Sweet Science

by Stefani on 4-February-2008

Sweet Science

“Boil and bubble, toil and trouble” Is that how it goes?

Just popping in to say that we are back from Granny’s, safe and sound. We had a wonderful time, and have so many things to share, but unfortunately, my computer is acting is acting up again. It locks up every five seconds or so. I’m pretty certain that the hard drive is failing. That, or it’s under some hideous spell. Either way, it ain’t pretty.

Sigh.

So, there’s just no telling if I’ll be around these parts with any regularity. My fingers are crossed though.

In the mean time, we’re knee deep in kitchen science. We unearthed an old science textbook at Goodwill. It has lots of fun experiments. The one above was all about molecules. You dissolve sugar and water. (Is it still there? How do you know?) Then, you try different things to separate it (pouring through cotton balls, leaving to sit, heating, etc.) They can’t get enough!

Maybe they can do something about my computer!

Happy new week to you all!

Hopefully we’ll be able to post up some stories and photos about our trip soon.

molly February 4, 2008 at 10:22 am

Boo to wonky computers, but yeah to kitchen science! We picked up a copy of Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vickie Cobb at the thrift store and it is chock full of yummy science. Currently, though, we are addicted to this website: http://www.abc.net.au/science/experimentals/
Avery and I just made square bubbles! Glad you’re back.

Diane February 4, 2008 at 11:29 am

Welcome back, sorry to hear about the computer. I was BEGGED to buy armadillo buttons at the store the other day — guess why! And hey, I bet if you let them see what happens if you pour water and sugar through your computer something neat would happen… but maybe that would make things even worse…

Sarah Jackson February 4, 2008 at 11:49 am

looks like good clean fun for the whole family!
Maybe we’ll try something similar since they’re home sick again. Why do I bother sending them to school?

Jade February 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I have such a bad habit of buying those books and not doing anything with them. Hence my Modern French textbook from the 1950’s. We won’t be boiling sugar, but par le vue france? I think…

Sally February 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm

That is way cool..I know it sounds geeky but I have always loved the concept of saturation – when you just can’t dissolve anymore sugar/salt.
Have just found our site – from soulemama -and am loving it!!! I’ve got two boys of my own – both of which bubble constantly.
Good luck with the computer I find speaking kindly often helps (well stops me from getting frustrated).

Christine February 4, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Hi. I’ve been reading your blog a little while now and have really enjoyed your take on homeschooling and I just love your photography. It is so everyday wonderful. I hope you know what I mean.
Anyway, as a fellow homeschool mom who currently has sugar crystals growing on my kitchen counter, I thought I’d say hello.

Tracy February 5, 2008 at 5:19 am

Oh, I hope the computer spell doesn’t keep you away for too long. Good luck!

Molly February 5, 2008 at 11:16 am

So much fun with experiments! I remember when I was really into science… I’m sad to say it evaporated when I got older. 🙂 Of course, my good girl friend Chris is an entomologist, so sometimes she can get me revved up with factoids. I hope your computer gets over its funk. We need our regular doses of Blue Yonder!

Molly February 5, 2008 at 11:17 am

So much fun with experiments! I remember when I was really into science… I’m sad to say it evaporated when I got older. 🙂 Of course, my good girl friend Chris is an entomologist, so sometimes she can get me revved up with factoids. I hope your computer gets over its funk. We need our regular doses of Blue Yonder!

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