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Homeschool Chemistry for Kids: Weekly Experiments You Can Do at Home

In this ongoing weekly class, students will perform chemistry experiments using household materials and learn the science behind them.
Elene Feigenbaum
95 total reviews for this teacher
33 reviews for this class
Completed by 373 learners
30 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Next on Wed Sep 7

Meets Once per week
3pm - 3:30pm
3 learners enrolled
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Class Experience

Some of the chemistry content students will learn are: electrostatics, electric force, chemical reactions, acid/base chemistry, electrolysis of water, density, paper chromatography, freezing point depression, and surface area.
I have been a science teacher for over thirty years.  I have a masters degree in chemistry and I love to teach children through hands-on inquiry-based experimentation.
No homework will be assigned.
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Week of Sept 4-10 - Electrostatic Tape scotch tape plastic spoon balloon saran wrap various types of cloth (wool, silk, cotton) paper Week of Sept 11-17- Can you lift an ice cube with a string? Several Ice cubes Cup of water salt sugar plate string or yarn scissors Week of Sept. 18-23 – Why leaves change colors? Green leaf (can be spinach or dark green lettuce leaf) Coin (like a penny or a nickel) Strip of white construction paper (works the best), coffee filter paper, notebook paper, or newspaper 2 drinking glasses or plastic cups Rubbing alcohol –r hand sanitizer (works well) Coffee stirrer or pencil Piece of scotch tape Safety glasses if you have them Week of Sept. 25- Oct. 1 - Separating Ink by Paper Chromatography 2 tall plastic cups. white construction paper, notebook paper, coffee filter, or newspaper strip water water-based markers (black, or brown are best, vis-à-vis marker work well, not permanent markers) scotch tape pencil or popsicle stick scissors Paper towel Week of Oct. 2-Oct. 8 - NO CLASS Week of Oct. 9-Oct. 15: NO CLASS Week of Oct. 16-Oct 22 -= Making a Density Column Several of the following - more is better Tall clear glass or graduated cylinder water food coloring (optional) vegetable oil baby oil mineral oil corn syrup (Karo syrup) honey pancake syrup sugar lamp oil (optional) rubbing alcohol rubber from pencil eraser penny, toothpick popcorn kernel small plastic object Week of Oct 23-Oct. 29: Non-Newtonian Liquids (Oobleck) 2 cups cornstarch 1 cup water bowl spoon food coloring (optional) Week of Oct. 30- Nov. 5 - How fast can you dissolve a sugar cube? 8-10 sugar cubes water (warm and cold) plastic cups plastic spoons clock, timer, or stopwatch Week of Nov. 6-Nov. 12: - Cleaning Copper Pennies dirty pennies plastic cup vinegar salt aluminum foil (optional) iron nail (optional) hydrogen peroxide (optional) Week of Nov. 13 – Nov. 19 - Detecting Acids and Bases with Household Indicators several small clear plastic cups or small paint tray 3-4 red (purple) cabbage leaves zip-lock bag warm water from sink lemon juice vinegar baking soda alkaline water any other liquid you want to test Week of Nov. 20- Nov. 25: Osmosis and Diffusion with Fruits and Vegetables salt 4 small cups or glasses water plate slices of potato and/or carrots 2 raw egg (for extension experiment) vinegar (for extension experiment) Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 3 - NO CLASS: Elephant Toothpaste hydrogen peroxide(3% or 10%) or Clear Care Contact solution with hydrogen peroxide dish soap active dry yeast small bottle with a narrow opening like small water bottle food coloring (optional) bowl Week of Dec. 3-Dec. 10 - Elephant Toothpaste hydrogen peroxide(3% or 10%) or Clear Care Contact solution with hydrogen peroxide dish soap active dry yeast small bottle with a narrow opening like small water bottle food coloring (optional) bowl Week of Dec. 11 – Dec. 17 - May the Force Be With You: plastic spoon small pieces of paper tissue paper empty soda can balloon running water from faucet Week of Dec. 18- Dec. 24 - Surface Tension Fun penny medicine dropper water bowl or plate paper clip dish soap toothpick pepper whole milk (works better than reduced fat milk) food coloring Week of Dec. 25 – Dec. 31 –What foods contain starch? Povidone Iodine or Tincture of Iodine – make sure it has a reddish brown color Medicine dropper paper or plastic plate food items to test (such as cracker, bread, carrot, potato slice, apple, pasta, orange slice, nuts) Week of Jan 1 – Jan 7: Separating water with pencils Two number 2 pencils sharpened on both ends two wires with alligator clips (preferable) or two paper clips, wires or aluminum foils strips cup of salt water index card 9V battery or AA battery tape (electrical, scotch, or duct tape) red (purple) cabbage leaves (optional) zip-lock bag (optional)   Week of Jan. 8- Jan 14 - Making a Cartesian Diver bendable straw 2 small paper clips 2 large paper clips empty plastic water bottle with cap small packets of ketchup or mustard (optional) water small cup scissors Week of Jan 15-Jan 21: Let's Make Ice Cream 1 Cup Whole milk or half and half ½ tsp Vanilla 1 Tablespoons Sugar 3 Cups of Ice 1/3 cup Kosher salt Large zip-lock bag Small zip-lock bag Dishpan or sink Gloves or towel Bowl Spoon Chocolate syrup (optional) Toppings (optional) Week of Jan 22- Jan. 28: NO CLASS Week of Jan 29- Feb. 3: NO CLASS Week of Feb. 5- Feb. 11: Electroplating a Penny AA Battery or 9V Battery 2 wires with alligator clips or copper wires or other metal Tape Cup vinegar salt penny (or other copper coin or object) Second type of metal like paper clip, piece of zinc from a washer iron nail, or a different coin\ Week of Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Water is Not so Hot and Super Cool A syringe with a cap, but without a needle (larger size is better) Hot but not boiling water. Bottled Distilled Water (Fiji Water works well) Small clean plastic cup (smaller is better) Large bowl Many ice cubes Kosher Salt Plate Week of Feb. 19 – Feb. 24: Fun with Polymers Plastic zip-lock bag Several Sharpened Pencils Water Dishtub or sink Week of Feb. 25 – Mar. 4: Superabsorber Stopwatch Cup Dropper Various fabrics (sock, paper towel, tissue, dry sponge, disposable baby diaper) water Measuring cup Empty cup or bowl Various fabrics (sock, paper towel, tissue, dry sponge, disposable baby diaper) scissors bowl Week of Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Walking Water Several clear solo cups or glasses Food coloring (red, blue and yellow are best) Paper towels Week of Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: WaterMake a Lava Lamp Two cups or glasses, one clear Baking soda Vinegar Food coloring vegetable oil Week of Mar. 19 – Mar. 25:Rainbow Rain Tall Clear drinking glass Small cup Ice-cold Water Oil Food coloring Spoon Week of March 26 – April 1: Iodine Reactions Tincture of Iodine solution 5 plastic clear cups Vitamin C chewable tablet Cornstarch and spoon Water Week of April 2-April 8: NO CLASS Week of April 9 – April 15: NO CLASS Week of April 16- April 22: Make a Chemical Clock Iodine 5 plastic clear cups Vitamin C chewable tablet Cornstarch or liquid laundry starch spoon water hydrogen peroxide Week of April 23- April 29: Invisible Fire Extinguisher Parental Approval or Help Aluminum Foil Candle or Tea Light Lighter or Match Vinegar Baking Soda 2 cups or glasses Shallow bowl Week of April 30 – May 6: Percentage of Oxygen in Air Parental Approval or Help Candle or Tea Light Lighter or Match drinking glass Shallow bowl measuring cup marker or tape water calculator Week of May 7 – May 13: Let Make Plastic 1 cup of milk vinegar (white vinegar is common but you can also use rice vinegar) lots of paper towel food coloring (optional) Strainer or funnel Week of May 14 – May 20: Let’s Make Slime Washable PVA school glue (like Elmer's®) Water Baking soda Contact lens solution (must contain both boric acid and sodium borate in ingredients) Measuring spoons Measuring cups Mixing bowl Resealable plastic bags or food storage containers Shaving Cream (optional) Food coloring (optional) Glitter (optional) Iron Filings (optional) Week of May 20-27: Dissolving Styrofoam Glass bowl Acetone (nail polish remover containing a high percentage of acetone) Styrofoam cup or other Styrofoam objects like take-out containers or egg cartons
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Elene Feigenbaum
Lives in the United States
Science Teacher
95 total reviews
104 completed classes

About Me

I have been a private school middle and high school science teacher for over 30 years. During that time, I taught classes in chemistry, engineering, earth science, life science, chemistry, forensic science, biology, and health.  I enjoy teaching... 
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