Welcome to the third stop on our roadmap to teaching science – the middle school years! Today we will be chatting about your goals for science during these years.
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Here we are at the third stop on our roadmap to teaching science – the middle school years!
These years are often seen as a holding tank – that time between the wonder of learning during the elementary years and the work that counts for high school. But these are not years to just survive the transition from childhood to a teenager, they are years to enjoy building upon the foundations and learning how to make connections.
I like to compare the middle school student to a bucket full of unorganized information that needs to be filed away and stored in a cabinet. During the middle school years, the students are beginning to apply the basic facts they have mastered to the new concepts they are learning. They have a strong desire to know why and are likely to question everything you are trying to teach them.
A middle school student is assailing you with questions that begin with, “But, why?”
You want to capitalize on this need to know why along with continuing to feed them with information. You also want to emphasize inquiry-based methods as you teach the students how to organize and store information.
The middle school years begin when the student moves out of the elementary years and end when the student begins to take what they know, analyze the why behind it, and then apply their conclusions to an unknown situation. For some students, this means they leave this stage by the end of eighth grade, for some they leave by the end of ninth grade, and for some students, this phase ends earlier or later than that.
Either way, the middle school years are pivotal for preparing the student to receive the information they will learn in high school and beyond. In short, the middle school student needs to explore the principles of science as well as learn the tools they will utilize when organizing the information they are receiving.
Science at this stage is beginning to require more planning and preparation on your part and you do need to devote a good chunk of time to science, at least two hours or so each week to work through the three keys of science.
It sounds a bit more complicated, but I want to encourage you that it is possible to teach science at home during the middle school years. We’ll chat more about tools and methods in the next two episodes, but for now, I want to share the three goals you will have when it comes to teaching science during the middle school years:
Your middle school kiddos have a strong desire to know why. When teaching science, you will be playing to these strengths while helping them learn how to make connections between the pieces of knowledge they deposited during the elementary years and the new information that they are currently learning.
Next week, we are going to chat about some of the tools you can use to accomplish these three goals.
Until then…thanks for listening – I hope that you leave our time together encouraged in your homeschooling journey.
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I can’t wait to share another piece of the roadmap in our next episode, but until then – I hope you have a great week playing with science!
See how we can help you teach science to your middle school student!
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