Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A Candle & Some Chemistry
I had not planned on studying chemistry this year but late in summer one of our homeschool moms opened up a Chemistry Club co-op. My oldest was just perfect for this mostly middle school group. The group has met about once a month and are working through the Thames and Cosmos Chem 500 kit. The group could also choose to read a few suggested titles; among them was Michael Farraday's The Chemical History of a Candle. I chose to save this small six lecture volume for our Advent/Winter focus time. The title and theme just seemed so fitting; and, honestly, I didn't want to overwhelm my sixth grader with physics and chemistry at the same time.
We might just get through one more lecture before we start our next official term. I'll let her decide if she wants to add another science to our Secrets of the Universe. I have a feeling she will ; ) I can assure you she doesn't look at our traditional lighting of the Advent candles in the same way.