Has science become drudgery in your homeschool? Or maybe it’s just not happening at all? Kids LOVE science and it’s a great way to explore God’s creation together. If you want some ideas for how to keep homeschool science fun, you’ll love the tips below from my friend Tiffany!
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“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.
How to Keep Homeschool Science Fun
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 hit the reset and keep homeschool science fun!
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 About Homeschool Science Fun 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! [Tiffany has a science course to check out here.]
Top Curriculum Pick from Tauna: Journey Homeschool Academy!
Journey Homeschool Academy makes science easy and fun for your homeschool! With courses from elementary to high school, you’ll find engaging online content, great activities, and living books suggestions at the elementary level. We love it!
Bust Out the Baking Soda – Homeschool Science Experiments Can be Simple!
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. [Tiffany has a Pinterest board with fun science ideas you can do at home.]
[Read: Experiment – How to Make a Cloud in a Jar]
Don’t Skip Science in Your Homeschool
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!
[Read: Edible Cell Model Science Unit]
Teaching Science Basics in a Fun Way
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 kiddos, 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).
[Freebie: Fun Space Unit Printables & Activities]
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Our family went through the Experience Biology elementary course by Journey Homeschool Academy last year and we LOVED it. It’s fantastic for independent work or for you to do as a group with all your kids. It includes engaging video lessons with memory work videos, a printable activities journal and Scripture cards (you can order print versions as well), and even living books suggestions for elementary level courses. It was a perfect fit for this busy mama to make homeschool science fun! Learn about all their courses here, including previews of each course and level. ~ Tauna
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This post was originally a guest post by Tiffany of Outmatched Mama. “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 also love her course, Biology for Beginners – a fun online science course for kids.“