Saturday, April 14, 2012

For The Love Of Science

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.
Interested onlookers.
Oliver's favourite project--testing the speed of cars.
Cousin Love
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.
Listening intently.

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.


jeana said...

I really love your homeschool. You guys are always up to so much!

We do have Ezekiel bread Heather! It is wonderful! I only get it though when we go to certain stores, I shop a lot at Sam's so in that case I get 100% whole wheat. I cannot believe your comment on Christmas!? One reason I feel it SO important for us to be homeschooling!

Anna said...

Those look like some amazing projects!

Camille said...

How very, very cool my friend! Love this post! And please tell the kids I think they did great! (Wish we could have been there to cheer them on...maybe one day?) :)

Love to you!
Camille xo

Nizar & Ema said...

Those kids did an amazing job, so creative and educational.

Love u all :)


Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

I've been meaning to write about the importance of academic fairs. I loved seeing your pictures and hearing about the children's projects. We just finished a geography fair and I was so wiped out. People in my area don't want to do them, but for homeschoolers I think it is so beneficial to have the opportunity to experience deadlines, have an audience and get the opportunity to put a project together. Kudos.