30 Days of Homeschool: Day 9 – Science

(reminders – this is about free resources for homeschool, in 30 non-consecutive posts…meaning: there won’t be a post every day, but there will be 30 🙂  )

PREFACE/ENCOURAGEMENT/PONTIFICATION: We put inordinate pressure on our kids if we expect them to be heroes in everything, or even in anything. They are who they are, and not everyone has the desire to be THE BEST at any one thing. Some shine in one area, some excel in many, and some are just simply happy to enjoy life. But whatever they are, they love to learn. That’s why I enjoy this information age. Yes, it can become all-consuming if we let our kids (and ourselves) withdraw from the real world of people and relationships and just learn things. But sites, like the ones below, are so full of good content, provided free by individuals, companies, and government, that it’s a shame to let them go to waste. It’s not an either/or proposition – EITHER our kids don’t know anything, OR they know everything. EITHER they’re dumb, OR they’re useful. With what’s available, our kids, with their penchant for soaking up the world, can learn so much AND do real things.

With these sites, some direction, and some interaction, our “students” can see the world from their living room, then practice, and then live it out. With homeschooling, we get to see, for ourselves, their eyes light up when they discover what the heart looks like, or how a cell works, and, and, and…you name it. Then you get to tell them the practical applications and outworkings.

Here they are, presented in alphabetical order:

Answers In Genesis – https://answersingenesis.org/
Lots of good articles and diagrams. Because it focuses on more than science, it can be a little bulky to get to the science site that you’re aiming for, but very good nonetheless.

Bill Nye – http://billnye.com/#educational
Bill is a good science teacher. The site is graphic-intensive, so it may take some time to navigate. Tons of good descriptions and downloadable resources here.

How Stuff Works — http://science.howstuffworks.com/
Easy to say, easy to use, easy to teach

iTunes U — http://www.apple.com/education/ipad/itunes-u/
Yes, it requires at least an iPhone (iPad is needed to view all available courses), but there’s a host of training regarding all kinds of sciences (not to mention all kinds of other things that would apply to, probably, all of these homeschool posts).

MIT — http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-department/
On this page you’ll find, obviously, higher-level information. But look for the sciences sections and you’re in for good instruction.

NASA – www.nasa.gov
This feature-rich site (meaning – takes time to render in your browser) has TONS of information, and  you can get some free apps for iPhone, iPhone and Android.

Wikipedia – www.wikipedia.org
This is a great place for quickly looking things up – e.g., what a nova looks like, the names and dates of scientists — but never hope for reliable, in-depth information. Still, it’s a great place. Since it’s such a simple site, you can access it from pretty much any device (our kids use a first-generation iPad to look things up on the site).

Happy Homeschooling!

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