He's learning the names of 20 bones (or bone types) in the body and here they are:
I think that's all 20. Yesterday we took our book, The Big Book of Bones: An Introduction to Skeletons (which is great), and after he stripped down to his underwear, Benny labelled himself with the 20 bone names in the right spots. Use a non-toxic marker for this (obviously!) and it will wash off when the child next bathes. Here's Benny's foot:
We wrote the names all over him, then we played a game where I yelled out a bone and he had to point to it. When he got so he could remember and point to all the bones, I had put his clothes back on, close his eyes and write down as many as he could remember. He remembered 13 -- pretty good! Then we did a spelling test on the ones he had forgotten. Today I'm going to let him make a muslin doll and then label it with a sharpie, I think.
Here's a picture of Benny playing chess later with CRANIUM on his head. I was going to write it backwards, so he could read it in the mirror, but he didn't want it like that. He also got irritated when I put PATELLA upside down so he could read it. No use fighting it. As long as he knows where his cranium is. :)
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