Pandia Press, History and Science Curriculums With RSO Earth & Space, students observe, speculate, hypothesize, experiment, and conclude through the topics of weather, seasons, the Earth, rocks & minerals, our solar system, and space. Students learn by doing through engaging written lessons that are heavily reinforced by hands-on labs and activities. View sample pages, book lists, supply lists, and more at Try Before You Buy. three Little Rascals exploring the world For a long time I wanted to cover the subject of land and water forms the Montessori way, but there was never a good starting point. The perfect opportunity showed up during our stay in Finland this summer. We were travelling through a land full of lakes and islands. We saw Norwegian fjords and watched the Helsinki archipelago almost every day for three weeks. We played on a beach next to a lake and next to a small bay. In addition we had very limited access to any learning materials and this topic turned out to be very easy to prepare and very engaging for the kids.
Is Alzheimer's a Form of Diabetes? When the body refuses to make insulin, the condition is called type 1 diabetes; when the body mismanages the hormone, it's known as type 2. Now, scientists report new evidence linking insulin to a disorder of the brain: when the brain prevents the hormone from acting properly, the ensuing chemical imbalance may help trigger Alzheimer's disease. The correlation is so strong that some researchers are calling Alzheimer's disease "type 3" diabetes.
FoodMASTER (Food, Math and Science Teaching Enhancement Resource) The FoodMASTER Intermediate curriculum presents third through fifth grade students with ten basic topics in foods. Each topic area has hands-on and computer based lessons to take students on an exciting and innovative exploration of food, math, and science. These engaging lessons will help students develop valuable skills and encourage them to think about learning in a new fashion that is fun and exciting for everyone involved.
Crystal Names Activity for ages 3 and up. This easy-peasy, low cost science experiment uses borax to grow crystal names. Whether your child is 3 or 103, they’re sure to get excited about seeing their name shimmer and sparkle in the sunlight. Crystal names are one of our favorite kids’ science experiments yet.
Alzheimer's is really just 'type-3' diabetes, new research shows (NaturalNews) Emerging research on the widespread degenerative brain disease known as Alzheimer's suggests that this prevalent form of dementia is actually a type of diabetes. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, a recent study out of Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) confirms that Alzheimer's is marked by brain insulin resistance and corresponding inflammation, a condition that some researchers are now referring to as type-3 diabetes. Dr. Suzanne de la Monte from RIH is the one responsible for making this fascinating connection, having found in her research that diabetes is closely associated with several key neuronal factors implicated in dementia. It turns out that Alzheimer's progresses as a result of the brain developing resistance to insulin, which in turn prevents proper lipid (fat) metabolism. "This study points out that once AD (Alzheimer's Disease) is established, therapeutic efforts should target several different pathways -- not just one," says Dr. de la Monte.
Cells and DNA - Our Journey Westward (This post contains affiliate links.) During our human body unit, we spent quite some time studying cells – their functions and parts. This discussion naturally led to a study of DNA and genetics. What fun! Cells Science for Kids: Rainbow Jar Science for kids ages 2 and up. We love fun kids’ science and this easy activity is one of our favorites. With just a few common household ingredients like dish soap and honey, little scientists can actually pour a rainbow in a jar. There’s no need for any leprechaun magic – just 100% kid-friendly science. P.S.
B-complex vitamins may help slow progression of dementia Oct. 28, 2010 — Large doses of B-complex vitamins could reduce the rate of brain shrinkage by half in elderly people with memory problems and slow the progression of dementia. A two-year clinical trial in England has shown that B vitamins, including B-6, B-12 and folic acid, slow down mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition which is a major risk factor for Alzheimer disease and other forms of dementia. Dr. Gustavo C. Román, medical director of the Alzheimer & Dementia Center at the Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston, said that patients who already exhibit signs of dementia and test positive for high levels of homocysteine are more likely to respond well to the large doses of B vitamins. Astronomy Final Projects and Notebooks - Our Journey Westward Elementary Astronomy Unit Study The study of astronomy with my 7 and 10 year old children was surprisingly fascinating! As usual, we used bits and pieces of this and that, with lots of living literature, field trips and projects to learn tons about our solar system. I hope you find something useful to add to your own astronomy unit study! The Teaching Resources and Hands-On Activities Exploring Creation With Astronomy was our main teaching text.
Montessori-Inspired Astronomy Units April 28 is International Astronomy Day. There are many other astronomy-related calendar observances throughout the year, though. Any time is a good time for an astronomy unit study. Today, I want to share my Montessori-inspired astronomy unit studies. Brain exercises may slow cognitive decline initially, but speed up dementia later Sep. 1, 2010 — New research shows that mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles, reading and listening to the radio may, at first, slow the decline of thinking skills but speed up dementia later in old age. The research is published in the September 1, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "Our results suggest that the benefit of delaying the initial signs of cognitive decline may come at the cost of more rapid dementia progression later on, but the question is why does this happen?"
Blood Typing SE While all blood contains the same components and looks pretty similar to the naked eye, human blood contains microscopic markers called antigens. And if incompatible blood is mixed, it can mean the difference between life and death. In this issue, learn about different blood types, as well as their accompanying compatibilities and incompatibilities. Human blood is made up of four main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Red blood cells, or erythrocytes, carry oxygen through the body and make up a little more than 44% of our blood content.