The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by [email protected] is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is “Science”, because this is National Science Week. Science includes all sorts of practical activities and exploration and we have lots of different ideas in this carnival. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on science.
My family and I were never very scientifically minded. One year, though, we participated in a homeschool co-op science fair. Two months later, we moved and didn’t have the opportunity to participate in a science fair again. But that experience was a great learning opportunity – and, yes, it actually was fun!
Christina’s Science Fair Project
It was April of 1994, and Christina had recently turned 4. We had a Montessori activity matching rocks to identifying cards, so we decided to study volcanoes and igneous rocks.
Christina had a great time creating a volcano for the project. Then, with my help, she designed her science fair exhibit.
I helped Christina with the spelling, and she printed the words. Using typing software, Christina had learned basic typing, but it was a slow process. Still, she typed up a short explanation and created an attractive and educational display board. She had her volcano to display in front of the board as well.
Will’s Science Fair Project
Will had recently turned 9 and was ready to use the scientific method to create a science fair project. Will had loved vehicles from infancy, so he decided to study vehicles and traction.
Will went through the steps of asking a question, doing background research, constructing a hypothesis, testing his hypothesis by doing an experiment, analyzing his data and drawing a conclusion, and communicating his results.
Will’s project was called “How Soon Does a Car Stop on Different Surfaces?”. Will enjoyed the experimental process and spent a lot of time planning his display board. Will knew how to type fairly well, but it still took about 8 hours for him to complete his exhibit and report for the science fair. The project was a good way to consolidate his learning and create a substantial piece of work.
The Science Fair
Our homeschool co-op was a nice, comfortable size. At our co-op science fair, there were no judges or placements. In Montessori education, there aren’t grades and awards, so this science fair was perfect for us. It was just about learning and enjoying the process. Each child had a display area and stood by his or her display ready to explain the project to anyone with questions.
There was also a time for each child to stand up front and tell briefly about his or her project. Christina performed her volcano experiment, and Will explained his project. Again, no pressure – the homeschool audience helped each child feel successful and proud of his or her work.
So, that was our science fair experience. It was a great way to explore a scientific topic in depth and gain the satisfaction of completing a big project. It also gave my children a chance to talk in front of an audience in a non-threatening environment. For a family who was never very scientifically minded, it was a great success – and it was fun!
Have you and your family had experience with science fairs?
Visit [email protected] to find out more about the Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival.
Please take the time to visit the other participants and check out their posts on “Science.”
- CatWay at Adventures With Kids is Magnifying It by playing with magnifying glasses and microscopes to help your child explore the world of the very small.
- Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now was never very scientifically minded. One year, though, we participated in a homeschool co-op science fair. Two months later we moved and didn’t have the opportunity to participate in a science fair again. But that experience was a great learning opportunity – and, yes, it actually was fun!
- Monique from Your Cheeky Monkey is commencing on the road of learning about the Human Body (both inside and out). Find out a few of the things we are doing to learn about our amazing bodies!
- SMMART Ideas shows how you can enjoy making these sticky spiderwebs with your child, learn how spiders actually make their webs and other arachna-facts!
- Amanda B at HomeAge says that science is not her forte, but for young children the world is one big science lesson. How do we answer all their questions so that these answers are meanings rather than facts?
- Narelle from A Bunch of Keys has some simple kid friendly activities to do to help attract birds into the garden.
- Deb from [email protected]’s daughter has decided to be an alienpologist, and she’s reflecting on all the different ways kids are exposed to ideas and fun activities.
- Staci at Teaching Money to Kids has a simple sorting activity that kids can do anywhere to get them to observe and compare.
- Ash from Mm is for Me have been running their own family Science Week with lots of fun activities.
Thanks for visiting our carnival, we hope you find some interesting new blogs.