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Free Live Science Rocketry Teleclass Today

Today you can join Aurora Lipper of Supercharged Science for a free Live Science Teleclass on Rocketry:

Free Science Teleclass:Rocketry - Which end of a rocket is the most dangerous? Uncover the universal laws of physical motion as you blast rockets that use a chemical reaction for propulsion!

Class date and time: Date & Time: Monday, June 7th at 11:00am in Alaska, 12pm for Pacific Time, 1pm for Mountain Time, 2pm Central Time, 3pm Eastern Time

The teleclass video is in wmv format (plays on Windows Media Player) and may be downloaded. Be sure and scroll down the page for FAQ plus tips on how to get the most out of the class.

A free teleclass on Alternative Energy will take place on June 21.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling page.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Chemistry Fun

It’s time for some chemistry fun!

Homeschool Freebie of the Day has found a neat collection of chemistry experiments for us today:

Home Science Experiments! (links)  -University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri shares the fun of science through this way cool page which contains over two dozen fascinating and fun science experiments you can easily do at home. These are tried-and-true kid pleasers, and are all great fun! Check them out and bookmark the site!

Procter & Gamble has some experiments using home cleaning products:

Science In The Box Experiments -Sixteen simple and fun experiments using common household soaps such as laundry detergent and dishwashing soap. For all grade levels, PDF format.

Did you know that you can do experiments with Alka-Seltzer?

Alka-Seltzer: Student Science Experiments -Eight chemical reaction experiments using Alka-Seltzer -including one for a rocket! For grades K-5

Your children can learn the chemical elements by playing some fun, interactive games from Sheppard Software:

Chemistry Games -Eight online games that teach the chemical elements and periodic table, for all knowledge levels.

Need some basic chemistry information?

Rader’s Chem4Kids -This site contains basic chemistry information for everyone -learn about matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry. Includes interactive quizzes to test your knowledge.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Chemistry Experiments Ebook, Summer Gardening Unit Study, America’s First Ladies Lapbook and Notebook Unit

A classic chemistry experiments ebook is today’s free resource at Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments (PDF ebook) – Here’s a great Chemistry experiments book from the 1960s that was actually BANNED and removed from libraries across the country for being too “dangerous” for young experimenters. Even though most of the activities and experiments in this Golden Book are safe, a few will need parental supervision should you decide to persue them.

Just in time for gardening season, American Montessori Consulting has a new unit study out:

Montessori PreK-Grade 8 Gardening Unit Study -This is an online unit study for a complete summer gardening unit study. Contains links to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises for reading, language arts, life skills, social studies, science, art, math and more.

In The Hands of a Child offers a free semi-annual project pack and right now you can get one about America’s first ladies:

First Ladies of the United States Project Pack -Contains a complete lapbook unit and notebook unit about the first ladies of the United States of America. For grades 3-6.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Fun Physics Experiments

Today’s freebie from Homeschool Freebie of the Day is a collection of fun Physics experiments:

Physics Experiments That You Can Do At Home (Pdf ebook) -A 22 page collection of fun and easy to do experiments about motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism and light. Published by Professor Clint Sprott and his associates as a part of the Wonders of Physics outreach program at the Physics Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For even more fun with Physics, check out the following links:

Rader’s Physics4Kids
An introduction to the science of physics -contains basic information on:

  • motion
  • heat and thermodynamics
  • electricity and magnetism
  • light
  • modern physics -nuclear and quantum physics, radioactivity, fission, fusion

Includes online quizzes to go with each subject.

Little Shop of Physics: Online Experiments -Do some experiments right now, right where you’re at. Includes experiments with common household items, experiments with your computer to learn about your brain plus a few online, interactive experiments (needs the Shockwave plug-in). For all grade levels, some experiments require adult supervision.

Marvelous Machines -Teach your children about simple machines with this series of 21 experiments for levers, wheels and inclined planes. Designed for the 3rd grade.

Physics Central: Color Me Physics -Introduce children to physics in a fun, exciting way with these free pdf ebooks.  Includes:

  • a coloring book of 10 famous physicists
  • a fun activity book starring Abigail Atom with games and puzzles

Physics Central: PhysicsQuests

Story-based activities that expose middle school students to the fun and relevance of science. APS provides a free PhysicsQuest kit to registered 6-9th grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs. The kit includes a user’s manual and materials for four physics experiments.

Past PhysicsQuests are available as free downloads in PDF format and include:

  • Spectra’s Power
  • Nikolas Tesla and the Electric Fair
  • Marie Curie’s Floating Classes
  • Ben Franklin’s Secret Message
  • The Search for Einstein’s Hidden Treasure

Strange Matter -Discover the secrets of “materials science” on this fun, interactive website. Learn how stuff is put together, how it can be used, how it can be changed and made better to do more amazing things. Site contains games, experiments, videos, downloadable family and teacher’s guides and much more. Really neat stuff!



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

If you are on dial-up internet and want to download large files, try a download manager. I use the free Orbit Downloader which allows downloads to be paused and resumed; for files that can’t be resumed, I schedule them for downloading at night.

Homeschool/Education Freebies: Teeth/Dental Care

Today’s freebies are all about teeth and oral hygiene.

Free ebook from Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

A Child’s Book of the Teeth (PDF ebook) –A classic little book that teaches kids all about teeth: what they are, why we need them, how teeth do their work, animals & their teeth, baby teeth, molars, permanent teeth, wisdom teeth, the right way to brush, cavities, etc., etc. Very enjoyable text, and well illustrated with great line drawings.


Science experiments from HealthyTeeth.org:

Healthy Teeth Experiments and Activities –4 experiments for grades 4-6:

  • The Power of Fluoride
  • Acid Attack
  • Hidden Sugar
  • Floss is the Boss


Teeth Unit Studies:

  • Let’s Talk Teeth –A dental health/teeth study for grades K-5.
  • Homeschool Share Teeth Unit  –Includes mini-books, worksheets and hands-on activities. Uses the following books: “Throw Your Tooth on the Roof” by Selby Beeler, “Science Fair Bunnies” by Kathryn Lasky, and “Open Wide” by Laurie Keller.
  • Animal Teeth –Includes activities and printables, grades K-6.


Online Fun and Games:





For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Super Science Site For Homeschoolers/Educators

Have you ever heard of The Happy Scientist?

Science educator Robert Krampf  is well known for making science fun with his exciting shows and hands-on experiments. Visit his website, TheHappyScientist.com, and you can sign up for the free “Krampf Experiment of the Week” newsletter, watch a neat science video and take a guess at the “Science Photo of the Day”.

If the free resources aren’t enough, become a subscriber at the Happy Scientist and get:

  • All of the videos –137 so far
  • 2 extra “subscriber-only” videos per month
  • Hundreds of experiments from the “Experiment of the Week” newsletter archives, sorted by subject –346 and counting

A subscription to the Happy Scientist is only $20 a year and if you subscribe by December 31, it’s only $15 -a fantastic price for a year full of science fun!

(If you’re a school superintendent or teacher, check out the special “school district” subscription price –$100 per school gives complete access for all your teachers and students.)

You can also:


Now let’s go find out about the power of beans. :)




Yogurt, Yogurt And More Yogurt

Updated August 25, 2012

I was looking for a few yogurt recipes and look what I found. :-o

From yogurt history to how to make your own – and a slew of recipes!

All About Yogurt

Making Yogurt

  • Creatively Simple – How to Make Homemade Yogurt – Step by step instructions. Newest e-book from Penny Raine, available as a free download through this weekend only. This offer has expired.
  • Free eBook: Learn to Make Yogurt -Sign up for Cultures for Health’s free newsletter to receive their free e-book packed with over 75 pages about yogurt -what it is, how to make it, ways to use it and 15 recipes.

Yogurt Cheese

Yogurt Breads And Muffins

Yogurt Salads

Yogurt Soups

Main and Side Dishes Made With Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt And Desserts

Yogurt Smoothies

More Yogurt Recipes

Yogurt Beauty Recipes

Yogurt Science

Do ya’ll think I got carried away? ;)

Happy cooking,


Hands-On Science: Crystals

Updated August 20, 2012

What Are Crystals?

Crystals are ordered structures of molecules or atoms.

What are crystals anyway?

Crystals: Nature Putting Itself in Order

What types of crystals are there?

Crystal Making Experiments

borax crystals

Grow Your Own Crystals -free e-book from Homeschool Freebie of the Day, available today only. This offer has expired.

Crystal Growing! – a slew of experiments here, from Wayne Schmidt.

Experiments in Growing Crystals (link fixed) -experiments to grow alum crystals, a crystal garden, stalactites and stalagmites, and make rock candy -from Rockhounding Arkansas, a neat rocks and minerals website.

Science Projects for Kids: Crystals and Minerals -make a mineral testing kit, sweet crystals and creeping crystals -from How Stuff Works.

The Baby Diaper Secret: Polymer Crystals -growing polymer crystals, shrinking polymer crystals and growing a plant in polymer crystals -from Steve Spangler Science.

Create Crystal Ornaments -make a rock candy crystal ornament -from Education.com.

Crystal Painting -use epsom salts to create a crystal painting, for grades 4-6 -from About.com

Recipes for Growing Crystals -7 recipes, some use ingredients from your kitchen and others use chemicals -from Chemistry and New Zealand.

Lessons About Crystals

Sugar Crystal Science Lesson -elementary grades -from college English instructor and homeschool mom, Susan Hyde.

Observing Crystals -for grades 2-5 -from Teacher Vision.

Crystals: What Are They and What Holds Them Together -for grades 5-8 -from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Crystals -for grades 5-9 -from the Illinois Institute of Technology SMILE Program.

What Materials Make the Best Crystals? -intermediate level science, exerpt from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Science Fair Projects.

Light and Crystals -middle level science, from Teachers.net.

Images of Crystals


Microscopic Science Pictures: Crystals

Lab-made Curvy Crystals

Cave of Crystals

Crystal Filled Cave in California

Photos from Crystal Mountain

Sunlight and Ice Crystals (link fixed)

Big Ice Crystal

Thorium Crystal

Crystal Cave of Giants -amazing gypsum crystal caverns in Naica, Mexico

You may also be interested in:

Have fun,


Hands-On Science in Your Mouth!

Updated August 18, 2012

Mouth and Tongue

Mouth Experiments -Eeew! Free e-book of experiments and fun facts about our sense of taste, from Homeschool Freebie of the Day. Available through the weekend. This offer has expired.

Sense of Taste Experiments -6 simple experiments to teach children about our sense of taste.

New The Milk Challenge -This is a fun experiment to see if you can tell the difference between different types of milk -from Zoological Society of Milwaukee.*

*Try this experiment adding flavored or other types of milk; such as chocolate, strawberry, powdered, condensed, evaporated, organic, goat, almond, coconut, rice, etc. Another variation would be to try different brands of the same type of milk and see if there is a difference in taste.

New Natural vs. Artificial: Can You Taste the Difference? -Try this experiment to see if there is a difference in taste between natural and artificial sweeteners.

Lifesavers Experiment -Simple experiment to demonstrate relationship between taste and smell. An Exploratorium Science Snack.

Apple Pie without Apples -trick your senses, make a chemical apple pie.

Does a mint make your mouth cold? -kitchen science experiment.

Taste of Outer Space -a neat experiment that illustrates why it is harder to drink in outer space, from Easy Fun School.

New Taster/Non-taster Lab Activity -high school biology/genetics lesson to determine whether selected individuals are “tasters” or non-tasters

Facts and News

Your Tongue -all about the tongue; talking, mixing food, swallowing, tasting, and germ fighting; from Kids Health.

Girls have superior sense of taste to boys -results of Danish study.

New Bacterial Species Found In Human Mouth -ScienceDaily, Aug. 11, 2008

Happy tasting,