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Gena SuarezHey Mama,

For our homeschool, the kitchen is usually our science “lab.”  After all, cooking is basically a series of chemical reactions. Plus the kitchen is usually the best room in the house for experiments and the messes that go with them. Here are some articles with ideas for your budding scientists, “Kitchen Lab: Edible Experiments and Other Mad Scientist Recipes” or “Ultra-Cool Science Experiments to Mystify Your Kids.”  If you’re looking for something less messy, Andy Harris tells how to build a virtual science lab with free resources in his article “Build a Virtual Science Lab With PhET.

Now here’s a quick message, I want to share with you. It’s ironic. I don’t know; I just found it funny and had to tell you.

You know how you have been kinda down on yourself about certain things lately? You look at your friends (and then in the mirror) and feel inferior. They can homeschool better, you say. They have a cleaner home, you lament. But guess what? You are going to crack up when you hear this . . . .

Just as you are looking to them as some sort of model or something, they are looking at YOU because they feel the same way–only in different areas. Some envy the relationship you have with your husband (they don’t tell you this, but they struggle). They long for the same looks you two share; it is so obvious you guys are in love after all these years. Not only that, they can’t understand how you can cook SO well, so much diversity there! (When they still feel like they are basic level “chefs.”)

I guess it’s kind of like that passage in God’s word about various members of the body doing their part (what God created each one to do) and how we all work together like a puzzle, complementing each other. Envy is the wrong action point, Mama. Don’t ever envy anyone else again. (And I’m gonna admonish your friends to quit focusing on YOU as the model, too; they need to stop that already). Christ is our model, and He has given each of us gifts. Let’s use them to glorify Him. Take ourselves off the throne and elevate Him today.

Romans 12:4: “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (NASB)

We are members of Christ’s church, and we are all different. God did not create you to be your best friend’s clone. Sure, she is better with teaching grammar (or science), but so what. Does it really matter in the end?

Raise those kids up in the Lord; you are doing awesome, Mama (and man, keep cooking all that yummy stuff you come up with; it’s amazing.).


~ gena




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Why Do Science Experiments?

By Rachael Yunis

Director of Apologia Science

Science is crazy, like the praying mantis that eats its mate. Science is awe inspiring, like the fusion that lights the stars across the universe. Science is beneficial, like the new medical breakthroughs that eradicate disease.

Unfortunately, for many students, science is the doldrums, as in textbooks that read, “Pressure can be used in place of concentration for gases in equilibrium calculations.”

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Scientific experimentation helps students link collections of isolated facts to the realities of the natural world. Heartfelt curiosity is good, and discovery feels even better.

While textbooks are necessary to help students learn scientific fact, it is essential that students actively participate in the scientific process of discovery to gain true knowledge. Life experience is personal-it cannot be taught, only learned.

How wonderful to be wise, to analyze and interpret things.

Ecclesiastes 8:1, NLT

When students make a personal connection with the wonders of the world around them, science is no longer just another course to be crammed into an already chaotic schedule. Instead, science becomes a means to understanding and appreciating the mysteries of God’s creation.

A personal encounter with science brings a child closer to the Creator, helping the child to truly grow to love and understand all that creation has to offer by recognizing God’s signature throughout all creation.

Make Science Happen in Your Home

You and your children can easily experiment anywhere if you properly organize:
  • Pick a science curriculum with experiments designed for homeschoolers.
  • Decide how experiment(s) will fit into your schedule and where to do them.
  • Gather the required items ahead of time.
  • Follow safe experimental processes at all times.
  • Don’t be afraid to try different things–failure brings knowledge.
  • Document procedures and findings in a lab notebook.


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Each of our creation-based, award-winning science curriculums have experiments that require only readily available materials, online resources that expand textbook concepts, and access to Apologia instructors through the Apologia helpline. Visit

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6

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