For years, we’ve been doing science, taking walks, examining leaves, dissecting flowers, raising butterflies… all of it intensely fun. Yet now, (or in the near future) those “fun” science lessons are morphing into some SERIOUS high school science, for which we assume all “fun” is over. Let me tell you from experience, this doesn’t have to be the case, and you don’t have to fear the rigors of a high school science course!
First, you need to come to to terms with the fact that it’s okay for you NOT to teach your children. There are necessary times when we as parents become co-learners with our children, because not everyone is a scientist! We can guide, direct, and monitor their education while they receive knowledge from another source. Thinking of high school science in this way should alleviate the stress of feeling that it’s all up to you.
Second, use a curriculum that makes learning science interesting and fun. The best ones that I have found to do this, are the ones specifically written for homeschoolers.
Third, make up a schedule to help you highschooler know exactly how much they are to accomplish each week in order to finish by their chosen date.
Fourth, set aside a specific time to complete the “science lab” experiments within your curriculum. The lab is a vital component to giving your student a concrete foundation to key concepts. Some homeschoolers do “labs” on Fridays or once a month for several days.
For some of you, even with all the helpful hints possible the thought of going it “alone” still petrifies you. Don’t worry, there are many great homeschool curriculum resources that offer the complete package. These options either have courses on DVD, online, in person, or via computer, and they will instruct your student without any requirement on your behalf. We’ve compiled a great list of resources that should meet your homeschool science needs.
|Freshman Science||Earth Science Text (if not taken in 8thgrade)Planet Earth Video SeriesBiology Text (College prep track)|
|Sophomore Science||Biology (online Biology and virtual lab)Virtual cat dissectionChemistry Text and Chemistry Videos|
|Junior Science||Chemistry (Free Saylors Course) orPhysics GA Virtual Physics Course and Video Series|
|Senior ScienceAdditional Resources||Optional for most states (2-3 credits required)Specialized Biology, Chemistry, or Physics for science based college majors OR Forensics, Astronomy, Environmental sciencesComplete Package Curriculum (easy for parent!)|
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