|Liam chose to pose with his ST Math program and make this face. Such a boy.|
The current math lesson is fractional equivalants. What started out as a slog has finally clicked and Liam is zooming through the level. It's a metaphor for how things are going lately.
The BrainPop science lessons were a great jumping-off point for the marine biology lessons that led to the filed trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific last week. This week though, we moved on to human body systems and suddenly BrainPop was not my friend. The movies are still cute, but the terminology was so technical and advanced, I could see his eyes glazing over a few seconds into the first clip.
So I scoured our bookshelves and jumped online, looking for a few different sources to cover the next few topics I had chosen in the BrainPop Health/Science series.
What would be meaningful?
When we took Jake in for his checkup this year, I brought Liam along. He loved listening to the cat's heartbeat through the stethoscope. To make the connection, I found this video online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlIS3IwjfmY (it has the recorded sound of a cat purring along with it's heartbeat and a cute, kitten slideshow).
Liam loved it.
BrainPop Jr. has a similar series of videos, that are a little easier to digest than the material on BrainPop.
I also found this great series of animated videos from KidsHealth.org. Liam liked it so much that after watching the video on the Circulatory System, he moved on to the Digestive System all on his own. It also comes with quizzes and activity sheets.
As Liam would say, "SCORE!"