Thursday, March 1, 2012

The World Of Science - Free Science Project Ideas - Greenhouse For Kids

 We have recently had the opportunity to review The World Of Science  from Master Books  
Not only does it have over 800 illustrations and photographs but it's jam packed, full of
 information for your homeschool or any supplement to your children's learning. In my opinion it 
would make a great "Summer project" book to keep the kiddos on their toes and help them learn
while having fun!

The World Of Science is broken down into 7 different sections covering topics entitled: Matter and Chemicals - Energy, Motion and Machines - Electricity and Magnetism - Light and Sound - Earth
 and Life - Space and Time - and includes over 60 Science experiments. 

The photographs and diagrams are just right to help you teach your budding scientists. My 3
 scientists range in age from 6 years old to 10 years and the information is shared in such a way
 that from my Kindergartner to my 5th grader, they were able to learn, understand, and enjoy 
what we've done so far. 

We've been studying the atmosphere, covered in the Earth and Life section. One of the things we learned about is the Greenhouse effect. The boys are looking forward to doing more and I have a feeling we'll have conquered all the experiments by the end of the summer. They love this type of learning and it sticks with them so much better than plain questions and answers! 

The World Of Science is a wonderful addition to our homeschool curriculum. I highly recommend it. We are using it as a supplement to our main course and it covers enough topics that it would make a nice addition to any curriculum. It reads much like an encyclopedia, thorough yet made for children to easily understand. 

The introduction begins with, "In the beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth." It goes on to explain about the Scientific method, talks about Real science, various fields of science, and even an explanation as to why we should do science. I think every home could benefit by having such a well rounded resource. 

Our Greenhouse: 

We used a tin tray I had on hand with a plastic lid that attaches 
recycled toilet paper/ or paper towel rolls for the seed cups
sand and soil from outside  & seeds from the dollar store 
(you could also use grass with roots or flowers from outside) 

1. Place about 1 inch of sand in the bottom of container tray

2. Cut paper rolls down to 2 inches - 2 1/2 inches 

3.  Places cups in tray and push them down into the sand 
4. Fill individual cups with soil 

5. Use a finger to make a little hole to drop seeds into 

6. Cover back up with the soil -  Water them in well 

7. Cover with plastic lid and set tray in indirect sunlight 
(you don't want to fry your little plants but they do need light - a windowsill is a good spot) 

Within just a few minutes the boys noticed that our little
greenhouse was beginning to fog up and collect condensation 
on the plastic lid - before we've even sprouted our 
little carrots - they're understanding the "greenhouse effect" 

From other cool sites: 
Check out a couple of really fun ways to make your own 
greenhouses - grow some plants - and learn about the 
Greenhouse Effect!

What kind of Science are you doing in your homeschool? Do you have any fun ideas to share? 

Linking with: 

 Favorite Resource This Week


Lisa said...

This looks awesome! We just did some seed planting ourselves last week. Science can be so fun when it's hands-on! :-)

Laura said...

What a super cool project idea! and, I must say, those three young men are quite handsome.

I appreciate the comment you left over at the Wellspring. Yes...going around. This wondering.

Paula said...

This is an awesome idea - and what a cool project for kiddos :) I'd love to have you post it on my Kids Crafts Linky Party, it's for all sorts of kids projects :)
So glad we're blog friends!

momto8 said...

I hope they grow!! it is so fun to watch seeds become kids (an me) are constantly amazed.
fun project!

Rebecca said...

Kelli, I love this! May I have permission to PIN IT!?

Susan said...

Great project!! Thanks for linking this up with Look What We Did.

Susan said...

Thanks for linking up with Favorite Resources, too :) This really is a neat way to make a greenhouse for starting seeds!

Anonymous said...

This looks awesome!!! We love science experiments!!

Sennie said...

Very cool! I have to pin this for later, thanks!

Jenn said...

The girls would enjoy this:) We already have the seeds too. Thanks for sharing!!