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We have added Scientist Spotlight to our homeschooling routine.
Each month, we shine the spotlight on one scientist and go in-depth into that scientist’s life and discoveries.
We also love hands-on “lab” (my kitchen, the back porch, the laundry room – it’s all our lab) time where we conduct experiments of the scientists discoveries.
To add a scientist spotlight to your homeschooling routine, consider these tips:
Pre-plan the scientists you would like to study for two to three months in advance. This allows you to gather materials, supplies, and information ahead of time. A wonderful resource to utilize is Edquest for a listing of the Science Nobility and their contributions.
Include language arts and mathematics in your plan to emphasize their importance in all fields of study. For instance, for language include reading stories about their lives, how they made their discoveries, and age-appropriate books about the scientist.
You may also like to include words from their work in your vocabulary listing, have your child look up the words in the dictionary for pronunciation and definition, and have a word search specific to the scientist.
For mathematics, calculate how old the scientist was at different points of discovery, discuss how important mathematics was for the scientist to be able to make his discoveries, and use mathematics when doing experiments.
Plan at least one experiment for each day of science in your routine. This hands-on approach will help your child to understand the lesson at a different level than simply reading the concept.
Be sure your child has an experiment notebook or journal. Ask your child to write his hypothesis of what he believes will happen in the experiment. Then, have him record how the experiment was conducted and the actual outcome. Then discuss and record the differences in his hypothesis and the actual outcome.
You’ll soon discover your child will request to have science lessons more frequently! I don’t know about you, but that was one of my goals!
To get you started, I have included a great resource we used for our first Scientist Spotlight. This allows you to start with materials already laid out for you! How great is that?
Do you have a great tip for adding something to your homeschool routine? Please share!
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