Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Volcano Grand Finale...

After studying volcanoes we were ready for the grand finale: making our own volcano. Even Will and Wesley were anxiously awaiting the big moment...
Jackson got a kit last Christmas and we finally got around to making the plaster volcano.However, the tablets it came with to mix with club soda for your volcano were a D-U-D! It barely came out over the top. The kids were very disappointed, and by "kids" I mean my husband! Of course, he took it as a challenge and set off to find a way to make a big eruption. Armed with baking soda and lemon juice he and the kids set to work. I love the look of excitement on Ashton's face...


I left them to their problem solving and went upstairs to get ready for my Bible study. I heard hysterical laughter and screaming and came to investigate. They had made a huge eruption and were all 3 covered with lemony baking soda! Of course, they had to do it again for me!
I just wish Jackson enjoyed science...
Even Wesley is saying, "Whoa!"
For a man who wasn't too sure about this homeschooling thing at first, he has totally embraced it (or as I believe: God has changed his heart!) and has become a great science/PE teacher and principal combo! Even though the experiment didn't work out the first time he truly taught them the real scientific process of problem-solving and trying again, and again and again!

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MotherBear said...

Oooo, what fun! Hrm, we'll have to brainstorm a way to make a sufficiently durable "volcano" so we can try this at our home.

Maybe we can make one out of sand in the sandbox (once we're done making it) . . . and the baking soda will even keep the sandbox smelling fresh afterwards ;-) But maybe the sand would all just wash down the sides. We'll just have to try it and find out.