Hands-On Science for Homeschoolers: Science Experiments for Homeschoolers Encourage a Love of Learning
Intimidated by the thought of teaching science? Don't be!
Are you afraid that your science lessons will be dry and boring? Do you think that science experiments have to be sophisticated and conducted with expensive supplies to be effective. You might be surprised.
Much of science can be taught, even to the youngest of school children, through a format that resembles play, and it can be taught inexpensively.
Hands on science lessons quickly capture the interest of most children. To them, participating in science is much like learning a great magic trick. It has a definite "WOW" factor that makes learning fun, exciting, and memorable. In addition, science activities can be used to teach many other valuable skills. Listed below are just a few of the lessons and/or skills that can be incorporated into hands on science activities.
Science activities follow a step-by-step format. If a step is omitted, the experiment usually doesn't turn out well. Children want to see the liquids separate, the paper turn a different color, the light bulb light or the crystals form. In order to make these things happen, they are motivated to pay attention to details and to follow directions carefully.
Many science activities can be structured in such a way that the final outcome is not stated, but discovered. Children can be encouraged to predict, or to make a hypothesis about what will happen next and why.
Cause and Effect
Children learn quickly that if they change just one variable in a science experiment, they often get a very different result. This has applications beyond the classroom. Parents know it's important for children to understand the relationship between their actions and what happens as a result of those actions. Science activities can help reinforce this idea. Encourage children to repeat some science activities by changing one, and only one variable. Sometimes the results will be similar, but often they will be slightly or even dramatically different.
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
As an added bonus, most science topics can go cross-curricular. Students can write about what they learned, read more on the topic, study its history, or apply mathematical concepts, such as addition, multiplication, or measurement, etc. Age appropriate spelling lists can be developed around a particular science theme, drawings or models can be made to represent the experiment, and compatible music may even be found.
If you're at a loss for topics to explore, search out some of the great science lesson plans on the internet, visit your library, purchase a book that gives detailed information about simple science projects for kids, or check out this list of science activities. Above all, enjoy the learning and prepared to be "wowed."