A couple weeks ago, I attended the 2 to 1 Conference in Washington DC. It was a gathering of homeschooling, social media loving mamas and companies that support us. It was amazing being with a large group of people who really understand each other. One of the best parts of the whole weekend was just chatting with other homeschool moms about our kids, our curriculum, our challenges and our triumphs.
One homeschool mama that I got to spend a great deal of time with was Colleen Kessler from the blog Raising Lifelong Learners. I has just started reading her blog a month or so before the conference, so it was nice to get to know her more. Colleen, as it turns out, is also a science author. She writes science books for kids and teachers (that’s you Homeschool Mama).
I was so excited to pick Colleen’s brain about science education and ideas! Her stories of making science and nature accessible to her kids was inspiring. I could see how her books are derived from her natural interest and passion for science and learning.
I believe that kids learn best when they are free to explore the world around them and discover scientific truths themselves. I love the surprises found in nature, and hope to encourage that same delight in the out-of-doors with readers — adults and kids alike! —-taken from www.Colleen-Kessler.com
By the end of the weekend, I was
begging politely asking Colleen to see some of her books. Since she drove to the conference, she had some with her. I had the chance to look at her library quality children’s science books and her science activity books for teachers. What great resources! Colleen even signed one that I was clutching a little too tightly and let me take it home with me! The concept behind her book Real-Life Science Mysteries intrigued me. It combines science career information with applicable science activities. Children can get an idea from the hands-on activities how people use science in their jobs.