Why does an experiment fail? (And what to do when it does)

Does it seem that every single experiment you do fails? Are you on the verge of giving up on ever doing experiments ever again? First of all, let me say that you are not alone! Even some of the top scientists in history have repeatedly experienced failure in the lab. Thomas Edison explained it best when he said: "I haven't failed. I've found 10,000 ways that didn't work." Failed … [Read more...]

I want to teach science, but textbooks put me to sleep!

So, you want to teach science at home. You jumped over the hurdles of doing dissections and experiments in your house. But when you think back to the textbooks you read, a yawn unwittingly escapes from your mouth. A phrase quietly ushers from your lips, “I want to teach science, but textbooks put me to sleep.” I have good news – you don’t have to use textbooks to teach science to your … [Read more...]

26 Items you can find in my science supply cabinet

One of my tips in the post 5 tips for experiment success, was to have the supplies for your experiment on hand. I mentioned how I keep a well-stocked science supply cabinet in my house. Today, I wanted to give you all a peek inside of my house by sharing with you guys 26 items, from A to Z, that you can find in my science supply cabinet. This list is in no way exhaustive! For B – I could … [Read more...]

The Three Keys to Teaching Science {Infograph & Video}

I have been sharing a series over on the Elemental Science blog about the three keys for teaching science. I am sure that you all will find this information helpful as well! So, today I am sharing an infograph summary of the posts along with a free video session about this subject. I trust that you will enjoy these resources and please feel free to leave any questions you have in the … [Read more...]

I want to teach science, but I do not want to do a dissection at home!

One of the reasons I love going to conventions is that I get to connect with other homeschoolers. I get to hear about why you love the idea of teaching science and what your struggles are. I get the chance to encourage you in your homeschooling journey and in turn you all encourage me to keep writing about science. In that spirit, I have been sharing a series that will address some of the … [Read more...]

Nature Study with Middle Schoolers

When our daughter hit the middle school years, all of a sudden I was painfully aware of how close we were to the time when it starts to count. During the elementary years, high school seems so very far away. But then your student starts maturing before your eyes, and you start to realize that high school is not so far off. You start getting "serious" about her studies and leave those "fun" … [Read more...]