Jenny Larson with you midweek, sharing some ideas taken from my least favorite school subject but my family's favorite: Science.
Now that I am out of school, I truly love science--watching science shows, going to the Science Museum, doing experiments with my kids, and so on--so I enjoyed thinking of some ways to draw inspiration from various categories of the sciences. Here's my thoughts:
- General Science: Ultimately, science tries to discover what the natural world is and how it works. At the heart of that are a few processes: division/classification, experiments, detailed and recorded observations, for example. Apply that to scrapbooking: How can you divide and classifiy your surroundings? Do you experiment with food, with clothes, with music, etc.? Observe your surroundings and record them in a scrapbook page.
- Biology: These are living things--plants, animals, and tiny tiny living things it's best we not think of. Scrap these living, nonhuman things that makes up your life, in the case of microbes (like dust mites for me), unpleasantly.
- Chemistry: Confession: I never took chemistry, but I know it is the chemical compounds that make up matter--and those compounds can interact to make reactions, which is where the metaphorical term "chemistry" comes from. Gorups of people have different chemistry--scrap about it! And if you're ambitious, use the periodic table on your page to do something like this.
- Physics: I did take physics, which is the study of motion. So many things in our life move (children, cars, trees and hair in the wind, machines, our bodies) and don't move (my cat and my boys when I ask them to clean something). Scrap about motion, what moves and what doesn't.
- Astronomy: I love outer space. I'm not a total sci fi geek, but my license plate does say DETHSTR (my husband's says TIE FTR). Scrap some of those amazinf celestial phenomena, even if you don't get a good picture. Take a screen shot online of someone who did. Also ask what if questions about space--what will the future hold and reveal?
- Geology: Rocks, soil, mountains, water, lava, canyons...lots to scrap when it comes to the Earth. Do any of these trip any triggers in your life and inspire any stories?
Now that I've shared the inspiration, here's some pages to show some scientific examples:
My sons go to a STEM school, so I was delighted to see my son applying what he'd learned about the scientific method to see if rocks sneeze. They don't, by the way. I scrapped his experiment.
Sometimes experiments are a little less...formal. To paraphrase one of my sons' favorite shows, "The only difference between messing around and science is writing it down." Messing around is a loose way of saying "experimenting," so I scrapped the time my sons invented their own outdoor game involving umbrellas and balls. Not quite science, but awesome.
My guys love going to the Science Museum, so I scrapped a bunch of pictures just to show them exploring science. I do this layout a lot.
Aliza Deutsch did something similar, this time with the junior ranger program and her child's interest in bugs.
Animals...we all love them. Here I took an amazing photo of my son at the zoo and paired it with my nature wish for him.
More close to home, Christine Newman recorded her darling cat's behavior. Animal behavior is such a fun topic.
More comically, I scrapped my son's obsession with the grocery store's crab legs. He still has to go look at them. DESIGN NOTE: when you have a lot of a particular themed element, remember that less is more.
My son loves spending time in the woods, so I loved scrapping him in his element. Christine did something similar:
This page records her family's love of the Muir Woods. I love this idea of recording your travels into nature, even if it's in your own neighborhood. Still nature.
Christine also recorded nature close to home--a garden. Even though perennials come back, the garden changes every year, so it's good to record it.
When we think "chemistry," we tend to think romance, but every human relationship contains chemistry of a sort. I scrapped the chemistry of my sons' relationshp by compiling photos of them across a year.
At the Children's Museum several years ago, I used one exhibit to scrap my son's interest in mechanics and motion.
I'm so glad you visited to read about science! Share your ideas in the comments, and come back tomorrow for Social Studies.