Too often, science instruction in schools consists of two things: vocabulary and formulas. While these are easy to teach and easy to test kids on, they aren't what makes science interesting or valuable.
More and more STEM educators are calling for science instruction that encourages kids to try things for themselves -- even if they don't get the "right answer." They say kids need to build, take apart, and work with their hands, not just read (and quickly forget) factoids that seem to have no connection to the world around them.
Homeschoolers have the advantage here. We can give our kids free rein to explore, without worrying about memorizing information they can easily look up when needed. And luckily, doing science experiments at home is not as hard as it seems.
Yesterday I showed you where to look for great science resources. My new articles tell you how to find science supplies to put together your own DIY laboratory, and gives suggestions for 10 fun experiments to try at home.
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