Thursday, March 26, 2009

So, what's the best way to teach science?

What is the best way to teach science? I'm sure plenty of people will chime in with their own opinions, and I'd just like to say that there really isn't any right or wrong way to teach it. I am what my darling daughter pleasantly calls a "science geek". I subject them to long walks in nature where we find cool bugs like this plant hopper.

Kitchen science which includes making makeshift volcanos out of baking soda and vinegar, making our own rock candy, and doing a study on bubbles that we make in our kitchen sink. The most important thing is to inspire children to have fun exploring the world around them, and that includes science. My niece called me a few weeks ago, and ok...I going to just say it...once again, the school systems have just squashed her imagination . Ok I'll explain what I mean.

My darling niece is in the 6th grade, and she calls me for help with her homework (what she really wanted was for me to answer the questions ). We started talking about the various questions and how to best answer them. I directed her to get some common household items she had and we did various experiments to solve the answers. She then says to me: Aunty this was so much fun. I hate science at school because all we do is read the textbook and take tests, we don't even have labs

What????!!!! Since when have they done away with Science labs? The schools today are so busy teaching to the test that they have killed the love of learning!!!

Ok, I am getting off of my soap box now. If you prefer to teach from a textbook, I REALLY have to say that I LOVE the Exploring Creation series by Jeannie Fulbright. They are put out by Apologia Publishers. We did Astronomy and Botany last year, and zoology 2(swimming creatures) this year. What wonderful books to teach young children very advanced concepts. I highly recommend.

Whichever way you choose to teach science, I recommend the following websites to help you in your journey:

http://www.jeanniefulbright.com/science.html

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/ka

http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/matrix.cfm

http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/earthspace.html

http://msnucleus.org/membership/html/k-6/uc/index.html (secular site, so parents please screen carefully. Many nice activities)

I will be pasting many more links in my homeschool links section soon.

2 comments:

  1. Gustavo Genao Ggenao1029@yahoo.comMay 27, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    Hey i don't know if your really a science geek..but i agree that science should definitely always involve labs. IT is the fun part and having to see it happen after learning about it is how you can remember.....i want to teach science after college and i'm definitely having labs.

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  2. You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go along with your website.

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