The Happy Scientist
As a homeschooling mom, I’m always concerned about whether my son is enjoying learning, and really “learning how to learn”. So it’s gratifying when he pursues learning in his free time.
Of the many books on our living room shelves, two are specifically science experiments for children, “101 Great Science Experiments”, by Neil Ardley, and “101 Nature Experiments”, by David Burnie. The other day, my son was browsing through them and decided to try making the homemade flashlight. For perhaps a variety of reasons, he could not get it working. Possibilities include not having the exact bulb holder the directions called for, weak batteries, bad wires. Whatever it was, after a number of failed atttempts, he put the whole thing away. The impressive thing here is that he went after it on his own, and though his several attempts failed, I assured him it is not always so. It could even have been faulty directions. At any rate, after his initial disappointment wore off, I caught him gathering supplies for a new experiment, this time from his science book. I expect he’ll have better results with this one – it’s non-electric.
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Not The Mama, But I’m Now The Mama
Sometimes, mamas don’t want to let their young nurse. That’s when I step in to be the bottle mama.
The Making of an Honest Sled Dog
The Russ-Stick Acres dog team goes on a winter sled ride. Originally published in February 2010
Splitting Wood by Hand
Splitting firewood with hand tools is a skill every homesteader should have. Even if you own a mechanical wood splitter, knowing how to use a splitting maul and wedges comes in handy when the wood is too large or the log splitter can’t be used. Originally Published in January 2013