Making bubbles uses a scientific process, and can be a simple way to introduce preschool children to scientific investigation and exploration. I love preschool science!
1) Begin by making a bubble solution.
- ¼ c liquid dish soap
- ½ c water
- 1 tsp sugar
- Ask the children questions about how the solution feels and how it looks.
- Have objects available to make bubbles with (chenille stems, six pack holders, funnels, open ended tin cans, plastic straws)
- Ask preschoolers questions about which tools made the best bubbles
- Touch a bubble with a wet finger and then touch one with a dry finger… what happens?
- Write down your preschooler’s discoveries and talk about them later
2) Sing Pop! Goes the Bubble ( to the tune of Pop! Goes the Weasel)
Soap and water can be mixed.
To make a bubble solution
Now, watch it go!
Pop! Goes the bubble!
3) Make a favorite bubble gum chart. Use empty wrappers on the left side to represent the types and then draw bars for each vote from your preschool children.
4) Make a bubbly beverage-
6 oz frozen OJ
6 oz frozen limeade
6 oz frozen lemonade
6 oz frozen pineapple
1L lemon-lime soda
1L club soda
5) Take a bubble bath – don’t you love homeschooling?! :0)
Alot of parents shy away from teaching the high school courses because they see no viable way that they could personal do the job. Yet, with all of the great resources at the homeschoolers fingertips, there are alternatives everywhere. Here are a few tips on finding the right resources for your high school students.
- Use tutors or mentors – Just because you are dedicated to homeschooling doesn’t mean that you can’t appoint someone else to teach a one or two courses.
- Use online courses – this is a growing option. The variety is almost endless… great subject choices for this would be English courses with online tutors, science courses, a few math courses. You can even enroll in college level courses that would count for your child’s high school courses, but at the same time count toward college credit.
- Software courses – Rosetta stone is an awesome example of this. They are one of the best methods for learning a foreign language that I have found. Also, software based school courses such as Switched on Schoolhouse are great for those courses that mom or dad just dosen’t feel comfortable with.
- Use video courses. Most homeschoolers say that an entire day of video school is just over the top… but a few courses on video can be great. Each child’s ability will vary, but you can find high quality video lessons at ABEKA.com.
Here is just a general list of some online and mail correspondence course schools
The study of science is not a subject to be taken sitting down. Science should be approached with activity and a mind to discover. Children are amazing and can learn vast amounts of information, yet it needs to be obtained in kid and science friendly ways.
- Science must be hands on and discovery based. Humans remember so much more when they actively participate in obtaining the knowledge.
- Learning must be discovery driven, just as science projects usually have a question they prove through experimenting. The study of science should be question driven. Let’s find answers!
- Science needs to be fun. Children remember so much more when they have a gret time learning it. The key again – enjoy learning!
Sure, there are lots of great ready made science curriculums that you can purchase. They make homeschooling easier, and they provide a knowledge base for parents who aren’t skilled in science. Yet, is that really a good thorough study of science? B.K. Hixson syas, “Good science education is always discovered and never force fed.” Learning science can either be a fact driven dry as dust (remember little) experience, or an experience that you did and remembered alot of. Mr. Hixson tells us there are several things children need to learn in a science study:
- follow directions
Yet, what is the point of a science study anyway? The world is a fascinating place, and with each exploration of it we are learning and studying the ONE who created it. The true point of science gives glory to God.
The study of science should be one of exploration and discovery not of memorization and rehearsing dry facts. Exploring the science around us will undoubtedly leave a greater impression.
Have you seen the new full scale – sailable – ark that Johan Huibers (Netherlands) built? It is a full size replica of the biblical ark. It is pretty amazing and Mr. Huibers goal was to get people to realize that the Bible’s account of the flood was not just a story… but a retelling of history.
Mr. Huibers has petitioned the authorities in London to sail his ark replica up the Thames to be there for the 2012 olympics. I hope they let him!