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Aside from P.E., science was always my favorite subject in school.  I loved all of those hands-on, real life learning opportunities, so I get super excited when I can use science to expand on all areas of learning with my son.  Science isn’t just science.  Is it?  I mean, it often includes reading, writing, math, etc.  Right?  It’s the all encompassing subject.

Two items on my son’s Christmas list were a telescope and a microscope.  I opted for the telescope.  I really didn’t think that decision through very well.  A microscope in the winter would have been a way better choice than a telescope.  Doh!!

Not long after Christmas, we were playing with a friend and had the opportunity to experiment with their microscope.  Couple that with his Microeye encounter at our local museum, and he was hooked.  Exploring the microscopic world immediately became an interest, and my son decided he wanted to use his Christmas money to buy a microscope.

 

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MICROEYE

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INVITATION TO EXPLORE VARIOUS MATERIALS

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I put the clipboard there in case he felt compelled to draw or write something.  That was mostly a fail.  He did write, the rock is too big.

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OUR NEW SCIENCE AREA IN THE PLAYROOM

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SCIENCE MATERIALS

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cover slides

shells

dropper bottles with dye

petri dishes

cotton swabs

etc

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USING HIS DIGITAL MICROSCOPE TO EXPLORE SHELLS

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Soon after our exploration started, Amy sent us The Complete Book of the Microscope.  We used it for a few experiments.  We grew bacteria in a petri dish, and we dyed and looked at onion cells under the microscope.  This book has me wanting an electron microscope.

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Our microscopic exploration is an ongoing journey.  We’ve looked at everything from shells to boogers and I will do more posts as we go deeper into learning.

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~ AK (MESE, MECD)

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