Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homeschooling Science Part Two

Last week I talked about some of the resources that I will be using this year for homeschooling science.  I mentioned my trepidation about experiments, and that is what I will be focusing on today.


Obviously, science experiments are a big part of science curriculum.  You need to be able to show your kids what happens after you make a hypothesis.  I think the main issue I have is the mess that inevitably happens when you are working with science experiments.  Which is a little entertaining considering my stance on letting the kids have free reign with the art…Perhaps it is more that I have to be fully integrated and put the experiments together in order for them to do the experiment.

face paint not required

However, I do not think this is how science should be taught.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense if I am taking a science experiment and executing it “correctly” so that my kids can observe it. 


They are still little, so there has to be some parental involvement, but I am leaning more towards giving the kids a situation and letting them set up a hypothesis of what they think will happen.  Then letting them construct the experiment the way they think they should.


Recently we have tried a couple of fun experiments; the bigger the mess, the more fun for my kids.  We talk about what they think will happen, then we perform the experiment, and finally they will draw what they have observed in their science notebooks.

This is one of their favorites so far:

Mix 1 tsp active dry yeast with 2 Tablespoons warm water
In a jar, or glass mug, put ½ cup peroxide, several drops of food coloring and a few squirts of Dawn dish soap.  Swirl carefully (parent should do this part).
Pour yeast mixture into jar and watch it grow!

The kids compared the above experiment with the always fun baking soda and vinegar reaction.  We put some food coloring in some white vinegar and poured it in a jar with baking soda in it.



Both of these experiments were fun and showed the different reactions between ingredients.  The kids especially enjoyed all the foam from the first one.  It continued to grow for quite some time!




What types of experiments do you do with your kids?  Do you shy away from them like I do?

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2 comments:

  1. Looks like a super fun experiment! Those smiles mean they are having fun and learning! Love it!

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