the home educating chemist: abandon directions, seize the vinegar!

Mom, where are the matches?

I heard it. I didn’t process it, but I know I heard it because I told her where they were.

Since I was already helping her younger sister and brother try to build a rocket. To my right was another daughter trying to narrate her zoology reading.

This home educating chemist asked, Mom, do you know where the vinegar is?

I walked into the other room and saw her pull glass beakers from the Styrofoam box and try to pull apart a vial of white powdery content.

home educating chemist

Here’s the story of how an independent home educating chemist tackles her lab activities with verve, following directions, without gloves.

Whatcha doing?

A science experiment. I need fire and some of these chemicals.

Whoa. Science explosions in my living room.

No, honey, there’s a process for this. It starts with the kitchen, gloves, and a smock. Do you see those goggles? They were in the box for a reason. And let’s not start in the middle of the book. Experiment number one will introduce you to this kit.

There’s nothing like a science experiment kit to excite the child’s senses. But first, safety…

home educating chemist

In the end, we discovered this home educating chemist was creating a bath fizz with a little carbon dioxide reaction.

Since we create carbon dioxide breathing, I knew we were safe.

Still, the scientific process requires a predictable, familiar routine of safety checks: no fires unauthorized! Then let the fun begin…

home educating chemist

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Teresa Wiedrick
Teresa Wiedrick

I help overwhelmed homeschool mamas shed what’s not working in their homeschool & life, so they can show up authentically, purposefully, and confidently in their homeschool & life.