Looks like this post will be all about all the books we read! We did colour our body parts from the My Body book and hang them on our outlines. The boy parts (a simple drawing of testes) and the girl parts (a simple drawing of the uterus/ovaries/fallopian tubes) were all on the same colouring page. Both Ladybug and Jitterbug had to colour all the parts for both genders and we had much discussion over why they couldn’t hang both parts on their bodies. 🙂
Our main book for this section is It’s Not the Stork: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends. It’s just right for the age range of my kids. It’s listed on Amazon as being for ages 4-8. Try not to blush while you read it to your kids. 🙂 It’s very appropriate, uses all the correct body terms with illustrations. Talks about how boys and girls are different, how they are the same, a little about puberty, a little about how a baby is made, how the baby grows inside mummy, etc. I can imagine some people would feel it contains too much information for this age, but given that we have a baby on the way it was just right for us. The kids have questions about the process and this helps explain it very matter-of-factly without embarrassment. See the bird and the bee on the cover? They have funny things to say throughout the book. A bird and a bee, get it?
There is another book in the series: It’s So Amazing: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families that I considered ordering, it’s aimed at ages 7-10. It looks like it talks more about puberty and sexuality, which I felt we could hold off on for now.
A book we found at the library is What’s Inside Your Tummy, Mummy? (Our version says Mummy instead of Mommy like in the picture below.) It has illustrations of a foetus growing (okay my spell check made me put the ‘o’ in foetus but I am so not used to spelling it that way!) at various stages throughout the pregnancy. Supposedly life-size illustrations (though they felt a bit off to me). Very simple.
We got these from the library just to have a look at the pictures. The kids were way more fascinated with the animal one!
A couple of things we didn’t get to…I forgot to pull out the Flip-Flap Body Book, it has a section on reproduction. I’ll get that out next week.
I’m also intending to print out these free Parts of the Womb nomenclature cards from Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs.
It’s kind of an ongoing thing here, our baby isn’t due until July so we will continue our discussions on the reproductive system and babies. See this post to learn more about the resources we are using for our human body unit. Next we are learning about our skeletons.