All About Lichens at the Homeschool Science Corner

Lichens are perfect to study around this time of year. As the trees are shedding their leaves and the plants are starting to die off, the lichens in the area begin to stand out. Lichens can be found all over the world, including the in the desert! Typically, you will find them on the bark of a tree or on a rock. Many lichens are about the size of a human fist, but they can grow to be as large … [Read more...]

3 Reasons to make time for science

Science is awesome! It is passion of mine which has easily spilled over to my kids. I understand, though, that not everyone shares my passion for science. In fact, it is usually one of the subjects that is passed over in favor of the 3 R’s during the elementary years. I’m here to say that science education in the elementary years is beneficial in so many ways! I know that it takes a bit of … [Read more...]

Types of Pollination

The Joshua tree has a unique insect-pollinator, the yucca moth. The bumble bee pollinates the morning glory in the cool beginnings of a new day. And a gentle breeze is responsible for spreading the pollen of the spruce tree. The moth, bee, and wind all act as pollinators for these plants. They are responsible for getting the pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part, so … [Read more...]

Homeschool Science Corner – Day and Night

In today's homeschool science corner, I wanted to share with you all the basic science behind day and night. We'll start by discussing the concept a bit, watching a video, and working on a few activities. Then, we'll wrap it all up with some books and free printables! Let's get started . . . Day and Night As Earth turns, or rotates, day changes to night on one side of the globe. On the … [Read more...]

Theory vs. Fact at the Homeschool Science Corner

I love science. I love watching a reaction unfold. I love the feel of holding an Erlenmeyer flask in my hand. I love using pipettes - especially the ones you can dial in to a specific measurement which is so much more fun than a teaspoon measurement. I also secretly enjoy putting on safety glasses. There's just something about them that makes you really feel like a scientist. Now … [Read more...]

Homeschool Science Corner ~ 3 Types of Fossils

This week's homeschool science corner is all about the three main types of fossils. Scientists categorize fossils into three main groups -  impression fossils, trace fossils, and replacement fossils. Amber is also often looked at as a fourth type of fossil. Although a chunk of amber can contain insects that were trapped in resin long ago, technically it is still categorized as a … [Read more...]