I have decided to spend much of our elementary Science years igniting an interest in Science through nature study and gaining knowledge of the Scientific Method.
One of the homework assignments I gave from our Family Science co-op was to observe and record the growth of crystals using Toysmith’s Mystical Tree. Each student was given a tree kit to take home along with their lab notebook pages.
The purpose was to develop their observation skills and gain practice recording their observations. At our home we discussed their observations, what they thought would happen next and why.
I think they did a great job. I only wish I had done a better job photographing the whole project. Sometimes it is hard to be teacher, mother, blogger and photographer!
Download printable Crystal Observation Pages