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Spontaneous Science

Spontaneous Science

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...
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A Learning Cooperative

A Learning Cooperative

“I couldn’t believe all the bones…” That’s one kid talking about dissecting owl pellets. Actually it was Micah, age eight, writing a newspaper article for the Once-in-a-Lifetime Paper. All of the writers were homeschoolers from three towns in northwest Iowa, and both the owl pellets and the newspaper were part of a six-week learning...
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Science and Scientists

Science and Scientists

Children are natural scientists, always exploring, investigating and gathering information from the world around them. Linda Dobson described this process in her 1999 November-December HEM Column, Early Years Child’s Learning Assets. With childhood energy flowing, imagination and creativity turn your child into a learning scientist who puts the information he’s gathering to the test....
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Fortuic Acid

Fortuic Acid

Tristan, five years old, dragged the step stool over to the kitchen sink. I had just finished a batch of bread and the huge bowl was full of soapy water. As he flipped on the faucet to wash his hands before lunch, he stared, mesmerized, as the water overflowed the bowl. Finally he squirted...
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To Dissect or Not to Dissect

To Dissect or Not to Dissect

My homeschool journals are stuffed with photographs. There are pictures of our three boys building toothpick bridges, inflating hot-air balloons, weaving Navajo-style headbands, making papier-mache Viking helmets, painting birdfeeders, planting beans, firing rockets, making clay models of the Parthenon, raising butterflies. And – a fat lump in the middle of Journal #3 – there’s...
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