*This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting The Homeschool Scientist. Once upon a time, I worked as a naturalist. Best job ever. Each day, I got to lead children of all ages down trails in the woods and prairies and along ponds, rivers and streams. It was fun to see kids eyes open to the natural world around them. While I could discuss decomposition
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I love taking nature walks. I could walk and sit and observe all day. My kids, on the other hand, need a little more guidance on our walks through the wilderness. Just walking and looking can sometimes get boring for children. They sometimes just need to know what they are looking for. That’s why I try and come up with a theme for each walk.
Cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkins, apple orchards, bonfires…..September is here! Many of the links in the September Science Calendar will look at the science side of fall, like the science of changing leaves, a look at fall bird migration, and the autumnal equinox. Other links will teach your kids about important science events that happened in the month of September like the launch of Voyager
This post contains affiliate links. Our kids love Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. (Shark Week Activities) We all find it fascinating and terrifying at the same time. In the past, I have used the kids’ Shark Week fascination to jump into a shark unit study while the kids are still excited. Here are some resources that I have gathered to make a great shark
The August Science Calendar gives you a full month of science fun! From hot air balloon experiments to learning about the latest in AI to watching meteor showers, you and your kids will love the daily links included in the calendar. Some families and classes use the calendar as a morning warm-up activity. Others use it as a reward when school work is finished. August
If you are looking for hands-on ways to teach kids about outer space and space travel, you can’t go wrong with any of these outer space STEM activities. These STEM activities will teach your kids the concepts behind rocket propulsion necessary for space travel, how the stars make up constellations, the expansion of the universe, planets and more! They are all great additions to your
Use this post as a guide to create a fun dog unit study! Dogs are man’s best friend, beloved family pets, serve as protection, and work as vital team members in law enforcement and military operations. No other animal has lived so closely with and been such a huge part of the everyday life of humans as dogs. We are a dog family and I
One of my kids’ favorite end of summer and fall nature activities is collecting fallen acorns. As the kids are having fun, I find it’s a great time to teach about the oak tree life cycle. Oak Tree Life Cycle Lesson Just like all living things, oak trees have a life cycle. In past lessons, we have looked at the general life cycle of plants.
Step outside into the sunshine. Feel the warmth that comes from its rays. That’s energy. Notice how the sunlight illuminates everything in the daytime. That’s energy. How does the sun create energy? Energy can be defined as the capacity to do work. This may be in the form of kinetic, nuclear, potential, chemical, or other forms of energy. The energy that comes from the sun
Learn about how energy is passed from one organism to another in this food chain lesson. Plus, download a FREE pond food chain coloring book for your younger learners. All living things, no matter how big or small or where they live, need energy to survive. Energy is defined as the ability to do work. When it comes to energy being used in living things,
For many of us, May marks the end of the school year. Others are merely transitioning to a summer homeschool schedule. No matter what your plans are, you can use the May Science Calendar to keep everyone excited about learning and excited about science. What You Will Learn Each day has a link to fun science projects and interesting science information. You can use the
Your kids come running in after enjoying some nature study time outside, and they’re ready for a snack. You offer oranges or carrot sticks. One child pipes up saying he wants cookies! How do you help them really understand what healthy food options are and why we should eat healthy most of the time? Advertisements do not help and often lead children to believe that