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 without having to do experiments 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 want to begin sharing a series that will address some of … [Read more...]

3 Christmas Science Activities

Christmas is almost upon us! The scent of pine mingled with peppermint is wafting through the air in homes around the country. The trees are trimmed, the icicle lights adorn the porch, and the gifts are wrapped – well maybe not quite yet. . . I don’t know about you and your kids, but at our house we love Christmas morning. We have a big breakfast full of once-a-year treats. We open … [Read more...]

What is the Scientific Method?

So what is the scientific method? Well in a nutshell, the scientific method trains the brain to examine and observe before making a statement of fact.   It is the main method scientists use when asking and answering questions.  And using the scientific method will teach your students to look at all the evidence before making a factual statement. In today's science corner, I wanted to explain … [Read more...]