Middle school can be the time to set the course for future scientists. If you think your homeschool student has a special interest or aptitude in science middle school is the perfect time to expose him to all the fascinating areas of science. Middle school science generally covers the high points of many disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, and energy.
Getting engaged in this first serious exploration of science is often a bit nerve wracking for homeschool teachers but there are resources available to you. Most states have some sort of science museum – these often have hands on experiments for kids. Many local universities or colleges have weekend programs for kids covering various sciences. If you don’t live near one of these facilities you can access videos or documentaries that expose your student to science programs.
Building engagement in the sciences at this age means keeping it interesting. Be sure you make opportunities to take your science class outside to study nature or to the local creek to talk about geology or hydroelectric power. Making science interesting now could lead to a lifetime of learning and exploring the sciences.
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