Life on a rancho in New Mexico was full of work! Josefina would have started her chores in the early morning and continued working until the evening time, doing things like washing clothes, fetching water, cooking, weaving, gardening, and sewing. Josefina’s family raised sheep, and she helped take care of them. She also helped inContinue reading “Learn About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 4: Work, Fashion, Trade, and the Sante Fe Trail”
New Mexican Food Like most parts of her culture, Josefina’s food combined traditions from the Spanish, Mexicans, and Native Americans. Families like Josefina’s who lived on ranchos (or farms) in northern New Mexico grew most of their own food. Their staple foods were corn, beans, and squash (including pumpkins), which they learned about from theContinue reading “Learning About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina Part 3: Cooking and Food in New Mexico”
Josefina was a girl in the Southwest Frontier in 1824. Josefina lived in New Mexico, which was part of Mexico at that time and included modern-day New Mexico and northwest Texas.
Most of us have experience playing with and using magnets. But did you know all materials are magnetic to some degree? What we actually call a magnet, however, is a material that has a strong enough magnetic force for humans to feel. But what exactly is that force? Where does it come from? If youContinue reading “Fun Hands-On Activities for Teaching Kids About Magnetism”
Young chemists love to make things happen and what better way than through physical changes and chemical reactions! Let’s get started!
In chemistry, we often talk about the pH of various substances, but what exactly does that mean? Let’s find out!
Today we are going to learn about compounds! When different atoms join together they form a compound. Compounds can range from a simple molecule to more complex structures, such as polymers and crystals. Let’s investigate what some simple compounds look like.
As a homeschooling mom, I think hands on activities make learning science so much more interesting and fun. I also think they help children to understand science in a more concrete way. Things like atoms and molecules are pretty hard for a young child to comprehend without something tangible to relate to. In this post,Continue reading “Chemistry for Kids: Hands on Activities for Learning About Atoms and Molecules”