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Get Outside {Homeschool Science Tip from Elemental Science}


Homeschool Science Tip of the Month - Get outside and look for science in nature.

One of the best things we have done for our science plans was to occasionally drop a planned experiment and get outside instead. It doesn't really matter what you are studying, you can find the principles of nature in science!

Here are a few ideas of things to look for in nature that relate to the subject you are learning about:

  • Are you studying animals? Look for nests in trees or tracks on the ground.
  • Are you learning about the human body? Hunt for old, discarded bones or fur.
  • Are you examining plants? Identify the trees you see by the fallen leaves.
  • Are you reading about the weather? Observe the clouds you see in the sky.
  • Are you studying rocks? Collect a few rocks you find to identify.
  • Are you learning about astronomy? Go outside at night to look at the stars and the moon!
  • Are you examining solutions in chemistry? Grab a few leaves for some leaf chromatography.
  • Are you reading about forces in physics? Drop sticks in the river and watch them float down.

Well, that's just a few ideas for how you can enhance your homeschool science plans by getting outside in nature!

Want a few more tips to help with nature study?

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as we'll be sharing a full session on nature study at the end of this month!

And while you are there, you can watch the following videos:

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