The holidays are coming upon us. Some of us will be taking breaks. Our family tries to take a break from Thanksgiving to the new year. However, as homeschoolers, we never completely stop learning. And since we also have teenagers now, they can't always take time off from all of their subjects. So we may still do a little work here and there through the holiday season, or even learn through our daily activities.
There have been times that we've taken very short or no break at all, and I can tell you that between preparing for the holidays, having family visiting or visiting family, it was a recipe for burnout. When burnout has happened, a good anecdote has been taking a field trip, participating in community service or an event that is set up to serve others, like Operation Christmas Child.
Something my children enjoy and helps with the hum-drum of daily work is science experiments. Science experiments are a great way to get kids together of differing ages and incorporate some hands on learning, whether we homeschool preschool or are homeschooling high school. We invite my kids' friends over and can easily have kids ranging in ages from 5 on up to 17. The older ones help with the younger ones, and enjoy it just as much as the younger kids. It's easy to find simple experiments on the internet or at the library.
It's not always easy to plan ahead for science experiments; therefore science can sometimes become a subject that is not studied in depth, is studied through textbooks alone, or even skipped altogether. A homeschool science curriculum is not only essential, but can make learning more enjoyable. An online science curriculum can still provide the visual of a science experiment with online simulations and scientific processing skills, especially if we don't have the supplies needed for experiments. This is one way to ensure they're investigating, exploring, experimenting and learning to love science on a regular basis. Our students can be engaged in science experiments without mom and/or dad having to prepare lessons or gather supplies. Of course, there are times we can still do hands-on experiments, but these virtual experiments are engaging and thorough, and can include vocabulary activities, note-taking, worksheets and testing.
As I mentioned earlier, as homeschoolers we learn through everyday activities. Science can be brought into the kitchen as we prepare a meal or make edible science experiments such as an edible Graham cracker earthquake or phases of the moon with Oreos.
How about you? What kind of creative or edible science experiments have you done?