Air Pressure and the Jar of Death

I have so much fun watching my kids pick science experiments to do together. I, personally, never liked science in school–not because I didn’t like doing the experiments, but because I didn’t like doing all the exhaustive worksheets and essays afterwards. So, when I hear the word ‘science experiment’ I have this feeling of boredom sweep over me.

However, I’ve noticed that because worksheets and essays are not required here chez Child’s Play, that the kids are free to simply experiment, experience, and wonder. This isn’t boring! They have no negative associations like I do. Sometimes they do an experiment and let it go, not thinking of the ‘who, what, when, where, why’ of it all. And then sometimes they really stop to wonder just what the heck is going on. In those cases, they research a little more into it. They write out a script so they can share it with the internet. They practice until they get it right (but the bloopers are the best, so I included them at the end) and add some of their own flair while doing it.

When all is said and done, they do a lot of work…but it’s so fun they don’t notice. They are teaching me how to learn about science, and really like it.

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6 Responses

  1. The jar of DEATH!!! LOL!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!
    Now that is the way science ought to be learned! Your kids are so obviously having fun with this!!!! I can’t wait to show this one to Superboy!

  2. BTW, We also just do the science, sans worksheets or essays. And yet, somehow the science gets learned! Hmmm…I wonder how that happens??? Could it be that children have a innate curiosity about the world around them and that worksheets and essays are a surefire way to kill that curiosity?

  3. how cool!!

  4. How great!
    And how lovely for me to have dsl and be able to see it!
    🙂
    This was sooo cool.
    Really.

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