Before I became a mother, I was a Biology major. It was my dream to work as a forensic pathologist or with a Level 4 or 5 infectious disease. I loved the hands on appeal of lab classes; I even carried my own dissection kit.
Fast forward a few years. I had two babies and wound up earning my degree in a unrelated field. My dissection kit is up in the attic; the last lab I performed was mixing vinegar and baking soda. I long for the days of experiments and the Scientific Method. Then we decided to homeschool. Oh the things I plan to do! First we need a microscope:
If I had my way, I’d buy a fancy dissecting microscope that could pick up atoms from Saturn’s rings. But for now, we’ll settle for a handheld one:
There are all sorts of specimens you can purchase for dissection and observation through the mail. I don’t think my children are ready for dissection yet; but these may be just the thing for them:
There are so many kits out there now to raise your own living creatures: butterflies, ladybugs, ants, and frogs. We can even count Sea Monkeys. Those are real, right?
If the thought of animals or specimens in your house makes you a bit uneasy, you can always learn about them in magazines such as Zoobooks. Whatever you choose, the world of science is very exciting for a homeschooling family!