Hello Halley Harper; Science Girl Extraordinaire

Just in time for summer reading, Halley Harper is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle complete with action packed adventure and do it yourself science experiments!

Watch the book trailer below!

This is the first book of a series of children’s chapter books that follow the adventures of 9 year old science whiz Halley Harper.

Science camp is all about learning the laws of motion but someone wants to put the brakes on Camp Eureka for good. Can 9 year old science whiz Halley Harper find the culprit by using her knack of turning ordinary into the extraordinary? Will she find out who is sabotaging the experiments before anyone else gets hurt and camp closes forever?

Get your copy today here for yourself, your friends, and for your kiddos. It’s time for the world meet Halley Harper!

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Coming Soon: Halley Harper; Science Girl Extraordinaire!

Are you like me and looking for a few good books for your child’s summer reading? Would you prefer it to be fun AND educational?

I am so excited to share with you that my next book, Halley Harper; Science Girl Extraordinaire, is set to release Tuesday, June 20, 2017 just in time for the summer. It will be available in paperback and Kindle here.

This is the first book of a series of children’s chapter books that follow the adventures of 9 year old science whiz Halley Harper.

Here is the description: Science camp is all about learning the laws of motion but someone wants to put the brakes on Camp Eureka for good. Can 9 year old science whiz Halley Harper find the culprit by using her knack of turning ordinary into the extraordinary? Will she find out who is sabotaging the experiments before anyone else gets hurt and camp closes forever?

Why did I write this book?

This quote kept popping into my mind as I was writing this book over the last year.

Halley Harper is the science girl hero I wish we had growing up. This book series makes science relatable to kids in 3rd and 4th grade in a fast pace adventure story and shows them that science can even save the day.  My favorite part is that you can follow along with Halley’s adventures by doing the science experiments in the back of the book.

I would love your help to get the word out!

If you love the idea of this science girl hero I would love if you could:

  • tell a friend
  • share this blog post
  • check out the book here next week when it will run free on Kindle
  • share a post on Facebook or Instagram
  • write a review on Amazon next week
  • check out my author page here

Welcome to the world next week Halley Harper! I can’t wait for you to meet her!

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Cotton Ball Science

Are you planning a Vacation Bible School this summer? Have you ever wanted to combine teaching science with teaching religion with your kids?  Then you must check out this book of science activities that illustrate Bible lessons!

I found this gem when I was preparing to give a talk to my church’s moms group. The topic is how to teach your kids about science and God’s creation. And of course I had to plan a talk to include a hands-on experiment!  I think this cotton ball experiment will be perfect to do with a large crowd (and inexpensive!)

So of course I tested it out with my kids and they LOVED it! The object is to see how many cotton balls you can place in a glass of water without it overflowing. The bible verse the book pairs with it is “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20)

Check this out. I just love how her expression changes from skeptical to magical.

What is the science?

Cotton is made of a plant fiber called cellulose. Cellulose under a microscope would look like tiny tubes filled with air. A cotton ball is made up of many tubes of cellulose. A cotton ball itself has a volume that is mostly empty space filled with air. So when you place the cotton ball in the glass it will mostly absorb the water instead of displacing it. Who knew a cotton ball is basically an air ball?

Q: How many cotton balls you can place in a glass of water without it overflowing?

A: We had to stop at 30 because I ran out of cotton balls. How many can you do?

What is the Bible lesson?

The cotton ball is surprising in it’s properties just as God capacity to love us is beyond our imagination.

I hope you enjoy sharing God’s creation with your little scientists!

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7 Ways to Feel Less Awkward When Doing Science with Your Kids

Do you ever feel like this when you want to start a science experiment with your kids? I’ll admit, I still feel awkward when I say, “OK kids! It’s time to do science!”  It feels so forced and corny.

But there are so many benefits of starting an appreciation of science at home with your kids. Take for example reading. When you read to your kids, you instill an appreciation of reading in them. I love this quote below. It really sums it up for me. Don’t you think?

So here are 7 ways to get over the awkward part of starting science and get to the fun part of doing science with your kids!

  1. Involve food: The most natural way to have a science conversation is when it involves food. You start baking and then start asking your kids questions. Why does the bread rise? What does baking soda do? Make some bread and start a great science lesson!

2. Head out in nature: This was one of my favorite conversations with Allie was when we walked out in nature and made flower bracelets. I got the idea here. It really is amazing how much science is in your own backyard.

3. Make it magic: So many magic tricks involve science. This one is a lot of fun to do while waiting in a busy restaurant. The whole family can get involved!

4. Let go of your expectationsI remember one summer I wanted so badly to do an experiment I saw on Pinterest with my then 5 year old daughter. All she wanted to do was experiment with things that float in the pool. I let go of my expectations and watched her be her own scientist. Kids know how to do that better than we do!

 

5. Give them their own science kit: We give our kids doctor kits why not their own science kit? These are all dollar store items that can make countless experiments right at their fingertips.

6. Science in the car: Truth be told I can’t answer half the questions my kids come up with in the car. But when they do I turn it into a teachable moment. Like where does all the rain water go? How does it get there? How does a water tower work?

The answer? Science. BAM!

7. Read a book together: We adore reading these books at bedtime. I can’t wait to introduce you to the middle grade fiction chapter book I’m releasing this summer complete with a science girl hero! Stay tuned for more info soon!

I hope this helps you feel less awkward starting science with your kids. Once you get past the awkward turtle stage it really is a lot of fun to see science through your kids eyes! Good luck!

(Awkward Turtle Photo Credit Etsy)

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