. . . You can turn PB and J into a science lesson about the layers of the earth’s crust.
for example, strawberries, apples, chocolate chip cookies, or potato chips. Make
a list of the criteria that each sample will
be graded on, such as sweetness, tartness,
texture, crunchiness, or color, as well as
how it will be graded.
Dole out the samples without letting
the children know which is which, to
avoid predetermined bias. Have them
grade each sample on the criteria chosen.
When all tests are done, reveal which
brand or variety corresponds to each test
and determine each child’s favorite in a
blind taste test.
Growing crystals is a classic earth science
project, but if a kit and chemicals with
unpronounceable scientific names are
not within your budget, try using sugar
and water or maple syrup to create your
Heat sugar and water in a 3: 1 ratio and
stir until sugar is dissolved completely.
Add any coloring or flavor that suits your
taste, let the mixture cool in the refrigerator, and then pour it into a clean, clear jar.
Coat a long piece of string with the
sugar liquid and suspend over the jar
opening so that it hangs to the bottom
of the jar. Store the jar where it won’t be
disturbed, and over the next several days
watch the crystals form on the string.
Maple syrup crystals grow even more
quickly. Heat the pure maple syrup until
it thickens, and then pour it over a bed
of ice or a chilled plate to see crystals
form in minutes. When the candy crystals have grown large enough to suit your
child, let him try his homemade candy.
If you have ever been a kid, you know
that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
are an indispensable feature of child-
hood. What you may not know is that if
you can put aside your mom’s admoni-
tions for a moment and let your kids play
with their food, you can turn PB and J
into a science lesson about the layers of
the earth’s crust.
Tamara lives in western Oregon with her
husband, Christopher, and homeschools
William and Tessa. She taught elementary
grades in public school settings for seven
years. When she is not teaching or wri-ting, she enjoys reading and volunteering
at church. She considers teaching her children to “love the Lord their God with all
their heart, soul, mind and strength and
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