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.
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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.
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
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
Visit local watersheds, look at a map to find out how they’re connected, make a table and a graph, and create a model.
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A few days ago, I found pictures I had taken when I worked as an environmental educator in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. In this collection, I saw one of my favorite photos from that year. I had taken my class to one of the ponds, and the students were sitting along the bank. They had their notebooks open, and they were writing about what they had observed during our recent activity.
Out of the three boys in the picture, two heads were bent down in concentration, and the third boy looked out ahead, as if he was … Read more