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#1 of 4 Old 08-14-2011, 02:13 PM - Thread Starter
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My DS is 9 and has always been very squeamish. Even if I say the word heart, vein, skull he gets really grossed out and says I am trying to make him vomit. I am wondering what to do to teach him about the human body and biology etc? Any input?

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Magic school bus?


browse at the library and see what doesn't bother him?



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Maybe start with the skeletal system (the least "gross") and keep it very dry and clinical, memorizing it in detail ?  Maybe that would get him used to it enough to go on to other body systems.  Save digestion for last if that grosses him out, or circulatory for last if it's a squeamish-about-blood issue. Also look for material that only has illustrations that look cartooney, with as few colors as possible, and no photographs.

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Do you need to teach the material this year?  Some kids are not ready for full blown biology yet?  


I can say the Magic School Bus has some great books, the smaller 8x8 picture type books are great, the dvd's are wonderful too.  DS never really got into the mini-chapter books.


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