Unschoolers use the term strewing to describe sneaking education into their kids lives. They leave books, magazines and other materials around the house for their kids to find. The kids see these materials, become interested, and dig into learning about string theory, or botany (swoon), or painters of the 19th Century.
Ive been doing this, too. Admittedly, my strewing is more like letting things pile up because I am too lazy to put them away. And we sold our bookcases and other storage devices when we thought were moving into an R.V. But, messiness seems to work as well as planned strewing for me.
This week, Anders found a book (or did a pile fall on top of him?) about exploring nature. I wanted to check it out at the library, but neither the Livingston nor Bozeman library carried it. I end up buying a lot of books for that reason
Since he has to read everything he sees his brain just works that wayhe read Nature Explorer and found an activity he wanted to do: make an erupting volcano. Weve done this before, but its been awhile so it was time to try it again.
My favorite part of this project is when I told the boys to start gathering supplies. I came out to the kitchen to find measuring spoons, a cup and two dinosaurs. The dinosaurs weren’t on the “what you need” list; they were improvised.
How to make a volcano
Bury a bottle in sand.
Fill it 2/3 with water.
Add a few tablespoons of baking soda
Add 5 or so drops of red food coloring.
Squeeze in some dish soap (this was new to me; Ive used flour to get things frothy, but the soap worked great, too)
Once your bottle–I mean volcano–is prepared:
Using a funnel, pour .5 cup (or more) vinegar into the bottle
In a real volcano situation, very violent eruptions are caused by gas bubbles, just like the ones created when our baking soda and vinegar reacted. When molten rock is trapped underground, high pressure keeps the gas dissolved inside it. If lava breaks through the surface, the pressure drops and the gas forms bubbles, pushing up the lava, and causing an explosion.
Im a fan of this strewing thing. Would it be wrong to leave out my copy of “100 Ways to Make Your Mom Happy?”
Disclaimer: That book link is to my Amazon affiliate account. I get a tiny, tiny percentage if you buy it. I need that money since I can’t find anything I want at our charming, yet small, library.