Hands on Learning For Science!
Do you struggle with getting around to doing science experiments and projects with your kids? I sure do. My biggest struggle has been with planning — you might be surprised at how many “common, household materials” are not common in my home! In the past, we’ve missed out on simple science projects that require a paper cup, thermometers and even paper towels! I’m not much of a planner by nature, and as a result we passed by so many good experiments last year.
This year, the solution to our problem was simple — I bought the accompanying science kit for our curriculum — and it has made all the difference in the world.
I’m sure I could have bought all the included items for less than half the price of the assembled kit, but it has been money well spent, especially in my daughter’s view!
Model of the solar system
Using a magnifying glass to focus heat
Making a solar eclipse
Making a model of mercury (with craters)
Learning how radar is used
We’ve also really enjoyed making our own rocket (which landed on our roof – much laughter!), making a compass, and making our own storm in a bottle. That one provided hours of entertainment for the whole family!
If you are having a hard time making hands on science happen in your homeschool, I highly recommend looking into pre-packaged science kits, or even assembling all your materials for the year in advance, into lesson by lesson packets. It has taken the stress out of science, and left all the learning and the fun!
Check out how the other members of the Canadian homeschool Team are getting hands on with their learning!