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07/10/2017
Science is a great way to prevent the summer slide. With these at home science experiments, your children can learn new things and even practice reading and math.

Summer Science Experiments in Auburn

The summer slide is that famous phenomenon where, as soon as summer vacation starts, students mysteriously forget everything they learned at school. Parents are especially concerned about their child’s math and linguistic skills being lost. If you search online, you’ll find tons of articles with recommendations on how to stop the summer slide focused on math and reading. How about if you try something different? How about practicing science instead? There are a huge amount of educational, fun, and easy experiments you can try with your child this summer. Many of them require that they use their math, reading, and writing skills. Science experiments are a complete learning experience with interesting results. The Tutoring Center, Auburn CA has enlisted some experiments to get you and your child started with summer science.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice cream, the ultimate summer treat, is also super easy to make with no fancy machines. You will need a gallon size Ziploc bag and a smaller pint size one, milk, sugar, vanilla, rock salt, and ice. Pour a half cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla in the smaller bag and seal it tightly. Fill the large bag with ice and 6 tablespoons of rock salt. Place the small bag inside the big one and shake it until the mix thickens into ice cream. You might want to play some fun music to dance around with while shaking the ice cream. This recipe will make about one scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can double it or triple it if you want more (math practice). Top off your ice cream with sprinkles or your favorite topping. You can also use your favorite fruit juice instead of milk and make fruity sorbet. For more math practice, try tutoring in Auburn. Sign your child up for one of the many summer tutoring programs available at The Tutoring Center, Auburn CA. Call them at (530) 878-5010 to find out more about their summer learning options.

Exploding Art

Everyone will have fun watching their colorful exploding art on the sidewalk. You can make exploding sidewalk paint with ingredients you definitely already have at home, no need to spend tons of money. Gather up a bunch of Ziploc bags, vinegar, corn starch, baking soda, and food coloring. There’s no need for measuring cups or spoons, add the amounts you want as long as your bag is at least 1/3 of the way full of the mix. Add the cornstarch and vinegar to a bag, mix in a few drips of food coloring, and shake it until you reach a thick yet liquid consistency. Once you’re done making different colored paints, you’re ready to begin. Before you do, give each bag a good re-mixing because corn starch tends to solidify when left to sit for a while. Place the bags on the sidewalk, carefully add some baking soda into the bags, and quickly seal them. The more baking soda you use, the bigger the explosion will be. Be sure that the bags are completely sealed or else it won’t work. Now, shake the bags vigorously and place them back on the ground. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and BAM, colorful art explosion! Your child can then use the paint to draw on the sidewalk.

Electric Lemons

You’ve probably already seen this project with a potato, but has your child seen it too? Potatoes, apples, lemons, and other fruits with high acid content work great to produce electricity. You’ll probably make enough to run a flashlight or a cell phone, just small objects though. You will need 4 lemons, LED light 3V, 4 galvanized nails, copper wire, gauge wire, and clothespins. Each lemon will produce around 0.9V so you need 4 to power a 3V LED light; use more if you’ll be powering anther object (do the math). Take a lemon and stick a bit of copper wire on one side and a nail on the other. Strip a small portion of the gauge wire and wrap it around the copper wire and the nail. Stick the copper wire and nails on the other lemons and connect them to each other until all four lemons are connected. Take your LED light and connect the short side to the nail and the long side to the copper wire. You can use the clothespins to do this. Let there be light! The power will be low, so don’t worry about electric shocks. If there isn’t any light, you probably connected the wires backwards.

For Even More Summer Learning: Tutoring in Auburn

If you still think that your child should get a more traditional learning experience or should focus more on a specific learning area, you should enroll them in a summer tutoring program. The Tutoring Center, Auburn CA has some great tutoring options, which your child can continue to take when they get back to school in Auburn.  Call The Tutoring Center, Auburn CA at (530) 878-5010 to learn about their summer tutoring programs and how tutoring can boost your child’s academic potential.

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