Welcome to day 2 of the “5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials” Blog Hop!
My Second Essential: Exciting Experiments and Fun Science
Are you and your kids science lovers?
Or, are your kids science-lovers and are you just a science-tolerator? Or even a science-hater? If you are, you’re not alone. I have to say that, when I was a child, science was one of my least favorite subjects. It just left me cold, starting in late elementary school. Now, I loved outer space and the planets in our solar system…and dinosaurs. But that was about it. Biology? No, thank you. Physical science? Uh, no.
All of that changed, however, when Murphy and I were blessed with a son…a son who, from the get-go, ADORED science. Magnets? Check. Space? Check. Dinosaurs? Check. Experiments? Check! And then…..we discovered the Periodic Table of the Elements. Oh joy!
I came to understand that, for me, the teacher can make all the difference in whether or not I enjoy a subject. And I also noticed that Jackson’s eyes just lit up whenever it was time for a science experiment. He was relatively interested in reading about science…or listening to a science read-aloud. But when he actually got to PERFORM an experiment? Those provided many of the moments when our homeschool really came alive. And not only did these experiments provide excitement and interest, they brought scientific concepts, definitions and applications to life.
I think that was my main issue with science during my early school years; it felt like loads of dry information, with very little real-life application or illustration.
So, since I want our studies to bring life to our son, I now actively seek out science that is high on interactivity and experiments. Here are some of our favorite science curricula and activities, thus far:
- Sonlight (we’ve only used them for grades 2-4, but they consistently have great science books and activities)–both their curricula and their fantastic Discover and Do DVDs
- Apologia (our new fave), especially their Chemistry and Physics course
- Field trips that include nature and science, wherever we can get them (probably our best-ever science field trip was to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida)
- Homeschool coop courses that touch on science in some way, like Jackson’s class last fall on engineering with Lego
- And of course, there’s always a plethora of science-y toys out there for children now, that can teach concepts and inform understanding while kids think they’re just playing!
Not only have these provided complete learning opportunities, but they also, for my son who is a little extrovert, provide one-on-one time with a loving parent, good friends or competent teachers and professionals, engaging in activities he LOVES.
Definitely another of the great rewards of homeschooling….for him AND for me!
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Erica @ Be The One
Ellen @ Grace Tells Another Story
Jenn @ Treasuring Life’s Blessings
Christine @ Our Homeschool Reviews
Michelle @ Delightful Learning
Sharon @ Life with the Tribe
Hillary @ Our Homeschool Studio
Brittney @ Mom’s Heart
Heather @ Principled Academy
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