In kindergarten, the world around kids is still new. Kindergarteners continue the curiosity, exploration, and discovery that they began in infancy and carried through pre-K. They are using skills such as making observations and developing conclusions.
Science Builds Skills
At this point in their education, it’s a good idea to direct these skills into an academic route. For example, they’ll continue to use observation skills, but now they’ll use their observations to make recordings and collect data. Similarly, they’ll develop conclusions, but these will be based on evidence from many sources instead of only what they see. By using these … Read more
As Thanksgiving approaches, connect the holiday to science by helping your kids learn about turkeys. Here are some activities that will give your children knowledge to wow the guests at Thanksgiving dinner!
Education standard: Recognize that some books and other media portray animals and plants with characteristics and behaviors they do not have in real life.
Explore a variety of media about turkeys (fiction and nonfiction books, cartoons, documentaries). If possible, observe wild and/or domesticated turkeys. Talk about what turkeys look like and how they act in each source where you find information. Identify the turkeys and their behavior … Read more
Anatomy refers to the structure of organisms, while physiology refers to the function of organisms. One hands-on way of studying anatomy and physiology is through dissections, and virtual dissections on the computer will work as well.
When your child learns the structure and function of organisms, making tables is a useful way to organize this information. Scientists often make tables so the data they collected can be easily seen and understood. Knowing how to make tables is a skill that will benefit your child in many subject areas.
Below you can find examples of tables that your child can make … Read more
Going out in nature and teaching children about autumn is possible as long as you have a slight seasonal change in your area. Even where I live in the South, small changes can be observed as the seasons change. Here are some ideas for activities your child can do.
Kindergarten Education standard*: Observe plants and animals; describe how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.
Activity: Spend time outside observing plants and animals as they get ready for winter. If possible, view birds migrating south, squirrels gathering and … Read more
Nature-deficit disorder is the human cost of alienation from nature, according to author Richard Louv, who wrote Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Some of these costs are the diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and emotional illnesses. In contrast, some of the benefits he describes for children who play and learn in nature include
greater attention span for those with ADHD
greater physical and emotional health.
Nature in Your Own Backyard
When I was a kid, I went outside almost every day. My parents didn’t take me to nature parks, … Read more
If you’re looking for nature activities to do with your kids, I highly recommend The Kids’ Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities & Experiences by Susan Milord. I found this book at the library, and after looking through it, I had to get the book for myself.
The activities begin on January 1st. Each week has a theme, and every day has an activity to go along with that theme. This week’s theme is rocks, and the activities include two field trips, two science labs, two art projects, and a rock collection. Other themes list poems and stories to … Read more
Environmental education is the study of the natural and the manmade environment that we live in. It includes forests, fields, lakes, and the ocean as well as buildings, roads, and city parks. It’s also the study of the way people interact with the environment by making it better, making it worse, or having no impact on it.
Relevance to Homeschool Curriculum
If you’re looking for an interdisciplinary approach to homeschooling, then environmental education is a … Read more
How to register your child for homeschool varies from state to state and sometimes among school districts within a state. As an example, in Ohio and Florida, parents need to notify their local school district superintendent of their intent to homeschool. Ohio’s Department of Education (DOE) provides a recommended notification form to fill out, while Florida’s DOE gives a list of the information that should be included in the notice of intent.
Notice of Intent
A notice of intent to homeschool generally requires basic information like the parents’ addresses and the child’s name and date of birth. Parents may need … Read more
Have you looked at your county or regional park website recently? If you go to it and find the list of parks near you, you might be surprised by how many opportunities are available to you to experience and enjoy nature.
I knew there were some parks in my county, but I didn’t realize how many there were until I began to research places where I could teach homeschool classes. The website listed a description for each park, and many of the parks had nature hiking trails. The same is true for the county where I grew … Read more
Would you like a way to add some curb appeal to your house and teach your kids about the environment at the same time? Why not plant natives in a container garden next to your front door?
Native plants benefit the environment because they provide food that native animals need. They benefit you because they’re adapted to the climate where you live. Once they’re established, they usually need less maintenance than non-native plants.
Container Garden Ideas
Since I’m new to gardening, I did some research about how to make container gardens. Here are a few simple ideas I picked up:… Read more