So you have made the decision to homeschool your precious little one, but you have one lingering doubt about your choice - a fear that you won't be able to teach science.
Sure, you made it through those pesky science classes, but you didn't really enjoy them. Or you don't remember a bit of the science you did learn.
But you know that research says that the earlier you introduce science, the more likely it is that your student will succeed. And as a homeschooler, you want to change the educational narrative from your past. You want to give your student a new story about education and set them up for a lifelong pursuit of learning.
So how do you do this for science?
Well, the good news is that elementary science is simply about nurturing an interest or about sparking a desire to learn more. You can relax about standards and key facts. Trust me if you introduce the basics through the three keys for teaching science, you will cover everything that you need to cover.
And the even better news is that you can mold these three keys into a tapestry that fits your unique homeschooling style.
Let's dig in...
(This post is part of our "how-to teach science" series<-click the link to see the rest of the tips.)
The video below is a grab-a-cup-of-coffee-and-get-comfortable-because-the-rubber-is-meeting-the-road conference session where I explain what you need to know about elementary science and the options you have for your homeschool.
If you don't have the 34 minutes and 51 seconds to watch it now, you can skip over the video and read the summary below.
Your elementary students have a natural curiosity that is combined with a high capacity for retaining information. So, your goals for teaching science to them will play to these strengths while filling their bucket with scientific information.
You have the two goals when it comes to teaching science during the elementary years:
In short, these are learning the fundamentals of the three R’s, but this doesn't mean you should neglect the basics of science. During these years, you can create interest, nurture that spark, and fill their bucket with the simple, yet interesting facts of science.
Now that you have your goals in mind, let’s look at the basic tools you need to craft a plan for science during the elementary years. You will need three basic components:
How you put it all together will vary from homeschool to homeschool. Basically you need to have some kind of hands-on science, information, and writing each week. If time and interest allow, you can sprinkle in a few extras along the way.
All these methods are acceptable ways to study science with your elementary school student. And so or the other combinations you can dream up!
I trust that I have given you a better idea of what elementary science can look like in your homeschool. These years are perfect for nurturing a passion or sparking an interest in learning science that will serve you well in later years.
If you want to listen to a more in-depth look at elementary science, check out the following podcast series:
And to see a big picture look at how your plans for science will change through the years, check out Simple Homeschool Science - A Roadmap to Teaching Science at Home.
And that's a wrap! If you have more questions about elementary science, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Okay, I did have one more thing to say. If you need help, we have got you covered with several options of complete plans for elementary science. Here are the options:
You can also check out our science lapbook options for elementary science.
Hands-on science - what can you use? Why do you have to do this? And how do you actually do experiments at home? Click "Read More" to get the answers.
Writing for homeschool science - what should it look like? And how do you know if you are doing it right? Click "Read More" to learn the answers!