September 19-23 Butterflies and Moths
We will observe adult butterflies and moths, caterpillars, and butterfly eggs under the microscope, and learn all about the life cycles of these interesting creatures. Students will learn how to identify and compare regional moths and butterflies. Student will get to choose a monarch, swallowtail, or gulf fritillary caterpillar to take home and rear to adulthood. All supplies are provided.
October 17-21 Insects
In this lab students will study the life cycles of many types of insects. Many live examples will be on display but we will focus on black soldier flies, lady bugs, crickets, and ant lions. We will observe insect body parts under the microscope. The lab reptiles and amphibians love this lab because students get to feed them the leftover crickets when the lab is finished!
When your children complete this study, they will never view insects in the same way again. Students become true scientists as they come to observe insects and their fascinating world.
November 14-18 Simple Machines
Simple machines are simple tools used to make work easier. Compound machines have two or more simple machines working together. In science, work is defined as a force acting on an object to move it across a distance. Pushing, pulling, and lifting are common forms of work. In this lab students will make, interact, identify, and use many of the various types of simple machines.
December 1-7 Rocks
Students start their own rock collection. They will learn how to classify rocks. Metamorphic, Igneous, Sedimentary Rocks and Minerals as well as the rock cycle will be studied. This year we will focus on fossils and the Mohs hardness scale. All students will go home with 12 very interesting rocks and one very cool fossil.
January 23rd-27 Weather
In this lab students will learn about some of the more exciting types of weather they could experience like tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning storms, and more. They will see how to make a cloud in a bottle, a tornado, lightning, snow, and more. They will make their own tornadoes, thermometers or barometers. Students will learn about the properties of air by learning how to use a Bernoulli wind bag. This is a great lab for students who like experiments!! This year we will make clouds and kites.
Human Body February 6-10
Students will get an overview of the many systems that help regulate the body. This year we will focus on the heart. Students will watch as I show them a dissected pig or sheep heart to learn how blood travels through it. We will act out how oxygen and carbon dioxide travel through the circulatory
system as well as test our blood pressure, PH, and heart rates. An additional charge of $6 will be charged for those children who want a blood type kit.
March 20-24 Reptiles and Amphibians
Can your child identify the night sounds they hear from the chirping frogs and toad in your backyard? Now they can! This year we will learn all about South Carolina reptiles and amphibians. Does your child know what types of reptiles and amphibians inhabit our state? If not, this is the lab for them as we discover these creepy, slippery, and amazing reptiles and amphibians that live among us! Here is an opportunity for your child to get up close and personal with these wonderful creatures. There will be bearded dragon lizards, anoles, salamanders, green and gray tree frogs, turtles, a chameleon, and lots of shells,bones, and snake skins. Students will study the particular variations of reptiles and amphibians and their life cycles. Students can choose a bullfrog tadpole to rear at home. I will send instructions home before the lab.
April 17-21 Go Go Goats!!!
No kidding, we are going to have a really fun lab in April feeding the new babies with a bottle and learning how to milk the goats. Each child will have an opportunity if they dare!! We raise Saanen goats here on our farm. Children will see how we make goat cheese, goat soap, and goat lotion. These animals are valuable and extremely fun. You don’t want to miss this exciting new lab adventure.
Ocean Lab May 8-12
Dive in as we discover the wonders of the deep with many live and fossilized examples of ocean life as well as observation of an octopus, dissecting fishes, see clams, mussels, and oysters, and hold fiddler crabs!. Students will also classify common South Carolina shells. This is a great lab to get your child ready for their trip to the beach!
Hummingbirds May 15-17
The hummingbirds are flying north. Learn all about these amazing creatures that fly here every spring and fly back to Central America in the early fall. Students will study habitat, anatomy, nesting, and migration of these tiny flying jewels that visit us every year. Every child will learn how to make their own hummingbird feeder and take it home.