Posted by: waterwalkerla | January 28, 2010

Call For Science Help

Both Rebecca and Timothy enjoy science, but they really miss the hands on activities that they had when they were in public and Christian school.  I love science as well and am not afraid to “get my hands dirty” to teach them.

I have been looking around on-line and reading the many wonderful experiments and activities other homeschool families use for science.  Since I am always excited to hear what other families are doing, I decided to include a plea on my blog.  I would love to hear any suggestions or ideas that you have for science class.  Anything that has worked for you – I want to hear about it.  It can be experiments, activities, books, on-line resources, curricula that you really like – anything.  You can e-mail me or leave it in a comment.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions!

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Responses

  1. Raising “sea monkeys” is a really fun Science activity, that you can take in a lot of different directions. Sea Monkeys are a type of brine shrimp– they come in little packets in a plastic acquarium. You can learn about their circulatory system and study exoskeletons. There are some good scientific photos of sea monkeys online, where you can learn about the differences between male and female (the male are smaller and have pinchers under their “chin.”) You can also learn about their ganglia and branchiopods. When you first mix up the packets to bring the sea monkeys to life, you learn about the food that they eat, and you learn about oxegentating the water, and about the importance of pH. You also have to be careful about which window you put them in (which direction that window is facing), it’s definitely a good Science project. And they’re absolutely the most low-maitenance pet out there!

    I did a sea monkeys project with a homeschooler whom I taught years ago, and she really enjoyed mixing up the packets and watching the sea monkeys grow. I recommend going to http://www.ncsu.edu/sciencejunction/terminal/lessons/brine.html to get started. You can also google “Sea Monkey Science.”

    Good luck and have fun!

    • Thanks for the suggestion! I will definitely have to check in to that. There are so many great ideas out there for science education – I need to spend sometime doing my research. Thanks also for the link and the google suggestion!

  2. Your kids can learn science by doing experiments with candy! See http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/kitchenlab.html

    Exploratorium.edu is a good site to learn more about the science involved in cooking, gardening, and sports! Have fun!


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