Math & Science

Our approach to elementary years science was to lay a foundation for future science study with hands-on exploration, child-led experimenting, lots of reading, and asking questions. The natural world was our laboratory.

For math we employed regular and steady bite-sized lessons and practice to build basic skills and understanding.

Now with older children, we seek to inspire science and math studies with story, engaging materials, mentors and teachers, and our own enthusiasm for the subjects and their real life applications. Our young adult students are free to decide which upper level math and sciences they will study and to what depth. I.e.: it's not required.

  • A homeschooling high school math & science story - Can students succeed at high school level science with delayed math education and without elementary and junior high science courses?
  • Technology is the New Literacy - We don't want to teach our kids to be point and click users, we want to teach them to be think and create users.
  • The Girl Learns to Program - It's not just the thing we're learning (that skill or those facts); but the how and why and the way we connect while doing it.
  • Sick Day Science - Biology and chemistry were the subjects of the day.
  • Easy Science - My goal is to keep their interest and curiosity alive, to encourage natural exploration and their own discoveries.
  • Homeschool Report Card: Math - The goal at this age is to understand life math and lay a foundation for further learning, not simply progress through a set curriculum.
  • Rainy Day Science - Also called take apart science.

Math resources

We like straight out-of-the-box math teaching and practice for our young children. These are the programs we used:

As our kids reached middle school and high school age, we set them loose on Khan Academy. Sometimes we progress linearly and other times we cruise around, playing and practicing with different concepts, making our own connections and meaning.

Science Resources

We don't follow a prescribed science teaching program - earth sciences, biology, chemistry, astronomy and space science, physics, etc. We use history, media, personal interests, reading, nature, and more as a springboard for science study. We place a high emphasis on science literacy (developed over years) and application (practiced daily) vs. "the study of science as a separate subject".

These are some of the books we turn to help us learn science - its history, its methods and principles, its purpose and place in the world and in our lives. 

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*I don't have enough experience with higher level science courses to recommend specific programs for high school homeschool science.

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