What Do You Know about Skeletons?

Today I got to act like both a teacher and a mom!

I helped with the Fall Snack in my daughter’s 1st grade class!

As I waited for the students to return from Specials, I looked around the room …

There were 10 interesting facts about skeletons written on chart paper at the front of the room ….

Did you know we have the same number of bones in our necks as giraffes have in their necks?  (Seven)

Later while students were snacking on chips and cupcakes, the teacher showed a video about skeletons …. not a scary video but a learning one that talked about the many important jobs our skeletons do as well as showing other types of skeletons too.

The featured publisher this week, Bellwether Media, even had a book about skeletons in its collection: The Skeletal System:

Do you know how many bones are in your body? Get under your skin in this introduction to the skeletal system. Young readers will discover how bones fit together, how they move, and how they protect other parts of the body.

As I read through this book on Big Universe Learning, I was very impressed by the large interesting illustrations. The backgrounds and text on the page are add to the interest this books builds for learning about a science and health topic.

Don’t be surprised if you find some of these things on the pages:

  • Quick Facts to help children learn even more
  • Arrows and Labels pointing to parts of the bones and joints
  • Word in bold to show key vocabulary
  • Pages devoted to ONE main topic
  • Bright Colors
  • Engaging Pictures
  • A Glossary

I think I might have been more interested in Science when I was in school if it had been presented this way!

 Image by Vectorportal



Children’s Books About How the Body Works

Children's books about mucles, nerves, respiratory and skeletal systems. They're all there on Big Universe Learning.

I’m sore as all get out. Why? I’m sore because it’s spring in South Carolina, and my muscles have been in hibernation all winter. I was spreading mulch and pulling weeds in my herb and flower gardens, and my hamstrings have something to say about that today.

A few weeks ago my daughter wrote on Facebook that her hands were killing her. Why? She’d visited The Mountain Goat, a new wall-climbing venue in our city. She and her friends had a lot of fun figuring out how to climb the different routes up the walls, but within 24 hours her digits were yelling, “Treason!”

A dozen years ago the same daughter called to me early one morning and said she was paralyzed. She couldn’t walk, she claimed tearfully.

Why the melodrama? After hugs, a few questions and some strategic prodding, I soon deduced the problem. She was suffering from DOMS, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, something I’d learned about in sports medicine textbooks and experienced personally.

The child had gotten her first jump rope the day before. With the single-minded perseverance of Pippi Longstocking, Junie B. Jones and the Energizer Bunny, my rambunctious ginger resolved to learn how to jump rope (read “jumping queen of the universe”) all in the course of one day! She jumped thousands upon thousands of times and soon had it mastered. She was the personification of “Jumping for Joy.”

If I had the online children’s bookThe Muscular System” posted on Big Universe Learning, I could have shown her some pictures and read a little bit of information about how the muscles worked in her body and why she had gotten so sore. If it were in a book, it had to be true, right? That’s how she rolled at that age.

As it was, my daughter had to take my word for it. “You are NOT paralyzed,” I assured her. “Your legs WILL work again.” “The pain will go away in a day or so, and the blisters on the balls of your feet WILL grow new skin.” A few padded Band-Aids, an anti-inflammatory, ice packs, a dozen piggyback rides, lots of water, and some gentle calf massage also paved the road to recovery.

But, man…a book sure would have helped answer her gazillions of questions.

Children’s Books about Muscles    

Other Children’s Books about the Body

   Clip art illustration by Pamela Perry.