This post was graciously written by Paige Hudson, guest on our newest episode, I Love Homeschooling But I'm Not a Good Teacher. Affiliate links included.
Often just the word “science” can strike the fear into the heart of homeschool mom. Many fear that because we disliked science or didn’t understand the subject, there’s no way that we could ever be a good science teacher.
But this doesn’t have to be the case! You can teach science, even if the thought of science textbooks and dissections makes you want to gag.
Here are four tips to increase your science-teaching mojo!
Tip #1 – Do lots of hands-on.
What kid doesn’t prefer to do a hands-on project over reading about a subject in a textbook? After all, doing it is way more fun than reading about it!
Adding scientific demonstrations, experiments, nature study, online dissections, and even science fair projects serve to ramp up your student’s interest in the subject. Plus it gives your child a chance to see the principles he or she is learning about in action!
Doing science instead of reading about it in boring book will serve to make you look like a super-star science teacher.
Tip #2 – Read oodles of great non-fiction and living books.
There are a multitude of options available to help you study science beyond the standard textbook.
Non-fiction books like the Let’s Read and Find Out series allow you to dig deeper into a subject at a level that your student will understand. Living books like the Sassafras Science Adventures and the Burgess Bird Book create excitement and adventure around science facts for your child.
Reading from these resources makes learning scientific information tons of fun, which will cause your student to think you rock at teaching science.
Tip #3 – Watch tons of science video.
Letting your child watch movies for science one day will definitely increase your cool-science-teacher factor.
Tip #4 – Get the right curriculum.
The right curriculum supports your weak spots and adds to your strengths. It will provide the guidance and direction you need. No one curriculum fits every homeschooler, so don’t be afraid to look at all the options before you decide which one will work for you. And if it turns out that after several months, it just isn’t working, don’t be afraid to pitch it for something new.
Having the right curriculum on hand will serve to give you the confidence you need to be the best science teacher you can be.
In a Nutshell
Add in some hands-on, some great books, and some videos. Support those with the right curriculum for your situation and you’ll have a recipe for some major science-teaching mojo!
Paige Hudson is an author, speaker, and homeschooling mom of two. She discovered her love of science early on which developed into a passion for sharing the subject with homeschoolers and students. You can also find her sharing tips and tools for homeschool science education at her blog, Elemental Blogging, and at her company’s websites, Sassafras Science and Elemental Science.