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"What is science, then? It is a study of the problems that are found wherever children live. More formally stated, it is a study of the natural environment---not merely pieces of chemistry and physics and biology and astronomy and geology. Its content is connected with those subjects but it is a study of problems that pop into curious children's minds as they live and grow from one day to the next, such as: What makes the wind blow? What's in a cloud? What's a stone made of? What does a bell do when it rings? How can a seed grow into a tree? What makes a rainbow? Anyone who has ever worked with primary school boys and girls knows that most of them are full of questions like this and like to know the answers to them. Well, finding the answers to such questions---that is science." --- From 700 Science Experiments For Everyone

"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water-bugs, tadpoles, frogs and mud-turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water-lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries, and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of his education."---Luther Burbank

I have very little to say about teaching science that is not expressed in the quotations above. Studying science is the process of living in the world with a curious mind. Your role, as a parent (homeschooling or not), is to support that process for your child.

Doing so takes surprising few tools, a bit of patience, and a great deal of self-restraint. Resist the urge to control and direct your child's explorations... doing so will blunt her inborn curiosity.

There are a few tools and materials that will aid you and your child in your scientific studies, but the list is short... ordinary household tools and utensils are more than sufficient for the majority of science experiments.

Backyard Habitats
Create your own biological fieldwork lab with a backyard habitat.

Invention and Innovation for Kids
Written especially for inventors and gadget-builders: planning guide, materials, books and web sites.

An introductory guide to robotics: materials, books, web sites.

Science Books
A list of essential science reference books.

Science Equipment
A list of essential equipment for home-based science explorations.

Related Resources

American Science and Surplus
This monthly surplus catalog is a must have for every homeschooling family. Terrific science supplies at surplus prices. Great customer service, too.

Science Education Gateway
"The Science Education Gateway (formerly SII) is a collaborative NASA project which brings together the expertise of NASA scientists, science museums, and K-12 educators to produce NASA science-based Earth and space science curricula for classroom and public use via the World Wide Web."

Science of Cooking
The Exploratorium in San Francisco hosts this web site offering recipes, activities and web sites to enhance your understanding of the science of food and cooking.

A guide to teaching art, art appreciation, art history and artistic techniques for homeschool parents.

Resources for teaching foreign languages

Reading Lists
Lists of recommended books and magazines.

My suggestions for toys every home should have.

Science! true daughter of old Time thou art! - Edgar Allan Poe

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