I mentioned the other day that the 3 younger kids are “done” with our studies for this school year. My teen is almost finished; we are still working on the lab component of his biology course this week and possibly next. Today, he was practicing using a microscope, making full mount and segmented slides, and so on. It’s little wonder the younger sibs wanted to get in on the act.
This microscope just might be antique. It belonged to my Dad as a young man (yep, he was a bit of geek, too). Dad died when David was 4-years-old---he said he felt a special connection to his grandpa while using his microscope.
While the teen was using the high quality microscope, his brother and sisters had free use of an inexpensive microscope kit someone gave us awhile back.
If anyone ever tells you not to waste your money on a “toy” microscope, don’t believe them. This little “toy” has fairly decent optics, is easy to use, and hard to break. It even came with plastic blank slides.
Emma was going to town making specimens of anything and everything she could pick up with the included tweezers.
It’s not sufficient for high school microscope labs, for sure, but it’s still a great way to share the microscopic world with younger children without having to worry about damaging expensive equipment. Emma loved the fact that she could make her own slides, put them on the microscope stage, and try focusing the lens herself without any help from me. The younger kids also got to view slides their older brother’s slides on the nicer microscope.
I couldn’t believe that my kids were really excited about using a microscope, but they were completely fascinated.
David is also growing various bacteria cultures in the basement…on purpose!
For microscopic life to study, of course.
One of his projects is to grow cultures from swabbing the inside of a shoe---I’m not saying whose, but let’s just say that one of our family members tends to get very stinky feet---and use sensitivity squares to see which household agents with antibacterial properties will most effectively kill off the bacteria, or at least keep it from proliferating.
Mary had her annual eye exam and her eyes are healthy in every way. We have a cool souvenir to show for it: photos of the inside of her eyes.
The younger kids may be done with their official studies, but that doesn’t stop the learning from happening.
It has been so. hot. outside. It’s as though our weather went straight from a cold and rainy spring to August heat without any transition between. Unfortunately, Peter can’t handle the heat very well, so we have been mostly inside.
This makes a great excuse for building daily forts and reviewing strategic Nerf tactics.
But also for reading,
creating comic books,