Elementary Chemistry: Calcium

Elementary Chemistry: Calcium

Calcium is a great element to study because it’s found in so many everyday items plus it’s important for our health. We talked a little about what is made of calcium and how varied it can be. Pure calcium isn’t found in naturally. Instead it’s...
Elementary Chemistry: Boron

Elementary Chemistry: Boron

We studied the element Boron and mixed up some slime as part of our Elementary Chemistry class. This was a perfect moment to talk about states of matter, elements that behave strangely, and the importance of following directions when doing chemistry. First I’ll...
Elementary Chemistry: Hydrogen

Elementary Chemistry: Hydrogen

Hydrogen is another abundant element that’s great to study with kids. We spent a class learning about where we find hydrogen and its properties. We also explored heat producing chemical reactions with hydrogen. This post is part of a series on chemistry that’s based...
Elementary Chemistry

Elementary Chemistry

Last Spring, I taught a homeschool co-op class on chemistry for elementary aged students. Chemistry is usually a subject reserved for older kids I imagine because traditionally younger students aren’t allowed to have many hands-on lab work. I think that mindset...
Elementary Chemistry: Carbon

Elementary Chemistry: Carbon

Carbon is a great element to begin a study about the elements because it’s so common. It exists in pure forms that are readily available and highly interesting. It’s also a word we hear thrown around often: carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, carbon footprint....
Color Theory for Kindergarten

Color Theory for Kindergarten

Color is a fascinating subject for children. We used paints and food dye to explore color mixing, shades, tints and tones. It all started one morning when we were working on paintings to send to the kids’ grandparents. The watercolors kept swirling together in...
Spring Garden Play

Spring Garden Play

A few weeks ago* we visited an indoor garden and started seeing early signs of spring as we went outside. My daughter became very interested in the idea of a garden and wanted to create one of her own. We live in an apartment with no outdoor space, so I decided to set...
Simple Machines Playground

Simple Machines Playground

We were interested in learning more about how things work, so we did a small unit about simple machines. After a little reading, we decided to put our knowledge into action by building a Simple Machines Playground. In case you’ve forgotten, the simple machines...
Solar System Model

Solar System Model

I have a quick little post today about the Solar System model that we made a few days ago. Space is one of our favorite topics. There is so much to learn that we keep coming back to it for more. We’ve done a lot of space stuff in the past, but I thought...
Cool Science: Ice Melt Experiment

Cool Science: Ice Melt Experiment

Today I’m sharing a two-part experiment that we did to understand the relationship between ice and salt. This ice melt experiment is a wonderfully engaging way to explore some scientific concepts. We’ve been doing a lot of ice-related experiments lately....
Ocean Unit Study

Ocean Unit Study

A few weeks ago we completed our Ocean Unit Study. I already shared a couple of posts about things we did, but this one is the whole interdisciplinary enchilada. This unit began like most all that we do. My son (4.5) told me he wanted to learn more about the oceans...
Saltwater Sink or Float – An Ocean Unit Science Experiment

Saltwater Sink or Float – An Ocean Unit Science Experiment

We did a Saltwater Sink or Float experiment to go along with our ocean unit. It’s an easy experiment to do with young scientists because the results are immediate and there are lots of ways to manipulate the variables. There’s also a lot of skills that...

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