A Real Life Science Author and Real Life Science Mysteries

A couple weeks ago, I attended the 2 to 1 Conference in Washington DC. It was a gathering of homeschooling, social media loving mamas and companies that support us. It was amazing being with a large group of people who really understand each other. One of the best parts of the whole weekend was just chatting with other homeschool moms about our kids, our curriculum, our challenges and our triumphs.

One homeschool mama that I got to spend a great deal of time with was Colleen Kessler from the blog Raising Lifelong Learners. I has just started reading her blog a month or so before the conference, so it was nice to get to know her more. Colleen, as it turns out, is also a science author. She writes science books for kids and teachers (that’s you Homeschool Mama).

I was so excited to pick Colleen’s brain about science education and ideas! Her stories of making science and nature accessible to her kids was inspiring. I could see how her books are derived from her natural interest and passion for science and learning.

I believe that kids learn best when they are free to explore the world around them and discover scientific truths themselves. I love the surprises found in nature, and hope to encourage that same delight in the out-of-doors with readers — adults and kids alike! —-taken from www.Colleen-Kessler.com

By the end of the weekend, I was begging politely asking Colleen to see some of her books. Since she drove to the conference, she had some with her. I had the chance to look at her library quality children’s science books and her science activity books for teachers. What great resources! Colleen even signed one that I was clutching a little too tightly and let me take it home with me! The concept behind her book Real-Life Science Mysteries intrigued me. It combines science career information with applicable science activities. Children can get an idea from the hands-on activities how people use science in their jobs.

Real-Life Science Mysteries would be a good book to work through one day a week as a fun add-on to the regular science curriculum. This week, I let my daughter choose a career she wanted to learn more about from the table of contents. She chose a hydrogeologist. I’m glad she did, because that was one science career that I was clueless about. I got to learn, too!
We learned that a hydrogeologist studies groundwater, where it is found and what is in it. One of the two activities given in the book was a cool way to see how surface water works its way through the soil and rock layers and into the groundwater supply.
We filled a clear plastic container approximately 1/3 full of small gravel, 1/3 with sand and left space at the top. Next, we poured water onto the sand and watched as the water flowed through the sand. The water moved at different rates through the sand and gravel. When the water level was just below the surface of the sand, we sprinkled some food coloring on the sand. To simulate rain, my daughter sprayed the sand with water from a spray bottle.
This allowed us to see how pollutants on the ground can spread when it rains. It made the kids think about pollution in a way they had never thought of before. They could now see for themselves why mama doesn’t like to spray chemicals on the yard. The kids could also understand why hydrogeologists are important.
For more about Colleen Kessler’s books, visit www.Colleen-Kessler.com. For more about Colleen Kessler’s adventures in homeschooling, visit RaisingLifelongLearners.com.


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    I’m SO glad that you and your kids are enjoying the book. Thank you for this amazing review — and for sharing science with homeschoolers. Let’s keep getting the word out… science is fun, easy, child’s play, and all around us! Have a great weekend. :-)


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