Long Summer

February 5, 2010

Stumbling through science

Filed under: Curriculum,Learning moments — by dbmamaz @ 10:34 pm
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I loved science when I was in school.  Mostly I loved chemistry.  Physics was ok.  Biology?  Not so much.  My big boy?  Biology all the way.

Luckily I havent managed to kill his love of the science yet. Even tho I cut the cork too thick and broke the dropper (ok, it was already broken, but I made it worse), and snapped at him for every single clumsy thing he did.

looking at cork

We are working through The Microscope Book. This day, we started with the three pieces of colored thread, to demonstrate the depth of field.  It was cool – even Raven looked at that one.  Then we attempted that cork in the picture, which was rather a failure.  But Orion wasnt ready to quit yet. Since I was prepping dinner anyways, we looked at an onion skin – woot!  Long, clearly visible cells!  We didn’t manage to see anything inside the cell wall, probably largely due to air bubbles under the cover.  But still, I apologized a few times and he seemed happy with the microscope lesson!

Not only that, but he still seems happy with Biology: Concepts & Connections  too.  I break it in to short segments for him and assign him videos to explain the concept. I seriously have trouble keeping my eyes on the page.

He says its fine. Go figure.

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5 Comments »

  1. It is too cold now, but when it warms up he might enjoy checking out all the microorganisms in mud puddle water. The mosquito wrigglers are the best.

    Comment by ummtafari — February 5, 2010 @ 10:54 pm |Reply

  2. We have a creek in our back yard – i’m looking forward to checking it out, maybe trying to check the water every other week and see if things change

    Comment by dbmamaz — February 5, 2010 @ 11:28 pm |Reply

  3. My boys always love the topics that I find the most challenging. Biology is our topic of the year (for a glimpse, see my hs blog at quarksandquirks dot wordpress dot com). I love biology, so this year’s delightful. My older prefers chemistry (“Mom, I’m a 12 year old boy. I just want to see things blow up.”), which I do prefer over physics. Ah well. Love that Campbell’s book. Great blg!

    Comment by Sarah — February 6, 2010 @ 4:44 pm |Reply

    • Yes, I noticed you are using it too! (couldnt figure out how to subscribe to that blog w my reader, tho . .) My 6 yo isnt much in to formal school yet. He’s doing some science in time4learning, and we are putting together a book about zoo animals, to take to the zoo with us when it warms up. I’m looking forward to doing more formal work with him as he matures a bit (ok, assuming dh lets me stay home longer .. .sigh . . he always jumps up when i start talking about what i plan to do in 2-3 years!)

      Comment by dbmamaz — February 6, 2010 @ 4:55 pm |Reply

  4. I’m with Orion, biology is The Awesomeness. Can’t wait for river water samples this spring and summer…although maybe it would be itneresting to risk getting wet in the cold so that we could get a sample now and compare it to samples from warmer days.

    Thanks for the onion skin idea, I had forgotten about onion skin!

    Comment by Jess — February 10, 2010 @ 4:50 pm |Reply


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