Science - so many awesome things to discover and learn about whatever grade level your child is in, but how do you get it all done AND keep your house from becoming a science project? Here are some tips:
First thing is to remember the ADVANCE PREP video from the OLS section - if you don’t remember it - go back and look!
You can have some bins or boxes set up with K12 supplied science materials and label them for each grade or by student if you are working with multiple kiddos.
When a science lab activity is coming up, you can gather the materials ahead of time and have them ready - kind of like sending your kids on a scavenger hunt!
You can mark any lesson as SKIPPED and come back to it later, too. For example, maybe dad wants to be the cool science guy with your kids and you want to kick them all outside on the weekend to do their experiment - skip the lesson on the daily plan and go back to it and mark if off later when it is complete. Print out the lab sheets for Science Dad and put it with the supplies and they will have a blast doing the lab activities together.
Also, you can block schedule! Block schedule is kind of like taking all the science lessons that would be done in a week or so and doing them all in one day for example. Maybe you get on a roll with the unit on weather, and you just want to keep going. Maybe there are some terrific cloud formations for the lab on clouds and precipitation and you just want to do it now! You can always do a lesson on a day that would “show up” on a different day and then flip-flop it with something else.
Many parents like to view the WEEKLY plan as what they accomplish in the week, not necessarily constrain it for a specific day!
Remember - this is science - experiment with what works for you!
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