Why Choose Notebooking over Worksheets?

Worksheets... worksheets... worksheets... They killed our love of learning science. We much prefer notebooking and we are super glad that the Sassafras team agrees. Even so, we have friends who love to fill out worksheet after worksheet. So today, we have asked Paige to come back and explain why the Sassafras team has included notebooking instead of worksheets in the Sassafras Science … [Read more...]

Three Reasons Not to Use the Sassafras Science Books

I have been following this blog since the beginning. I follow everything that involves my nemesis, Cecil Sassafras. I fear that you are getting the wrong impression. And, I cannot let you be deceived by that silly, eccentric man. You see, he started out wanting to inspire his niece and nephew to love science. Unfortunately, despite my efforts to date, it seems to be working. While this is … [Read more...]

How to Make a Rocket at Home

Hello and welcome students to the Sassafras Science lab! I'm Cecil Sassafras, your host for this little excursion. Blaine and Tracey asked me to share a little activity with you guys. So today, we are going to go through how to make a rocket at home. First, you will need lots of wire, several metal sheets ... excuse me for one moment, my lab assistant President Lincoln is waving some sort of … [Read more...]

Living Books for Science

Living books are killer tools for teaching science! They can bring the subject matter to life and add interest to what you are learning. Like we have said before, living it is way cooler, but we know that most of y'all don’t have invisible zip lines coming out of your uncle’s basement. So, we recommend reading living books to learn about science instead! Today we have asked one of our … [Read more...]

The Three Types of Muscle Cells in the Body ~ A Letter from Dr. Apple

Hey folks, Blaine and Tracey here, once more giving you a virtual wave! We recently wrote Dr. Apple in Bangkok with a follow-up question about the types of muscle cells from our last visit. She was kind enough to respond to us and we wanted to share her email with you. But before we share, we asked Paige to put together a microscope sheet that you can use with your students as you teach them … [Read more...]

Are Living Books Superior or Not?

Hey, Y'all, this is Blaine and Tracey Sassafras writing to answer the question, "Are living books superior or not?" Of course, we think they are awesome, so much so that we let Johnny and Paige share our story as part of a living books curriculum for homeschool science. Here's why we think they rock: They bring a subject to life in a way that no textbook can. They hold our interests … [Read more...]