Even with no plans to attend a home school conference or convention this Spring (the big one next month conflicts with a. calving, b. Arts Festival, c. previously scheduled 4H activity, and d. calving), something in the air has compelled me to start making shopping lists of educational resources and waving my credit card around.
Today it was science shopping, motivated mainly by Boreal Northwest‘s free shipping offer, which expires at midnight tonight; the new website design has some glitches, but I think I managed. I ordered the painted lady butterfly larvae (the “replacement” set of five larvae is enough for my little class), some pH strips, and a few more test tubes for our collection.
Then, because Boreal doesn’t carry any animal model kits, I hopped over to Efston Science and ordered the Skilcraft visible horse model, useful since our mare Joy is pregnant and should have her foal in the next while. And, after seeing the Skilcraft visible cow model at an agricultural show last year and thoroughly disappointed that it has been discontinued, darn it, I settled for the only other option in the visible cow arena, the Bitz visible cow model (which seems awfully stingy compared to the nice Skilcraft one; you can see the Bitz box here, by the way). It goes well with the farm, home school science, and also Laura’s 4H beef club (I’m thinking she can bring it to a meeting for show and tell when it’s done).
Then, because Tom was looking over my shoulder, he suggested that I type “model engine” into the search box, because he figures the kids should know vehicle anatomy as well as livestock anatomy. He also has fond memories of one from his school days. Of the two choices, the Smithsonian Motor Works at Efston vs. the Revell Visible V-8 Combustion Engine 1/4 Scale Operating Model Kit at Boreal, we opted for the former with visibly firing spark plugs. It’s about half the price too.
I’d like to think that all three models will last through next year, but I know my bunch and I’ll be lucky if they have any left to start off the new school year in September.
By the way, if you have a thing for visible engine scale models (unlike yours truly, who never thought she’d be Googling let alone buying such things), there’s a rather nifty website on the history of such things over here. One V8 engine model looks pretty much like another to me, but I rather like the old 1950s boxes.