Great site for homeschooling science supplies (and misc. thoughts about homeschooling science)
I came across a cool experiment to test the pH of various materials using red cabbage juice. A huge part of me wanted to just jump right in and do it TODAY. However, caution prevailed, and I decided to get some safety goggles, and gloves, as well as beakers. I’d been wanting to get goggles and beakers for a while, anyways, so I figured this was a good opportunity. I mean, kitchen glasses have sufficed for all our experiments up to now, but I have often thought it would be great to do some real measurement, plus have tools that we won’t be drinking from, later that same evening. 😉
I started at Edmunds Scientifics, where we’ve purchased a number of science things, previously. Wesley about hyperventilated when he saw me open their home page. “Does this mean you’re going to get _______ for me?!!??” He rattled off a list of things he wanted. Umm… no.
I have a love/hate relationship with Edmunds. I love the catalogs that come in the mail; the boys fight over them! I love that dreams of powerful microscopes and telescopes dance in their heads, and not the latest video game. However, Edmunds often has some great sales (fabulous ones around Christmastime), their shipping is reasonable, and their clearance prices are awesome. The trade-off for all of these positive things is daily e-mails from the company. Daily. Ugh.
Edmunds didn’t have all that I needed, though. And what they did have, seemed to be a bit overpriced. So, I did a search to find an online store that had all three of my items, plus reasonable prices, including shipping. After a search that took too long, I found this place: Home Science Tools. Not only did it have the best prices of any of the sites I had visited, it has reasonable shipping (flat rate of $6.95), and it appears that, as a company, it particularly caters to homeschooling students. It’s making me re-think my science plans for the fall.
They even have put together kits of required materials for eight or 10 different homeschooling curricula.
Some amazing deals:
Cow eye dissection kit (including “a preserved cow eye, an illustrated dissection guide, #22 scalpel, scissors, and a dissecting tray”) for $6.95.
Pricier, but uber-cool, are their backpack kits. “This kit includes the One Small Square: Backyard book, with nature activities and fun-to-read text. It also has our kids’ insect net, compact binoculars, magnifier jar, plastic collection bags, a nature notebook, colored pencils, instructions, and a sturdy backpack to hold it all.”:
I’m bookmarking the site, for certain.