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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Some unconventional ways to teach science

Because my children are still young, we can use some very creative ways to teach simple Science lessons. We plant vegetables, and flowers, to teach about the plant life cycle, and why and how things grow. We start them from seeds to add more effect to the lesson. I collect gemstones, and using a simple microscope, my children inspect them under the microscope, and read about them in my gemstone books. We bought a very simple kids microscope, from Walmart, for 15 dollars. We use it to examine the gemstones, plus tons of other things like sand, rocks, leaves, bugs, food, and anything else we can think of. In our yard, there are numerous creatures to examine and learn about. For Habitat studies, we take various animals from our yard, and look them up to learn their habitat, what they eat, and how they survive. This includes, various insects, lizards, birds, and even a snake. We talk about stars, and the moon, constellations, and the planets, by inspecting the sky at night, and then looking up what we see. So you see there are many, many ways you can teach your kids, without books and curriculums, just from your own home and yard. DJ got for his birthday a very cool science kit. I wanted to share it here, because I think it would be awesome as a science project for homeschoolers. It was purchased on ebay for 8 dollars. It is a T-Rex excavation kit. It comes with the bones buried, in a clay like substance, and the child digs up the bones with a tiny shovel. When all the bones, have been removed, he/she can put the dinosaur together, and have a cool model dinosaur. I know I will be looking for others, to enhance our hands on learning.


KeepItSimple said...

The video for learning to draw a princess is fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing that! Our youngest loves to draw. He even announced today that instead of taking notes during sermons (he is 8), he would prefer to draw a picture of what the sermon is about. I told him that would be fine.

Thanks again -

TMinut said...

At first I just dropped a card here; my son is 13 so the ideas weren't what I needed BUT now you're giving me all kinds of great ideas for my grandbabies!
My grandson is only two but he loves the alphabet and counting. My granddaughter is four and prefers science. This post is wonderful - it feels like my brain stalled after a few experiments with her. My dad is a scientist so I had no excuse for that, thanks for getting me started again!

Melissa said...

Thank you both for stopping by. I am glad the information is helpful. Both my children, love to draw, and I find these little videos very helpful. There are so many ways to unschool, as some people call it, rather than just books.

moneyloveandchange said...

As a science geek, I have to suggest a butterfly kit. From the moms I know who have tried it, it's a huge hit!

Melissa said...

Thank you, that is a very good idea. I will have to check it out.

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