I struggle to find the time and energy in our homeschool to properly address science and history. We recently finished a human body lapbook that was, well, pure torture.
So in an effort to be Fun Mommy (it really does take a LOT of effort), I pulled out a book of science experiments, Even the Sound Waves Obey Him by Nancy B. Kennedy, that illustrate scriptural principles, and we started in on them today.
Don’t you just love it when experiments turn out exactly the way they are supposed to?
The layout of each of the 44 experiments in this book includes a scripture reference and narration, a Biblical principle, a scientific principle, a list of household supplies needed for the experiment, directions, and an explanation of what happened in the experiment and why. The graphics are high-quality black and white cartoons, and each page is laid out in a way that is pleasing to the eye and easy to read. Suggested ages on the cover of the book are pre-K to grade 2. I did this with my 3 middles, ages 11, 9 and 7, and they all enjoyed the experiment. I could have easily done it with my Littles as well.
The first experiment today involved looking into the concave surface of a metal spoon and comparing it to the convex side. One side reflects your face right-side up, and the other side reflects your face upside down. The scriptural reference is Genesis Chapters 1 and 2: Creation and the Fall.
The script went something like this:
Mommy: “See, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they turned their relationship with God upside down. God sent Jesus to save us from our sins and turn us right-side up again.”
Here’s where it gets a little goofy:
Leah: “We really are upside down. Our feet smell and our noses run.” (Courtesy of National Geographic Kids, apparently).
My life is nonstop slapstick (in between the stinky feet and running noses, of course).