To interact with Jennifer's original forum post, click here.
Teaching science is one of the hardest subjects for most homeschoolers for many reasons, one of which is that the parent feels inadequately prepared to teach science because it was so hard and/or boring when they took science in school. This is exactly why I hate teaching English/grammar/Literature and unfortunately my hatred for writing has rubbed off on my oldest. But you are not too old to learn science along with your children, and with the resources available on the internet, particularly youtube, it can be very entertaining. When people ask me if I feel like Iím wasting my degree in physics staying at home with the kids, I say NO! Iím still learning, in my first year of homeschooling alone, I learned more history than I ever learned in school. Iíve also learned Japanese, some basic piano (before my child shot past me on the learning curve), and a whole lot of science which I did not know 10 years ago.
Even though I have a degree in physics, that does not mean Iím equally comfortable teaching biology, earth science or chemistry. So last year when I taught high school biology using a college textbook, I was basically one week ahead of the kids. I had never had biology in college and my high school biology class??? I guess I had one but I have absolutely no memories of it. So I was learning as I went and youtube was my hero. The text we used was really good and I understood most of what I read, but it was nice to go to Youtube and watch Hank Green, the Amoeba sisters or Khan Academy explain the concepts as well, not to mention its more fun to watch Crash Course than to read a textbook. Youtube is also a gold mine when looking for labs, especially labs you canít or donít want to do in your kitchen. We actually did quite a bit of dissecting in our biology class and I would watch
As humongously popular as Minecraft has become, itís not surprising that people are cashing in on everything from subscription-based servers to themed accessories to homeschool curriculum. But that doesnít mean there arenít still plenty of Minecraft-related goodies out there with no price tag. Thatís right... this list is for highlighting all the completely FREE Minecraft resources for kids, broken down by category. Free Minecraft Servers
We used the Oak Meadow's 8th grade Civics book this year for our social studies. It has just the right amount of reading. We didn't do many of the assignments, I just used the readings for a kick off...
SecularHomeschool.com was created to provide information, resources, and a place to share and connect with secular homeschoolers across the world. Secularhomeschool.com aims to be your one-stop shop for all things homeschool! We will be highlighting information about wonderful secular homeschool resources, and keeping you up to date with what is going on in the world of secular homeschooling. But that is only the beginning. SHS is your playground. A place to share the things that are important to you. A place to create and join groups that share your interests. A place to give and get advice. There are no limits to what you can do at Secular Homeschool, so join today and help build the community you have always wanted.