Science is sooo boring! How often have you heard that soundtrack?
For season 8, we are taking these negative soundtracks, or beliefs, and turning the volume dial down. Then, we are turning the dial up on a new soundtrack – one that will help us share science with our kiddos.
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How many times have you said or thought that science was boring? You are not alone – 47 out 60 adults say that same thing. That’s not true. I just made that statistic up. But it does seem to me that the majority of adults outside of the lab think that science is a boring subject.
And that may be our experience with science from our own education, but the real question is, is this helping us share science with our kiddos? Let’s put this belief, or soundtrack, through the 3-question litmus test.
If you remember, I shared Jon Acuff’s soundtrack litmus test back in the introduction to this season. If you haven’t listened to that yet, hit pause to go back and listen to episode 101. It explains a bit about soundtracks and how season 8 came to life, plus it will help this episode make a lot more sense.
That said, let’s put this soundtrack through the litmus test:
Tally up the score and the idea that science is boring scores a 0.75 out of 3 points. I wish it was zero folks, but I have to keep it real here on the Tips for Homeschool Science Show! This week’s soundtrack came out fighting, but ultimately, it failed our litmus test. So as Mr. Acuff says in his book, Soundtracks, “That’s enough of doing it that way, let’s try something else.”
Let’s stop looking at the blank science squares on the planning sheet template and stop skipping something that we assume will be boring. Instead, let’s flip that soundtrack to:
I get to make science fun!
I know what you’re thinking, and I can almost hear the collective groan that comes with the thought of more homeschooling work. I am not going to sugarcoat it. Yes, it will take a bit of effort on our part to make science fun, but it’s worth it to change our student’s perception of science.
The good news is that most of that work will be research for the right tools because there is soooo much on the market that can you help you do this. We talked about how to make science fun a bit in episode 97, but this time I want to address a few of the common reasons why science can be seen as boring and pair those with solutions so that you can make science fun in your homeschool.
As you can see, we have the ability to make science interesting for our kiddos. We can cut out the things that make them snooze and focus on the stuff that interests them, especially during the early years. We don’t have to have a boring repeat of our experience with science. We get to make science fun!
So at the beginning of this episode, we put that old, tired science-is-boring soundtrack through the litmus test and it wonderfully failed. Let’s try out our new soundtrack to see if it passes the test:
That’s a 2.75 out of 3 points for the idea that we get to make science fun. It’s not a perfect score because it does require more effort beyond changing the soundtrack playing in our mind, but it’s totally doable!
So, let’s turn the dial down on the idea that science is boring and turn the dial up on the belief that we get to make science fun.
Because when we change the soundtrack we have been listening to about teaching science it changes the way we approach teaching science, which changes the outcome of the success of science education in our home.
Thanks for listening and I hope you have a great week sharing science!
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