About a year ago, my son decided that when he grows up, he wants to be a scientist.  At the ripe old age of five, John is convinced that one way or another, he WILL be a scientist when he grows up and who are we to argue or dissuade?

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While John's adult career choice may (or may not) change a few times between now and adulthood, my husband and I decided to take our boy's passion and run with it, introducing him to as much science as possible while his mind is open to it. We figure since his little brain is a sponge right now, it certainly wouldn't hurt to fill it up with the scientific knowledge he's thirsting for.

We've spent the better part of a year learning about science and doing science experiments and each one has been not only a fantastic way of learning but a whole bunch of fun for our whole family.

John has stepped into Kindergarten and my husband and I are full-on homeschooling him this year. One of the things we're teaching our son is how to read an analog clock and we thought it would be fun (and serve a dual purpose) to teach John how to make his very own sundial. And so we did!

Fun fact: The Washington Monument in Washinton, D.C. is actually a giant sundial! When you view it through Google Maps, you’ll notice that the shadow of the tower changes with the time of the day, but even more fun would be to be able to see it in person!