We’re building our ideal classical homeschool. It’s time to add science to the week!
I’m adding science before history, literature, geography, or art because these four items are often tied together. The Well-Trained Mind suggests studying the literature, geography, and art of the time period you’re studying in history. Tapestry of Grace does exactly that.
We’ll wait a week before beginning to add these items to our classical homeschools, so they can be added in a lump or at closely spaced intervals.
While many people think science isn’t a critical part of classical education, it actually is. The ancients studied natural history, astronomy, and alchemy. The original concept of the atom is actually from ancient Greece.
Classical education is lacking if you don’t include the study of science. So let’s add science!
How do we go about adding science to our already busy day?
First: determine what is the best science curriculum for your family. Keep it mind that the best curriculum isn’t the one receiving the most awards. It’s the curriculum that gets done.
Second: decide if you want to study science daily, twice a week, or even alternate quarters with history. Remember this is your schedule, your homeschool, and your life. Adapt to meet the needs of your family.
Third: obtain the supplies for the experiments. Experiments are an important component to science, and the number one reason for skipping experiments is not having the needed supplies. Order the kits or take the supply lists to the store. Pick up as many nonperishable items as you can. You’ll thank yourself later.
Fourth: where are the experiments going to be conducted and where will you store the supplies? In my case, we do our experiments in the kitchen and I store the science supplies on the back porch. It’s simple and it works. Look at your house and see what is the best solution for your family.
Fifth: sit down with your children over the weekend and explain how science is going to work. When will you study the subject, where will experiments be completed, and how children are to clean up after themselves when the experiments are completed.
How often do you study science?
So far we’ve:
- Taken a week off and inspired ourselves
- Started an hour of daily reading
- Picked up math lessons
- Added writing
- Started Morning Time
- Begun Latin or Greek
- Pondered the next 7 weeks
- Filled Out Language Arts