Science Corner: The Element and Atom

What is an element? What is an atom? How do an element and atom differ? Today I'm getting a bit technical as I share about these two essential concepts in chemistry. The Element: Elements are a substances made up of one type of atom that cannot be broken down by chemical reaction to form a simpler substance. In other words, they are a type of matter which cannot be broken down into two or … [Read more...]

Science Corner: The Periodic Table

The periodic table visually shows the elements that make up everything we see around us. It is a key concept in chemistry which needs to be taught to our students. I prefer to introduce the idea of the periodic table in the elementary years. Then, teach the relationships and categories of the periodic table during the middle school years. That way, the students go into high school chemistry … [Read more...]

Science Corner: Sending a Secret Message

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought it was a perfect time to share with you an experiment that you can use to send secret messages to your loved one ;).  This experiment is probably familiar to most of you, but the science behind it is probably not. Sending a Secret Messages This is one of my daughter's favorite things to do.  There's nothing like getting a blank piece of … [Read more...]

Science Corner: Kitchen Acid Test

Acid test are always fun because of the color changes.  In addition, it's a great way to show your kids that science is all around us, even in the kitchen! Kitchen Acid Test: For this experiment you will need to make your own indicator, which will need to cool before you can use it.  You will need a head a red cabbage and a variety of foods from your kitchen to test, such as lemon juice, … [Read more...]

Winter Science Fun – Borax Snowflakes

Winter is a perfect opportunity to have some chilly science fun! The frosty weather provides several unique chances to discover the principles of chemistry through hands-on activities. Here is one idea to add some winter science fun into your homeschool! How to make Snowflakes Crystals In this experiment, the students will learn about crystallization. You will need: String A wide mouthed … [Read more...]