Homeschool Science Corner ~ Science Encyclopedias

I see A LOT of different science encyclopedias in my line of work. In fact, "a lot" doesn't cover the volume of children's scientific reference books I have been through. I've seen the awesome, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I do enjoy leafing through these resources and sharing them with my own children, so I can't complain! Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorites - … [Read more...]

The Scientific Method through the Ages

As you all know by now, I feel that the scientific method is one of the foundational tools of science. I believe that no high school student should graduate without a firm grasp of this concept and that simply memorizing the steps is not enough. Students need to have used the aspects of the technique over and over until it becomes a natural habit. The goal is to have them fully etch this … [Read more...]

Homeschool Science Corner ~ Why Teach Science?

In my house, science is a subject near and dear to our hearts.  Both my husband and I hold degrees in the field, which means that our kids get a double dose of the subject! Our experiences with science have been overwhelmingly positive. The sad reality is that for many people this is not true. Most of the population cringes when you mention words like chemistry or physics. Science is often … [Read more...]

Homeschool Science Corner ~ Types of Rocks

In this week's Homeschool Science Corner, we are going to look at the three main types of rocks - igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Each of these is composed of different minerals found in the Earth's crust and core. We are also going to discuss crystals a bit, since they are made out of minerals as well. This post is in no way meant to be an exhaustive look at this subject, rather it … [Read more...]

Homeschool Science Corner ~ How to Record an Experiment

I have been homeschooling my daughter for over seven years now and every once in awhile I love to take a moment to look back over her previous work. It cracks me up to read some of her responses and helps me to know how far we have come. In this week's Homeschool Science Corner, I want to share with you how to record the experiments your students have done. So that you can look back in … [Read more...]

How to scale one experiment for multiple ages

As homeschoolers, it is not uncommon for us to have a wide age range of students. We are comfortable scaling writing assignments, spelling words, history notebooks, and art projects. Even so, the thought of being able to do one experiment with all of our students seems elusive. In today's Homeschool Science Corner, I wanted to share with you could use one experiment - with all of your students … [Read more...]