• Observe nature: insects, birds, weather, seasons, etc.

  • Use construction/engineering toys: blocks, Fisher-Technics, Legos, etc.

  • Model "look it up" and "lifelong learner" behavior: attitude is (almost) everything. Your enthusiasm is contagious!

  • Use reference and resource materials regularly. Keep lab notebooks of various sorts.

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    My Six Step Plan

    1. Pick a topic. For example: Rocks, minerals, and fossils; Machines & motion; Solar System; Energy; Human body; Heat, light & sound; Weather; Chemistry; Nature and environment; Creation; Animals; Ocean/seas.

     

    Gather an assortment of resource books, colorful picture and informational children's books, games, and videos about your chosen topic.

     

    2. Encourage the kids to read books and look at pictures as much as they wish. Take special note of any strong interest and foster it.

     

    3. Plan experiments, activities, crafts, and even recipes to use in learning about your topic. Make a list of potential trips to take.

     

    4. Using the materials you've gathered, make a lesson plan for the next six-to-eight weeks.

     

    5. Keep a book list and a record of your studies - either one family notebook or individual student notebooks. Don't forget to take pictures!

     

    6. Finish the unit with a family-fun night based on the topic. Kids need to show what they've learned.

     

    Summary


    If we are to raise lifelong learners and problem-solvers, we need to teach our children how to learn, we need to cultivate the desire to learn, and we need to provide a framework for what to learn. Remember, too, facts are much easier to learn when you're having fun!

     

    Curriculum Ideas -- Want to develop your own science course? Check out Science Scope for a very detailed scope and sequence - the perfect tool for planning.

     

    Want the fun but not the work? The Scientist's Apprentice (elementary grades) by Hilary Welliver makes it easy to teach science. Topics covered are: Oceanography, Astronomy, Anatomy, and Earth Science. Includes lesson plans, reproducibles, activities, experiments, even songs and crafts. Great for teaching multi-grade levels together.

     

    Next year look for our brand new book: Classical Kids Explore Biology!