In the course of homeschooling, there are often subjects that leave parents wondering exactly how to approach it. Reading, writing and arithmetic are pretty straight forward and there is so many various curriculum for different teaching styles available for those subjects but when it comes to subjects like health and physical education, the options are much smaller.
WAY Comes Home Kit from HomeSchool Scholastics, an i4 Learning Company. The Wellness, Academics & You (WAY) curriculum kit brings a well rounded wellness program designed for grades K through 4th directly to you, including all sorts of goodies to make the learning process fun and interactive. Included are three themes designed for various levels of learning - Health Safari for grades K-1, Me Mysteries for grades 2-3 and Interspace Adventures for grades 3-4.
What We Received
It was Christmas in summer when the mailman delivered a huge box chocked full of all the components for the WAY Comes Home kit. The kids interest was peaked as we unpacked items like an eye chart, stethescope, a plastic scale, plastic counters, plastic eggs, foam balls, a fingerprinting ink pad, plastic baskets, a tape measure, various cards and worksheets, three workbooks, the teachers guide and a DVD.
There's really so much included with this kit.
The other various components that are included with the kit are to be used along with the lessons throughout the learning journey. From learning about vision from actually having a eye chart just like what is used in the doctors office, to learning about the human fingerprints but printing themselves and seeing their prints first hand, the hands on activities really help to drive the information in a fun, hands on way.
How We Used It
|Testing Our Vision Using the Included Eyechart|
The kids also really enjoyed the activities included about Germs and how they spread disease. This particular module included activities such as learning proper hand washing, covering their mouths when they sneeze or cough, and keeping things clean and free of things that can harbor germs. We did activities from all three academic levels. One activity had the kids drawing a picture of their clean hands versus dirty hands covered in germs. Another asked them to draw a self portrait and to show themselves covering their mouth when they sneeze/cough.
We did modify the Innerspace Adventure activity a bit. That particular activity asked to leave a piece of potato and leave it out for a few days and observe what type of growth occurred. I don't typically keep potatoes in the house. Instead, we kept a dish rag in bowl of dirty water. After two days, we made a slide from the water and took a look under the microscope. The kids were able to see the various "bugs" swimming around in the wet slide. Later down the road, we may indeed grow some moldy potatoes and take a look as well.
Another fun activity that the kids did was to keep track of their weight over the last few weeks, using our bathroom scale. They kept a weekly journal in their workbook of how much their weight changed over the course of a month. They also had fun using the included scale weighing the mass of various objects, including our pet rats. Needless to say, Yuki weighs more than Nicodemus.
|Yuki needs to go on a diet, it appears|
We have been having lots of fun using the WAY Comes Home program and it can easily be used as a platform for taking that learning even further. I look forward to using it, as well as the various components, with other learning activities that come up in the future. The only thing we didn't use out of the kit was the glitter, which is used to demonstrate how quickly germs can spread - as I didn't want glitter germs all over my house.
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