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Kitchen Science

Kitchen Science (and Other Ways to Close the Science Gap)

There are few things more daunting than dissecting a frog on the kitchen table—except physics. Should Science be left to the professionals? The answer, patently, should be no. The first scientists weren’t professionals; they were often hobbyists and magicians (hence “electrician”). High school laboratories are less well-stocked than you think. Nonetheless, multiple studies have indicated homeschoolers’ tendency to be less engaged in math and science. How do we fix that? This article is two parts: Everyday Science, covering components of science and creating a solid science base, and High School, covering duel-enrollment and AP’s. Everyday Science There are at least three parts of Science: science as a Process, science as a Language, and Facts found via the scientific process. For example, the process of dropping different weights off of a building to measure momentum, measuring it via stopwatch or pressure gauge, recording it, and repeating everything is an example of the scientific process; you can use this to answer any question. The measure of momentum, the concepts of velocity and mass, their symbols, and how …

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Everyday Lessons

Or: How to turn every day into a school day. “Mom,” we used to ask, “can this count as a homeschool day?” The state of North Carolina requires homeschools to record 180 school days. More often than not, my sister and I would make this plea when having to compare labels at the grocery store or listen to elderly gentlemen pontificate about “back in their day.” More often than not, it was granted. Economics? Math? Marketing? History? Yes! Homeschool Rule #1: Ask yourself: How can this be a Learning Experience? Let’s return to the grocery store. But before we step inside, let’s learn some life skills and economics. Let’s do some budgeting. Adding, subtracting, multiplying, fractions. Work your way up to statistics. All of these can be done as you budget. Depending upon your student(s), you can do this with a calculator or by hand. Always let your student(s) try to figure out what they can, especially if it means they have to look something up; the more they can learn to learn, the better. …