We use many different resources to learn about science.
We used Apologia for years, but we’re beginning to look into some other texts and living books to supplement our science studies.
The Apologia elementary books were a great introduction to science, but we need something more in-depth now. We weren’t overly impressed with the high school texts.
Our science studies cover these topics, and more:
How We Study Science:
Science should be experienced. Textbooks are just supplementary materials. We love the library for living books.
Elizabeth dug for fossils in Texas. We made the moon phases with Oreo cookies. We’ve studied bacteria. We love to cook. We go on nature walks. We love gardening. We love our pets. Science is all around us and it’s impossible to separate it into a sterile subject to be learned at a certain time and place.
We do lots of experiments and activities.
We’ve explored the world around us in many ways. The kids love sensory experiences when they’re little. As they get older, we follow experiments in the textbooks. The kids have participated in science fairs. We’ve raised caterpillars into butterflies.
Some experiments don’t turn out right, but that’s ok.
Some are fun and turn into competitions.
We loved raising butterflies.
Other activities are data-collecting and cross-curricular.
We charted different varieties of apples.
Some are just demonstrations and visuals.
The girls made water molecules with candy.
Liz made a DNA strand out of pipe cleaners.
We enjoyed seeing salt, pepper, and sugar crystals under a microscope.
We had a fun eclipse party!
We use notebooking for every subject in our homeschool.
We love nature study and learning about plants and animals.
Dissections and other labs require lots of specific notebooking and record keeping.
We grew a garden.
We loved growing fun fruits and vegetables for several years. It was a family effort!
We love cooking.
We all love trying and creating fun recipes together.
We love our pets.
Animals are very educational. We often visit zoos, aquariums, and farms to observe them.
We’ve had several aquariums over the years.
We have cats.
It’s hard to move every few years and sell the fish, but the cats have always gone with us, everywhere.
We take lots of field trips.
We learned about TV at the PBS station.
We attended an astronomy party on Antelope Island.
We love dino parks.
We enjoy farms and zoos.
Science has become such a part of our everyday life that we don’t even need a textbook anymore.
See our Nature Study posts here.
How do you do science in your homeschool?
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