Children start to become more aware of the functions of the human body in Kindergarten. At Rowntree Montessori Schools, Prep-ONE (SK) students are taught about four systems of the human body in science class: the nervous system, the digestive system, the respiratory system and the circulatory system. Our Prep-ONE students recently learned that these four systems not only work really well on their own, but work well together. The students were introduced to many new functions of the body over the course of a month, as they learned through various hands on activities, videos, class discussion, and by using Montessori charts, diagrams and the interactive whiteboards.
Our students thoroughly enjoyed learning about these systems of the human body. When learning about the circulatory system, students were introduced to white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and plasma. The video below is a great representation of how excited the students were to explain what they learned during our class discussions on the circulatory system.
As teachers, we were very excited to see our students going home and applying what they learned in class to their daily lives. For example, when one of our Kindergarten students was away sick for the day, she told her mother that her white blood cells were working really hard to fight her bad bacteria, and that when they did, she would feel well enough to return back to school. When teaching about topics such as the human body, we want to ensure that students enjoy what they are learning. Making science exciting through hands-on projects, helps ensure that students stay engaged and retain what they learn. After learning about the human body, after a full month, our Kindergarten students still frequently discussed what they learned and how much they loved learning about their bodies.