Friday, September 13, 2013

Homeschool Burnout Solution

Is it ever too early to teach science?  We can teach science as early as age 2 or 3. Science can be so fascinating for children of all ages.  We only need to make it engaging and creative.  While we practice the basic subjects of Language Arts, Math and Writing every day, we only do science once a week for elementary grades.  Occasionally we'll go to the park and include a science lesson a second time during the week.  I like to aim to do a science experiment with the kids at least once a week. Some of our most memorable have been magnet lessons, volcano experiments, and a naked egg experiment where we dissolved the shell of the egg by soaking the egg in vinegar.  The result was a yolk that could bounce like a ball.  These are the most memorable lessons!!

Homeschooling is a way of life for our family, so we can create a science experiment as we prepare a meal or bake in the kitchen. Did you know that if you don't have buttermilk for a recipe, you can use milk to create buttermilk.  You just curdle the milk by adding and acidic ingredient to regular milk.  There are many experiments we can do using just liquids, teaching kids how liquids have different densities. 

We have a bookshelf dedicated just for science.  While we try to do a science project or experiment once a week, there are some weeks that we may just read a book or watch a science show or movie, or even do science online. That's right. We do science activities for kindergarten online!   The instructional videos are supported with audio cues for non-readers.  As I've mentioned before, my kids also enjoy online games.  So, of course, I'll incorporate a science vocabulary matching game.  

Science is a subject that has endless possibilities. If you feel like you or the kids are experiencing homeschool burnout, there's nothing like an exciting science experiment to give you a jump start.  Don't forget to take pictures!!

1 comment:

Diane said...

Science is actually our hardest subject because we just aren't that into it. This year I create our own science curriculum for a year long study of birds. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I'm so glad you enjoyed the review of Time4Learning and that it was helpful. Have a great day!