When I was homeschooled I didn’t love science. I couldn’t keep amphibians and reptiles straight in 4th grade. I didn’t care about atoms in 8th grade, and by high school I simply didn’t care about science anymore. To my mother’s credit she didn’t give up, nope not even when every experiment we ever did failed if she was present for it. Every. Single. One. Eventually
It is not difficult to see the benefit of the great outdoors providing the perfect classroom to ignite student interest in sciences. After all, we are surrounded by the beauty of nature – the astounding colors and patterns in the evening sunset, the complexity of the spiral patterns of a pine cone, and the dynamic interactions between symbiotic species. Our own human achievements are no less
We are heading to ‘that’ time of the year where we begin making lists of curriculum that we would like to include for the next academic year. Apart from my choices in core curriculum, I often included (when my children were younger) a lapbook or notebook unit study on a subject that interested my children. This way we were able to explore a theme that
Welcome back! Today’s post is the third and final installment of chemistry lessons I have developed for my high school students. We are exploring ionic bonding by customizing a kit from Home Science Tools. If you have ever mistakenly added salt to your iced tea, you know how similar salt and sugar appear. While these two compounds may look the same, they obviously taste very different.
As I shared previously, I wanted to provide my high school age children with a solid foundation in chemistry to jump start the new school year. We are off to a good start (see my previous post on the nomenclature of chemical compounds) and I am delighted to share the next lesson with you today – the first of two on chemical bonding. We are exploring
My daughter is dual enrolled in a chemistry course this fall at the local community college. As a junior in high school, she has had her goal of becoming an environmental engineer for many years. As her brother is just now beginning his high school years, I wanted to provide each of them with a firm foundation in chemistry this summer. Though we had previously
When I was teaching full time in the public school classroom, one of my favorite resources was Bill Nye the Science Guy. Periodically, I would share the videos with my students to fill in gaps or keep each of my fifth grade classes in sync with one another when classes were cancelled due to assemblies or holidays. We would occasionally talk about the experiment the
As the world comes alive again, what better way to teach our children about nature, food, hands-on history, and practical skills than by gardening? Whether we do a formal study or make gardening a purely hands-on project, our children will learn with a homeschool garden. And whether or not our children end up being gardeners, the knowledge, the work itself, and the skills will benefit