Some of the best advice I received from a veteran homeschool mom was to concentrate on reading, writing and arithmetic during the elementary school years. But I felt so much pressure to have an extensive science curriculum. Why? As a former scientist, my kids had to do a science project weekly, intense study of matter plus memorize the periodic table by age 8! So at the start of homeschool year two, we decided to keep it simple. So far so good, momma is less stressed. Wait, momma is less stressed!
Here is an example of how we do science at home for the month. Our current schedule is three weeks of school and one week off.
|Week 1||Study Jams||Study Jams
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|Week 2||Study Jams||Study Jams||Study Jams
Magic School Bus
|Week 3||Study Jams||Study Jams||Study Jams||Study Jams
Choose any topic, pick one subtopic, play the video and test yourself (multiple choice questions) each topic has four to fourteen subtopics per subject.
- The Human Body
- Land forms, Rock ,Minerals
- Solar System
- Energy, Light and Sound
- Scientific Inquiry
The Magic School Bus and The Magic School Bus Rides Again on Netflix (Here are a few of our favorites)
- Wet All Over explains Evaporation
- The Magic School Bus Getting Energized explains different sources of energy
- The Magic School Bus See Stars explains how stars are made
- In the Swim explains ocean life
Pause every 5 minutes or so
Discuss- what took place, what is the problem and what caused the problem
- The main idea
- What is the problem
- How is the problem solved
- Vocabulary words to look up
Documentaries on Netflix
- Polar Bear: Spy on Ice
- Baby Animals in the Wild
- Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
- Ocean Giants
- Nature: Natural Born Hustlers (One of our favorites)
- Wild China
Our monthly science project currently comes from STEM workbooks picked up from the dollar spot @ Target.
Fridays are left open for a science related field trip or class once a month.
See my post on the Durham Life and Science Museum here.
How do you keep it simple in your homeschool?