Go ahead, ask me which subject I like to teach the least…science, yup…that’s the one. Not that I didn’t enjoy it in school, I did. I worked hard to understand all of it, but it paid off. I did get to repeat one year..I know, horrors of horrors…but it wasn’t my fault–really!! I went from one school to another. School A was a year ahead of School B in science, so I got to repeat the class. I liked the second teach better, so it wasn’t all bad.
So why the my hesitancy to teach science with the girls? At first, it was because we all hated the curriculum I had. It was so textbook heavy and quite a drag. Now, it is more of forgetting it and pushing it aside. It must be. I have a great program that is very hands on. The girls love it. On the days we do science, the girls all have something to tell daddy about what they learned at school. And yet, I get lazy.
But I have decided to turn over a new leaf. So, it seemed appropriate to focus on plants, how they grow, what types there are, and how they enrich our lives, as we kicked off school after the new year.
Our science activity actually said to make a plant man to grow plant hair on him…why do that, I say, when you have two chia pets in the house just waiting to grow hair?
See that six-year-old that used to be in speech therapy? Here she is pontificating during science about SOMETHING. She is always talking about SOMETHING!!! (and I love it most of the time)
In this activity, the girls made flowers, with stigmas (sticky labels), and pipe cleaner bees) to show how pollen (coffee grounds and sugar) gets carried from flower to flower.
Yes, two K-cups that were previously shunned by the coffee drinker, were harmed in this experiment. Who knew decaf coffee and chocolate flavored coffee would be a no-go? It’s a risk you run when a die-hard non-coffee drinker buys the coffee.
It has been a fun week of science. Tomorrow we will explore how some plants produce fruit with seeds and some do not.