Today was one of those days that you wish you could replicate over and over again. It’s days like today that I really soak in the love of homeschooling and look forward to having more days like this over the years. It’s hard, trying to homeschool, keep 2 preschoolers occupied, and keep an eye on the insanely curious baby. But today all the cards fell into place and it was wonderful.
Earlier in the week I had started the daunting task of cleaning out our pantry. While I was cleaning I came across 4 boxes of corn starch (I had purchased for this reason but lost in the black whole that is our pantry), 2 boxes of baking soda and some tin trays for baking. I dug up a few droppers from old medicine bottles and an ice cube tray….Oh and I also found some vinegar.
First we decided to have some fun with baking soda, vinegar and food colouring. The kids took the ice cube tray and food colouring and mixed a bunch of different colours, then we added the vinegar. I made a dish for each of the kids with baking soda and they each got a dropper. I watched how each one of them went at it differently, B would suck up the vinegar, burry the dropper in the baking soda, then squeeze it all out and watch the bubbles grow. S was more interested in the dropper and sucking the water in and out. He mixed and mixed and mixed and would drop a few little drops in. D was very curious about the dropper itself, and how it worked.
Once we had run out of baking soda, we moved onto what we like to call ‘Gobbly Goop’. Easy peasy – corn starch, water and food colouring. It always amazes me no matter how much we play with this it never gets old. Even for me! I find myself getting sucked in. It’s fascinating, its a solid and a liquid.
We recently put up a map of Canada and The World. We have started to talk to the kids about traveling and world schooling so we thought we would start studying the world. I asked D to pick a country he was interested in and he chose Egypt. So the rest of the afternoon was spent silent. D researching Egypt, B playing games online, S reading a book and mom watching the beauty of learning.