homeschool science

In this house, we love science.

Discovering how things work, how they function, playing with ingredients, elements, physics boxes, and chemistry experiments, reading on plate tectonics or atomic theory, we’re all over science. (And it’s not because dad is a doc; he actually loves history).

Chem C500. We’ve had three kids interested in chemistry. This fun box of chemistry experiments has its own lab equipment. It explains what to do and why you’re doing it. Just assume an underlay of newspaper (iodine is involved), the kids have gloves (even if the substance isn’t toxic, they can learn to be young scientists using lab practice), and give them a sequence for completing lab reports (if they’re eager, or they’re old enough).

Or you if you want to keep it basic, and understand the contents of a lab report:

Visit the ocean. We live in the mountains, so the ocean topography is novel. This summer, we drove to the Canadian Pacific Coast to visit post secondary schools. Wherever you live, engage it like you’re a tourist. And if you’re doing undersea study, consider the Apologia textbook “Zoology 2”. There are fun workbooks that accompany Apologia textbooks. Apologia also offers on-line courses.

(Selfies are always a must when at the ocean).

Get an animal. Yeah, I know, this is a big homeschool science commitment. This year we have been learning to care for our Great Pyrenees. Training her to stay in our non-fenced 3 acres, learn to sit, stay, come, wait. Walk her around the perimeter of our property, take her on two hour hikes, socialize her with other new ‘friends’. Learn her breed habits, her food needs, her food restrictions, teach her to not use the chickens as play toys, learn to guard the homestead without attacking our friends or alienating our neighbours. Help to administer treatments, learn about vaccines and breeding. Big commitment. Definitely science.

(So many gratuitous photos! Can you see how good a pet would be?)

Identify local plants. And figure out if you can consume them, press them, dry them to make soap or moisturizers, or use them as poultices.

Attend local field trips. We got to visit the Olympic born mobile medical clinic do a mock intubation. Ask to watch a CPR training class. Take a first aid class. Medical stuff is on my radar as dad is a doctor, but there are everyday activities we overlook, so think outside the box. What field trips are in your sphere?

Science boxes. Like the salt powered robot. This year, we are sprinkling in the use of these fun boxes about every six weeks or so. Purchased at local toy stores.

Usborne Books. If there was anything I would sell, it would be Usborne books. They are clearly laid out, loads of information, and kids want to look at them, over and over.

Even for those of us who aren’t familiar with a subject, and happen to be well over the market age range for Usborne, these resources are useful beginnings. There’s an Usborne book for pretty much every topic.

Supplement your kids’ science knowledge with clever YouTube channels. Our kids have enjoyed the following:

Crash Course Kids.


Make Me a Genius.

Learning Junction.

This world was fearfully and wonderfully made. We know so much, and we know so little about it. Whatever science topic you explore, let fun and awe guide you.