Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hear Your Heart

The heart shape is a symbol of Valentine's Day, so I decided the best way to tie in science with Valentine's Day would be to learn about the HEART!

We already have the book Hear Your Heart (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Paul Showers, so we started by reading it.



It's a basic introduction to the heart and how it helps pump blood through the body.  There's not really a story line, but it's not just chunks of scientific information either.  It held Elliott's attention and he was interested in the part about how the heart contracts and is comparable in size to his fist.

It also includes some ideas throughout the book to explore, such as using a paper towel roll as a stethoscope,and listening to the heart before and after exercising.

I decided a real stethoscope would be more fun than a pretend one...and I was right!  It was a BIG HIT!

Elliott was up sick all night, so I was going to put off Hear Your Heart for a few days, but he insisted on doing the "doctor lesson" for school.  I decided we could still do some of it, and talk about ways to keep our hearts healthy, but I would just eliminate the physical exercise, since he was still weak.

We just used a stethoscope to listen to each other's hearts.

He listened to his own heart...

He tried to listen to Emory's heart....but Emory declined!


Then Elliott asked if they could get out their doctor kit...they set up a vet clinic!





Elliott had a lot of fun learning about the heart and expanding it into pretend play.  It ended up being a great "quiet" activity to keep my sick kid entertained, without being too active.


This book was listed in my February Book Basket.



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28 comments:

  1. He's so cute trying to listen to Emory's heart! Great idea to set up a vet clinic. Looks there were lots of sick animals to tend to. :)

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  2. I love it! So sweet that your son turned it into pretend play with his stuffed animals. I love it when their imaginations take them to the next learning activity! So fun!

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  3. Every one one of those Let's Read and Find Out science books that we've read has been a hit! I love that you used a real stethoscope and that your son extended his learning to his play time!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that another family enjoys them....I am planning to use them as part of our Kindergarten science curriculum!

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  4. I am just hopping over from my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop to thank you for linking up this week! Our family loves the Let's Read and Find Out science book series. I actually made several printables to go along with some of the books. I hope to see you link up again next week!

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  5. Love the spidey outfits. I find it facinating when young children take such an interest in what we consider grown up/ complex things like the heart (for my daughter it is blood, blood cells, etc.) Amazing.

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  6. Oh, sooo cute! He had such a fun lesson! I think all learning should be fun. You may want to find out about the Silly Creatures. They are great toys for little kids to learn about anatomy. They are plush toys that can be opened to see what's inside and... they have a heart and more! Visit our site http://www.sillycreatures.com to see them.

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  7. Very cool! Now I just need to find me a stethoscope! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Great teachable moment. Thanks for sharing. I hopped over from TGIF.

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  9. Wow, what a great lesson. I like how you tied science in with Valentine's Day. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  10. It looks like wonderful pretend play. I hope all his animals ended up healthy. They look like they had great care!

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  11. I love this post. Thanks for sharing. My 2.5 year old is currently obsessed with his stethoscope too! :-)

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  12. What great ideas! We will be studying the heart next week to! Thanks for sharing!

    mama of many blessings

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  14. I found you at the Science Sunday Hop.

    I love that you got out a real stethoscope.

    come see us at Layers-of-learning.com

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  15. Sounds like a great book and I love their extensions!

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  16. I like the Read and Find Out Science series since they have so many books at different levels.

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  17. So much fun pretending to the be doctor!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  18. That is lovely role play and later on you can link it to exercise and increased heart rates.

    Thanks for linking to Science Sparks

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  19. Oooh, I love this idea! What a great lesson for your body! Emory declined, lol! Thank you so much for sharing this at Teach Me Tuesday!!

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  20. My mom has a stethoscope because my brother had a heart condition until he had surgery at 18. I might have to ask to borrow it to do something like this with Boogie. Might help his doctor fear too. I love that this is science and pretend play. I am featuring this activity at WOTT this week :)

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    1. Thanks! The spiderman outfits are supposed to be pajamas, but they love to wear them as costumes.

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  21. AND I love that your boys are in Spider-Man outfits, Brittney. Pajamas or costumes? Either way, too cute!!

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  22. What a great idea to go with Hallmark day, errr I mean Valentines day! ;) One of my daughter's FAVORITE sets of toys is her Vet kit....she uses it as a doctir and vet kit. Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday! Hope to see you this week also!

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    1. He has shown a lot of interest in the human body, so I thought this was a great avenue to take with Valentine's Day. ;-)

      Now that he's not sick, we'll do the exercise and increased heart rate, and I found another activity I'm excited to try too.

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  23. Nice book, putting that one on my book list! My mother was a nurse and I used to love to play with her stethoscope! Such a fun activity!

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  24. Too cute!!! I'll have to remember that book. :) Thanks for stopping by my site.

    ~Bekah @SonshineTotSchool.blogspot.com

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