Dirt: Theme Thursday

If you’re a helminthologist or a hematologist, you will enjoy this post.  If you’re squeamish, look away.  Or scroll (very quickly!) to the last paragraph.

(SOOC) f/1, 1/500th, ISO 200

(SOOC) f/1, 1/500th, ISO 200

That there bottle is full of worm dirt.  Or worm compost.  Or worm poop.  Whatever you want to call it.  2 weeks ago we put some orange peels, dry oatmeal, sand and dirt and a couple of nightcrawlers in that there bottle.  They done turned it to mostly dirt.  Amazing.


Speaking of science, it’s been awhile since I shared anything homeschool-ish.  If you’re looking for a solid science program that is easy-peasy on the teacher, this program fits the bill.



R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey fits the bill nicely.  REAL stands for “read, explore, absorb, and learn.”  It’s not remotely Charlotte Mason-ish, which made me shy away at first, but after borrowing a friends and finding that prep for co-op was oodles and oodles easier, I bought it on my own, along with the super cheap student pages.  There is way too much in here to do it all unless you plan to do science several days a week, but I work around that by reading everything (with the kids) and then choosing only the most fun and engaging labs and activities.

Here’s another lab we did recently, the composition of blood:

plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets

plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets

That’s all I’ve got for you today, folks.  Check out all the other filthy photographers (they’re not really filthy, that was just fun to say) at Clan Donaldson.  And be sure to come back tomorrow for “3 Reasons I Love Lent.”


  1. I’m so glad that you mentioned that book. (And that blood composition lab is too cool!) We are STILL trying to find something that works well for us with science. I’ve found a lot of things that work piecemeal, but I feel like I’ve rather sloppily cobbled them together. I’d feel much more confident with one book to follow and to only have to supplement occasionally. Can’t wait to check this out!
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    • That’s actually why I just quit trying the CM method for co-op and went with this. I was spending so much time at the library and money on other books that it was driving me nuts. The R.E.A.L. curriculum is *very* comprehensive. Maybe I’ll do a whole post on it so everyone can see all the components. We also use Brain Pop videos because the kids loooooove them and they dovetail nicely with the lessons.

  2. That is totally awesome! That science programs looks intriguing (mostly because worms and dirt hold a captive audience over here!)…
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