touch a scientist and you touch a child. – ray bradbury


IMG_0369science day today

and parents

shared their science

with the children

who were

in awe


all of it

and loved

the discovery





so many



trying to make some sense

of the world

around them


carbon dioxide

dry ice





scottish highland longhair cows with horns






changing form

and turning into

cotton candy

right before their eyes

molecular biology



oils and  flowers and salts

to soothe them in the bath

 when they are tired or hurt



so much excitement



the world is filled

with endless possibilities


most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist.

they are wrong: it is character.

– albert einstein

52 responses »

  1. Whoa – you had scottish highland longhair cows with horns visit your classroom? You are an amazing teacher. Whew. That sounds like it was an awesome day at school. i used to do chemistry demonstrations for open house when i was in university and it is such a hoot showing kids (and adults) some of the neat stuff that can be done. Your whole day sounds like it was set to be an eye-opener for the kids. Well done.

    Cool post Beth.

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  2. Love this, Beth! Your posts are sometimes bittersweet for me as it makes me miss teaching ESL kindergarten. Monarch butterflies, visitors with snakes and tree frogs and tree rings—always so exciting for student and teacher. Thanks for sharing this…and keep on creating wonder in your classroom! 🙂

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  3. This is awesome. Brings back the memories of making peanut brittle. The peanuts were protein pellets, the sugar was spelled out in its chemical form and it was cooked over a bunsen burner. Science is fun! :0)

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  4. Shared this with a scientist online friend of mine. I thought it was brilliant. I especially loved your first quote and photos. Being around children really keeps the wonder in our own lives too.

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    • oh, thanks for sharing it with someone you think would appreciate this. you are right about the wonder, and the first pic is my favorite too. he simply could not contain his excitement and i loved that!

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  5. There is a show my little guy watches… Syd the Science Kid. I am always trying to remember to tell him what a good observation he has made. I think he’s doing OK at four he can count to 100. And he can write his first name. Not quite reading, but when I think he recognizes more words in print than he lets on 😉

    I always try to use the correct words… not baby words. His mom was surprised the other day when they were playing a simple game I bought for him… and he said; ‘You can’t look in the bag, that’s not appropriate.” Out of the mouths of babes.

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    • you are doing all the right stuff, jules. he will read when he’s ready and at 4 is probably just doing word play, as it should be. the main thing you can do to support a child’s future reading skills, is to expose them to print. read to them, with them, let them browse, tell you stories, talk about words, ask what letters you think things begin with, play rhyming games. the rest will fall into place. i love the quote, that is hilarious )


    • thanks, susie. i think it helps kids to learn about the world, rather than fearing it. might help them make better choices later, like respecting animals and the earth, that they share with them.


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