Friday, October 8, 2010

Science~ Learning about the Brain



We have been working through Ellen McHenry's unit study~ Introduction to Neurology.  We are really enjoying this program. It has many different learning components to it and really makes this topic very interesting. My son is enjoying it very much.

Readings are short but very comprehensive written in a narrative form ( which my son enjoys much more than textbook formats) there are activities woven into each chapter's topic; experiments, coloring projects, puzzles, games etc.. it really makes for a holistic kind of learning.

Ellen has other units she has created that you can look through here.
I have already went ahead and purchased the "Elements" Unit also and will probably then move onto the Carbon Chemistry. Ellen has a note on here website that she is teaching a class on Cells and Microbiology this Fall and will have the unit for sale some time in May of 2011 and then another on Botany ( 8 lessons) to be completed this month~



There was an activity that he was to simulate an MRI of an orange to resemble what an MRI image actually does ~
MRI of an orange 





the layers representing the images of an MRI 

He enjoyed this and then decided on his own to sew the brain ( orange) back together again~
As my teen works this unit, he does written narrations of each portion/chapter.  It is a great way to be sure there is an understanding of the information. He has commented that he likes the written narration because it helps him to not only have a good understanding but helps him to remember what he has learned. He does these written narration in his OneNote virtual binder. He adds graphics and things also and enjoys going back and looking at his work~

Since I try and integrate their work, he is also going to be doing some science writing for this unit as well. I found this most recent article, entitled Neuroscience Research May Help Patients Recover from Brain Injury. from Science Daily and he will be doing an essay on this as well and adding it to his unit study.
Happy Science Learning~

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