We also bought pocket scopes from Lee Valley, and I must say they are amazing!
They have incredible focus, and ease of use. We can easily take them everywhere.
We went to a few great sites to learn about the invention of the microscope, and history of microbiology. I loved this site http://www.history-of-the-microscope.org/anton-van-leeuwenhoek-microscope-history.php.
This one (above) came from Toys R Us. We also created a magnification tray. This tray included small items for viewing -including old negatives- and several simple types of magnification instruments - sheet magnifier Mighty Bright FlexiThin Magnifier - 10.75 x 7 Inches , magnifying glass (we had 3 different types)Carson 5" BigEye Magnifier , ruler magnifier Mighty Bright Ruler Magnifier , card magnifier Adorama Pocket Lens Magnifier, Credit Card Thin Magnifier for Reading, 3x5 7/8". , contact sheet magnifier MA1030 SE- L3115BA - Foldable Stand Magnifier 3'' 3x Power . He later used it to look at transparency xrays we made. Ava is LOVING this tray!!
We have moved onto this microscope. We chose a binocular microscope because personally I find it easier and more comfortable on the eyes, and given Xander's eye issues that was very important to us - this may not be the case for some but this was our personal preference. We also purchased a digital camera - mainly for viewing.
This microscope is wonderful and easy to use. The camera that came with it wasn't great (fairly low resolution). So we decided to purchase the one below. This camera is reasonably priced, and does a great job. I also like the binocular microscope because we can have the camera in one eye piece, and still view and focus on the second.
OMAX 40X-1000X Digital Lab LED Binocular Compound Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage and USB Digital Camera
We bought a great inexpensive set of prepared slides. Some of these have been put aside for now.
I was most interested at this moment in the plant cross sections and so forth, for upcoming animal & plant cell activities.
AmScope 25pc Assorted Specimen Collection of Prepared Microscope Slides Glass Slide with Storage Case
Cross section of a pine stem from the set.
This is another set of prepared slides that we bought to go with his first ms.
The slides are not bad, but on the better scope at greater magnification they are not as good - but still very interesting to look at.
We bought a this box of blank slides & covers. Xander is practicing making slides, and understanding what material makes for best viewing.
This is a great inexpensive slide storage box we picked up as well.
So as I mentioned Xander started really playing with his first scope. Before we started to use the newer microscope we went through a few activities.
We bought the book Greg's Microscope, and Xander loved reading this! The boy was close to his age and his name is "Greg"( daddy's name) so Xander got a kick out of that! The little boy's father gives him the microscope and he discovers an entire new world with it - right in his own house!! Xander was very intrigued by all of Greg's discoveries, and was keen to follow in his foot steps.
We also started with a great set of Microscope 3 part cards, and booklet that I purchased from Montessori Print Shop. If you haven't paid a visit to MPS you should because they have such a huge range of Montessori print materials at fantastic prices.
Labeling the microscope with removable adhesive putty-
Here he was comparing the scopes to understand all of the parts and how they function - different types of stage clips etc...
I simply colour coded the back of our cards with different coloured dots of crayon for Xander to check his work.
Some of our viewing fun!! On a recent walk Xander collected some great things and we made a few slides!! The first three are two different types of moss he collected. We identified ours here. Montessori Tidbits has a wonderful post about their nature table, with great information about lichen & moss and some wonderful book ideas.
Taking a closer look at our moss.
Below is oatmeal!
This one is table salt!!
The kids are having great fun with this microscope - even Nan joined in on the fun!!
This is our segue into Montessori Biology, and some study of Animal & Plant cells to start!!
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