At-Home Science Enrichment
daughter is sad that there never seems to be time for hands-on science
experiments or activities in school any more. She is going in to sixth grade.
What are some ideas for things she can do at home to get some quality science
experience outside of school?
is so much fun for both parents and kids! Every room of your house contains
possible science lessons. You can make just about anything into a science
project! But you're right: if you are deliberate about it, you are much more
likely to actually do it. So here are some ideas:
science teacher for ideas and resources.
your district's curriculum director; this is also a good opportunity to share
your concern about the lack of quality experiences in the science classroom.
the Internet for "science and homeschooling" or "science projects for kids."
are a lot of great "at-home science projects with kids" and "kitchen chemistry"
books in the marketplace. Try a bookstore or garage sale.
your daughter with a "science mentor." Call the local high school and find an
honors student. Pay him or her babysitting rates to come to your home once or
twice a week for an hour or so, and do fun and simple experiments with your daughter.
For example: botany (start plants from seed); physics (build structures);
chemistry (baking bread to learn about gases, or making controlled explosions
with vinegar and baking soda).
out science-related DVD's from the public library.
child hooked on the many quality science TV shows instead of brain-draining
cartoons and sit-coms.
museums often have a kid-friendly section that teaches about science as well as
every vacation as a source of science learning. On a fishing lake, watch
pelicans fly and then look up their skeletal structures online to see why they
fly the way they do. In a big city, find out how they handle wastewater or
garbage. The learning opportunities are endless if you spend most of your time in
the greatest science lab of all: the great outdoors!
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