How to Homeschool Science
Do your science projects keep getting pushed aside? Do you wish you could be more creative or have more energy to teach this subject?
Many parents love teaching science, while others struggle with finding time and creativity to make it happen.
Some of us are so busy trying to get all the worksheets and reading done for the other subjects, that by the time we get to science our energy just fizzles out.
We want to make sure we do it "right", so rather than rush through a science topic we just set it aside for another day.
But science is primarily about exploration. So doing it "right" is a stigma we place upon ourselves that isn't really necessary. There are so many great and creative homeschoolers who have blogs and pinterest posts, who have already experienced what you are going through. You can search online for any science topic and come up with great ideas that take little time to prepare and explore.
However, sometimes you just want a great text as a jumping off point.
In our member archives, we offer insight on what "needs" to be taught at different levels of a child's development. And throughout the year, we bring many different perspectives to the table by inviting experts and homeschool moms in the trenches to share ideas and lesson planning tips with you.
One speaker in particular, Dr. Rebecca Keller, has generously offered SIX workshops to help you gain insight and ideas for teaching science. The workshops were broadcast free during our Not Back to School summit in September 2014.
Dr. Keller has been a homeschool mom for over 15 years, is the author of Real Science-4-Kids and CEO/founder of Gravitas Publications Inc. She earned a PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of New Mexico and pursued postdoctoral work at the University of New Mexico and the University of California, Berkeley in molecular biology and neuroscience. Dr. Keller began writing science books for kids when she started homeschooling her own children and through her books, and hopes to bring science to homeschool families that is fun, engaging, and easy for parents to teach. Real Science 4 Kids is a very popular science text among our members because it does not lean in only one direction as far as choosing to be either secular or religiously based. Dr. Keller leaves this argument up to the parents and simply sticks to the scientific facts and processes. So both religious families as well as secular families love the approach!!
Her six workshops are now available for unlimited streaming for our upgraded Plus members, and the information is invaluable (you will need to be logged in):
The Unbreakable Bubble: Fostering Scientific Discovery –
aired Sept 10th – http://hecoa.com/fostering-scientific-discovery
Can you put your finger through a bubble… without causing it to burst? Learn to enter your child's natural inquisitive world, without bursting their bubble. Children are born observers, asking why and how… turning objects over and inside out… taking things apart. However, many teaching methodologies burst a child's passion for observation, a key element to scientific discovery. Dr. Keller will show you how to use open inquiry to launch scientific exploration and cultivate creativity. Are you ready to question like Einstein?
Science Is Fun! Learn to “play” like Einstein with the ABC’s of science
aired Sept 11th – http://hecoa.com/abcs-of-science
Learning content is important. Kids need to know about atoms and the difference between force, energy, and work. But learning content covers only one aspect of doing real science. Dr. Keller will discuss the difference between explicit and tacit education and will show you how to help your kids have fun learning the ABCs of science while learning to think and “play” like Einstein.
Yes! Teach Kids Chemistry and Physics in First Grade!
aired Sept 16th – http://hecoa.com/teach-physics-and-chemistry-in-first-grade
Most elementary and middle school science books give kids a sampling of random topics. Kids learn a little about the solar system, how a plant grows, and the human body but they never learn the basic building blocks of science: chemistry and physics. Without some knowledge of chemistry and physics, kids simply cannot understand real science and will struggle with upper level science classes. Dr. Keller will show you just how easy it is to teach kids chemistry and physics to your child and how this helps build the foundation they need for advanced science classes.
The Internet: Resource or Distraction or Both?
aired Sept 18th – http://hecoa.com/is-the-internet-a-resource-distraction-or-both
Using the internet has become an integral part of learning for many homeschool families. Today, students can take online classes, read online books, and watch online videos all as part of their educational experience. However, do these activities really help students learn, or do they simply distract students making it difficult to focus? Dr. Keller will show you the latest findings on how the internet affects learning and how to help your family get the most from the internet and ways to help your kids learn without being distracted.
Through the Thinking Lens: How to Teach Critical Thinking in Science
aired Sept 23rd – http://hecoa.com/teach-critical-thinking-in-science
Learn how to build a critical thinking lens with your students. This lens will help your students examine in detail the scientific claims and counterclaims made by scientists. By learning how to evaluate scientific data your student will gain a better understanding of how scientific process and thought occurs and will have deeper knowledge of scientific theories.
Creationism, Darwinism, Intelligent Design – Oh my! Opposing viewpoints in science and why they are important
aired Sept 24th – http://hecoa.com/opposing-viewpoints-in-science
Science education is becoming more and more polarized as both Christian and secular families try to “protect” their kids from opposing viewpoints. Dr. Keller will explain how this approach to science education has tragic consequences for kids from all faiths. Dr. Keller will show you how to help your kids examine opposing viewpoints and gain a richer understanding of science without compromising your family values and beliefs.
You can get all SIX of Dr. Keller's workshops for FREE as well as all of the 30 speakers and 70 workshops, by registering today for the 2014 Not Back to School Summit!