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Learning Science in Your Homeschool
Find out where to get science materials and lab equipment, how to teach physics, chemistry, and biology, how to find great science field trips in Virginia, and more.

 
General Resources
  We cover all the basics of teaching and learning science in your homeschool. Get tips and ideas for incorporating science education into your everyday life, along with information on materials and curriculum suppliers.

Elementary
  Young children learn science best by living and exploring the world around them. Come and get some great resources, tips, and ideas for teaching elementary-aged children science and discovery.

Nature Studies
  The study of nature is appealing to people of all ages. It is easy to incorporate nature studies into your homeschooling approach. Some homeschooling methods focus very strongly on nature studies, including the Charlotte Mason method. Learn why it is so important and some great approaches to learning from nature.

Biology/Life Sciences
  Learn about the human body, plant life, and the animal world. Come see the resources and ideas we've collected to make learning about biology interesting, easy, and fun. From preschool-aged to high school level, you'll find everything you need here.

Ecology/Conservation
  Protecting the Earth for future generations takes first learning about our planet, the environment, and how the ecosystem works. Get ecology teaching tips, project ideas, and more.

Geology
  Rocks and minerals can be found in your own backyard. Explore the world around you and learn about the history of the formation of the Earth by studying geology. We've gathered resources to make it fun and interesting.

Paleontology
  Learning about dinosaurs is always fun. Find the best resources on the Internet for studying paleontology and dinosaurs.

Chemistry
  From equipment to textbooks, websites to periodic tables, you'll find everything you need to successfully teach chemistry in your homeschool.

Physics
Astronomy & Space
Science Fairs

 Activities & Experiments
 Teaching Tips & Ideas
 Articles

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ExploraVision
ExploraVision is a competition for all students in grades K-12 attending a school in the U.S., Canada, U.S. Territory or a Department of Defense school. Homeschooled students are eligible to enter. It is designed to encourage students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions of the future. Teams of students select a technology, research how it works and why it was invented, and then project how that technology may change in the future. They must then identify what breakthroughs are required for their vision to become a reality and describe the positive and negative consequences of their technology on society. Winning ideas have focused on things as simple as ballpoint pens and as complex as satellite communications. The student teams write a paper and draw a series of Web page graphics to describe their idea. Regional winners make a Web site and a prototype of their future vision.

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How I Teach a Large Family in a Relaxed, Classical Way: Science
Family style learning is a great way to tackle lots of different subjects, including science.
Kapili.com
Kapili.com offers over three hundred science tutorials and over three hundred activities, broken into general, life, earth, space, and physical science sections. Members can print the tutorials for use offline or in classrooms. Their library continues to grow with a glossary of over 4,500 entries and a species database with over 1,000 animals and plants.

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Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a completely free educational resource site. Students can make use of their extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer.
The Trouble With Textbooks
Stephen Budiansky
The science books used in the classroom today provide a lot of facts, but they don't help children grasp the most basic concepts about the world we live in.


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