Hey there, parents!
If someone told you a year ago that you would be temporarily homeschooling your children because of a global pandemic, would you have believed them?
Regardless...we are here and we are all homeschooling!
34 states, 3 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia have ordered or recommended school building closures for the rest of the academic year, affecting approximately 38.6 million1 public school students. That’s up from 55,000 a few weeks ago!
We are all learning a new normal and every day is a new curve ball.
With 25+ years of experience supporting homeschool families, we are so impressed with how the world has stepped up to help educate their children at home.
Just a few more weeks of school before summer break. Let’s finish the academic year strong and help keep the kiddos busy learning hands-on science. They may even find inspiration to keep learning in the summer too!
1Edweek.org. Last updated on 4/21/2020.
Minds learn best when a topic is hands-on and relevant. Our COVID-19 learning kits are available for children of various ages to help them understand the spread of illness, properly washing hands and what a pandemic means.
The 6 hands-on activities involve:
- Testing hand-washing techniques for the removal of simulated viruses and germs on hands; practicing proper hand hygiene
- Exploring person-to-person virus transmission using simulated "germs"
- Assessing the possibility of surface-to-person transmission
- Demonstrating droplet-based transmission from a sneeze or cough
- Finding the source of a virus outbreak in a fictitious scenario
- Creating a potential solution that could be implemented in the fictitious community to protect citizens, prevent the spread of an infectious disease, and care for infected patients
Featured Weekly Projects
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From The Learning Center
13 WAYS TO TEACH SCIENCE AT HOME
Get practical tips on how to fit science into your schedule! Find ideas to fit students of any age or learning style. Start your homeschool science journey.
DIY SCIENCE PROJECTS FOR KIDS
During this time of quarantine, people everywhere are showcasing their creativity for entertainment and learning. Check out these at-home inspired learning science projects.
Hands-on Science In Action
Chemistry Magic: Mystery Pitcher
In this Home Science Tools video, watch us magically turn water into pink "kool-aid." Try this neat color-change science project yourself!
Conduct this liquid density experiment at home to explore the density of water, vegetable oil, and corn syrup! Which of these liquids do you think is the most dense? How about the least dense? Put your hypotheses to the test and explore a number of other liquid density experiments to learn more!
Egg in a Bottle
With this fun, hands-on egg experiment, kids can learn about the relation of temperature and pressure as they watch an egg get sucked into a bottle!
Kitchen Chemistry: Testing for Vitamin C
Testing different foods and drinks for Vitamin C is an engaging way to learn about chemistry! Kids love ‘kitchen chemistry’ experiments, and this is just one of the many you can easily do from home!
Make a Homemade Lava Lamp
Make your very own (temporary) lava lamp using just vegetable oil, water, and food coloring! With this quick and easy lava lamp experiment, kids can explore two important scientific principles: polarity and density.
How to make Simple Slime
A kid-favorite! This ooey-gooey simple slime is easy to make and a whole lot of fun to play with. With our Slime Science Kit for Kids, kids can have a blast making 4 types of slime (including simple slime), while also learning about chemical reactions & polymers!
How to Make Oobleck
To make this kind of slime, you only need water and cornstarch. Oobleck is a Non-Newtonian fluid that resembles quicksand; it acts like a solid AND a liquid. Making Oobleck is a quick, easy, and engaging home science experiment for the whole family!
Glo Germ Kits & Experiments
Learn how to stop the spread of germs by using simulated germs in Glo Germ Gel! The fake germs glow blue under a black light. It’s the perfect way to teach your kids about germ transmission and proper handwashing!
Parent-to-Parent Advice Corner
Are you new to homeschooling due to COVID-19? Maybe your experience has been pleasant, maybe a bit overwhelming? Either way, we are rounding up some real-time advice from our community of homeschoolers.