It Was an Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny…

… microorganism! (laughing) What better way to wrap up our official learning year than with some microscope fun? We’ve studied the microscope BEFORE, but this go ’round we thought we’d try a few new tricks.

Our PSP has several microscopes which are available for use. To my surprise, and pleasure, they often go unused. This means we get our pick of the lot, with no due date! For the second year in a row, we are borrowing one of these high-end tools and making the most of our time.

Last year saw us going through a multitude of prepared slides which were available for our use. There were several sets of handy-dandy slides, making the study of the human body and plant life that much easier.

Microscope #1

This year, we are taking things up a notch and borrowing a slide making kit. We have a good supply of slides, slide covers, and several dyes; all of which will be put to good use.

We are very much looking forward to several weeks of discovery and experimentation. This is going to be so much fun!

Should you be in the market for a microscope, you might consider Microscope.com for purchase. They seem to be fairly reasonable and have several versions to choose from. If you would prefer to rent, you might try Microscopes and More. Just looking for some fun microscope ideas or helps? Head over to A2Z Homeschooling; there is a wealth of information ready to be used.

Seasoned, experienced scientists… which slide would you recommend we make first?

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8 thoughts on “It Was an Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny…

  1. I remember as a child having my own microscope and making slides. It was great fun. My microscope was not that powerful, I was only 8! But it was thrilling and fascinating to look at the world in detail. Pond water is a good one, especially if you can get some with daphnia in it. You would need a slide with a little round dip in the middle to hold liquids. Insect wings are good too and if you have a really powerful microscope and don’t mind being ‘grossed’ out, dust from the bedding might reveal some dust mites and beg bugs! Have fun!

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  2. Onion skin makes a good study of plant cells. We learned about vascular plants and made a slide of celery leaf. Those were really simple. We looked at red blood cells, skin cells from the inside of our cheeks and bread yeast.

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  3. I will never forget when my son at the age of eight, got his first glimpse of life in a drop of pond water. He was so shocked and intrigued he spent the next couple of years learning everything he could about microorganisms, focusing on the parasitic kinds, like Malaria. Then our wonderful veterinarian gave him his copy of Parasitology – and I did not see my son for three weeks. We thought he might like to go to med school, but he really did not want to “take classes outside his area of interest.”

    Even though he did not pursue this field as an adult, he knows as much or more than most graduate students in the field. It just goes to show you – you never know how each of your individual children will develop and blossom!

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