By contributing writer Marci
Science is everywhere. It’s in the cars we drive, food we eat, and air we breathe. Science is in video games, smartphones, and tablets. Science is exciting and ever changing.
It’s hard to convey that message to our kids using just a textbook. Textbooks present information available at a certain time, but they can’t give the experience. That experience is crucial in getting kids to love and/or appreciate science. We need to find ways to let kids experience science outside the textbook.
Ways to Experience Science Outside the Textbook
Do the experiments in your curriculum.
I know a lot of you skip the experiments. They take time and are messy. I know. There are times I don’t want to mess up my kitchen either, but you have to trust me. The time and mess is worth it when your child “gets it,” learns what science really is, and gets excited about it. Teaching science gets a lot easier at that point. See all of The Happy Housewife projects and experiments for homeschooling here!
Explore. Look. Listen. Touch. Smell. The natural world is full of things to experience and things to learn more about. Give your children the opportunity to find them. You never know where this might lead.
Follow their interests.
Are they always taking things apart to see how they work? Do they have a huge rock collection? Do they love animals? Find out what excites them and learn more about it. Do a unit study. You can let the kids take the lead and see where it goes.
Go on field trips.
Check out science museums, nature centers, trails, and zoos. Go anywhere where science is presented and can be appreciated. New places and new people expand horizons and offer new insights and information.
What About You?
What are your favorite ways to take science out of the textbook? What about history or geography?