What Is Nature Study?

Nature study is a style of educating that searches for the principles of science in nature. It became a popular educational movement in the early 20th century and it is currently regaining popularity once again among homeschoolers. Anna Botsford Comstock, one of the pioneers of the movement, shares the following about nature study in her book: “Nature study cultivates the child’s … [Read more...]

The Great Lego Balloon Car Race

Every summer we like to add a bit of science every week. We take some extra time on a walk to observe nature. We check out at least one science-related book each week from the library. And take to test out different ideas and projects that caught our eyes throughout the year, but we didn't have time to do. So far, we have found a chrysalis and a black racer snake. We have read tons of Let's … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]