The myths about science is that it takes lots of equipment and requires special knowledge to “teach”. Then there are those field trips that you have to prepare for… planned outings requiring lunch and money for admission to the museum, zoo, or whatever. Sometimes the obstacles seem insurmountable and science ends up being shoved off to the side while children explore books, do math and mess around with painting.
Fortunately, doing science doesn’t have to take a lot of time, and can be inexpensive. As for field trips… well, a field trip can be anything that takes you out of the realm of book-learning and into “the field” where science is actually happening. Field trips can be as short as 15 minutes, and as close as your backyard or the neighborhood park. Some of our best field trips have been spontaneous – a result of capitalizing on some interesting observation and learning from it.
Continue reading Spontaneous Science by Sue Smith Heavenrich from the May-June, 1995 issue of Home Education Magazine. Subscribe today – or consider giving a gift subscription to a friend, family member, or your local library!