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Human Physiology and Anatomy

“Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to study human anatomy. He became very interested in perfect proportions. The Vitruvian man displays this fact.”

    I’ve seen this block listed as Human Anatomy and as Human Physiology. At first, I was calling my block a Human Anatomy block and so I thought we’d be learning about the human skeleton, circulatory system, muscles and all its organs. It seems that most of these topics are held for 8th grade in a human anatomy block and in 7th grade the children first learn about how the body functions which is precisely Human Physiology, learning about the various systems working together. I knew that I needed to broach the impending subject of puberty and the ongoing changes my son might be experiencing presently. My husband could not recall when the onset of puberty started for him, and there is very little on the net that is either not explicit or the opposite too detailed or too technical and dry. I knew that I’d have to touch upon this subject soon enough since he is homeschooled, however, we do not shelter him and he has been exposed to a variety of teen group activities over the past year where talk could have surfaced between peers on this subject. It is important that he holds clear information in order to avoid embarrassing moments. Peer pressure is so awful.

This block has been divided into two, a 3-week block in mid-fall and a 4-week block in late winter. We started the first week with a study on the digestive system.

I’ve combined two Waldorf blocks normally offered in 7th and 8th grade in traditional Waldorf schools. Donna Simmons does not offer a full curriculum past 5th grade, so I was on my own to build up Tristan’s (my eldest) homeschool year.

The first block took place in mid-October. I collected several pins on Pinterest and read through the Millennium Child for some inspiration. It’s quite cut and dry when you don’t have a program to lean against. Donna has mentioned in the “Nature stories to Natural science” when undertaking human physiology, it is imperative to not break up the body into parts of localized systems. It’s important, as Donna states, to refer to our bodies as a system of parts working as a whole. I’ve had this challenge before with Waldorf, in theory, everything functions as you plan it but in practice, it’s a whole other story. Eugene Schwartz divided his lessons into the digestion system, nutrition, the circulation system, the pulmonary system and the eye and the ear.

Here is my detailed table of contents

-The Digestive System

-Human Teeth

-Daily Nutrition for boys 9 to 13 years of age

-Circulatory System

-Diagram of the Human Heart

-Relationship of a Tree and Human Being

-Male Reproductive system

-Female Reproductive system

-The Composition of Skin

-Skeletal System

-The Human Skull

-The Human Bones

-My Skeletal Hand

-Clay Sculpture of a Hand

-The Human Brain

-Muscle Anatomy

-The Nervous System

-Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man

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