Science is one of the most fun subjects for homeschoolers. There are so many opportunities to explore, play, get dirty and learn. The trick is to keep the ideas coming and fresh.
These are some great regularly updated Science Resources for homeschooling families. With the piece I wrote about inspirational blogs, I searched for blogs that were interactive and had a huge fan following. For general inspiration, it seems important to have conversation and community. With these Homeschool Science and Nature blogs, I was seeking more practical pieces. I wanted blogs that offered easy and fun activities with items that could be found around the house. I was also seeking blogs that shared “Real Science.” I am all for touchy-feely-let’s-hug-trees Science, sometimes. Other times, there are things that have to be learned. You don’t just discover that molecules exist or that there is a periodic table. Someone has to do some prep-work to teach that to you. Here is what I found.
Elemental Blogging for all aged learners
Elemental Blogging is a written by Paige Hudson who is both a homeschooling mom and a Science-lover. The purpose of Elemental Blogging is to, “set students on fire for learning science and to equip teachers with the materials they need to ignite that spark.” She writes really useful pieces, such as “How to Scale One Experiment for Multiple Ages.” Her blog complements the curriculum that she creates. She is also available as a speaker and to deliver online seminars.
Sometimes, homeschool science can be a bit “fluffy.” That is not the case here. Paige delves into complex scientific concepts, such as DNA and How to Write a Research Paper. Each of her entries has engaging background information, followed by a hands-on activity and the scientific information about the activity.
Are you seeking inspiration for scientific explorations, with a decent amount of complex information? This is for you!
Science Sparks for all elementary learners
Emma Vanstone of Science Sparks keeps the information coming! Every week, she shares wonderful experiments and projects that you can do with your children as part of your own homeschool science curriculum. The page is really beautiful, with complementary pictures and clear information.
The entries are more “Exploratory” than “Scientific Method.” For example, she has a delightful post on “Eggy Science Experiments.”
She also has a post about “Exploring Forces with Young Children.”
If you are looking for a free and consistent stream of ideas, look here.
SuperCharged Science is for all k-12 learners
Aurora Lipper is an inspiration. She is a, “mechanical engineer, pilot, astronomer, university instructor, scientist, homeschool teacher to large groups of kids, and mother of two in California.” When she grew frustrated with Science curricula, she decided to write her own! She states, “There’s nothing more fun and fulfilling than teaching kids science.” Her joyful spirit clearly pervades the site.
Her website and blog contain a fantastic collection of online resources for parents who want to engage their children in Homeschool Science. She has a blog which highlights different activities and adventures for students. Her collection of “Free Stuff” is impressive, containing books with complete Science experiments and Science Fair Resources. She has a number of e-curricula for sale, including subscription-based access to experiments and live classes. While not free, these curricula look really great.
If you are willing to pay a little bit for a high quality, user-friendly product, check out Supercharged Science.
The American Chemical Society is for all k-12 learners (with particularly good resources for high school students)
While not technically for homeschoolers, you do not want to miss this rockin’ site for your homeschool science curriculum. It is a creation of the American Chemical Society, which exists to “improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.” The site is updated regularly, with a “Weekly Molecule,”
The activities in the Science for Kids section are stellar:
If you are looking for easy-to-access, free units, with a decent amount of complex material, run to the American Chemical Society website.
StarDate is for all learners, from birth on up
This popular audio program is aired on more than 300 NPR stations. It is the public education and outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Every day, StarDate offers an engaging and interesting program about that night’s celestial situation. It shares both information about the scientific aspects of outer space, as well as mythological information about the constellations.
The website is full of great resources for teachers to download, including a “Teacher’s Guide to the Universe,”
In my dream world, I would start each homeschool day with coffee, yoga, and StarDate. Whether you are looking for a lovely and engaging little podcast to start of your homeschool science day, or an entire curriculum about the night sky, check out StarDate.
Other useful resources for homeschool science:
Be sure to check out the Citizen Science post I wrote last year. Citizen Scientist projects are research based investigations that involve regular people in actual research experiments. By engaging the general public, professional scientists are able to amass a huge amount of data. These are perfect projects for homeschoolers!
Other useful entries for homeschoolers:
–Inspirational blogs for homeschoolers outlines some really wonderful, all-purpose inspirational blogs.
–Top 5 blogs for adding fun to homeschool math suggests some playful sites for invigorating your at-home math students.
Look out for Homeschooling Blogs for Social Studies, coming next week!