My Little Scientist

Lauren, who is in tenth grade, has enjoyed her biology experience. This is a huge relief to me. I admit that I have been more than a little nervous about high school science.

I thought I’d share a few photos of my “little” scientist at work for our loved ones far away. Be warned, one photo is a graphic image of an earthworm dissection. Scroll at your own risk!


We purchased a microscope for her Apologia Biology course. Lauren has enjoyed using it. I have to say that one reason I love homeschooling is that I get to have all kinds of new experiences. I had never touched a microscope before this, (as I think I’ve mentioned previously) so this has been fun for all of us.


She got a lab coat to protect her clothing during experiments; she got the mask because she is sensitive to the smell of formaldehyde. The gloves are to protect her skin from the chemicals. Doesn’t she look adorable? (Don’t tell her I said that!)

WARNING: Following photos contain a dissection. . .



It was a bit disgusting. But we are learning, and that’s what it’s all about.  Thanks for reading. I hope you all have a happy weekend.


Frozen {A Science Experiment}

If you thought this post would be about the Disney movie released last winter, sorry to disappoint you. I just couldn’t resist using that title. 😉 As I’ve shared before, Leslie is doing the Apologia Astronomy course. We just finished chapter 13 – only one more to go! When I bought the book in 2009, started it, stopped it and shelved it, I really never thought I would pick it up again. But this year, with the help of the Junior Notebooking Journal, we are almost finished! Yippee!

The project for chapter 12 was making ice cream. This project demonstrated the change in temperature due to the effects of different chemicals (in this case, it was the effect of the rock salt on the ice) is similar to the atmosphere on Uranus and Pluto, which has various chemicals in it. (I really hope I said that right!)


She measured the heavy cream, vanilla and sugar and put it into a small zipper bag. We sealed it up and placed it in a larger zipper bag with ice and…


…rock salt! I’d never used rock salt before! It really fascinated me. But then, I’m a simple person so it doesn’t take much to get my attention. 🙂


Next, she had to vigorously shake the bag for eight minutes. We took turns because it was harder than it sounded.


Here she is shaking! 🙂


 Finally, the timer beeped and we had our very rich ice cream! Very, very rich!


I liked it, but Leslie wasn’t that impressed. It was just too sweet for her. I’m thinking it was just that her own sweetness and the ice cream’s sweetness were just too much. 🙂 ❤

Thanks for reading,


Leslie’s Rocket

We finally did the experiment from Chapter 10, about Saturn, from the Apologia Astronomy book. (We incorrectly say it’s the Chapter on Uranus and Neptune in the video. Sorry ’bout that.) We are now on chapter 12, so I was a little behind on this one! I kept forgetting to do it, or Terry wasn’t able to be there to see it. It turns out that it wasn’t much to see. Unless perhaps we did something wrong? Oh well. Here’s short clip of our rocket experiment.

And, no, I don’t think NASA will be calling us anytime soon for help!

But doesn’t Leslie look adorable in those goggles? 🙂


A Few Astronomy Experiments

Leslie Anne is currently studying Apologia’s Astronomy book. There have been several cute experiments this year. Here are some of the latest ones. First, we created a hurricane, to resemble the massive one on Jupiter. The second video is where we made a cloud, similar to Uranus and Neptune.


Leslie with her hurricane setup. Before we took off the labels. 🙂


A still shot of “Hurricane Leslie”.

We are also about to make a rocket, so that will be a fun project! Thanks for watching!


More of Mitchell’s Science

I apologize for sharing so many of these redundant science experiment posts. My blog’s first purpose is to keep in touch with friends and family far away, so I try to share news from our lives. I realize the average person probably thinks that it’s just…well, boring. Pretty soon I will be caught up, and Lord willing, I will have more to share with the general public. In the meantime, thanks for reading.
Here are a few more of Mitchell’s science projects:
He made an amorphous solid. If he hit it with his fist, it was hard, but if he touched it gently, it would melt and run down his hands. It is, indeed, very odd.
We took a video of it, and it’s available HERE.
Another day, he made lava “lamps”.
Kinda pretty!
Another time, he blew up a balloon using the gas created from a soda pop and pop rocks! It was his idea to draw the face on the balloon.
 Oh, and now he has a hat!

I didn’t get to have this “hands-on” type experience in school, so I’m really glad my kids are getting to see science in action! And I’m enjoying it, too. 🙂


The {Edible} Periodic Table

Mitchell is using Chemistry and Physics from the Young Explorer series by Apologia. We didn’t get started till the end of September, because the book wasn’t released until then. Therefore, we aren’t as far along with it as the other kids are with their sciences. He is enjoying the experiments very much, but the book work…well, he’s a typical boy! He’d rather “do” than “write”. His most recent major project was this edible Periodic Table of the Elements.This was a major project because it required his making 107 sugar cookies and frosting them. At the end of this, my kitchen was a lovely mess of creativity…which he had to clean up.

Mixing up enough dough to make 110 cookies was no easy job. I helped him with some of the measuring and stirring, and with making some of the frosting. But mostly, this was his handiwork.

It took him quite a while to do all the baking.
 Then, he had to mix seven different colors of frosting.
 Here are some “resting”, or hardening for the next step.
 Leslie was so sweet to help Mitch with the baking and frosting.
 Sweet children and sweet cookies. 🙂

Ta-da! The finished product! He had to pipe the symbol on each one, which took a very long time. Then, they had to be arranged correctly. He spent two long afternoons working on it.

He was very pleased. It looked so nice, that we just hated eating it!

But we did anyway.

A Model of Olympus Mons

I am still working hard to bring my blog up to speed, and that includes sharing some of our science fun from our homeschool days. We are using Apologia science for all the kids this year. My oldest is using the Physical Science, my 6th grader is using the elementary Chemistry and Physics in the Young Explorer series, and my 3rd grader is using the Astronomy book from that same series.

I admit that the experiments have overwhelmed me at times, especially since I have three separate sciences going on at once! Apologia is good about having you use household items, but still, you must have those items on hand. Mitchell’s book has many experiments, and sometimes, I just don’t have what we need, or I can’t find certain things we need, so we do the unthinkable: we skip it. Before you think me a lazy homeschooling mom, let me assure you, that we are still doing quite a few of the experiments in the book. But hey, I’m only one woman.

Leslie enjoyed reading about Mars a few weeks ago and completing a model of the largest volcano in our solar system, Olympus Mons.

First, we lined a cookie sheet with foil and placed rocks around it to resemble the surface of Mars.
Next, we mixed up the dough recipe in the book and molded it around an empty vitamin bottle. It looked like this:

She was pretty proud of it! 🙂 

We had to let it dry overnight, then we filled the vitamin bottle with certain amounts of dish washing liquid, baking soda and a bit of red food coloring. Next we – on second thought, just watch the video below! 🙂

She’s done several other experiments (which I hope to share in the future!), but this has been our favorite so far!