Early Science Fun - Hands-On!



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Our early homeschooling years were all about exploring new things, learning basic phonics, playing with math manipulatives, and lots of read alouds and art play.  

But, by far, my daughter's favorite thing, during that time, was to do very simple science experiments in the kitchen, and go on nature walks to collect things.


And that became our focus for our early science studies...You know, science does not have to be complicated to be a wonderful learning experience for our kids.


Early Science Activities and FUN!


Photo Credit - Evan-Moor's Science Works Series

Nature Study

Our early nature study was all about collecting things.

Starting with the backyard, we went on nature walks, to explore whenever we could.  My little one was quite the collector, and was always picking up leaves, on the way to the library, in the parking lot of the grocery store,etc. We would bring her collections home, and use the leaves in our art, and, when she was a little older, we began to identify them by name.  Taking this time to stop and collect leaves, as we walked, set the stage for her learning to love nature, as she grew up.

Bird Watching




Then there was bird watching, feeding the birds with simple peanut butter feeders, studying ant hills, watching the moon, learning its cycle, and learning about and taking care of our cats.  


 Baking

And then there was baking!  Baking simple recipes were our first
science experiments.  Baking bread, and watching it rise, mixing together liquids,..... it was all an amazing miracle to my little scientist.


As we continue with our science learning fun, we just built on all these things that we started in preschool.  

We did tons of nature walks, and more explorations outside, of insects, plants, and trees.  And we planted a garden together each spring.  My daughter loved using a magnifying glass to check things out more closely.  

We would come home, and look up what we had seen, and that started classification of leaves, trees, and everything!  And looking things up together, taught my daughter beginning researching skills.

Then, later, our collecting things became nature tables, and baking morphed into simple science experiments in the kitchen. My daughter was learning that science was fun, and that she could do it herself, of course, with me at here side.


Simple Resources


When we wanted more ideas we turned to the Evan-Moor's ScienceWorks series. These workbooks were full of ideas, with lots of hands-on learning activities.We used a number of  them, picking the books based on the topics that my daughter  liked best. We started with, All About Plants.


Photo Credit - Evan Moor

It was a great resource, and added a lot to our backyard gardening explorations. 



EvanMoor's ScienceWorks offers a variety of science topics, for such as:

Heat, Light, and Sound
Simple Machines
Exploring Space
Geology
Learning About Weather 


Photo Credit - Evan-Moor

My daughter's favorite book was Learning About Weather I remember doing easy experiments together - like making a cloud - using ice cubes in a can, and watching my little one wonder at the magic of it all.  Priceless.

Then, later we enjoyed Animals without Backbones , as it was all about animals at our house.  Here is an excerpt from my review of that one:

"All concepts were taught through fun, hands on approaches and always with only one concept at a time. The best part was that my daughter felt like a young scientist, as she learned how to classify animals!" 


My little one couldn’t wait for the workbooks to arrive! And, the best thing about them was that they required minimal prep. Puzzles, mini-books to color and assemble, (very) simple experiments, and cut and paste were used to teach simple science concepts, one page at a time.

Habitats Study Review


For more information, I have reviews of All About Plants, and Habitats that you might check out, if you like.  I hope these ideas will help the budding scientists in your home, to learn that science is fun.


What are your favorites for early science?  I would love to hear about those in the comments, if you like.

Thanks for stopping by!  My "little one" is 19 now, and just finished her first year of college classes. Time flies...AND she still loves science!  






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Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now rising college senior, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting


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6 comments:

  1. What fantastic science resources. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool, Lisa Nelson! We loved doing early science together, and my daughter was always wanting to try another experiment, in our kitchen. Have a great week!

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  3. Hands on science exploration has been going on in this household for quite a while. We love finding bugs to put in our butterfly garden. We have explored fruit flies (thanks to being inundated with them more than once), we have grown frogs from tadpoles, we have spent many many hours in the kitchen. Hands-on is so important for children. I am so glad you shared about those workbooks. I will have to look into them, they seem really good. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on Littles Learning Link Up. So glad to have you joining in. Your post was featured this week. I hope you will be able to stop by this week.

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  4. Thank you, kewkew, for sharing your tips and how to's re bug science! And I am honored to be featured on the Little Learning Link Up, which is full of wonderful resources for your little ones!

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  5. Thanks for linking up. This is a great post!

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  6. Thanks, Phyllis!! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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