Oct 5th, 2019
Go here to teach you rkids how to keep a science journal:
Homeschool Science doesn't have to be hard or take a ton of time!
There's a couple of key steps to keep in mind as you train your kids to do their science lessons independently, so they can learn their stuff and turn around and teach *you* science!
When you first start doing science lessons, do them right along with your child. Work right alongside them, talking with them about what you're doing.
You've got to teach them "best practices" like reading the instructions, figuring out what materials to gather, and how to execute a real science experiment, not just make a mess and do whatever seems like a good idea in the moment (like watching YouTube videos that show "science" projects that are downright dangerous).
You can write out a list with a standard framework for how to do science experiments, just like a real scientist does. I have complete instructions for how to do this here on my website: www.SuperchargedScience.com/journal
If you get them started with the right structure ahead of time, they won't have to relearn it later when they hit college (the info on that page are from my engineering courses I taught).
You'll need to train your kids to stay focused on what they are doing. Start small, like 5-10 minutes, and every day increase it by a minute or two. Or increment it weekly. The goal is to every week make it slightly longer so by the end of the year, you notice a big difference in their time they can spend focused on one topic.
Make sure you schedule in breaks!
Also remember some days are going to be easier than others. It's the long-term progress that we've got our eye on.
Next, start turning over the tasks to them, one step at a time. For example, you can have your third grader read aloud the directions to you. Or have them read it quietly and then show you how to runt he experiment. Or have them gather all the materials and set everything up so it's ready for you both to work together. Add one new thing for them to be responsible for every week, and in a couple of months, they will be running things on their own!
This doesn't mean you abdicate teaching science. It means that they are now in charge of making sure they do their lessons and check in with you about what was finished, what still needs work, and what they'd like to learn about next. This can be done daily, hourly, etc on your schedule.
One thing that a lot of homeschool parents in our science family like to do is to get their kids get themselves ready for one of our classes. I make sure everyone has access to the worksheet ahead of time before a class, which includes materials to gather and vocabulary to know. Kids will set everything up next to the computer screen, so when class time starts, we are all ready to go together.
If you'd like to participate in one of our free homeschool science classes, go here: www.SuperchargedScience.com/class