Category Archives: Science

Continuing the Science Shelf Tradition

Last year I started the tradition of a
Go ahead, click on the link, I know you wanna’.
Well, that shelf got hijacked for a Christmas project.
I’ve been buying little plastic vintage things for a few years,
and I finally had enough to fill the spaces.
The stuff is down on my craft counter,
waiting for the magical slot of time to appear
so I can complete the project.
Any hoo –
This Science project was started partly because through the years
I’ve developed a personal aversion
to reading a few pages and answering a few questions.
boring
If the teacher is bored, the kids are bored.
The Abeka Science book is good,
but I needed to
touch,
smell,
see,
hear,
and  taste,
 Science.
But it really started when I was diagnosed with cancer
 and Rebekahn was barely two years old.
For physical and mental health issues,
we began taking walks around the neighborhood,
watching ants,
smelling flowers,
picking up pine cones,
enjoying the wonderful world the Lord created,
and bringing home treasures.
I finally figured out an attractive way to display our precious finds.
(click on pic to enlarge, if you wanna’)
This year I found a new shelf at a garage sale.
The bottle on the left filled with green is a simple experiment,
the oil and water one, with a few random cute things floating
in the water for good measure.
Didja’ know self proclaimed Science Geeks,
like to do Science projects during a play date?
Amazing.
Beautiful.
Children.
I got ambitious and spray painted the Scrabble tile holders black.
Yea, I’m matchy-matchy like that.
The dishes may be piled high, your feet may stick to my floor,
but I’m doing something irrelevant because I want it to match.
The cool wood chips are from a beaver.
During a nature walk on a trail along the river,
we found a tree a beaver was in the process of chopping down.
We brought home a few chewed slivers for a souvenir.
 See this beauty?
Some snake left its outer layer on a rock  in Montana
and I had to bring them both home.
Rebekah wasn’t too happy about being “this” Science geeky,
she told me politely she prefers plant science.
But, the shelf awaits our adventure.
When the PNW brings us a sunbreak,
we’ll grab a wicker basket,
maybe load up our monkies in the stroller,
and take off to
explore and experience
Science.
The shelf will temporarily display our treasures,
our minds will contain the knowledge,
but our hearts will always cherish the memories.

Science Shelf

It’s that time of year. 
School has started,
the winter rains will soon be a guest who always overstays his welcome,
and we’ll be inside a lot.
We like to get in a few nature walks before umbrella season.
I don’t have a book, I don’t have a curriculum,
I don’t have a Science journal. 
I feel pretty good about just getting outside
with two shoes that are the same
and a child whose face is wearing less than half their lunch.
Last Spring I found a shelf with a lot of neat compartments.
I put it on the fireplace mantle – empty.

I added some Scrabble letters to label the shelf.

It sat and waited and waited and waited.
When it probably gave up hope of ever being something useful again,
we went for a walk.

A tisket, a tasket, a rainbow-striped basket.
We were looking for mostly seeds,
discussing how each plant 
 gives off seed to produce more  plants the next season.
Some seeds were good to eat.
They didn’t make it home to the shelf.
While she was picking blackberries,
I was enthralled with the rotting, mossy fence.
What a great plan – all plants can replant themselves.
Genesis 1:11
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass,
the herb that yields seed,
and the fruit tree that yields fruit
according to its kind,
whose seed is in itself, on the earth”;
and it was so.
The ol’ timers in Minnesota said you can always predict winter’s ferocity,
according to the mulberry bushes.
Lotsa’ mulberries, lotsa snow.
Not many mulberries.
Lookin’ like a mild winter in the PNW,
if this is a mulberry, that is.
You got to stop and smell the roses

You’ve got to count your many blessings everyday…
Each square holds a treasure.

The accent on the left is a present from Beka.
She was hiking in the mountains of Montana,
and fold this old steel can.
How well she understands her Mom’s obscure taste.
As the sun shines and allows time outside,
we continue to add treasures to our shelf.
Every seed shows the wisdom of the Lord
in replenishing the earth.
Each of us that know Christ as our Savior,
carry the seed of the Word within us –
seed that can be spread and grown into new believers.
May we be as proliferate as dandelions,
the plant that is determined to take over the world.