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Do you need to bother with the "extras" for science? {Episode 22}

February 20, 2017 2 min read

Do you need to bother with the "extras" for science? {Episode 22}

The extras are optional, meaning that they are not an essential part of teaching science, so why should you even bother with them in the first place?

In this episode of the Tips for Homeschool Science Show, we are going to chat about whether or not you should bother adding in the "extras" to your science plan!

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The Highlights

What exactly constitutes an “extra”?

Here is my definition:

An extra is something that adds to or enhances what the student is already learning in their core curriculum .”

Why should you bother with “extras”?

The extras can:

  • Feed your student’s passion for learning science.
  • Fuel the fire of learning you have sparked with the three keys.
  • Support and reinforce what the student is studying.

In short, the extras spice things up and keep your student interested in learning about science.

What can you use as “extras”?

In science, extras can include the following:

  • Memory work 
  • Crafts 
  • Posters 
  • Activities

You certainly do not need to add each and every one of these ideas every week. Instead, add an "extra" when you find your student is bored with your normal routine.

Additional Research

Check out the following articles:

Or check out the following collections for help in finding a few "extras"

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