Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
This is the Alternation of Generations Life Cycle as illustrated by Reese
Today we studied about Vascular plants. Read a chapter from Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany book. After that, we took a walk around our neighbourhood looking for ferns and spores. It was an interesting walk. Too bad, we did not make it to the secondary forest. Will do so another day. We collected some samples and view them under the microscope. Gosh.... what we saw of the spores were awesome. It took me some time to capture the images with my iPhone. After a while I got a headache but it was so worth it. Check out the images below.
These are spores we found on ferns
Waiting for breakfast at our neighbourhood cafe
We also collected some dry leaves to make a leaf infusion to breed protozoa. We added some yeast as food source. Apparently protozoa are everywhere and they hibernate (dried up). Once they are hydrated, they will be alive again and breed. So with the right environment and given a day or two, we should see some swimming around when viewed under the microscope. :) Stay tuned.
Reese adding yeast as food source for the protozoa
Our leaf infusion
Mine does. In fact, he loves reading recipe books (I find it weird)! He can't cook but he is fascinated with the pictures of tasty looking food and would boss around or reminds me what to put into the food I am cooking. He will pester me to do so until I give in. He is a foodie. Food is the ultimate motivator..... :)
It's rare to kids reading at the recipe section....
Mom, can you cook Japanese food? Let me tell you the recipe......
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
We are studying about circuits and one of the experiment is to test out a series circuit. With this series circuit, we made a light hat. Nothing fancy but enough to function like one. Tonight the boy is going to test it out in the dark. :)
I bought the electronic components from Radio Shack. If you have the time, do visit Jalan Pasar where they have a street filled with electronic shops. It has better selection and definitely cheaper.
Reese working on his first DIY circuit. Need to work on his motor skill!
A series circuit. We use this to make the light hat.
While working on the connection of wires, I burned my finger and a blister developed. *Duh*
See the burned mark of the adhesive tape on the top left? That is where my finger got burned.
A simple switch
Before adding the foil.
Finished product. Not very nice but it functions. :)
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
The happy kids getting ready for lesson
The science co-op I started for Reese is almost 2 years old. It is really great when you see how the children have progressed. We are not perfect but I believed everyone has benefitted including the parents. 2 days ago, it was my turn to supervise the class and it was a pleasure to see the kids being engaged and had fun learning.
Reese's diagrams and explanation
We did a quick review about trees and gymnosperms. My assistant a.k.a Reese was all excited from the night before and helped me draw some diagrams for the class. After the review, I took the kids to a secondary jungle close by. They were told to look for twigs with terminal buds/ terminal bud scars, different types of leaves for comparison and also to study trees and barks... kids were excited and really took the time to appreciate nature and seriously studying trees and plants around them.
It was really lovely watching the kids munch on their snack while in discussion whether a little wiggly thing they found on the forest floor was a worm or something else.
After a 2 hour lesson, the kids were free to play and the mummies got to relax and chat a bit.
Many parents think setting up a co-op is hard work. It is not. You just need to lay some ground rules, get committed and like minded parents together and share the teaching (more like supervising). For us, having a book and direction of what we want the kids to learn helps. This is so much better than spending hundreds of ringgit on enrichment classes.
Going into the secondary jungle
Not sure what kind of nest this is but it is fascinating
All kinds of leaves and we found this fascinating
Checking out the layers of a tree trunk and an amazing looking flower that contains seeds
Interesting seedlings/ sprouts
Getting samples and check out this amazing looking spider and its web!
Checking out the leaves and spores they collected with a microscope
Monday, December 30, 2013
Reese and his daddy have been spending hours building a LEGO city. It is getting very big and totally fun to build. Our city has a police station, fire station, some houses, shops, a construction site, a ruin, a library, a Star wars lab, bridges, a jail, a car workshop, a cemetery and etc. Lego is expensive in Malaysia but it is so worth the investment. I am going to keep our collection for my grandchildren!
For parents who are looking to get some used bricks or cheaper genuine Lego, check out E-Bay or get friends to bring back from USA. One way to save is to buy bricks instead of theme based LEGO sets. You can find all the LEGO instruction manuals for free in PDF format online. More specifically LEGO's website. There is a huge LEGO community where they share ideas, technique and many more in building LEGO. Reese and his daddy are working towards building interesting stuff using more specialised parts. Recently I bought 2 books on Lego and the boys are totally inspired!
These books are great. If you're a big LEGO fan, you've probably already seen tons of examples of what creativity and LEGO bricks can bring.
This is Reese's play area in the new house. See the shelves with colourful containers? That is where we keep our Lego collection. We separate the bricks according to colour and the specialised parts in plastic containers with compartments.
A mobile police station. Hubby used bricks we have and look up the instructions online to build it.
Star wars lab. Only for Star wars figurines.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
A few months back, I invested in an expensive microscope. Prior to this, we have a toy microscope and it was fun to use. Since Reese is already doing high school science, it is only appropriate we get a proper microscope for his studies.
I have been super busy with the new house renovation and then the move. Finally settled down and yesterday we explored the new microscope. I can only say WOW! The images were so clear and beautiful. The details that we weren't able to see before were amazing. Having a mechanical stage on the microscope makes the whole experience of looking at slides a breeze. What you pay is what you get eh? :)
I managed to capture some of the images on my iPhone to share with you but the photos do not do justice to the actual images.....
Vitamin and wing
Onion cell and fibre
Another fibre and leaf