Curing the Winter Blahs with Homeschool Science
Christmas is over, the new year has begun, spring is around the corner, yet we are still stuck inside because it is just too cold to go out! February seems to be the time of the year when the winter blahs really set in. It's that time of year in which we tend to find ourselves with frozen toes, antsy kids, and no more ideas.
What can you do to inject a little life into this shortened month?
FIX THE WINTER BLAHS WITH SCIENCE
Here are a few scientific ideas to get your juices flowing again.
1. Spend a Day Doing Nothing but Experiments — Students love to get their hands dirty with science experiments. You could set up a mock lab for them, with different "ingredients" that they can mix and test, just be sure that none of them will explode your house! Or you could have a seasonally themed day full of science experiments. We have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to seasonal science from which you can glean several ideas.
2. Start Planning and Growing your Spring Garden — A garden is a great way for your students to observe science face to face, but they do take a bit of planning. You can set aside a day or two this month to plan out your garden plots or to start growing the seedlings you will plant once the weather turns warmer. Here's an interesting article with directions for building your own heat mat for starting your seeds.
3. Take a Field Trip — Pack up the students for the day and head on over to your local science museum. They will love all the hands-on explorations and you will enjoy a day out of the house. Be sure to check for any discounts, as many science museums have special offers for homeschoolers.
4. Reverse Engineer a Broken Electronic — Many of us have old electronics collecting dust around the house, like old phones, remotes, or even TV's. You could spend an afternoon taking apart these discarded items to see how they work. Here's a great post on reverse engineering to help you get started.
5. Do a Science Fair Project — The typical science fair project can take about a month from start to finish, so February is the perfect time to do one. As a bonus, your students will enjoy spending time digging deeper into the subject of their choosing. Check out The Science Fair Project: A Step by Step Guide for more guidance on how to lead your students through completing this assignment.
IN A NUTSHELL
No matter whether you spend the day on experiments, take a field trip, or reverse engineer your home theater, you can count on science to bring some excitement to the humdrum days of February!
This article was written by our author, Paige Hudson. You can also find her mixing up solutions for homeschool science at Elemental Blogging. If you want to receive more articles just like this, plus our monthly discounts, sign up for our newsletter in the box below or click here.
- Paige Hudson