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    I would love the info too!

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    Wow!!! I would love this also!

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    Ooooh! Val! How do you know how to isolate DNA, and can you teach me so I can use it with my kids?

    That sounds like an absolutely AMAZING science experiment!!!

    Sure, I'll send it.

    Suggestion: I'll run the procedure on Saturday with my kids, optimize it so that non-scientists will be able to follow it, and then post it here and/or on my website.

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    Awesome! My little paleontologist will be beyond thrilled. We might as well set a place at our dinner table for Dakota, the dinosaur mummy, given how much attention is paid to him around here!

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    Thanks, Val! That's wonderful of you to do. laugh


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    Originally Posted by Val
    [quote=Kriston]Ooooh! Val! How do you know how to isolate DNA, and can you teach me so I can use it with my kids?

    That sounds like an absolutely AMAZING science experiment!!!

    Hi everyone,

    A few days ago, I mentioned that I was going to isolate DNA from fruit with my two sons. Two or three people wanted to try this with their kids and asked if I'd send a protocol.

    I'm happy to report that we isolated DNA from fruit this afternoon. The procedure is fairly simple and is easily doable in a kitchen.

    It requires some specialized materials, like a scale that measures to 0.1 g and pipettes, BUT...

    I'd be happy to put most of what's required together and send a little kit to anyone who's interested and who will reimburse my costs (probably ~$10, no more). I'll write up an explanation about the procedure and step-by step instructions.

    You would need to supply a few things, but most people have them around the house anyway (isopropyl alchol, dishwashing liquid, scissors, paper cups).

    If you're interested, let me know and we can work out details.

    I have a deadline on Friday at noon but will be able to write up the protocol afterwards.

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    Count me in!!

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    Great! Send me your snail mail address privately and I'll try to get the kit out sometime the week of the 14th through 18th.

    I'll want to finesse the protocol.

    Also, let me know if your child knows anything at all about DNA.

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    No rush on the write up, Val. It's just nice of you to do this for us!

    No, DS6 knows nothing about DNA beyond that it is the blueprint of life.

    I'll PM you a shipping address. Thanks!


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    "Yes, his previously bad preschool behavior was directly correlated to lack of challenge"

    How do you know that they were correlated? I'm trying to decide if the angry, rebellious, obnoxious behavior I'm seeing at home (everything is wonderful everywhere else!) is related to boredom/lack of challenge at school. My son is 6 and in 1st grade. He's reading at 4th level and the teacher only lets him read middle 2nd. I don't have any idea what level math he can do but at school he's doing single digit subtraction and addition. Teacher has been unwilling to make ANY changes. My son says that school is "okay". He likes PE, Recess, art, music the best.

    My goal: happy, healthy, responsible, ready to think and tackle what life hands him. He has so many interests but with being in school 7 hours a day and already doing piano, karate, and soccer, we have very little time for play and exploring and learning Roman numerals and stuff that interests him. He also wants to add boy scouts and gymnastics.

    My ideal school would be one that grouped kids together (regardless of age, like the old one-room schoolhouse) and let them learn at their own rate maybe 4 hours a day. Then, we could play and explore and add activities. I know I'm chiming in late here, and I couldn't figure out how to make the quote thing work, so I just copied and pasted. I'm really interested in what made you so sure the behavior was linked to school.

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