My kids had a stick.
They turned the stick into a sword, a staff, a magic wand. It was no longer a stick, it was a toy.
They wanted to make sure this particular toy was never mistaken for a stick. They realized that the adults of the house, may not recognize this toy because it still looked so much like a stick.
They decided to mark it. They started to write on it, but markers on rough bark was not noticeable enough. They decided to remove the bark. They soon found peeling bark off of a stick (oops, I mean toy) was fun! Now they had a smooth toy that was very different than the other sticks.
Then came the questions:
Why did the bark peel off?
Why is the bark different than the inside?
Why doesn't grass have bark?
Out came the books.
Hmmmm... woody plants.... parts of a plant.... cell walls....
It says you can see plant cells under a microscope. We have one! Can we use it?
Owning a personal microscope isn't the only way homeschoolers get to experience them. Science Museums will sometimes have demonstrations where kids will get to see and sometimes use real equipment. Another option is to check your local community colleges and universities. Here in Middle Tennessee, we are fortunate to have great science classes offered by Belmont University for homeschoolers. I plan on taking advantage of this next year. Another hidden science opportunity is Aquarium Restaurant's "Marine Biologist for a Day" program that my oldest attended years ago. It really made a good impression on her. Homeschoolers are a resourceful lot. What ways do you make science available to your kids?