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Classical Education and Homeschool Science {Season 9 Podcast Recap}

For season 9 of the Tips for Homeschool Science Show we talked about what homeschool science looks like in the classical education model.

For season 9 of the Tips for Homeschool Science Show we talked about what homeschool science looks like in the classical education model. In this season we shared both audio and video for each episode. 

You can listen to the full season here:

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Classical Education and Homeschool Science

If you don't want to binge listen, check out the six episodes from this season below.

Episode 111 – What is Classical Education?

In this episode, we discussed the basics of classical education and how science fits into that model.

Key Takeaways

  • The heartbeat of classical education is to teach our students to think critically and to know how to learn.
  • In classical education, there are stages or cycles of learning that every student goes through. 
  • In each stage, you are teaching to the student's strengths. 

Listen to episode 111 here

Episode 112 – Is classical science weak?

In this episode, we discussed whether a plan for classical science can be rigorous or not.

Key Takeaways

  • At its core, a rigorous, or a strong, science foundation is going to have three things each week - doing, reading, and writing.
  • You'll have those three keys in a well-balanced way. 
  • A strong plan for science will start early and build upon that foundation throughout the years - sound familiar? That's exactly what classical education calls for.

Listen to episode 112 here.

Episode 113 – What should grammar stage science look like?

In this episode, we discussed grammar stage science - your goals, the tools, and how to put it all together.

Key Takeaways

  • The goals of grammar stage science are to spark an interest and build a foundation for the future.
  • For the grammar stage, you need to have the three keys - do, read, and write - plus, you can add projects and memory work.
  • We want what we do for science, what we read about in science, and what we write down in science to all relate.

Listen to episode 113 here.

Episode 114 – What should logic stage science look like?

In this episode, we discussed logic stage science - your goals, the tools, and how to put it all together.

Key Takeaways

  • The goals of logic stage science are to capitalize on the student's need to know why and continue to feed them with scientific information. 
  • Science fair projects are a great tool for our kids to see the scientific method from start to finish and our logic students really benefit from that experience because it's helping them to think critically and to organize the information. 
  • Look at all the tools, all 7 of them, as options you as a classical educator can use.

Listen to episode 114 here.

Episode 115 – What should rhetoric stage science look like?

In this episode, we discussed rhetoric stage science - your goals, the tools, and how to put it all together.

Key Takeaways

  • The goals for the rhetoric stage student will be to teach them how to learn and apply the principles of science to what they see in front of them. 
  • I'm going to suggest that the level of rigor will be dependent upon what your student wants to do in the future. 
  • We can do this through textbooks with experiments, through events and science, through exams, and then we can also have them do in-depth research projects and in-depth science projects that can enhance what they are learning. 

Listen to episode 115 here.

Episode 116 – Traditional or Classical Science?

In this episode, we discussed how classical science compares to traditional science and a few of the benefits we have found from doing classical science.

Key Takeaways

  • The classical student won’t follow the traditional model, but you can rest assured that they will be prepared for what’s ahead.
  • We found that classical education allowed us to dig deep into an area of science to come up with questions that our student had.
  • The way that classical education approaches science already has the foundation of success already woven into a plan for science.

Listen to episode 116 here.

Have you struggled with finding a science curriculum that fits the classical education model that you want to use in your homeschool? 

Rest easy! We have easy-to-use, award-winning science plans to help you teach classical science to your students.

Each of our classical science programs will focus on an area of science all year long, giving you plans for weekly demonstrations or experiments for reading assignments from visually appealing children's encyclopedias from publishers like DK, Usborne, and Kingfisher. Plus, you'll have customized student pages specifically for what you are studying that week.

The programs in our classical science series are part of The Well-trained Mind’s Top Recommendations, are part of Cathy Duffy's Top Picks, and every year homeschoolers say they love our programs! Come see them all here: 

Grammar Stage

Logic Stage

Rhetoric Stage (High School)

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