As I write this, many parents are preparing for summer. Those of us in the homeschool community are also looking ahead into the fall and researching curriculum and choosing courses, and trying to do all of that without breaking the bank. While homeschool science can be one of the FUNNEST subjects to teach, it can be costly. It doesn’t have to be, though. Here are several great books with science experiments and unit studies that won’t break the bank.
The Curious Kid’s Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-On Activities for Ages 4-8Amazing (Mostly) Edible Science: A Family Guide to Fun Experiments in the Kitchen365 Simple Science Experiments with Everday MaterialsScience Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers
Short of plunking down cold hard cash, science can be one of those homeschool resources that are hard to find, especially if you’re on a budget. Have no fear because there ARE homeschool science resources out there that won’t kill your budget. In fact, here are 5 homeschool science resources worth checking out today!
My Science Box
I love the name of this free science homeschooling resource, but I also love the content within it as well. My Science Box is actually run by a science professor and the website is pure genius. Sadly, the curriculum is a little sparse for little ones, but the number of lesson plans grows as the grade level rises. I can’t wait to use some of the lesson plans when my kidlets get a bit older.
Middle School and Highschool Science
Are you a homeschooling parent looking for science material for your middle schooler? There are several different kinds of print you can subscribe to help fill in your science homeschooling curriculum. Symmetry Magazine (http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/) is one of those amazing science resources that you will want to check out.
A-Z Homeschooling is a unique place to find free homeschooling science materials for your children. This website is basically a resource to help you find free homeschooling materials in all subjects, but it also has a page on science materials. Utilize everything from online materials to online libraries with A-Z Homeschooling Free Science Curriculum List.
Preschool Science Curriculum
Can I suggest really digging into reading materials for the younger ages? Homeschool science resources are plentiful during this age. Using books and videos like the Magic School Bus really helps you cover a large amount of material in a short period of time. You can also take little ones to places like the library, zoo, hiking, and museums for hands on fun. Look up the nearest children’s museum close to you, your kids will have a ball. Scholastic.com even has a nice page full of resources for science experiments for kids.
The Happy Scientist
The Happy Scientist is a great place to get free science curriculum for your homeschool journey. You can select several different categories in science to learn from life science, earth science, chemical science, and more. There is a paid fee if you choose to register for his videos, but he also has TONS of free videos, experiments and more. Take advantage of the free science stuff on his site while you can.
Amatuer Entomologists’ Society
One of the best parts of science is learning about bugs. This next free homeschool science resource is ideal for learning about almost every type of bug out there. The Amateur Entomologists’ Society is one of those websites you really need to check out for yourself to believe how awesome it really is. http://www.amentsoc.org/insects/caresheets/
Honestly, I can’t believe how many free science resources there are out there for families who choose to homeschool their kids. Our local zoo even offers science boxes that you can check out! I love checking out the Find Free Activities at Discount School Supply, too. Seveveral of them can be worked into science lessons. Obviously, there are also tons of fee based science homeschooling options available as well. Make sure you take a moment or two to go through this resource list to see what works for you.
There are a ton of fun experiments available, too. The kids have such fun with these, they don’t realize they’re actually learning. Score one for the homeschool mom!