Hey there! Step 7 in our 12 Simple Steps to Homeschooling Series is all about Science Experiments and Art Projects. If you missed our last article you can find it here, Learn How to Conquer Negativity and Find Support
Not so Crafty
I am going to tell you right now I am not a crafty person. I try but seriously my art projects usually end up looking like a 3-year-old got a hold of a glue gun. When it comes to art projects in our homeschool I usually let the kids do the creating. I figured out somewhere along the lines that if I had a big box of art supplies and let the kids have fun creating what they wanted, it usually went a lot better. It was an awesome day when I discovered the library did crafts during story time and we started to participate in that. My point is if you are not a crafty person don’t feel intimidated. You can still teach art or discuss different types of art without having to be the one creating it.
The same goes for science experiments. Not sciencey? Fear not you are not alone. I am the one that has to reread the instructions several times before I grasp the concept of what we are going to be doing. But I am going to let you in on a secret. You need to do them. You need to do science experiments and art projects. Why? Because it will help you and your children in so many ways.
On the days we do science experiments usually none of us want to drag out the supplies to make a gigantic mess and then have to clean them up. But, we do it anyway because once the supplies are out something magical happens. It becomes the best part of the week. Suddenly we aren’t trying to decipher the periodic table anymore instead we are scientists in a lab looking at chemical reactions or blood cells under a microscope. We are inventors and creators. What was once a simple experiment to demonstrate how to layer liquids (oil and water) turns into an hour-long project that involves every kind of liquid that we can find in the pantry. My kitchen looks like a bomb went off but at the end of it we are all smiling and laughing. Think of science experiments and art projects as stress relievers.
We once built an astrolabe out of wood for science. I had no idea what it was when we started the project, but we followed the instructions and it turned out awesome. We spend the next several nights measuring positions of stars in the sky. Not only that, my son got to learn how to use a saw, drill and other tools to build the astrolabe. That was totally worth it. Now he has skills that he wouldn’t have had before. Since then he has gone on to build other things out of wood including a shelf that hangs in our spare bedroom. It sparked an interest in him and he found confidence in his ability to build things.
We have made snow ice cream, frozen bubbles in winter, made dry erase drawings move in water, and so much more. These are the things my children will remember when they grow up. These memories of the projects that we did. Not hours of Algebra but the creations that we built.
Science can be a group activity
Sometimes when we take our science experiments outdoors the neighbor’s children show up to watch. It is so much fun for kids to group together and try different things. If you are really struggling with science experiments, consider getting together with other families or relatives and have everyone help. This doesn’t all have to be on you. It is OK to ask for help.
I know families who each parent takes a different subject. If science is not your thing but your husband is really into it, plan experiments for days he can help. It will take the pressure off you. No one is good at everything so use whatever resources you have. Reach out to a Facebook group and ask for help. It is amazing how much love and support people will give you on most of those groups. They have been there, so they understand. Ask what works for them.
Our curriculum includes science experiments but sometimes I have to go looking for ideas. So, I thought I would leave you with a few suggestions just in case.
One of my favorite sites is Rookie Parenting Science. They have a variety of simple science experiments for all ages.
Another fantastic site is 123 Homeschool 4 me.
For your homework this time I want you to look ahead in your curriculum and pick out a couple of science projects for you to do this year. Figure out a couple so you can plan ahead and get the supplies ready. As I mentioned in an earlier article, 10 Secrets From a Homeschool Momma , I get all my supplies from Home Science Tools. They have a huge variety and are easy to work with. I would love to hear what science projects you plan on doing this year!
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