Monday, June 11, 2012

Dusting off the Microscope!

Every now and again you walk in on your child doing something unexpected.  Today it made my heart sing.   Claire was sitting in front of our microscope engrossed in this little book of biology experiments.  

"Mum", she said.  "Are you going out?  I need a fish scale, an Elodea plant and a cork."

OK then.

Not the usual grocery store finds.  Not even Walmart.

I managed to convince the guy in the fish department at Village Market to let me pick off a scale from the head of a large red snapper that by luck the fish suppliers had left on.

I "borrowed" a cork from the "corks for charity" box at our local wine shop on the promise I'd return the cork from the bottle I bought while I was there.

The Elodea plant, an aquarium plant will be acquired tomorrow as we have to go to Petco to get methylene blue and malachite green. She wants to make her own slide stain.
You've gotta love google.

This is a favorite little book of mine.

I love the retro cover.  I love the text.  How it explains everything.

I love the English spelling of my youth!

I love the stuff you need to do this microscope work. Look at those slides. Just like a clean, organized linen closet.

I love that she has almost finished high school biology and everything she looks at has so much meaning and it makes me feel glad she is doing it now rather than four years ago when I bought the microscope.

It has been sitting in wait for four years.

...and now she is ready!


  1. Our microscope has been laying in wait for two years and counting!......
    Glad yours has been let out!

    1. I know right. I thought she wouldn't be able to wait to do it. How wrong was I! But better late than never!

  2. Over here from Jess's blog. I am loving all the things you are doing. I just found the "Biology Experiments for Kids" as a free pdf download so thanks! What kind of microscope do you have? I need to update Keilee's. She has had it for years and it wasn't very good. COOL that you took your daughter to see Spiderman. I have a theater girl and we watched The Tony's the other night and she was telling me how she would LOVE to see that!

  3. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for leaving a comment! I bought the microscope at Homeschool Resources (.com) I think at the beginning of my homeschool journey. It's good but I would prefer one where you look in with two eyes. It would also be cool to both look in at the same time. Those microscopes were more expensive. Claire is quite a diehard Spidy fan at this point. It was so nice to be able to make her so happy on her birthday.