Lessons from the Compost Heap

A compost heap is so much more than just a bunch of garbage. If you are homeschooling, your pile of waste products can easily be transformed into a cherished curriculum container. Composting teaches kids about nature’s life cycle.  The simple and affordable project gives children an up close look at how decay gives rise to new life.  What’s more, that mound of trash is also a hotbed for hands-on science lessons. For starters you can school your students on the make-up of soil.  Dirt is composed of air, water, minerals (including sand, silt and clay) and organic matter.  The last … Continue reading

Explore Night Science

Book: Explore Night Science! By: Cindy Blobaum Published by: Nomad Press Homeschool Method: Unit Study, Any Age Recommendation: 6 to 9 Synopsis: Whether living in the country or in the city, kids will be amazed to learn about what happens in the natural world just outside their door after the sun goes down with this guide to the nighttime changes in the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, and the sky, as well as changes that happen in their own bodies at night. By working through step-by-step instructions, the age-appropriate, hands-on activities engage children as young scientists in the investigative process. … Continue reading

The Magic School Bus: Attracted to Magnificent Magnets

Product: The Magic School Bus: Attracted to Magnificent Magnets Made by: Scholastic/The Young Scientists Club Format: Hands on all inclusive science unit study in a box. Ages: For ages 5 and up Use: Science Homeschool Method: Fits any method or curriculum as a hands on supplement or enhancement. The Magic School Bus is a cartoon about a class of students with a zany teacher who takes them on scientific unbelievable adventures. Ms. Frizzle is the zany teacher who is adored by her students for teaching them science in a hands on and easy to understand manner. She has a way … Continue reading

Curriculum Choice: Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers

Curriculum: Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers By: Susan Kilbride Format: Softcover book Ages: 4 to 13 Subject: Science Method: Unit study, hands on Free: Click for free science unit studies from the book. Description: If you are a homeschooler or teacher who is looking for fun ideas on how to teach science, then this book is for you! Its hands-on approach is designed to capture students’ interest and promote a love of science and learning. The first ten chapters are for younger children ages 4-7, while the second ten chapters are for children ages 8-13. Each chapter is … Continue reading

Books for Winter Solstice

Winter is approaching. Wait, did you think that it was already here? Not yet, even if it is cold. This year, winter arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st or 22nd, depending on where you live. Technically, the winter solstice is just one brief moment in time. It is the time at which your particular part of the earth is tilted as far from the sun as it will get. While that just lasts a moment, the day on which this occurs is sometimes also called solstice, since it is the day on which night is the longest and … Continue reading

Review: Considering God’s Creation

At a Glance Product: Considering God’s Creation published by Eagle’s Wings Educational Products Age Level: 2nd thru 7th (adaptable curriculum) Use: Stand alone science curriculum (36 lessons) Teacher Prep: Minimum to Moderate/Cut and Paste Format: Workbook, Teacher’s Manual and CD (Workbook is filled with cut and paste notebook pages.) Teaching Method: Notebooking approach Cost: $29.95 for the Teacher’s Manual, Student Workbook and audio CD Quick Rating: 3 out of 4 Golden Pencils What is Considering God’s Creation? Considering God’s Creation is a hands-on creation science curriculum adaptable for 2nd to 7th grade. The method used is notebooking. The curriculum covers: … Continue reading

Curriculum Favorites and Disappointments: Science

REAL Science Odyssey: RSO Chemistry By Pandia Press I place this in my FAVORITE category. Let’s be clear, since I have many Christian readers, that Pandia Press is a secular publisher. However, this is no reason to discount Pandia Press from being used in your homeschool. For sample pages please visit HERE. RSO Chemistry level one is intended to be used for grades 2nd through 5th. It is possible to adjust this curriculum to serve the needs of a 1st grader or a 6th grader, but to be honest, the grade level suggested is the best fit. The curriculum is … Continue reading

Zombie Fire Ants Study

At a Glance: Product: The Curiosity Files Unit Study: Zombie Fire Ants Age level: 8-13 Use as: unit study Instruction time: Fun filled and moderate to high as it is a hands on unit study. Prep time: Low since it includes everything you need for a fun study. Cost: $19.90 for a bundle that includes the The Secondary Schoolhouse Planner and your choice of one Curiosity Files Unit Study. Purchase HERE. Anyone who has read anything I’ve written or is familiar with me knows I strive to instill a love of learning in my children. I want to spark their … Continue reading

Science on a Tracking Expedition

I am very excited to tell you about The Young Scientists Club. The Young Scientists Club is a monthly or bimonthly club that will send your child a complete science kit. This works like any other subscription and you can cancel at any time. The cost is $11.95 per kit plus $4.95 shipping (in the US). So far they have 36 kits to keep your budding scientists busy! You can get a list of the kits on the site. You can enter the clubhouse and get more links to printables, project ideas, and more on the topic of your kit. … Continue reading

A Review: Great Scientists in Action: Early Life, Discoveries, and Experiments

In my years of homeschooling, one of the most asked questions is, “Which science curriculum should I use?” I know I have asked that same question many times. Then one day I asked that question to a physicist friend of mine. I was very curious what a homeschooling physicist thought was important to teach his children about science and what curriculum he used. His answer was surprisingly simple. He suggested starting out teaching science on the foundation of history. The explanation was that children will learn equations and the periodic table for many years and still may not have developed … Continue reading