This week I went outside to do some birdwatching because it’s the time of year when birds are migrating through my area. I get to see birds that I don’t normally see other times of the year.
I was outside looking for birds, and I saw one perch in the distance. It looked like it had yellow underneath and gray on top, so it had a contrasting color. I could tell it was a medium-size bird, but I couldn’t see any details on it to understand what kind of bird it could be. I didn’t have enough information to even … Read more
The first step is to choose two different organisms to compare and contrast. You can choose two animals of the same species, but for beginners with Venn diagrams it’s best to use two different types of organisms. You could use two different kinds of mammals or two different kinds of birds, or you could compare a certain type of mammal to a certain type of bird, or you can even use plants. You can compare plants to each other or you can compare an animal to … Read more
This morning, I took my dog on our daily one-mile loop around the neighborhood. We usually go right before sunrise, when the day isn’t too hot yet, and the air isn’t quite as heavy with humidity. On these walks, I keep an eye out for treasures like new flowers in bloom or a bird I’ve never seen before. Today, I found a feather.
This feather is black, and it’s the largest one I’ve ever found. Of course I brought it home and added it to my collection. Then I started thinking about all of the things we can learn from … Read more
No matter where you live, you are connected to the ocean. Some of the rain that falls in your neighborhood makes its way through streams and rivers until it discharges into the ocean. Much of the oxygen you breathe is in the air because of small photosynthetic organisms in the ocean. Whether you live in a coastal community or a landlocked region, ocean science is relevant to your children. Here are some ideas for how to include it in your homeschool curriculum.
Watersheds are the concave basins of land that surround a body of water. Often, they’re named after … Read more
I want to give you a free sample of Environmental Issues for Kids’ online homeschool curriculum. This curriculum uses video lessons to teach your child about science, and it’s for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.
The free online homeschool video I want to give you is the first step in the Backyard Buddies lesson. This lesson is part of a 9-week series about animals. In this series, I will guide your child through all of the steps of a scientific investigation so they can learn about animals that live in your community.
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