situation.
Note #3: I had Natalie create analogies for each part of each system of the human body, and we used the overarching analogy of "The Great River" for the entire body. (This is a Montessori lesson, sometimes called The Sixth Great Lesson.) Natalie was asked for each component, what else does it look like? what else does it remind you of? In other words, what is an analogy for the form and what is an analogy for the function? She also did several small research projects and created a book within her book. I photographed it all.
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You can see Natalie had become more comfortable with drawing freehand by this point in the school year.
her idea... to write the facts about teeth on small tooth shapes
one of the best parts of MLBs is seeing how creative your children are!
the function of the pituitary gland reminds her of TDS and pH test kits... you can see the influence of the hydroponics here... and it's a great analogy!
"The Pancreas, Insulin, and Diabetes"
when Leah's best friend was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, Natalie went straight to her MLB, found this page, and explained to us all what diabetes is and how insulin works
she was soooo proud of her cross-hatching; we got the cross-hatching drawing lesson by Rick Tan on Etsy
Here's a great picture from the beef heart dissection ($11.08 from the butcher):
We also dissected a turkey neck and a beef shin bone and examined a dead deer head, mouth, teeth, and tongue.