Normally when one thinks of classical education for homeschool, they equate it with literature, Latin, and history rich studies. Science is often seen as an afterthought or as a weak, book-centered addition to typically rigorous curriculum plan.
In this episode of the Tips for Homeschool Science Show, I am going to share with you all what I believe solid science plan should look like for the classical educator!
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Classical education, in a nutshell, is an educational model that focuses on teaching the students to think critically as well as training them to be familiar with how to learn.
In each stage, you are teaching to the student’s strengths and working on building the skills that will become assets in the next stage.
Science is taught like any other subject in the classical education model.
For science, The Well-Trained Mind suggests that you do this by following a four-year cycle, with each year focusing on a different field of science.
Then you rinse and repeat, digging deeper into each discipline as you progress through the stages.
At its core, a rigorous science curriculum needs to contain the three keys to teaching science.
On top of that, a rigorous science education will start early and build upon itself throughout the years.
You focus on the different skills of the subject that are appropriate for each stage while seeking to build their knowledge base at each level.
At each stage, you are including both hands-on applications, knowledge-building facts, and keeping a record of what the student is learning.
As classical homeschoolers, we can attune the foundational components to create a rigorous science education plan for our students.
Classical science does not follow the typical state standards in order. That said, if you complete the cycle, you will cover all the same topics plus a bit more.
To learn more about science in classical education, check out the following:
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