I may have mentioned that Tigger took a science class this term. Loosely based on the Grade 9 curriculum, it was 8 sessions of microscopy with a group of 8 kids. She loved it.
We have a microscope that my mom picked up somewhere (free or cheap) and she checked it out. Although not as good as the ones she used in her class, it is useable. But she didn’t get it out much, saving science for her class.
It is in my laundry room. That photo is taken from the doorway, the washer (a front loader) and dryer are on the opposite wall (with a sink between them). There are clothes lines strung above the counter you see there though we plan to replace them with that nice metal rack you can see leaning against the end cabinet. The cat litter is in the space under the counter but it doesn’t get used unless we have indoor cats visiting (we provide respite care for a friend’s cat when they go away) or when mine or forced to stay inside for several days. I’ve put a stool there to sit on while she works.
On the counter is a corn stalk with a cob saved from when we cleaned out the annex garden in the fall. It has all the parts. I’m not sure what difference it makes that it is dried out but I guess we’ll see. Also a binder of science notes from the class and a couple of books that I got for her: The World of the Microscope and The Complete Book of the Microscope, both from Usborne. The World of the Microscope has actual experiments and activities using the microscope whereas the Complete Book is mostly information with great illustrations. You can also see that I bought a supply of microscope slides and cover slips which are sitting in boxes at the back of the counter. The wooden box is the case for the microscope.
Tigger has added a book from the shelf to that set, another book of science experiments that was hanging around. I’m not sure that it is directly relevant to microscopy but it does show some interest on her part.
I’m starting to get even more comfortable with her level. Although she’s bright and capable of doing some high school level work, I’m thinking that aiming for a sort of middle school review and introduction is a good way to go. I’m not worried about pushing her understanding too far as I think we will come back to lots of subjects and do them in more depth later. But I want to go beyond some of the material that is clearly aimed at younger children and skimps on the science a bit. These books seem to hit the right spot. And this microscope is probably fine for that level though we’ll need a better one when we get to more advanced work in a couple of year’s time.