Homeschool Science: Is this the most important subject?

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Homeschool Science: Is this the most important subject?Show Notes: LifeSkills101 Podcast – “Why Science is the Most Important Subject in Your Homeschool”

In this episode, we delve into the pivotal role of science in homeschooling. Science stands as a cornerstone of education, driving curiosity and critical thinking.

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First, science cultivates a sense of wonder.

It encourages questions about the natural world. This curiosity fuels lifelong learning. Children explore, experiment, and discover through science.

Second, science develops critical thinking skills.

It teaches kids to analyze information, solve problems, and make informed decisions. These skills are crucial in all areas of life.

Moreover, science education fosters innovation. It inspires kids to invent, create, and find solutions to challenges. Today’s science students are tomorrow’s innovators.

Science also promotes environmental awareness.

It teaches the importance of sustainability and conservation. Understanding science helps kids appreciate and protect our planet.

Furthermore, science has practical applications. It’s not just theoretical knowledge. Science skills are essential in everyday life, from cooking to understanding technology.

Science education prepares students for the future.

Many future careers require a solid science foundation. Fields like medicine, engineering, and technology are growing rapidly.

Integrating science into homeschooling can be fun and engaging. Experiments, outdoor activities, and science projects make learning interactive. Resources like online courses and science kits enhance the experience.

Encourage curiosity and questions in homeschol science.

Let your kids lead their science learning journey. Their interests can guide your curriculum choices.

Don’t shy away from difficult topics. Use them as opportunities to teach critical thinking and research skills. Every question is a chance to learn something new.

To wrap up, science is not just another subject. It’s a way to understand the world. It equips kids with the skills needed for success in life and future careers.

Science in homeschooling is about more than facts and figures.

It’s about inspiring a lifelong journey of discovery. Let’s make science a priority in our homeschools.

Join us next time on LifeSkills101 for more tips on enhancing your homeschool experience. Together, we can ignite a passion for learning in our children.


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Gamified Science Apps for Neurodiverse Brains

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263: Gamified Science Apps for Neurodiverse Brains


Gamified Science Apps for Neurodiverse Brains

In today’s episode, host Meryl Van Der Merwe interviews homeschooling mom And Clark about two gamified science apps she uses with her neurodiverse kids — Brilliant  and TytoOnline. These gamified science apps make science interactive and engaging for both neurodiverse and neurotypical students. Brilliant offers supplemental math and science courses while Tyto is a 3D video game focused on middle and high school science.

Brilliant

  • Offers math, science, computer science courses and puzzles
  • Pay monthly or annually
  • Has free preview available
  • For advanced middle school and high school students

Tyto Online

  • 3D science video game for middle and high school students
  • Costs $5/month for first child, $4/month for additional children
  • Includes courses on cells, ecology, earth systems, etc.
  • Students create avatars and conduct virtual experiments

You can find Andi at AndiClark.com

 


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Kitchen Science

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255: Kitchen Science with Randi Smith

Randi Smith from Peanut Butter Fish Lessons is my guest and in this episode she shares how she has been using Kitchen Science as a homeschool elective class

Books mentioned in the episode

Randi’s blog post with all the details of what they did and the Youtube videos they watched to compliment the cooking: Homeschool Cooking Science

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Biblical Creation Terminology

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Biblical CreationBiblical Creation Terminology

In order to have an intelligent discussion, you must understand the terms. Biblical Creation terminology is the focus of this podcast.

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Biblical Creation vs. Evolution:

A quick definition of Biblical Creation begins with the Creator God. A Creator God began the world with His Word. Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Evolution – by definition is a change over time, it is a two-step process.
1. The theory that life began spontaneously on its own
2. Darwin’s theory of simple life evolving into more complex

The terminology is confusing.
Terminology is everything. “He who defines the term wins.”

What is in a word?
Creation:
1. Creation science
2. Biblical Creation
3. Old Earth Creationist

Evolution:
1. Macro Evolution
2. Convergent Evolution
3. Darwinism
4. Neo-Darwinism
5. Old Earth
6. Theistic Evolution

God created the world with His Word. Genesis 1:1

Do you believe that God created? It is a matter of faith, evidence points to a Creator.

Intelligent Design:

An “Intelligent” Designer began the world
Science points to order not disorder
Evolution does not make sense in regard to life beginning by accident
The Designer could be:
1. God (for Christians)
2. Aliens
3. Unknown

Adaptation:

Scientists are conflicted and confused when discussing this aspect of evolution. The idea that traits are inherited by use and disuse is unscientific. The theory is that an organism adapts or alters according to certain genetic limits or due to circumstances.

Creationists do believe that adaptation does happen within certain generic limits. Adaptation happens within a kind. For example, there are different kinds of dogs, cats, finch, etc.

However, dogs remain dogs. New creatures or new features are never observed through adaptation.

Speciation:
1.Evolution of populations with species
2. Evolutionary biologists involved in the debate over what the term means
3. Based on the word “species”
4. Signifies a small step along evolution from one basic kind to another (false)
5. Variation should be used instead
6. Changes that occur with certain characteristics

Evolutionary scientists:

1. Have faith in evolution
2. Will not back down even with the lack of evidence
3. Bottom line: atheists, agnostics or Bible believers who see evolution evidence through evolutionary filters
4. Those who believe God created the world as stated in Genesis
a. take Genesis and the entire Bible in faith
b. Believe science confirms the Bible


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How to Set Students up for Success in High School Science Classes

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How to set students up for success in high school science classes

230: How to set students up for success in high school science classes with Dr. Kristin Moon

Dr. Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science explains how to set students up for success in high school science classes.

Dr. Moon teaches Chemistry for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy and a number of science classes at True North Homeschool Academy.

These are the questions she answers:

1. What should middle school parents do to make sure their children are ready

2. a) What is the biggest problem you see in high school classes?
b) How to overcome this problem?

3. a) What other problems?
b) How to overcome them?

4. What non-science skills do students need to be successful?

You can find the summer class on Math Skills for Chemistry mentioned in this episode here

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Science Fun Online

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #181, Science Fun Online, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Science Fun Online

In “Science Fun Online,” Episode, #181, Laura Nolette & Meredith Curtis talk about Laura’s science class Science Exploration at True North Homeschooling Academy. First, they talk about homeschool co-oping and how they ended up leading a co-op and teaching online. What takes the intimidation out of learning science? Is hands-on science fun possible online? How do children respond and learn science online? Laura and Meredith answer these questions and more!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Our experience  homeschooling, co-oping, and teaching online

Science Classes In Person

  • All ages together for labs, experiments, and projects
  • Trebuchet -physics
  • Potato gun – physics
  • Volcano – earth science
  • Games, crafts, more!

Goal of Teaching Science in Elementary

  • Children learn that science is fun!
  • Children learn that science is interesting!
  • Integrating all ages for labs, experiments, and projects.
  • Set them up for success in the more formal years

Science ExplorationFrom Stars to Shining Seas by Laura Nolette and Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.

  • Online classes at True North Homeschool Academy
  • 2 Age Groups
  • Hands-on Science
  • Textbook this Year: From Seas to Shining Stars

Benefits of Online Science Fun

  • Children LIKE science rather than being intimidated by it
  • Children enjoy learning
  • Pleasant, wholesome atmosphere

Science Exploration at True North Homeschool Academy

  • Science Exploration A for K-3

Science Exploration A for K-3rd Grade at True North Homeschool Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Science Exploration B for 4-6

Science Exploration B for 4th-6th Grade at True North Homeschool Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Science Resources

Our curriculum works great at home; or in church, homeschool co-ops, and online classes, too! 😊

From Stars to Shining Seas by Laura Nolette and Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc. Little Lambs Exploring the Heavens Lapbook by Laura Nolette and Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc. My Creation Week Lapbook by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions, inc. Healthy Living for Christian Teens by Meredith Curtis

 


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TV Shows that spark a love for science and technology

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TV shows that spark a love for science and technology

218: TV Shows that Spark a Love for Science and Technology

In this episode, I share some favorite TV shows that spark a love for science and technology – while they entertain. These are not shows that explain scientific concepts. Listen to the episode as I describe each of them. The shows I mention are:

  • Fetch (Amazon Prime)
  • Annedroids (Amazon Prime)
  • Design Squad (Amazon Prime)
  • Baking Impossible (Netflix)
  • Lego Masters (Hulu)
  • Domino Masters(Hulu)
  • Mark Rober’s Youtube channel
  • Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers – PBS/Youtube

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

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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!

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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

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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