Welcome to day 2 of Homeschool Science Boot Camp! Today we are going to get ready for science reading. So grab your pencils, paper, books, and a cup of coffee – let’s get started!
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Alright, so to help you guys prepare for this next year of homeschool we are in the midst of 5 days of boot camp. We have already covered experiments in day 1 and as you know it’s not your typical military-style boot camp, but we are doing the work to get ready to teach science for this next year! Let’s dig into day two where we are going to get ready for reading.
Just like with experiments, your first step for getting ready for your science reading is to plan out the books you are going to use.
You can choose:
After you have the books you want to read from, the second step is to choose your reading selections.
Start by figuring out how many weeks you have for each book and then divide up the pages you want to cover equally between the weeks.
Now that you have a plan in place for reading, you are ready for the final step of mentally preparing for your discussion time.
Yes, it is important to actually read the pages you have planned, but the discussion time you have afterward is the way you know your student understood and will remember the information you just read.
You can use the following types of questions:
Once you plan your reading, get your books ready, and mentally prepare yourself for discussion time, you are ready to dig into reading science with your kids this next year.
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