Don’t feel bad if this title is your homeschool mom mantra. I’m standing with you with my nose plugged with doubled-up gloves so I don’t have to touch anything slimy. And don’t you even think about asking if we’re going to dissect something because the answer is no, not ever.
I can’t even.
Don’t feel bad. There are many of us protesting science. But I don’t think science is going anywhere and it seems that for each mother who hates science, there are three kids in the family who love it deeply, and what kind of a mother would I be to deny my kids their deep love?
Ok, let’s do this. If we must, we must, right? Here are a few ways we can totally do this. Here are ways we can make science better – for us, that is.
What better way to do science class than a day out on the town? Invest in membership passes and make good use of them. Most science museums have activities going on like camps and classes that your membership would cover or at least give you a discount. Just a day browsing around at the exhibits is a fascinating way to get your kids involved in science.
If science is really not your thing, join a co-op where someone else can teach science class. Consider teaching another class that interests you while your kids take science class.
Picking up science kits is a simple way to incorporate science. You can find kits all over – even Target carries them this time of year. My favorite by far is Magic School Bus Science Club. Every month you receive a package full of pretty much everything you need to do several experiments all based around a theme – like air, acids and bases, and weather. These kits are so much fun.
Easy peasy science experiment books
Make science really simple and you’ll be more likely to do it. Grab a good book from the library with do-able projects. Schedule a time during your week when you don’t have too much going on – it won’t take much for us to get overwhelmed so it’s best to start with lots of room in the schedule. Set aside an hour or so and get into it with your kids. Here are a few titles of science experiment books that come highly recommended:
- Kitchen Lab Science for Kids
- The Curious Kid’s Science Book (ages 4-8)
- Janice VanCleave’s Chemistry for Every Kid
- Janice VanCleave’s 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, and Incredible Experiments
Recruit an older kid
If you have a wide span of age ranges like we do in our family, ask if your oldest kid(s) would mind doing some fun experiments with the younger ones. My kids love mixing baking soda and vinegar in soda bottles and growing crystals in Mason jars all together. It’s actually a nice time while no one is really arguing. In fact, I should do this more often.
Swap with another homeschool family
You might have another homeschool family friend who loves doing science. Swap a skill that you have for science class. Or make them dinner a few times a month in exchange for them doing science with your kids. It’d be a great time for your kids to hang out with friends and for you to check off science without really having to do it. ;)
By incorporating some of these things, we’re sure to pull off at least a couple science classes with our kids. Good luck, mamas! We can do this!
Science: love or hate it? What’s your best tip for making sure it doesn’t get pushed aside?
This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.
scientist images courtesy of deposit photos