I can’t do it. I cannot teach science at home. 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 about teaching science?
No. Nope. Nopity nope.
I cannot teach science at home. Over the past years, I have heard this soundtrack more than I care to admit. Usually, it’s accompanied with the phrase – I would homeschool my kids, but I cannot teach science.
This idea is not helping any of us educate our kiddos or share the wonders of science with them. But just to be fair, 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 you cannot teach science scores a 0 out of 3 points. Another epic failure of the week’s soundtrack. 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 saying or thinking that we cannot teach science. Instead, let’s flip that soundtrack to:
With the right materials in hand, I can teach science.
You don’t have to be an expert.
You didn’t have to love science in high school.
You don’t need fancy lab equipment.
You need the right materials – ones that will help you share the three keys in a way that works for your situation.
Here are a few scenarios to help you begin to imagine how science could work in your home.
These are just a few snapshots of how science could look in your home. There are endless possibilities and options, but the basic idea is to find materials that will make it possible for you to DO science, READ about science, and WRITE down science each week.
So at the beginning of this episode, we put that old, tired cannot-teach-science soundtrack through the litmus test and it failed. Let’s try out our new soundtrack to see if it passes the test:
That’s a 3 out of 3 points for the idea that with the right materials in hand, you can teach science at home! Those materials could be a full science program, an eclectic mix of resources, or an outsourced class. Whatever you choose as your support materials, I want you to know that you can teach science to your kids.
So, let’s turn the dial down on the idea that you cannot teach science and turn the dial up on the belief that with the right materials in hand, you can teach science!
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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