Homeschooling Science Information, Tips, and Advice for Parents

Here is some information about homeschooling science from an article that I found. My comments are at the end.

Homeschooling science should be a part of every homeschooling experience. Although some states require that science be taught in public schools as well as private schools and home schools; whether or not the state mandates the teaching of science, science should be part of every home school.

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There is no disputing the fact that we live in a technological age. Computers, the Internet, digital cameras, cell phones, iPods, the list is endless. Every facet of our lives is touched by science. Even in the area of religion, there are implications of science as we look toward the cosmos and try to understand our place in the vastness of space. Debates on intelligent design, creationism, the big bang, and evolution are raging throughout many societies. Students who are not exposed to these compelling issues are being shortchanged in their education.

Most importantly, the study of science promotes the creative impulses of humans. The little child who dismantles a toy on Christmas to discover how it works or the child who is always asking why are compelling reasons for teaching science. Children are more inquisitive than ever before. Hardly a parent exists who has not at some point been asked why by their children.

Given the prevalence of science in our culture, in our world, and in our lives, parents would be remiss if they did not have homeschooling science as part of their homeschooling experience. This observation is made all the more critical in North America where studies and surveys continue to show that our children are lagging behind children of other countries in developing math and science competencies.

Part of the reason you decided to home school your children is to give them a competitive edge by giving them the best possible educational experience. You cannot fulfill that noble goal unless you have adopted a science curriculum which is appropriate for your children.

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Article Source: Homeschooling Science - No Home School is Complete Without Scienceby Don Rodriguez

My comments on homeschooling science

I agree with this article that homeschool programs should include Science. Even if you didn't like Science in school, you can easily teach it to your children and enjoy it now.

Many parents think that they have to use a curriculum to teach science, but I think for the preschool and elementary grades that you can use picture books and life experience and help your children learn even more. Textbooks and curriculum are so one-dimensional. You read the text and answer questions.

By using children's picture books, you can make science come alive for your children. Who doesn't love a good story? By reading books about famous scientists and looking at bright bold pictures, your child will have a greater understanding of what made the scientist do what he did.

You can also get some great picture books about animals, planets, creation, and all other aspects of science. I encourage you to check out the list of picture books that I have collected and use this instead of a science curriculum.

You and your children will enjoy this method so much more. Let your children ask lots of questions and discuss what you read in the books. You can add in some science experiments too if you like. If you aren't good about putting together science experiments, you will love the science kits that are available here.