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How to Grow a Venus Flytrap and Fly Trap Experiments – Science in the Garden

how to grow a venus fly trap - The flytrap plant is an elusive plant that can be hard to care for. Find its history and instructions for caring successfully here along with science experiments and projects to discover how it grows and works. Awesome ideas and tips.

When I was a little girl, my mom had a Venus flytrap. We would tease it by touching its fly-eating pads with a pencil and then watch them snap shut. It was exciting to my wee eyes to see such a deliberate action by something as normally inert as a plant.  Thinking her plant needed her assistance, my mom would carefully pluck the wings off houseflies and feed them to it. When there were no flies to be had, she fed it raw hamburger, cut up in the tiniest pieces. She carefully tended it in this way for years. I … Read more

The Sun – Elementary Science Unit Plan and Interactive Activities

We are in the middle of a unit on the sun and the eclipse. It’s been very low-key as we have sort of transitioned to an unschooling model, but both girls have learned a lot so far (each at her own level), and we have done some fun activities. This unit would be great for all elementary kids and even up into middle and high school. I did many of these activities with my high school astronomy students when I was a teacher in a public school. All of the science and the activities are explained below, and I have … Read more

Paper Airplane Science – An Experiment Designed and Tested by Your Kids

Paper Airplane Science During my undergraduate education at Penn State, I learned that students learn best when they are in the driver’s seat – when they are figuring out what to study, when they are designing the study, when they are identifying the problem and creating the experiment. This is not usually feasible in a public school setting, but in a homeschool, why not? It makes perfect sense. In this experiment, the student is in control. After you teach her about the scientific method, give her the printable from this scientific method post or the printable below (they are basically … Read more

Teaching the Scientific Method & a Free Printable

Earlier in July, I posted a terrific article (if I do say so myself) on the science behind slime and all the cool lessons and activities you could do to teach real science concepts like viscosity and non-Newtonian fluids. Buried in that post was this printable, and I was afraid it might get lost in the sliminess. So, below is the section from that post explaining what the scientific method is and how it can guide any experiment you do or answer (almost) any question you and your kids have about a sciencey subject. I love the scientific method, and … Read more

The Science of Slime – It’s Way More Than Polymers

Borax slime is fun for kids, and these activities will have your kids learning while they play. This post lists out 10+ different science topics - everything from polymers to non-Newtonian fluids - that will teach kids lots of great science concepts through play! Includes a recipe.

Grace, my 10-year-old, is obsessed with slime. So much so that she received a gallon of Elmer’s glue (it’s very economical) and a large box of Borax for her birthday on June 2, and she is about 3/4 of the way through the glue already. She makes slime every single day. We are year-round homeschoolers, and I was planning for July and August last weekend. Grace saw me going over lessons and coming up with activities, and she asked if we could study slime. Why have I never thought of that before? Grace is a very reluctant learner. She hates … Read more

How to Homeschool Fourth Grade – Curriculum Choices for 2016

For fourth grade, we are doing traditional homeschool. We have done cyber school in the past, but we need the freedom and flexibility of traditional homeschooling and switched over about a year and a half ago. Fourth grade is exciting for me because we have fully switched over from learning to read to reading to learn. Grace’s reading skills are really advanced and she loves to read for pleasure (score!!!). She hesitates to read “school books” so I try to label as little as possible as school material. I have always liked the ideas of Charlotte Mason in that we … Read more