Worried about doing science projects and experiments at home? No need to fret! Teaching science is very possible in homeschool. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the areas where homeschoolers actually have a huge advantage!
Not only is science one of many kids’ favorite subjects, it is also one of those areas where students need much more than a 50-minute class period to investigate things that interest them. Science has a way of taking on a life of its own. That’s why, in homeschool, children have the freedom and opportunity to think and wonder at their own pace. Can anyone imagine a better way to learn than that?
So, where do families find products to help teach science? And which ones are the best for which kids?
The answers to these questions really lie within the family, in conjuction with the homeschooling methodology they’ve adopted. Where some families enjoy exploring what’s right in front of them using little or no formal curriculum at all, others prefer following a course of study written by someone else. While some science classes may be taught using observation, readings, computer work and a few simple supplies, others (like high school lab sciences for college-bound students) require a more methodical approach and extensive set of materials.
No one method of science teaching is best for everyone. A lesson in science itself, using trial and error is perhaps the best way to figure out what works best and is most enjoyable all-around. Elementary and middle schoolers may benefit from using a variety of different methods and products as they explore their interests and learn the terminology and methodology of scientific research and principles.
There are no specific rules for teaching science in high school, either. However, goals play a much more important part during high school, thus families must remember that science must be included as a part of an overall high school plan. With that in mind, if random science activities based on interests is effective, it’s still alright to do those. But if future goals include passing science exams and entering college, be wary of loosely-designed science curricula if they aren’t hitting upon the concepts usually covered in high school. When unsure if a method covers enough, using a more structured approach to teaching high school science is strongly recommended.
You’ll find a list of equipment suppliers plus some the most common homeschool science programs, below. Do not be limited by this list, however. As with everything homeschooling, use the list as a starting point, and do additional research on your own.
Lab Supplies and Materials:
Curriculum Suppliers and Learning Programs:
Great lessons and teaching tips from award-winning tscience teacher/author Janice VanCleave:
List of science trade books from NSTA: