Do I Really Need to Teach Science in My Homeschool?

Do I really need to teach science in my homeschool?

Do I Really Need to Teach Science in my Homeschool

In a word — yes! Science helps us to learn about the works of the wonderful world God has created for us to live in.

Child development experts have shown that children learn best by experiencing with all of their senses. Science is multi-sensory; that is, science incorporates all of the five sense: smelling, hearing, feeling, seeing, and (sometimes) tasting. Science incorporates tactile or hands-on learning.

Multi-sensory experiencing shouldn’t stop at kindergarten and become replaced with textbooks and workbooks!

Why Should I Waste My Precious Time Experimenting When I Teach Science?

Children of all ages very rarely understand a subject completely just by reading about it. In Jane Hoffman’s book, The Original Backyard Scientist, the forward tells the importance of experiments in relation to child development. It states: “The study of science provides the child with all the necessary ingredients needed for active learning and cognitive growth. Therefore, it is one of the best avenues through which the child can learn about the world around him.”

Granted, it would be much easier just to tell the child, “A grapefruit and vinegar are both sour,” but doing helps the child remember.

What Are Some Other Subjects That Science Encompasses?

Science encompasses reading, comprehension, writing, spelling, mathematics, history, and critical thinking. Just doing one science project or unit study can encompass all those subjects and more.

Can You Give Me an Example of a Unit Study?

Yes- here’s a thumbnail sketch of a Geology Unit we studied which demonstrates how many subjects and though processes are naturally incorporated.

  • I read aloud and we discussed books on geology.
  • The children retold the information using their own words.
  • They read books independently on the subject.
  • From the books we read, we formed a list of spelling and vocabulary words.
  • Then wee made sentences out of these words for our grammar.
  • Geography was covered as we graphed information on a world map and studied famous geologists of the past.
  • For Bible, we read Genesis 1:1-31 alongside parts of Streams of Civilization, comparing evolution and creation through historical perspective.
  • They loved classifying rocks into types and organizing a rock collection.
  • Classical music from the periods we studied helped keep an historical perspective.

Experiments in a Unit Study

From my Geology Unit, I used experiments from several sources.

Using the scientific method, the children placed drops of lemon and vinegar on different pieces of stone, then observed the results. Previous knowledge told them that vinegar and lemon are sour. The children now expanded their base of knowledge by learning that vinegar and lemon are acids. They used reasonoing and logical thinking skills to deduce the effect that acid has on rocks.

When a child does experiments, it helps build the character traits of confidence, attentiveness, perseverance, cooperation, and more.

In conclusion, teaching science in your homeschool is an important part of growing your child’s character, their knowledge of their Creator, and cooperation among their siblings. It’s well worth your time.

 

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My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for Character Building

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculum for Character Building

When we start thinking about what it means to build our children’s character what do you think about? I think about all the things that go into a child’s heart and mind. What are they watching, listening to, and reading? This never changes as they grow.

I once heard a story of a type of worm that cattle get when they graze that invades the nasal cavity and eventually attacks the brain. This always stuck with me as an example of our children in the world. They graze through so many things. What will invade their hearts and minds? I wanted to make sure that the ratio of things was always in my favor for as long as I had the influence to make that happen.

When my kiddos were very small we used a lot of song and books on tape. Steve Green and Your Story Hour were favorites. My own children even loved Shari Lewis’s One-Minute Bible Stories. Another favorite was the Arch books.

Children get older

As my children grew, it would take more than knowing the stories and hiding God’s word in their hearts, they would need to wrestle with concepts and a little theology to deepen their character. We grew to love family study time and found The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History a good choice for deep thinking that still taught the who, what, when, and where. We began to study the cause and effect of men and their actions in God’s Word and develop an understanding of God’s Providence.

Children as young adults

When my children all became of an age (we had enough overlap) and their homeschool studies took them to more and more independent learning I knew I had to find things that really challenged them! I turned to an in depth study (don’t let the name scare you off!) of Universal History by Ms. Katherine Dang.

History is a great tool to teach character because it allows your children to sit as a witness to those men and women who’ve gone before them and reaped and sowed. It shows them the role of conscience in the life of a believer and why to “go against conscience is neither right nor safe” for it is the “most sacred of all property” and the role of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit in forming it to build good character!

For additional character building resources, I recommend:

 

Raising Children with Good Character by LaToya Edwards (Mommy Jammies Night)

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fw_037_shinejesus_tallDon’t Be a Nimrod! – Meredith Curtis

Don’t Be a Nimrod! – Meredith Curtis

Who is Nimrod anyway? Learn about this notorious leader, mighty hunter, and builder of the Tower of Babel. He is a great example of things what to avoid when making life decisions and leading others. Meredith Curtis loves uncovering exciting tidbits from the past. Ancient History and Scripture collide to pass on wisdom as we learn another Life Lesson from Ancient History.

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Show Notes

Genesis 10:6-10

Genesis 11:4

Who Was Nimrod?

Great-grandson of Noah, grandson of Ham, Son of Cush

Mighty hunter, Mighty one on earth, Mighty hunter before the Lord (Mighty means manly, vigorous, hero, champion, tyrant, trapping men by force into his new kingdom)

The name “Nimrod” means “We will revolt.”

“The beginning of Nimrod’s Kingdom”—Kingdom means rule, dominion, king kingship

Babel was part of Nimrod’s Kingdom

Where Was His Kingdom?

The beginning of Nimrod’s Kingdom was in the land of Shinar: Babel, Urek (Erech), Accad, and Calneh. Later he built Ninveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and Resen.

Quote from History of the World by Flavius Josephus

Don Landis, The Secrets of Ancient Man (Master Books) page 13

Babel is Satan’s counterfeit for God’s Kingdom

“Come let us”: The goal of Babel was unity, to stay together, disobeying God’s command to fill the earth

“Build a City” Political goals, organized, one-world government (repeated over and over in history)

“A Tower into Heaven” Tower would reach the heavens, be like God, enter the heavens themselves

“A Name for Ourselves” Instead of glorifying God, glorifying man, self, own reason, own discovery

Hungarian Legends about Nimrod

Nimrod’s Legacy

Nimrod did not just open himself up to the devil and sin against God, he urged and inspired others to fall away from God and serve satan. His sin affected others too.

Nimrod’s legacy is pride, death, destruction, and separation from God.

Life Lesson from Ancient History

God has a plan to build His Kingdom, His Church, spread His glory as the waters cover the sea.

God’s plan is for sovereign nations, not one world government

We don’t “climb up to God,” but God came down to us through Jesus

We live for the glory of God, He gets glory

Resources

Ancient History Cookbook by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.Ancient History Timeline by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.

Let's Have Our Own Archaeological Dig by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.

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