Science 101 for Mums- What to do when the first project fails and there is now only 2 weeks until THE DAY!
Why do teachers do this to us? Don't they realise that it is parents who suffer! Of course they do...I used to be one of those teachers who helped to contribute to the panic in many homes as assignment D-Day loomed ever nearer. Are any of these phrases familiar?...
- Don't worry mum it's ages away!
- I don't know what to choose!
- I don't like any of your ideas mum!
- You just don't understand what I have to do.
- I don't understand what I have to do...the teacher didn't tell me exactly!
- I want to change the first experiment because the plants are wrong! They have flowers and too many leaves!
- I forgot to water my plants and now they are dead...I have to start again! Tears, sob, tantrum! (I'm glad I bought them off the sale table!)
- It's only 1 week to go! Why didn't you help me sooner mum!!???
And of course the list goes on and in the meantime...no science project anywhere in the near foreseeable future!
So, with a protesting son we set off to the local nursery to choose plants for his second attempt at something that will resemble a science experiment. This time he chose the plants (which weren't on sale!), so he had better not forget to water them!
Now, armed with three pineapple mint plants, seasol and fertiliser, we head home to re-start Science experiment mark 2! This one is simple...
- Measure the plants.
- Write down the measurements.
- Plant 1 gets fertiliser only.
- Plant 2 gets Seasol only.
- Plant 3 only receives water.
- Take measurements after 2 weeks.
- Write up the results...(which is going to be another major issue. (I can hear it now...I don't know how to do this! Why do I have to do this...it's stupid!)
- Display the results...
Note to self- must remember to buy glue, sticky tape, cardboard, get photos printed, textas and colour pencils!!!
Who's project did I say this was? That's right...I forgot...it's my son's!
Could anything else go wrong?
Plant number 2..Seasol, has been crushed under the weight of our recycle bin and a hammer! How can this happen you say...two words...husband gardening!