Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Science at home

Now that Miss D is in school part-time I have been making an effort to put her on more of a regular schedule on the days she is home. This has so far been beneficial for me as well as her! It makes the days go by a lot faster when we have activities to look forward to. I am not super rigid in my scheduling so there is leeway for errands or for when plans need to change. But I'm hoping this will make the transition to having a baby present easier for her. (I just need to get the grandparents to stick with it when they are here to help! ;)

I really want to make sure she is not missing out on any learning by not being in school full time. I should probably break down and buy a kindergarten curriculum - but there are a lot of resources online for free too. Last week we did a couple of science experiments based on the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. You may recall this is what makes the paper mache volcano's erupt from your own school days. As it so happens, the carbon dioxide release will also inflate a balloon!


7 comments:

Styling with Renee Michelle said...

That's really neat. I don't know much about what science stuff is age-appropriate for Miss D (I'm better at the 18-19 year old crowd :)

To avoid having to buy something new: would libraries carry books that would suggest other activities?

Lakeview Coffee Joe said...

Sweet. There are stores that teachers shop at which have all sorts of cool stuff. I forgot the name of them though.....damnit.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I never even thought about doing science experiments with my kids. Hopefully you will get a baby that just sleeps all the time. I think E ended up watching a lot of Baby Einstein after J was born because he was the kind of baby that you could never put down. And E was not old enough to do things by herself without lots of guidance. It's nice that Ms.D is a bit older and can probably do things with minimal supervision. Lisa

Dad said...

I like that Stef - there's a lot to be said for home schooling. You're a great Mom.

Dad said...

I like that Stef - there's a lot to be said for home schooling. You're a great Mom.

Pulisha said...

There are lots of great, free resources online for home schoolers. When I was looking into potentially homeschooling the kids, I bookmarked a bunch of sites (E-mail me if you want a few). RM's library suggestion is also excellent. We do a lot of simple experiments since J is not really old enough for anything complex. Making sugar or salt crystals is an easy, fun one.

alexis said...

these sound like fun and I'm 30!