"danger? i laugh in the face of danger.. hahahahahaha..."
(guess the movie line)
i feel like we're The *Bona Fide* Home Ed'ers today:
we've done *two* science experiments..
(that don't involve eating food)
it's a world first, i know.
J11 got this oh-so-dangerous-book for his birthday.
and since then, he's been commandeering all adults-passing-through to "educate" them a bit.
(that's the very patient Anne)
OH MY GOSH.
IT'S THE BEST. BOYS. BOOK. EVER.
anything we ever wanted (or think we wanted) to know or do: it's here.
and there's even an online quiz.
see if you can beat *boy wonder*...
and today, J11 decided to make flame-proof cloth (p. 141)
so we mixed up some aluminium potassium sulphate from his crystal-making-kit and oh, dear.. the solution wouldn't dissolve (too saturated: see, i *do* remember something from sixth form chemistry) so we added a little more water and heated it a bit in the nuke-box. and soaked the cloth, and now it's hanging on the line. we'll light it as soon as it's dry...
(we hope not)
oh, the second science experiment??
J11 just got a wasp sting ( i got one yesterday in the exact same place on the lawn. strange but true)
so we whizzed inside for the vinegar.
the rule is Baking soda = Bees, Winegar = Wasps.
J11 informs me that "as a wasp's sting is an alkali, the vinegar (acid) neutralizes it. it becomes a salt plus water."
and that's another moment in the life of an uneducated mommy learning at the feet of her brainy kids.