I miss my clothes line, compost pile and attempt at a garden. The least I can do is teach my children a little about taking care of the earth. So we talked about recycling, pollution, erosion, the thoughts behind the potential for global warming. Since we were still slotted for Alaska at the time, we did a special project on oil and water, and how they don't mix very well.
It was fun to work with water, first adding dirt and watching it sink and separate,
then adding oil and watching it float on the top.
Canaan separated it into smaller sections...
tried to strain it out, and poured it into another container through a paper towel,
all to no avail. It was an interesting experiment.
He wrote a small report on his findings to show daddy.
Even Zion was involved. He drew pictures of his impressions.
It was hot, (the front deck in July usually is) but a blast.
In August the Freeman grandparent's came to visit.
We decided to visit Meramac Caverns, a large system of caves about an hour from our house.
It was full of beautiful formations, like these reflecting in the water.
The boys were fascinated.
Happy Cave explorers!
On the way out Grammy bought a science project to get us started on our next theme for the school year.
Growing and beginning to form it's fascinating shapes.
Drained and beginning to dry.
Beautiful crystalized sugar!
Some intense studying.
How can any child not want to eat that?
(Don't worry, mine didn't get too! I did let them eat some of the scraps from the sides of the jar. I just couldn't imagine them eating an entire stick of sugar though!)
We have studied all forms and fashions of rocks, minerals and gems.
We attempted to grow stalagmites and stalactites:
Get a kid to taste Epsom salt. That is hilarious!
It is supposed to travel up the string, then as the water evaporates the salt will build up leaving a stalactite, and possibly even leave a stalagmite on the ground below also.
However, since we are living without many supplies right now, we had no string. Seriously. Andy found some parachute cord and we gave it a try. I think it needed to be cotton because we had no luck whatsoever. Sad times.
We even created our own "rocks".
Sedimentary rock is formed in layers.
Delicious layers in this experiment!
and heat (from the sun in our case)
are applied, it becomes metamorphic rock.
very delicious metamorphic rock!
Science has been a blast lately. It is September now. Time for a new theme. What sounds interesting?