“It’s time for science!”
What reaction do you get out of that phrase in your house? Is it shock and confusion because science is not a regular occurrence in your house? (as in what does that even mean!?) Is it super excitement and wonder as in whoo hoo, science is great fun! Or is it something more along the lines of boo, science is gross and boring – let’s get it over with.
All of us start out filled with amazement and wonder of the world around us. Children ponder why things happen and oogle over every bug and leaf in their path. They collect pieces of the outside world for further inspection and are constantly questioning. All of us begin with a love of science.
Have your kids lost the love of science?
Somewhere along the way, some of us lose it. Science becomes something to be dreaded. A textbook to get through and questions to answer. If not dreaded, it becomes non-existent. We lose the wonder we once had and the science curriculum gathers dust on the shelf. Your children’s reaction to, “It’s time for science!” will alert you if this has occurred in your home.
If you kids have lost the love of science here are some was to reignite their love of science.
How to Reignite the Love of Science
- Get back into nature
The easiest way to jumpstart a love to science is to reintroduce your kids to the outside world. Take them outside and turn them loose. You could start a fun nature study together or go on nature walks. Take some time to enjoy God’s creation. When they have questions that you can’t fully explain, use this as fuel to start learning more!
- Get excited yourself
If you aren’t excited about teaching or doing science, your kids will see right through you! You have two options when this occurs: find a curriculum that will make you enjoy science, or allow someone else who is excited to lead your science studies. If you can find an online course to use in your homeschool, utilize a local co-op, or find a really great curriculum that will make you enjoy science time too!
- Bust out the baking soda
There are so many simple and fun experiments you can do in your kitchen with things you already have on hand. If there has been a lull in the wonder or a complete halt in hands-on science in your house, then it might be time to bust out the ol’ baking soda and vinegar trick. Here is a list of excellent and fun science you can do at home.
- Don’t miss it!
When it comes to delving into science, the younger the better! Research by Bill Nye (you know, the science guy 😉 ) suggests that students who either haven’t been exposed to science or who haven’t had a fun experience with science by middle school, will likely never dive deep into science. These students aren’t likely to be lifelong science learners. So wherever you are at will science, plan to start implementing some fun activities, experiments, books, or other curricula into your homeschool NOW!
- Back up the Basics
Just like you cannot perform calculus without knowing what 2 + 2 means, you cannot dig into upper-level science themes (like how the human body works) without knowing the basics. Jump into the basics of science with your kiddoes, and use those as building blocks for their future. Whatever your child is interested in today can be used as a springboard to propel their scientific adventures. (A love of firefighters or ballerinas can be used to study the chemistry of firefighting or the physics of ballet pirouettes).
Tiffany is a VERY outmatched mama to four crazy amazing kiddoes, a Jesus follower, a chiropractor’s wife, homeschooler, blogger, and science nerd. She traded in life as a full-time pharmacist for days filled with ABCs, science experiments, and constant character training. You can read about how God’s power is perfected through her abundant weakness at Outmatchedmama.com. Her desire is to equip and encourage mamas like you to be more of the women God made them to be. She is the author of Bible Bites: A daily Bible study for busy moms, Parenting Peters: A look at discipiling the strong-willed child like Jesus did, and the Maintain your Homeschool Focus e-Course. You’ll love her new online course, Biology for Beginners – a fun online science course for kids.