The Best Homeschool Microscope
Picking the perfect microscope for your homeschooling needs can be overwhelming. I think I’ve found the perfect microscope though, and I can’t wait to share my find with you! There are affiliate links in this post, see footnote for more info.
WHY DO HOMESCHOOLERS NEED A MICROSCOPE?
When we got to the high school years there was just no denying that we needed a good microscope. We had gotten by with hand lenses and toy microscopes up to that point, and while they sufficed they just wouldn’t cut it for high school courses. I wanted my kids to have experience using a lab-quality microscope, and their curriculum called for it.
When I started the search I had no idea what to look for, what we needed and what we didn’t. The one and only thing I knew is that I wanted a model that had an AC power option and that didn’t require awkwardly maneuvering a mirror to reflect light. I asked a few homeschool groups for suggestions and when I saw how much those microscopes cost I nearly fell out of my chair. Holy moly, microscopes can be EXPENSIVE! I was quickly reminded of why we muddled through with hand lenses.
WHY WE CHOSE THE AMSCOPE STUDENT MICROSCOPE
Here are 7 reasons why I think the AmScope Student Microscope is the best microscope choice for homeschooling families:
- Affordability. The Amscope Student Microscope (herein referred to as ASM) starts around $60 for just the microscope. For around $85 you can get a Student Microscope kit that includes a Usborne book, supplies to make slides, and other handy accessories.
Magnification. I wanted magnification similar to the microscopes found in school labs. The ASM features 40x – 1000x magnification.
Sturdy. I’ve got toddlers in my house, we needed a microscope that was sturdy enough to stay put on the table and that wouldn’t break with heavy use or random bumps. The ASM weighs in at around 5 lbs, heavy enough to stay put but not so heavy my kids can’t use it. Just in case, it also comes with a 5 year warranty.
AC Adaptor. Check, though it runs on 3 AA batteries as well.
No mirrors for lighting. The ASM has top & bottom LED lights and a black light!
Adaptability. While this model comes with a monocular, you can buy accessories for it such as a binocular eyepiece and a large screen adaptor for those with visual impairments.
Easy to use. The ASM is so easy even a 10-year-old (and his mom!) can use it! Seriously though, there isn’t anything complicated about this model and you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Your microscope should come with a code to download the instruction manual. Ours didn’t so I emailed the company and they sent me a copy upon proof of purchase.
The Amscope Student Microscope is everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s perfect for elementary, middle, and high school use. Using this microscope will help prepare your child for college lab experiences, and you can use it with any curriculum or science program you use. With the balance of affordability and quality considered, as well as ease of use, I truly think the AmScope Student Microscope is the best microscope model for homeschool families!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. This is an item I purchased and decided to review. There are affiliate links in this post, and while you are uner no obligation to click on them or purchase the item, if you do so through my link you’ll be helping to support our book and coffee habits!
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.