Posts Tagged ‘Anton van Leeuwenhoek’

Homeschool Science

March 30, 2010

Science has been a love of mine since I figured out how to work our National Geographic microscope…. it opened up a whole new world for me and my children.  I remember having them look at salt granules nine years ago… they were 2, 4 and 7.  Not much has changed since then… other than all those cute baby teeth falling by the wayside.  They still look through the eye piece with awe.

  Here is Anton after a fresh perm.

We are currently studying the immune system, microscopes and the men that used them.  I’ll admit it…. Anton van Leeuwenhoek is my all time favorite.  The guy was a seller of cloth in Delft, Holland and used a homemade microscope to examine the quality of the weaving.  He also sold ribbon, lace and buttons.  See why he’s my fav?  That’s not all….  I read a story once about his study of lice and he actually kept several living in his sock for days.  Finally they bugged him too much, pun intended, and he removed his little friends.  That story has stuck in my mind for a decade.  Gross me out.

 This was his microscope.

Back to 2010, I sent the boys outside to find some stagnant ground water and fill their little viles.  I knew this would not be an easy task in Phoenix in 86 degree weather.  They set out on their bikes and returned 30 minutes later…. viles full.  Keeve’s contains crystal clear water… well, at least to the naked almost 44-year-old eye.  I’m sure there are little guys swimming in there that we have yet to view under the scope.  Austin, on the other hand, brought back a vile teaming with lime green swimming dots.  Maybe even 40 of them in the tiny vile.  And I can even see them without my reading glasses.  Tomorrow will be their turn under the lamp.  Stay tuned.

We also watched a movie called the Scourge of the Black Death… very uplifting for the first day back from Spring Break.    Keeve found it humorous that the plague reached GERMany.  I never realized that before.  hahahaha.