I never really thought of doing science with my tiny children. I don't know why, but it never occurred to me that I should be teaching them anything other than the basic reading, writing and arithmetic. I figured that when they had a handle on those, THEN I would work in the other subjects, like science and social studies. Mother Goose Time has helped me move beyond that. Although I still think that it is important to teach them a firm foundation in the basics, Little Guy really enjoys the more complete education that Mother Goose Time provides.
Reactions was probably his favorite day ever. Why? Four words: Baking Soda and Vinegar. We have done this experiment twice already, and the first time he didn't really care about it, mainly because I did the pouring since the instructions called for food coloring and I wasn't going to have my 2.5 year old pouring food coloring all over my dining room table. The second time we did it he LOVED it, so I was happy to see it during Science Lab.
One glass had water, and the other had vinegar. He was to smart and (somehow) already knew that the water wouldn't make it bubble, so he refused to use the water. He is so good at taking turns with me. I don't know that he would be as good about it if I was a peer, but he always offers me a turn, usually every other time.
When he was done experimenting (like 20 minutes later, this is seriously a huge hit with him!) I asked him if he wanted to pour the vinegar in the baking soda and make MANY BUBBLES! Obviously his answer was YES!!!
In addition to the Baking Soda Reaction, we also did Firework Salt Painting. First he used glue to make a "firework". Then we sprinkled salt on the glue. After that I made some watery paint (which I made way to watery... Oops) and he used the eyedropper from the Baking Soda Reaction to drip the paint on the salt, which absorbed the paint. I think if I had gotten the consistency correct it would have been a little prettier.
We have only managed to do a week's worth of school this month, but everyday has been a lot of fun. This is probably one of my favorite months so far. Well this and Sights and Sounds of Winter, Going on Safari, and The Art Studio. Basically I love ALL the months!
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