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Lesson 6: Make reviewing science fun! {Season 3, Episode 55}

Lesson 6: Make reviewing science fun! {Season 3, Episode 55}

For our sixth homeschooling lesson, we are chatting about reviewing your science lessons. No, not those boring science review worksheets you remember from school.  I am sharing three ways I have learned to make reviewing science fun for my kiddos!

Welcome to Season 3 of The Tips for Homeschool Science Show. This season, I am sharing 10 lessons I have learned in my ten plus years of homeschooling.  I hope that all of them will help you on your homeschooling journey!

{Disclaimer - I don't claim to know everything there is to know about homeschooling, but these ten lessons are ones that I have found important and useful in my homeschooling journey. And I trust that you will too.}

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Lesson 6 Transcripts

Make reviewing science fun!

Do you remember those boring review worksheets that you used to have to do in order to study for the quiz? That type of review was not fun and it actually stressed me out a bit. But the beauty of homeschooling is that we get to do something different.

Another lesson that I have learned through the years of our homeschooling journey is that review doesn’t have to be boring – reviewing science can be fun!

In the first place, we make science fun by adding in lots of hands-on. We use lapbooks for science writing to keep things interesting. And we make science review fun by adding these three things!

Tip #1 – Have a show-and-tell day

First, you can have a show-and-tell day.

Do you remember bringing in your favorite bunny to share with everyone in elementary school? I personally love show-and-tell day when I was a kid. And we can do the same for our homeschooled kiddos.

It won’t look the same – the audience will be filled with dad and maybe a few grandparents or if you are lucky the rest of the co-op – but your students will still get to share what they have done.

You can have them show off their notebook. You can have them show off a project they completed. You can have them recite their science memory work. Or you can have them do one of the experiments they did during the unit.

Your students will have a good opportunity to review as they look through the unit’s materials for what to share. Plus, sharing what they have done is an excellent way to create a permanent memory peg.

Having a show-and-tell day is a great way to sneak in a bit of review for science.

Tip #2 – Take a field trip

Second, you can take a field trip.

A field trip is an opportunity for you to disrupt your routine and review science.  Getting out of the house will allow your students to see or touch science up close, to explore the topics you are studying in a deeper way, and to have a whole lot of fun.

While you are out and about, ask questions to relate what you are seeing with what you learned.  That way, your field trip will serve as a bit of review as you make a few fantastic memories.

Not sure of where to go?

You can visit a petting zoo when you are studying animals, an observatory when you are studying astronomy, a bread factory when you are studying chemistry, a roller coaster park when studying physics, and so much more!

Taking a field trip is another wonderful way to sneak in a bit of review for science.

Tip #3 – Play a game

And finally, you can play games.

You probably heard me talk about our Friday Fun Day and the games we use in this month’s tip. But in case you didn’t, the short version is that I look for games (free or paid) that relate to what we are studying. And then, we play those on Friday’s to review what we have learned.

We always enjoy our game time and I love that they are going over what they have learned at the same time!

Playing a game is another fantastic way to sneak in a bit of review for science.

In a Nutshell

So, ditch the review worksheets. Don’t give those end-of-the-unit quizzes. Instead, have a show-and-tell day, take a field trip, or play a game to review science. Your kids will have way more fun and you’ll be the rockstar homeschooling momma for at least thirty seconds!

Additional Resources

If you want a few more tips for how to make science fun, check out episode 10 from season 1 where I shared ways you can use to make science your kid’s favorite subject.

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