How to Get Your Teens Interested in Science, Interview with Kristin Moon

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Get Your Teens Interested in Science, Interview with Kristin Moon.

How to Get Your Teens Interested in Science, Interview with Kristin Moon

How to Get Your Teens Interested in Science, Interview with Kristin Moon

Vicki was excited this week to get together with our old friend, Dr. Kristin Moon. Both Vicki and Kristin are natives of the same hometown in Florida (although neither of them live there these days). Therefore, we like to swap old stories. However, on the podcast this week we want to talk about getting teens actually interested in Science.

As you have probably noticed, some teens are born scientists. They love Science from an early age. Many of them go into some kind of science-related field for careers. However, many teens feel intimidated by the subject or simply think they dislike it. That’s why we asked Kristin to help us out.

Kristin’s homeschool story

Kristin and her husband have graduated their two sons from homeschooling. Both are at the University of Kentucky now. One is studying Engineering, the other was has started an Organic Chemistry major.

Kristin earned her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Florida. Her idea was to have a career as a lab scientist. However, when she had her first son, she decided to be a full-time mom. She heard about homeschooling while her sons were just toddlers and decided to give it a try. After that she was sold! They homeschooled all the way through to graduation!

Kristin got interested in Science in part because her dad was an engineer and a favorite uncle was a scientist. However, she discovered a love of Science in her first semester of college she was required to take “A Survey of Biology” course. She discovered the wonders of DNA and how viruses work to hijack cells and turn them into virus factories. Kirstin declared a Biology major at that time!

When she finished her undergrad degree, Kristin went on to get her graduate degrees specializing in lab science and loved every minute of it.

Then, as a mom, her church’s homeschool group would invite her to teach some Science classes. From there, she was asked to teach Science at various co-ops. When her sons were in high school, she wanted her sons to love Science as much as she did. However, she could not find inspiring labs and curriculum for high schoolers. Therefore, she developed her own labs and courses! She is now sharing these labs and courses on her Kristin Moon Science website. (The website has WONDERFUL short courses, tons of lab videos, tutoring, resources and MORE!)

Then she added teaching high school Science courses with two online academies:

How to get your teens interested in Science

So, how to you get your teens interested in Science? Here are some tips:

Do not rely only on textbooks

Textbooks have their place. However, if you only use textbooks, it will be hard for your teens to feel inspired.

Teens need hands-on experiences

You can explore Science in everyday life. Leverage something that they already like and find the Science in that area. For instance:

  • If they like, cooking, explore the chemistry of baking
  • For those who love sports, what are the physics involved?
  • If they like cars, look for the engineering that goes into cars

The internet is a world of information, so perhaps you can google together and log hours on a special interest Science elective credit. This kind of fun Science credit often gets a teen “hooked” on Science!

Watch your words

Parents should be careful to watch their words. So many of us accept that our teens need to know Math or Language Arts. Therefore, we do not bemoan the fact that we must work with our teens through those courses. However, sometimes parents project their intimidation or bad feelings about Science onto their teens. This gives them the unwritten, but easily caught, message that Science is going to be a bad experience. That would be sad if God might have been calling them into the field of Science as a career!

Therefore, try to remain neutral in your words, or even help them find ways to be inspired by their Science classes. In other words: try to present Science with a positive tone.

Help teens remain curious

Children are born curious. Remember when they were young, they were always asking, “WHY?”

When teens ask, “why?” about any lab or textbook information, take the time to model curiosity for them. Sit down with them and google the question. See what you can find. This helps them know that questions are worth exploring and keeps them inspired.

Notice the world around you with your teens. Kristin Moon

Notice the world around you with your teens

Discuss the lovely or challenging things in the natural world around you. Point them out casually:

  • The days are longer in the summertime. When is the sun setting?
  • When do the cicadas sing?
  • In the springtime, how do flowers know to break forth from underground?
  • When do the birds migrate in your area?
  • Why kinds of clouds are there in the sky today?

These do not need to be the topic of this year’s Science class. Instead, they bring Science (and God’s handiwork) to life on a day to day basis. (However, if you want, add some of these observations- especially if you spend some time with it- to your teens’ lab hours).

This makes Science relevant and helps our teens find beauty in God’s world. This often even helps teens’ faith grow!

Don’t be afraid that Science will damage your teens’ faith

What both Kristin and Vicki found (Vicki was a Biology major during her youth), was that learning about the wonders of the world around them drew them closer to God, not away from Him.

Some hands-on ways to make Science relevant

  • Try to find or create some models or diagrams of the things they are learning, for instance:
    • Cells
    • Atoms
    • Ecosystems
    • When teens have to attend to detail as they create a model, they tend to understand and feel inspired.
  • If you can, gather some basic tools, such as:
    • Magnifying glasses from the Dollar Store
    • Plastic table cloths
    • Binoculars
  • Use YouTube for lab ideas
  • Teach that failed experiments are not a failure
    • They can learned a growth mindset and perseverance

Connect with Kristin at

Kristin Moon Science Facebook

And check out this interview with Kristen: Engaging Teens in Science.

Join Vicki and Kristin for inspiring ideas for getting teens interested in Science.

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Why Studying Science is a Mandatory Life Skill!

Emma is a Cambridge trained physicist, who teaches online Science classes from True North Homeschool Academy.Why Studying Science is a Mandatory Life Skill!

Today, True North Homeschool Academy Director, Lisa Nehring, is joined by Emma Cummings. Emma is a Cambridge  trained physicist, who teaches online Science classes from True North Homeschool Academy, while homeschooling her own children in Scotland.

Today, she is sharing with us, 3 Reasons Why Studying Science is a Mandatory Life Skill

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  1. It teaches problem solving and critical thinking and logic skills. Students lean both inductive and deductive reasoning from Science study, how to make inferences and the logical conclusions of things. It also teaches excellent communication skills, as the Scientific Method and Lab Reports demand efficient and effective communication.
  2. It awakens science students to the wonder of Creation. Science trains students to notice both the very small, the very large, patterns, anomalies nad more. Throughout this study, Intelligent Design becomes very clear. So many great Scientists have been great men and women of God. Studying Science doesn’t draw people away from God, it draws them to God!
  3. Its FUN! Emma was drawn to science as a young girl because of her love for blowing things up and getting a reaction, and that love dynamic has not changed! She still thinks science is about the most fun a person could have!

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Online resources to make science engaging

Online Resources to Make Science Engaging

88: Online Resources to make Science Engaging

In this episode, show sponsor, FundaFunda‘s science teachers share some of their favorite online resources to make science more engaging.

Heather Fulghum (Ecology and Earth Science teacher) mentions these resources

Dr. Dana Underwood (Biology 1 and Biology 2 teacher) has these suggestions

  • allow kids a choice for projects (they’ve done scratch/python, stop-motion animation, and more traditional things like powerpoint)
  • use animations for complicated molecular things
  • use online articles for current topics or more in-depth things
  • find Scientific American type articles and videos from PBS, etc.

Dr. Kristin Moon (Chemistry teacher) mentions these resources

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Online Resources to Make Science Engaging

PHET Science Simulations

Phet science simulations

Episode 49: PHET Science Simulations with Kristin Moon

Today’s interview is with Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science and the topic is PHET Science Simulations. You can also follow her on Facebook.

Why use simulations

Simulations allow students to have a concrete idea of concepts that are difficult to explain.

What are PHET simulations

They are free simulations on the topics of math, physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science that are useful for students of all grade levels. They are created by the University of Colorado in Boulder and you can find them here.

Favorite simulations

  • Build an Atom
  • Balancing Chemical Equations
  • Reactants, Products, and Leftovers
  • Molecule Shapes

Other good simulations

  • Equality Explorer (it helps kids “see” how algebra works)
  • Balloons and Static Electricity (kids can “see” how static charge builds)
  • Gene Expression Essentials (students direct the formation of three different proteins from three different genes)
  • Circuit Builder

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HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School, Interview with Luke Gilkerson

This week on HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School, Interview with Luke Gilkerson.

HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School. Luke Gilkerson of Experience Astronomy shares the benefits when studying Astronomy as homeschool science. #HomeschoolHighSchool #HomeschoolScience #AstronomyForHomeschoolHighSchool

HSHSP Ep 154: Astronomy for Homeschool High School, Interview with Luke Gilkerson

Homeschool high schoolers need lots of science on their transcripts. This includes Biology and Chemistry but they will also need 1 or 2 other sciences, according to their post-graduation goals. Many teens can really benefit from including Astronomy as one of those sciences.

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Join us for an interview with Luke Gilkerson, of Experience Astronomy, as he explains the benefits of studying Astronomy:

  • Astronomy can be a whole-family project. It can be adapted for all ages.
  • Astronomy is real life! All you have to do is go outside and look at the sky (although, there is so much more teens can engage so that they get a meaningful Astronomy credit for the transcript).
  • Astronomy gives students a time to wonder at the glory of God. The feeling of awe that the night sky inspires is good for body and soul.
  • Astronomy is a lab science! It is available right out the door. (In fact, with Luke’s course, you don’t even need a telescope.)
  • Astronomy can be a science or an elective. Adapt it to either need on the transcript.
  • Astronomy could also be adapted as a history credit. Astronomy is historical. In the old days, the sky was people’s calendar and clock. Their lives were guided by it, so of course it became the source of some of their legends and myths.

Experience Astronomy (elementary or high school levels). High school level is 120-180 hours of work, taught by Luke recorded and online and live online, with integrated history and culture. The most important component is the *field portion* where students learn to read the sky like a map and record field notes and drawings. The course includes hands-on projects and some papers. It is a robust course for the homeschool transcript!

Study Astronomy with your family. Homeschool high schoolers can record a robust and meaningful credit. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast

Join Vicki and Luke Gilkerson for our discussion of Astronomy. Check out Experience Astronomy’s courses (and their Biology class that is designed as a CLEP preparation course, too).

And you’ll also enjoy our Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode on Science for Non-Science Majors.

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Homeschooling from Genesis

Homeschooling from Genesis

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #82, Homeschooling from Genesis, with Meredith Curtis and Steven Policastro, on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.In “Homeschooling from Genesis,” episode #082, Meredith Curtis and Steven Policastro talk about using Genesis to teach history, science, and geography in the homeschool setting. Starting from this foundation, your children can learn every subject from a Christ-centered and biblical worldview. Steven and Meredith also talk about International Association for Creation and National Homeschool Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Show Notes

The Book of Genesis

True

Jesus referred to it as true and the people and events mentioned as real.

It is very specific about dates. (My talk “Teaching History with Genesis” for National Homeschool Day.

How Genesis is foundational for the Gospel and how we can see Jesus in Genesis, as well as a great resource for history & science.

Biblical Worldview of History

Linear

Beginning & End.

Jesus is the focal point of all history.

The earth is young.

Adam & Eve created in God’s image; full human.

Biblical Worldview of Science & Geography

The earth created in perfection. No death.

Fall.

Noah’s Flood/Geological, climate, & geographical changes.

International Association for Creation

Creation Mandate in Genesis 1:28

Advancing the biblical, Christ-honoring worldview

National Homeschool Day

National Homeschool Day Speakers 2019

We invite you to learn, grow, and explore.

 

Global, faith-based, parent-led education revolution

Vision & Heart to Equip Parents

Speakers include:

Israel Wayne, Family Renewal, LLC

Dr. Lainna Callentine, Sciexperience

Kyle Justice, Awesome Science Media

Sherri Seligson, Author, Speaker, Scientist

Barb & Rich Heki, Grandparents of Homeschoolers

Meredith Curtis, Powerline Productions

Resources

HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith CurtisAncient History Timeline with Timeline Figures by Meredith CurtisWorldview Understand the Times by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette

1,001 Homeschool Days at the Beach

1001 Homeschool Days at the Beach | Yes you can actually spend 1001 Homeschool Days at the Beach and learn so much more than in a book! Join us to find out more. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #beach

1001 Homeschool Days at the Beach

Want to learn some amazing ways to learn? In this episode, you will learn 1001 homeschool days at the beach worth of activities!

In “1001 Homeschool Days at the Beach,” Episode #067, Meredith Curtis & Laura Nolette take you back in time to 1,001 homeschooling days spent at the beach and share what they explored and discovered about sand, ocean, marine life, tide pools, crabs, shells, tides, sunburns, swimming, and water safety.  So, next time, you decide to homeschool at the beach, don’t feel guilty! There are so many ways to teach geography, marine biology, oceanography, architecture, health, safety, and earth science lessons at the beach. Best of all, you can rest, relax, and play.

 

 

 


Proclaiming Jesus through Bible Studies, Classes, Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts!Proverbs 3:13-14 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 


Show Notes – 1001 Homeschool Days At The Beach

Let’s go back in time to the year 2000. We were two thirty-something moms who loved the beach and had nine children between us. And so the adventure began. And continued. We have logged many hours at the beach. Here are over 1001 homeschool days at the beach ideas and activities. Each one of these activities could actually be one-hundred things on their own!

“Finish Math and let’s go to the beach!”

Marine Biology Observation

Bird watching

Dolphin sighting

Manatee sighting

Shark sighting

Fish in the water

Exploring around on the shore

Crab Hunting at Night with Flashlights

 

Marine Biology

Sea Life: Seaweed, Crabs, Sea Stars, Jellyfish, Fish, Hermit crabs, Mole Crabs

Beach Grass

 

Oceanography

Low Tide/High Tide moving stuff for tides

Currents

Rip Tides

Ingredients of Sand

Shell Collecting (What animal lived in this shell)

 

Earth Science

Erosion of Sand on rocks and shells and driftwood

Beach Erosion after Storms

 

Architecture

Bridges

Draw Bridges

Sand Castles (dealing with water drainage, etc.)

Bridges (Over Intercoastal Waterway)

Lighthouses (Ponce Inlet)

Beach Houses (notice how they are designed to protect from flooding)

Fort at Saint Augustine

 

History

Treasure Coast Museum

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse Museum

Saint Augustine Fort

Saint Augustine

 

Geography

Mapping Route to Beach

Looking at Maps of Beach for Inlets, Harbors, Islands, etc.

Landforms: Ocean, Shore, Rivers

Sand Dunes

 

Human Anatomy/Health/Safety

Burying One Another in the Sand

Water Safety

Rip Tide Safety

First Aid (e.g. Jelly Fish Sting)

Tanning, Skin Care, Skin Protection, Sunburn First Aid

 

Food & Nutrition

Planning & Packing Lunches, Snacks, Drinks for Hydration

 

Art

Sand as a Medium/Building Sand Castles

Photography of Nature

Photography of People

Scrapbook the Memories

 

Collections

Shell Collecting

 

Character/Leadership

Packing for the Beach

Serving (carrying stuff, setting stuff up)

Leadership (getting things ready to go, packing up when they leave)

 

P.E.

Climb Lighthouse

Walk Along the Beach

Frisbee, Touch Football, Paddle Ball

Swim, Body Surfing, Surfing, Skim Boarding

We hope this jump starts your own 1001 Homeschool Days At The Beach Ideas!  – and if you have any you’d like to share with us, let us know!

Homeschool Resources

Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith CurtisJoyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisSeven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How to Fit Science Into Your Busy Homeschool Schedule

How to fit science into your busy homeschool schedule | sample schedules & organization tips

How to Fit Science Into Your Busy Homeschool Schedule

How to fit science into your busy homeschool schedule- start with organization. Ideally science would be taught every day. Realistically that’s not always possible as children grow and have many subjects to cover.

What does organization have to do with science?

Studying the principles of science requires an organized approach. Don’t let the fear of how much time science will take factor in to your decision about whether or not to teach it! There’s no such thing as a perfect homeschool mom. Or perfectly organize done.

How do I get organized?

I’ll tell you what worked for me. I began on my knees in prayer. That’s been the mainstay of our homeschool life and life in general. Yet, what I lacked was an organized approach. I ended up going around in circles and feeling frustrated by the end of the day.  What I discovered is there are a million ways to organize your life and your homeschool. You just need to pick one and start applying the principles right away. Here are some to choose from:

Dealing with Interruptions in Your Homeschool Day

Start by having a basic schedule or routine.  This helps you know where to pick up where you left off when things get hectic. This helps you to have “planned interruptions.” Take the time to work on a simple schedule or check list that you can start using today for success in your homeschool tomorrow. Specifically regarding science, here are some suggestions:

Five Combinations for Teaching Science

  1. First method – textbook / workbook, experiment books
  2. Second method – textbook, questions done orally, research books, experiment book
  3. Method 3 – science as a single subject: scope and sequence, books on the topic to read, and experiment books
  4. Method 4 – unit study approach: books to read on the topic, biography, experiment books.
  5. Fifth method – family chooses topic (as a single subject) books to read on the topic, research books, and experiment books

A Very Doable Sample Schedule for Teaching Science

Three Days Per Week

Remember, these are suggestions. You make the decision that’s good for your family.

Approximate time spent teaching on a three days per week schedule:

  • K-3, 60-70 minutes per day
  • 4-8, 80-90 minutes per day
  • 9-12, 85-85 minutes per day

Approximate time spent teaching on a three days per week schedule:  K-3, 60-70 minutes per day 4-8, 80-90 minutes per day 9-12, 85-85 minutes per day

Two Days Per Week

Again, while these are what worked for us and what I recommend, please do choose a length of time that fits your own family.

Approximate time spent teaching on a four days per week schedule:

  • K-3, 90-100 minutes per day
  • 4-8, 120-130 minutes per day
  • 9-12, 125-135 minutes per day

Approximate time spent teaching on a four days per week schedule: K-3, 90-100 minutes per day 4-8, 120-130 minutes per day 9-12, 125-135 minutes per day

One thing to remember is that when using the unit study approach to science, you’re not just teaching science in this approximated time- you’re teaching several subjects! That’s a time savings!

 

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HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

This week on HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors!

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

Note: We are not affiliates with any curriculum mentioned in this episode.

What if your homeschool highschooler is NOT going to be a science major in college, or might not even be going to college. Must they do a

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • 2 Other Sciences:
    • General Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Astronomy, Physics, Marine Science, Geology, etc.
    • Health (Some states list Health as a Science, some create a special category for Health)

When creating a Science credit for your homeschool high schooler you will need:

  • Curriculum
  • 30 hours lab for Biology, Chemistry and one other science (at least 3 courses should include lab)

If you have a homeschool highschoolers who are not headed for college OR will not be a Science major (and will start at a community college or less competitive college), Average-level Science courses are a great choice.

What are levels in homeschool highschool?

Level 1: Remedial

Level 1 is a remedial level. This level is for students who have learning disabilities that prevent them from doing higher-level work. They need curriculum with short lessons, short assignments, simple vocabulary in the text for easy reading, modified tests experiences.

One popular curriculum for Level 1 Science is Pearson Education Pacemaker Series.

Level 2: Average

Average-level courses are for non-college-bound highschoolers or teens who will not be Science majors in college and will be attending a community college or less-competitive college. (College-bound teens should restrict their Average-level courses to around 2 credits.)

  • Westfield Studios 101. Make sure you follow their syllabus in order to earn a full Average-level credit.
  • Some online courses may be Average-level. Check Currclick.com. Be sure to read course descriptions and/or talk to the teacher.
  • Many local homeschool hybrid schools or co-ops will give this option. Co-ops are awesome because the contagious enjoyment of a teacher who loves science can help teens get the most out of these core courses. (And someone else is teaching a subject you may not like!)
  • Try group labs.

BE sure to note on your transcript which level your student’s core courses are taught.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a discussion about their personal experiences with homeschool highschool science and some good resources. In the meantime, check out these posts.

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

 

HSHSP Ep 67: Science Labs for Non-STEM Teens

 

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors


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Exploring Florida’s Marine Environment

Exploring Florida’s Marine Environment

Podcast #33

Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn to talk about some of the places in Florida to explore Marine science. There are many resources in Florida to explore this field of Science. Listen in and see what Florida has to offer! Make plans to join us this September for our STEM Conference. Find more information at the link below.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

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