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The hurdle of experiments - I want to teach science session, part 1 {Episode 41}

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The hurdle of experiments - I want to teach science session, part 1 {Episode 41}

Are experiments keeping you from teaching science at home? My friends, it should not be so - you can add in hands-on science to your homeschool! In today's episode, we are going to chat about the first hurdle that can stand in the way of you wanting to teach science - experiments. 

Hi, I’m Paige Hudson and you are listening to the Tips for Homeschool Science Show where we are breaking down the lofty concepts of science into building blocks you can use in your homeschool!

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Highlights

Getting over the "experiments at home" hurdle - remember that ALL experiments are learning opportunities.

Do we even need to teach science in the first place? Yes! As homeschoolers, we have the privilege of sharing this amazing subject with our students.

But, the number one struggle I hear with teaching science is having to do experiments.

Why you need experiments in your homeschool?

  1. Experiments are the hands-on aspect of science.
  2. Experiments provide practical reinforcement of what the students are studying.
  3. Experiments allow students to interact with science face-to-face, showing them that science is more than just facts and figures.

Getting over the "experiments at home" hurdle - remember that ALL experiments are learning opportunities.

Tips for experiment success

  1. Have the materials on hand.
  2. Read ahead
  3. Follow the directions
  4. Try, try again.

What to do when an experiment fails

  1. Re-read the directions.
  2. Read the expected results and explanation.
  3. Ask several questions.
  4. Correct and try again.

Takeaway Tidbits

As homeschoolers, we have the chance to make science enjoyable and not intimidating. Experiments can help us do this. (Pin this Tidbit)
Experiments provide the practical reinforcement that our students need when learning about science. (Pin this Tidbit)
All experiments are learning experiences, even when they don't go as planned. (Pin this Tidbit)

Additional Resources 

See the full conference session - I want to teach science, but these three hurdles stand in my way.

Check out the following articles for more tips to leap over the hurdle of experiments:

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