Science. The very word used to bring to mind long algebraic formulas, brain-numbing laws, and useless facts. Oh… and repetition. Lots and lots of repititious experiments. Mind you, it’s not that I don’t have a solid background in science. I was, after all, pre-med for almost two years before I up and decided to become an artist (and now I write – life is weird – or maybe it’s just me). It’s just that from the very beginning, science was a spiral of facts and disciplines, never spending enough time in any one area to truly interest me. Until college – and by that time, it was no longer interesting – it was brain-numbing. Sure, there were the occasional bright spots, like the day I caused an explosion in the lab, and we had to use that awesome shower. But for the most part, science put me to sleep.
When we decided to teach our kids at home (gasp), science had me sweating. The boys wanted to be scientists, and one of the great disappointments of their little lives was that the Christian school they attended didn’t allow them more time in the incredible science lab. How could I meet their needs? I didn’t even have a science lab! [Read more…]