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July 24, 2014

How Homeschool Groups and Co-ops Can Help You Teach Science

Learn how homeschool groups and co-ops can make it easier to teach science to your middle school student.

Thank you for joining me on Day 4 of my 5-day series 
"Super Easy Ways to Teach Middle School Science." 

Let's talk about homeschool groups and co-ops. If you can find homeschool groups in your area, I highly recommend it. I did not have this luxury 15 years ago. Life would have been easier had I not been the only homeschooler in the area. These days, we are practically overrun with homeschool groups as it has become a 'norm' where I live.

How can homeschool groups and co-ops help you teach science?

Being a part of a homeschool group means someone (even you) will be arranging field trips. Lots of field trips. Sure you'll go to fun things like a children's museum or a local splash pad, but you'll also go to historical places and places that offer an education on topics related to science.

A co-op, on the other hand, offers actual classes conducted by other parents in the group. These classes are very much like any other educational class. The only difference is a parent is teaching it. If the co-op is well-organized, there will certainly be science classes offered.

Use Local Resources to Teach Middle School Science

Local resources are a great way to make teaching homeschool science easier.

Thank you for joining me on Day 3 of my 5-day series "Super Easy Ways to Teach Middle School Science."

Online classes and nature studies are two ways to make teaching homeschool science to middle school kids easier. Another is taking advantage of local resources.

What local resources could help you teach science?

You'd be surprised at the wealth of activities and classes you may find in your area. I'm in Central Florida and my kids have a lot available to them. 

For instance:
That's just touching the tip of the iceberg.

I realize not all areas have all of these types of resources and not all areas are as homeschool-friendly as Florida. Still, there must be something nearby. Even if no one has a class for homeschoolers specifically, they may have educational activities that you can incorporate into your science studies.

Look for places like..
  • art and science museums
  • science centers
  • local theme parks
  • mineral and rock museums
  • wildlife reservations
  • conservation groups
  • extension programs like these
I'm sure you can think of many more ideas for enriching your child's science education. If you have some ideas, share them in the comments. I'm sure we could all use them.

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July 22, 2014

Homeschool Nature Studies Are Easy with NaturExplorers

Are you looking for an easy way to conduct nature studies in your homeschool? NaturExplorers makes nature study easy.

Thank you for joining me on Day 2 of my 5-day series "Super Easy Ways to Teach Middle School Science."

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This week I'm talking about how we can make science an easier, less intimidating subject to teach in middle school. Yesterday I wrote about using Supercharged Science, leaving complete responsibility for science up to the instructor and your child. It works. It's easy.

Those science lessons are important, but they don't cancel out the need for nature study.

Nature studies help deepen appreciation for creation and cultivate a sense of wonder.

Whether or not you use an outside source for teaching science, I highly recommend continuing nature study throughout your child's homeschool career. It's important to remain connected with nature, no matter your age. 

That's why I still do nature study with my kids who are middle and high school ages. I don't want my children to lose their deep appreciation for creation. I don't want them to lose the wonder at seeing a creature, discovering a new flower or even just the beauty of a blue sky.