After researching science fairs in our area, my sister decided she was going to take the bull by the horns and run one all by herself. Since I'm a cheerleader of all great ideas, I rallied my troops and joined Hilary in her vision. Somewhat lacking in a love for science in the past, I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. Wasn't it so much easier to pull off a few experiments at home and read a little here and chat a little there all about God's amazingly ordered world? It wasn't until my children had chosen their topics, that I began to fall in love with the actual doing part of all this project stuff.
Meg busted bacteria when she discovered that toothpaste cuts those germs in half and that Arm and Hammer toothpaste is the best choice for cleaning teeth.
Brooke shared her samples of DNA from a cow and chicken.
Eden told us all about fungi.
My sister asked each child to present their projects to the entire group of parents and children :)
Baby chicks hatching before our eyes was a favourite.
Molly discovered that it's good to protect your lips and that the best options for moisture retention are petroleum jelly and Chapstick.
Filling out the participant awards.
A mesmerized audience.
Papa with his little scientists.
Oliver's favourite project--testing the speed of cars.
Auntie Annie tests Molly's homemade lip balm.
Making new friends.
Emily shares how disgusting her mold experiment was.
DNA (candy :)
Enjoying the projects of others.
I'm giving thanks to the Creator for his marvelous miracles we have the opportunity to discover. I'm also praising him for a homeschool community that rose to the occasion and demonstrated how some of those miracles work. Sighing deeply and relaxing from the whirlwind that accompanies the week before the fair, I'm pleased to realize I've truly gained a love for science. I hope it's been contagious to my children.