Welcome to day 3 of Homeschool Science Boot Camp! Today we are going to get ready for writing. 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 and reading in our first two days 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 three where we are going to get ready for writing.
The first step for getting ready for writing is to decide how you are going to keep a record.
You can choose:
I highly recommend using notebooking with your students!
Once you have a plan for writing, you need to get ready to be flexible! Remember that the main point of teaching science is to learn about science - writing is just a tool you are using.
If your student hates science because of the writing, simply find a way to modify the writing expectations so that they are easy on your child.
The third step for getting ready for writing in science is to be prepared to assess your student’s work.
I believe that students go through six stages over multiple years:
The main thing you are looking for in your child’s writing in science is consistent progress year after year.
Once you plan your writing, get ready to be flexible, and mentally prepare knowing how to assess your children’s writing in science, you are ready to dig into writing in science with your kids this next year.
If you still feel uncertain, here are a few more tips:
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