Teaching Science at Home

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Teaching Science at Home

When it comes to homeschooling, teaching certain subjects can be rather difficult, because usually the children just aren’t interested in the topic being taught. It is important to know how to make a topic interesting to your kids, especially when it comes to science. Science is quickly becoming one of the most important subjects in education, and a proper science education can help with future jobs and scholarly goals. When planning a science curriculum for a home school program, it is important to remember that there are many things you can do to make the learning experience successful.

Probably the first and most important thing to do when planning a science curriculum for home school is to tailor the material to your child’s interests. This is one of the advantages of homeschooling because the curriculum can be made to fit the interests of your child, which in turn promotes a more successful learning environment.  After you have found your child’s interest, utilize the many available resources on the internet and look for curriculum guides based on that interest. These types of websites are great because they not only provide you with an updated syllabus, but also provide a year-by-year guideline, which can be very helpful for staying on goal.

After a topic has been chosen, it is very important to organize the information you are going to use during teaching.  Grouping the topic is very important and it will help keep you organized throughout the year. Once you have found a source of information, organize it in an outline format so that you can see what needs to be covered and what has already been covered. Organizing by topics is a very useful tool that can help you stay organized and on track with yearly goals.

The next important step is to decide how you are going to teach about each topic. After all of the organization has been completed and you have an outline ready to go, you can then start filling in what aspects of the topic you want to teach about, and how you want to teach it. This step is where the outline will come in handy. While you are looking over the outline, you can add a section under each topic bullet and explain the precise details of what you will teach. Planning and organizing this way helps ensure that you will cover everything that you need and want to cover on each individual topic and subtopic. During this stage of planning, make sure to include the amount of time you are expecting to spend on each section so that you can stay on task to meet your yearly science curriculum goal.

This process of organizing and planning can help make even the most unorganized person stay on task to meet yearly science curriculum goals. Science is a very important subject, and although it can have it teaching challenges, using this organizational process can help create a fun learning process which, in turn, help your children learn more efficiently. This process can be implemented on any subject matter, and is a valuable tool for the home school teacher. Remember to focus on your child’s interests and you can’t go wrong.

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Cyndee is a mom of 3, one with Autism as his Super Power, trying to make her way through college and life with MS and without getting multiple restraining orders...Living in Mt. Airy, N.C and married to her best friend and side-kick Jack, aka Not-So-Rude-Dad.....Welcome to our craziness.
  • Kelly Tupick

    These are very good tips on getting started. I home schooled my daughter for a bit and I do have to say that science was won of the trickier ones to get started on.

  • dan hargrove

    the ways schools are teaching these days, it is surprise that our children will have any walking around sense

    • rudemom75

      Absolutely Dan! My son was not getting what he needed at school so we made the jump to home school and it has been amazing for us all.

  • http://www.networkingwitches.com WinterWitch

    I give you a lot of credit Cyndee, I couldn’t do this. I taught an environmental class to grade school kids on a volunteer basis. After a couple of years I just had to stop because I lacked the creativity to keep both my mind on the subject matter and keep the kids interested. This is helpful not just for homeschooling moms but for those of us that volunteer at the school because of budget cuts. Parents have to step in and help.

  • Ashley

    What a great idea! I don’t homeschool…. but I’d love for my son to have a little more science in his life.

  • Spheni

    Thanks for the information. I’m not sure if I’ll homeschool or not. It’s nice to see how homeschooling would work. It just seems like such a daunting task.

  • Tia Dingwell

    Thank-you for the information. Science is so important that our children understand their environment and everything in it.

  • http://triplezmom.com Triplezmom

    Every time I read a post like this I just want to homeschool. Hopefully I can use these ideas during the summer break, when I pretend to homeschool!

    • rudemom75

      That’s a great idea! I use an online program from Time4Learning.com and he gets on daily and does the lessons, plus the printed out worksheets we use. It is a lot easier than most make it out to be.

  • tisme143

    i think science is so important for every child, i find it next to english and math.. i have my grandbabies a lot here so thanks for sharing this, because i do teach them a lot and they are always wanting to learn about new things :) thanks @tisonlyme134

  • SandyC

    Good idea! I think science is so much fun to teach, you can do all sorts of lab experiments with materials that easily found in the home – things like baking soda, etc. We really have to make sure that our kids (especially the girls) are caught up on science!

    • rudemom75

      Yep, we have a microscope and several projects planned for this year. I love science, so it comes easier for me.

  • Karen DeGraaf

    Thanks for the info

  • Marion Gasiorek

    I always like science. I can see where teaching at home is an asset. There is so much they can learn that will benefit them as they grow up

  • Deb

    Thanks for the tips. I will pass this post on to my brother.

  • Marcia Lee

    I used a textbook to teach science to my son. But I have had the most fun since he graduated. I taught science to my grandkids for a week last summer. We did grandma camp and all 3 of us had a great time learning about convection, germs and a few other things. Of course our course did not last a school year, but there are plenty of helps out there to make science interesting every class period.

  • Sarah Budke

    Thanks for the tips! Organizing and planning can apply to all subjects. :) I always thought science was fun.

  • http://twitter.com/Kellydinpa kelly

    My son loves learning about science, I think using the internet as a resource is a great tip.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  • denise donaldson

    Thank you. This is very informative. My sister is thinking about home schooling her son.

  • JessieC

    Thank you for sharing the book, it would be handy when DDs need help in their scientific projects.

  • Elizabeth

    THis is great. this will come in handy with my son starting cyber charter school in the fall!

  • karla

    Thanks for all the info! Great ideas for those homescholling moms.)

  • Cory

    Thanks for the great info on teaching science at home.

  • Toni

    Love being able to teach kids in a fun wa. I have found throughout the ears that most kids learn better if the do some kind of hands on activityy when they are learning about it. One of the reasons we try to do lapbooks and ezperiments for science. The seem to retain more info too.

  • Amanda Boerst

    Thanks so much for this post! I haven’t decided if I’m going to homeschool yet because my son is only two but I love your ideas.

  • Ashley Chasseereau Parks

    Teaching science is one of the reasons I am nervous to start homeschooling my little one. However, I think homeschooling would allow us to dig deeper into content in every subject area.. especially science. Thank you for the advice!

  • Janice Crespo

    Lots of great info! Not sure if Amy is going to home school Carter or not but there are some great ideas to get him interested so he wants to learn this at home too – thank you!

  • Mer

    Science is a bit intimidating, as there’s so much to cover! But it’s a great way to tap into that natural curiosity about how the world works.

  • Richard Hicks

    I like the tips for homeschooling science. I can’t emphasize enough how important science and mathematics are to other subjects.

  • nicole01

    Great info! Science is so very important!
    Nicole Carter Weasley
    raventally00@aol.com

  • Rita Leonard

    Great information on a difficult subject

  • melisa

    I homeschooled my kids for many years and I found what you said above to be true and accurate. Each child is different, and we are able to help tailor lessons/points to their needs. It gets difficult at times, but well worth it.

  • tannawings

    Science can be fun and if parents lead by example and encourage an interest kids will also show more interest. Science is all around us.

  • Tara Liebing

    This is a great idea. When you can tailor a subject to your childs interest it is much easier for your child to learn and also to teach them.