I know science can be an intimidating subject to teach, but it is our favorite subject in our homeschool. Yes, it can get messy but that’s probably the best part. You don’t need an expensive homeschool curriculum to teach your child science. You can gather library resources and still give your child plenty of wonderful science knowledge that they will never forget.
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Find Great Books
You need a great spine to pull in your science topics and ideas that you’d like to cover in your homeschool, this can be a children’s encyclopedia and any giant non-fiction science book, we love books by DK publishing because they always have wonderful images in them. We also love the Usborne or Kingfisher science encyclopedias as well.
Dedicate time to experiments
Yes, they can be messy and they take time to plan. How can you ensure that you get those science experiments done? Make sure you have all of the supplies at the beginning of the school year. If you have everything that you need, then there won’t be any excuses to not complete those awesome science experiments.
I save all of our messy projects for one day of the week, our science experiments and history projects are completed on Fridays which makes for one large clean up but it’s a fun filled day.
I store all of our science supplies in a box so it’s our science kit that can be easily retrieved for our experiments and keeps things organized.
Record your work
You can fill out science worksheets or just have them do a written narration with a few sentences or paragraphs about the experiment depending on the age of the student. You can definitely discuss the science method and introduce the hypothesis, methods, observations, discussions and conclusions that you should be able to test in these experiments.
You’ve now taught your child science and it wasn’t a big fuss. Will you have taught every single possible biology or chemistry topic to your child? No, but who has? You can learn by topic or according to your child’s interests. The goals here is to nurture that love of science without killing it with large, unnessary textbooks which can become intimidating to a small child.
My favorite way to teach science and history is to create lapbooks, you can create them yourself or get pre-made templates, I really like the ones from Hands of a Child and they’re having a huge sale for these bundled ones.