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How To Use Living Books – Spines Or Supplements?

April 14, 2015 2 min read

How To Use Living Books

Should you use a living book as a spine or as a supplement? Come see how to use living books along with questions to help you determine-spine or supplement.

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Science Essential #3 - Keeping a Record

April 01, 2015 3 min read

Notebooking, worksheets, or outlines are just some of the options for writing in science. Get tips are more at to learn more!

Studies have shown that the act of writing down information or taking notes increases a person’s ability to remember that data.

Keeping a record gives our students another chance to interact with the information. It provides them another touch-point that helps to firmly affix the material into their minds.

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How A Living Book Once Saved The World

March 03, 2015 2 min read

How a living book once saved the world

Blaine Sassafras here! Today, I’m going to share with you a mind-blowing short story about how a living book once saved the world.

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Science Essential #2 - Gathering Information

March 01, 2015 3 min read

The second key to teaching science - gathering information (

Science is more than experiments, there are principles that the students also need to know. At its core, science is a combination of facts and applications.

We need to teach our students the facts that have been proven to be true. We also need to provide them with an awareness of the theories that scientists are still studying.

As we gradually build their knowledge base over time, we provide the students with a knowledge base for further discovery.

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Living Books And Nature Study Go Hand-In-Hand

February 03, 2015 3 min read

Living books and nature study go hand-in-hand

Often we look at living books and nature study as the fun extras of science education, but can you really use them to teach science?

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Science Essential #1 – Performing Hands-on Scientific Tests

February 01, 2015 3 min read

Science experiments can be tough for homeschoolers. Learn why they are important, what you can use, and how to succeed at!

We generally hear the word “experiments” used for all types of hands-on scientific tests. So, I wanted to explain what I mean by the term. Here’s my definition:

A hands-on scientific test gives your student a chance to see, practice, test, or learn about a principle, or principles, in science.

Here are the five main types of scientific tests I regularly recommend using with your students:

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How To Use Living Books With Middle School Students

January 06, 2015 6 min read

How to use living books with middle school students
Paige is back to share how to use living books with middle school students for teaching science!
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Elemental Science’s 2015 Convention Schedule

January 01, 2015 2 min read

Elemental Science’s 2015 Convention Schedule

Mark your calendars! We are excited to share with you all that we will be at 4 different conventions around the country this year.

We will have each one of our titles for you to browse through and purchase as well as a sample of our upcoming title Physics for the Logic Stage

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3 Reasons We Do Nature Study in the Winter

December 01, 2014 3 min read

Nature study is an excellent tool for making science real and practical. We lean towards doing impromptu nature study while we are already enjoying the outdoors. 

This month, I thought I would share with you all three reasons we do nature study in the winter. I’m not opposed to doing nature study in the other seasons, in fact we have impromptu nature study times year round. Rather, I want to highlight why nature study is still viable despite the cooler temperature.

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Palm-Sized Microscope Review

November 10, 2014 2 min read

Palm-sized Microscope Review

Here at Sassafras Science headquarters Blaine and I get to try out lots of science stuff. Today, we are sharing what we think of the palm-sized microscope.

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4 Easy Steps to Add Current Events into your Homeschool Science Plan

November 01, 2014 3 min read

Adding Current Events into your Science Studies

Adding a current events study to a subject can increase the student’s interest as well as inform him or her of the latest advances in the field. Having a student read a relevant article or two each month will enhance what he or she is learning in a subject.

This month, I wanted to share with you all how to incorporate the latest scientific news into your studies.

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Gymnosperm Vs. Angiosperm

October 27, 2014 3 min read

Gymnosperm vs. Angiosperm

Fiona McRay has come by the Sassafras Science blog today to share the difference between gymnosperm vs. angiosperm plants!

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