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I'm bawling this morning. I know lack of sleep is part of it. But this Homeschool Minute is great. I have to confess to you that I nearly didn't open it. The last time the Homeschool Minute addressed this issue, it made me feel inadequate and then just angry. I know I should have written to you then . . . .This issue is phenomenal. Thank you for addressing struggling readers in such an understanding way.

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Just had to touch base with you and say thank you. They usually don't tug at my heart quite this much, but these have somehow struck a chord with me today. I appreciate your  

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March 28, 2012

Bringing Science Into the Kitchen


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Deborah Wuehler and family


Over the past 15 years, the teaching of science at our house has never relied upon only one source. I have provided textbooks, read-alouds, experiments, nature walks, and field trips. My husband has helped, too. When the kids are very young, he introduces them to the world of insects and bugs (we have hatched and raised all kinds of butterflies and moths, praying mantises and spiders, wasps and ladybugs). They then grow into learning about creek critters and chemistry, dinosaurs and disasters, and then graduate into electronics, energy, and computer science.


I asked my husband this morning if he could share with you his heart on science:


Hello! This is Richard. Deborah likes science, but not as much as she likes words. Between the two of us, I tend to be more science-oriented, while Deborah is much better with words, so here is my attempt to write about why I like science.


I like science because it reminds me of how awesome the Creator of the universe is! All through the Bible, especially Genesis 1, we see how the Creator created everything with wisdom and understanding-and His creation is very cool!


Speaking of cool, have you ever had someone open the refrigerator while you are lying on the floor some distance away? You can feel the cold air from the refrigerator pouring over the floor like water and spreading out across the floor. Why is that? Why is cold air heavier than warm air? We serve an awesome God. Dry ice does the same thing; it settles low in an icebox (filled with ice cream, of course), keeping the contents inside cold while not just floating off.


What about ice cubes? Water, when it gets cold, also gets heavier, but then just around the freezing point, it has some very special characteristics and actually expands to a solid that is lighter than warm water. Once again, what an awesome God to make water to behave like this. To be sure, without this characteristic, life in frozen ponds and lakes would not fare well-ice would sink to the bottom instead of floating.


Interesting too, is the fact that God likens water to His Spirit, and His Spirit wants to encourage and lift us up during those difficult times of life, too. The Spirit refreshes us like a cold glass of water (with floating ice) on a hot summer day.


Thank you, Jesus, for the Comforter; One who is just like you! You are awesome!


Being able to worship and exalt our Creator in the classroom, the outdoors, or the kitchen is one of the foundational reasons for keeping our children Home Where They Belong!


Worshiping with you!

Richard and Deborah  

TOS Senior Editor

P.S. Some of our own family's favorite science stuff comes from Creation Ministries International ( and Exploration Education (



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In March, Joy has four activity suggestions for your family ensemble. First, she wants everyone in your musical group to have the mindset that "you deserve to be heard." So be ready to share that singing voice you were given! In the second activity, Joy gives instruction on how you can practice being a "slow leaky tire." (Yes, I know what you moms of boys are thinking now, but bear with us.) In her third activity, Joy introduces you to musical suggestions for night listening. Doesn't that sound calming and relaxing? Before you light the candles and break into song, Joy is going to work with your family ensemble on articulation in her fourth activity.


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We are excited to bring on Joey Hajda, veterinarian, to in April. Joey and his wife, Lisa, are homeschool parents of 10 children. Joey is a firm believer in "hands-on, minds-on" methods of learning science. Each week, he will provide full lessons from his Friendly Chemistry book, "because everyone wants a painless way to learn chemistry."


As we come to the end of our first month, the entire team is looking forward to our new teachers and new lessons coming April 1!


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Diana Waring, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine columnist and history teacher will soon be writing for The Homeschool MinuteDiana is author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest and the History Revealed curriculum published by AiG. She discovered years ago that "the key to education is relationship." Beginning in the early 80s, Diana homeschooled her children through high school--providing real-life opportunities to learn how kids best learn. Mentored by educators whose focus was to honor Him who created all learners, and with an international background (born in Germany, a university degree in French, a lifelong student of world history), Diana has been enthusiastically received by audiences on four continents.



Until Diana Waring joins us, veteran homeschool parents will be filling in for her. This week's article is by Colleen Berry. Colleen is a native Floridian, wife, and mother of two. She homeschools her children, Holly and Elijah, now in middle school and high school. She fills those few and unpredictable moments of "free time" with reading, scrapbooking, and family travel. She likes to write and to teach. She gave her heart to Jesus at the age of 3 and has a love for young children and teens. You are invited to check out her blog, Colleen's Quest, where she keeps curriculum reviews and thoughts about the Christian homeschool life in general.


Colleen Berry
Colleen Berry

Bringing Science Into the Kitchen 


By Colleen Berry


You don't have to go far or spend a lot of money to start your kids off right in science. You can step into your kitchen and, using some common household items, begin teaching them right away.


First off, baking is a fun and tasty form of chemistry. By teaching your early elementary-age children how to follow recipes accurately, measure ingredients carefully, and experiment with flavors creatively, you are preparing them to work up their science labs in high school. Teach them that pancake batter is a mixture, but when you add blueberries, you've made a compound (because you can remove the blueberries if you have to). Make a batch of lemon squares to see the reaction of baking powder and lemon juice as it fizzes up carbon dioxide. Help them discover how heat changes things when you steam vegetables, bake a cake, or torch some creme brulee. Imagine your child's wonder when you show them that yeast is alive!


For the next stage, and all through the elementary years, your local library may be a great help. Our library has a whole shelf full of books on how to make sticky, gooey, gross, interesting, fun, or mouth-watering concoctions in the kitchen. Find them in the "Junior Non-Fiction" section (usually in the 500s, according to the Dewey decimal system). Or find lots of ideas online as well. Many will explain the science behind the experiments in a fun way that's easy to understand. As always, you'll want to make sure that the resources you choose line up with your worldview. Read the books, choose the "recipes," and head for the kitchen!


Even in the middle and high school years, you can find reliable and renowned science texts that use household items often found in the kitchen. This approach makes science both affordable and easier for homeschoolers to accomplish. At some point, your child will need exposure to a microscope and some fancier equipment, but for the most part, your kitchen tools will work great.


The kitchen is a good place to do science for another reason: easy cleanup! Kitchens are generally designed with the knowledge that you might spill or drop or boil over. Floors and counters, and sometimes walls, are wipe-off ready. And remember, even mistakes in science are learning experiences. Adding salt instead of sugar (it happens!) is a good time to remind kids that even the best scientists make mistakes. And sometimes those mistakes are valuable (like penicillin). So, along with The Magic Schoolbus' Miss Frizzle, you can boldly say, "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" Just do it in the kitchen!




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I'm not a science person, and neither is my wife. BUT I have a son who is one. In fact, he has set aside a little area in our basement as his "lab." It's filled with all kinds of gizmos, science kit parts, and . . . junk.


That's the thing about science in the kitchen or any other room, for that matter: It's messy. Actually, I think the Greek word for science is "mess." When my son asks, "Hey, Dad, can I see what happens when you cut off the end of a battery and mix it with . . . something?" I fail to see the great discovery and only see the great mess. I know that if I say something like, "Sure, just remember to clean up your mess," all he'll hear is "Sure." So more often than not, I say, "No."


How sad, really. We've put a clean kitchen counter not only above science discovery, but also above our children. So all you neatnik moms who hate messes, overcome your tidiness and let them mess up the kitchen. In the process they'll learn a little bit about science . . . but they'll learn even more about priorities and about how much you love them.


Who knows? Your sacrifice of a clean kitchen may lead to the next alternative fuel made from peanut butter, eggshells, or toenail clippings.


Be real,



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The Boy Who Changed the World


Do you believe that every single thing you do matters? I do and always have. It's a concept I've been trying to teach my children since they were very small. Whether it's picking up a piece of trash in the street or donating allowance to a family in need, it's all significant in God's eyes. Everything we do has the potential to affect someone else in either a positive or negative way.


I was so thrilled when chosen to review The Boy Who Changed the World, by Andy Andrews, since I'd already seen such amazing reviews on a couple of blogs. Just by looking at Philip Hurst's gorgeous cover and artwork throughout the book, I knew this was going to be a great story to share with my kids, who are 11, 9, and 5.


New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews tells the story of Norman Borlaug, an ordinary boy with a big dream. Though it seems impossible at the time, as he stands amidst his family's endless rows of corn, he dreams of feeding the world's hungry. Eventually, his childhood dream becomes a reality, but not without a lot of hard work and help from many others who'd paved the way. Norman's success can be traced all the way back to a kindhearted man and his wife, who rescued and raised a slave's child as their very own. You'll definitely want to read the book to discover all of the characters who played an important role in helping Norman become the boy who changed the world.*


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