Is science one of those subjects that you struggle with teaching in your homeschool? You have come to the right place! Hi, I'm Paige Hudson, a veteran homeschooling mom, and author of the programs of Elemental Science. In each season of the Tips for Homeschool Science Show, we are going to take the complexities of teaching science and break those down into building blocks you can use in your homeschool! New episodes will release every Monday until the season is complete. See all the episodes and download show notes at https://elementalscience.com/blogs/podcast
Ep 100 - 13 Questions about the programs of Elemental Science
This past month I shared a Zoom session with a charter school and at a conference and we thought you all might have the same questions they do. So we are sharing the Q & A sections from those calls.
Show Notes - https://elementalscience.com/blogs/podcast/100
(0:35) I am using a logic stage program with my older student, what should I do with my 5-year-old?
(0:59) Do you have kits?
(1:49) What age range is Science Chunks for?
(2:19) Should I use Classical Science or Sassafras Science? (Follow-up comment - Yes, my student would prefer to use the children's encyclopedias.)
(3:45) What age is the Sassafras Science series for? And where do we start?
(4:25) 8 Steps for a science fair project? Tell me more...
(5:18) What grade level are your programs?
(5:29) Can you use a Classical Science program with a Sassafras Science program?
(6:21) Are your programs open-and-go?
(7:14) What should I use for a 4th grader?
(8:04) Do you have anything to use with my high schooler?
(8:51) We love the Sassafras Twins!! (Which caused me to launch into a bit of the history of the series...)
(9:37) Our kids are 4 years apart - what do we do for science? Can we do science together?
(11:23) Get help for teaching science at home with our programs.
If you want to see the answers to even more questions about teaching science at home, check out Season 5 of the Tips for Homeschool Science Show.
Ep 99 - How to: Teach Science at Home
This past month I shared a Zoom session with a charter school that I thought you all would enjoy. Come listen in as I share about how to teach science at home!
Ep 98 - How to: Skip an Experiment (on the rare occasion that you have to)
If you have been listening to this podcast for any length of time, you know how important hands-on science is. But I also live in reality and I understand that there are times when skipping an experiment is an unavoidable reality.
Today, I am sharing what to do when you find yourself in that rare situation.
Show Notes - https://elementalscience.com/blogs/podcast/98
Here is what you'll find in this episode:
You are staring at this week’s experiment and you realize that you don’t have the materials you need and you don't have the time or resources to figure out a work-around for the experiment.Is it possible for you to skip an experiment and still have your students learn something?Yes, and in this episode, I'm sharing how to skip and experiment and still have a successful learning experience.(1:40) Before we chat about the steps, I have to add two caveats...
Caveat 1 - I am going to assume that we are speaking about skipping experiments with students who are in fifth grade or higher.Caveat 2 - This is not a license to skip every one of the planned scientific demonstrations or experiments. (2:50) Here are the steps you should follow when skipping an experiment:
Read the Introduction - The introduction sets the stage for what the students should have discovered in the experiment. Formulate a Hypothesis - The students are still capable of formulating their hypotheses even if they don’t complete the actual experiment.Read through the Directions - Reading through the directions will give the students a picture of how the experiment would have been set up.Read through the Expected Results - When you share the expected results with your students, they will have an idea of what should have happened in the experiment.Discuss the Explanation - By sharing the explanation, you are making sure that the students have grasped the concepts they need to from the experiment.(4:20) The final word...
To successfully skip an experiment and still have your students learn, you need to mentally run through the experiment. It's not exactly the same as actually doing the experiment, but it is better than nothing at all!(5:12) Get help for teaching science at home with our programs.
Ep 97 - How to: Make Science Fun and Exciting with these Three Tips
Do you struggle with the idea that science is boring?
It doesn't have to be! In this podcast, we'll be chatting about three ways you can make science fun and exciting.
Show Notes - https://elementalscience.com/blogs/podcast/97
This audio is an expansion of a popular post from Elemental Science. See the original post here: How to Make Science Fun
Here is what you'll find in this episode:
(0:37) Should science be fun?
Not everything in our homeschool has to be exciting.But science can, and should, be fun - at least part of it should!When part of science is exciting, it helps kids to remember what they are learning.(1:57) One Way to Make Science Fun: Real-life Examples
Show what science looks like in real life!Take field trips or do nature study.(3:07) Another Way to Make Science Fun: Hands-on Science Activities
No better way to learn about science than to do it!Try out ideas or use the planned activities in your curriculum.Always make sure that the activities relate to what you are learning.(4:51) Another, Another Way to Make Science Fun: Talk to Experts
Experts are passionate and that passion is contagious.Talk to experts on field trips - sit at their feet and learn.(5:34) The final word...
Back up the fun with facts because the fun partners with the facts to create pegs in your kiddos' memories! (6:58) Get help for teaching science at home with our programs.
Ep 96 - How to: Know if You Should Use a Lapbook or a Notebook for Science
Lapbook or notebook? How do you choose between the two? In this Tips for Homeschool Science podcast, you are going to learn how to do just that!
Ep 95 - How to: Work from Home and Homeschool
Can you work from home and homeschool without going crazy? Yes, you can! The tips in this Tips for Homeschool Science podcast will help you do just that.
Short, sweet, and helpful!
Paige’s voice is easy to listen to, and her philosophy and tips keep me on track with our science goals for our homeschool. I love that I can listen while I’m cleaning up after lunch or folding a basket of laundry. No fluff or awkward product placement, just helpful advice and things to think through presented succinctly.
Making Science Manageable
Paige is easy to listen to and makes science seem much less intimidating for this Mom. Her curriculum Elemental Science is the perfect blend of experimentation, reading living books and options for all ages. I highly recommend using her curriculum and listening to podcast to keep you going when science just seems hard.