Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I spent all day yesterday cleaning and organizing, so today I determined to spend some time doing activities with the kids. They chose science, so we worked on several projects.

1) Made a new Astronomy notebook by decorating the cover of a blue binder with stickers of stars, space ships, planets, comets, etc. We will be studying Apologia's Exploring Creation with Astronomy book, and a notebook is one critical element.

2) Got started right away with a Magic School Bus astronomy kit. We made a constellation view box (the constellations are punched holes in cards, you look through the box to see them--it's sad but so few stars are visible around here that this is about the only constellations my kids will be viewing until we go camping!) We built a small telescope (lenses and tubes were included in the kit). We made a solar system model (not to scale) with Styrofoam balls. We used balls and a flashlight in a dark room to model the Earth and the Moon. And Lily drew and colored a beautiful picture of the Earth.

3) Luke still wanted to do more science so we pulled out a magnet kit to explore. He had fun finding out how magnets attract and repel each other, what things they stick to, and how to make a simple working compass.

Of course I should have pictures of all this, but my camera battery is dead and I don't know where the charger is. You'll just have to use your imaginations!


liahonajourney said...

The Magic School Bus kit sounds great. We live in the woods, and in a valley, so it is really hard to see past the trees... I think my kids would love this. Where did you get yours?

Chambers said...

Okay, I just realized why I don't do this kind of stuff as often with my kids. How in the world do you have all those supplies on hand??

MaryAnne said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Paula said...

Anything and everything you could ever need for home education and crafts!
type "science kit" into the search and see what comes up.
As for why I have them on hand...well, I've spent the past 5 years or so researching and planning for homeschooling...I've built up a pretty good collection of resources in that time!