Our senses are SENSATIONAL! They help us collect information about the world around us, as well as about ourselves. In this 7 week mini-course, we will use lots of hands-on activities, experiments, video, audio and text lessons, fun facts, frequent learning checks, games and more to learn about the five senses. We will learn about the structure of the eye, and how it works with the brain to help us see. We will become familiar with the internal and external structures of the ears and nose, and learn how they help us hear, stay balanced and smell things. We will learn about the many structures throughout the body that help us feel the things we come into contact with. And we will learn about taste buds, so come to class with an appetite!
Week 1 – Introduction to the nervous system and the senses
Weeks 2 – Vision: Structure and function of the eyeball and structures around the eyeball
Week 3 – Sense of Hearing: Structure and function of the inside and outside of the ear
Week 4- Sense of Smell: Structure and function of the inside and outside of the nose
Week 5 – Sense of Taste: Structure and function of the sense organs associated with taste
Week 6 – Sense of Touch: Structure and function of the sense organs associated with touch
Week 7 – Putting it All Together – Balance, animal senses and how our senses work together
No book is needed for this course. Instruction will be provided in lessons that include text, audio and pre-recorded video content and weekly live classes. Most materials for experiments are things from around the house, but the cost of additional materials will range from $10 – $40. A weekly materials list will be provided at the beginning of the course.