Learning happens, even when we don’t think about it; like outside weeding. You find bugs and worms; you talk about plants and then you talk about pollinating and how flowers are made up of parts; and that is where I have to search back 20 years to my college botany class. Glad to know a few things are still floating around my brain.
For a refresher for yourself you can look up a web site like this one (Flower parts work sheet). I really like Kids Garden. If you would like to see the work sheet story I made for Bear, please look here. Feel free to use it for personal use.
So amidst a very warm Monday, 75 degrees in early May in Seattle, and a milder day today; we have spent several hours exploring bugs and worms. We have enjoyed our microscope and I did promise a review of it.
I bought a pocket microscope from Amazon. I wanted to keep to under $10 because, well Bear is only 4, and when you are 4 sometimes things break. I also wanted something we could easily take with us in our nature bag. I looked and searched and finally at last narrowed it down to a couple and went with the CarsonMicrobrite 20X-40X Zoom LED Lighted Pocket Microscope. Most of the reviews were very good and I wanted something that would be small but substantial enough that the fingers of a 4 and 5 year old could easily work it. The Carson Microbrite fit the bill to a “T.”
We have used this microscope to look at bugs, fingers, blades of grass, worms, dots on paper, and a list of things that continues to grow. This serves the purpose very well and while some might scoff at a $10 scope being too cheap to be beneficial, this is a great introductory to microscopes. I would buy it again. The light is easy enough for Bear to use and thus far hasn’t burned out or ran through the battery.It has a little stand on it that can be taken off for the ease of viewing things that might be more mobile than a blade of grass. On the little stand is a place to put a slide, which could be a fun project as well as we get older. I bought little plastic jars and we have been able to collect samples to explore as well. It has been a lot of fun and has served our educational purpose. The whole world is a laboratory and this scope helps the kids see some of the smaller organisms that make up our planet. I highly recommend it, and for under $10, you can’t go wrong.
More Microscope pictures:
And for grins: Working on a summer learning goal (my easy print off version), preparing more and more for kindergarten learning in September.
Summer Lesson Goals:Continue with learning sounds letters make
Play with mazes
· Paper mazes
· Creating mazes in different mediums, including the sandbox where her cars can “drive”Do picture searches with a picture search book
Visiting Anderson Island
Beach Exploration/Nature Learning
Summer Reading Program
Star Center Art and Rock Programs
Happy day gentle friends!