I like to be prepared. I like to make lists, plan, organize, prioritize and (hopefully) make things happen on time, with the best possible outcome. Our homeschool and the curriculum we use is no exception. Unfortunately, this has lead to my demise on several occasions. With four school-age children (preschool to high school), another one due in September, a husband with an unpredictable work schedule, two dogs, two rabbits and two chickens… things don’t always work out the when I plan or the way I plan for that matter. I am so thankful to serve an Almighty God whose timing and method is always perfect.
He has once again shown Himself and His Word to be true.
My oldest daughter, Julia, will be starting 6th grade in the fall. I have every subject planned and (pencil) scheduled out for the school year for every child, except her science. I have struggled with which science to do with her for months. I knew I wanted to something nature based with lots of hands on activities but until earlier this week, I’d been unable to find anything that fit the bill. Being an eclectic homeschool anyway, I was nearing the point of pulling something together myself. But of course that meant lots more work than I really wanted to put into it. We have lots of nature/science books but having to schedule which ones to read when was just something I didn’t want to do.
In one of my many searches, I came across Janice Van Cleave. From her website:
I have to admit that I am super eager to get going in this series, so I thought we could do one of the first experiments in the book… a DIY Ant Farm.
- 2 cups potting soil
- mason jar
- spoon or shovel
- cotton ball moistened with tap water
- apple wedge
- 6×6 square of old stockings
- rubber band (I used the ring from the jar instead of the rubber band)
- black construction paper
And there you have it- your own DIY ant farm!!
Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the classic storybook Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping as no one brings that certain flair and fun to the great outdoors like Amelia Bedelia. The winner will also win an Uncle Milton Nat Geo Starry Night Lantern so whether you live in the countryside or in the city your child can experience some of the great outdoors while reading your storybook.
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win: