Recommended Website: Janice VanCleave's Science Blog http://scienceprojectideasforkids.com/
Age Range: 7-12 (Some high school level content is already on the site, with
plans to add more.)
Michelle Barone (http://www.michellebarone.net/
) a veteran homeschool mom,
family therapist, and homeschool activist suggested this website that
provides all kinds of free, wonderful science projects, experiments,
suggestions, tips, and inspiration from the prolific science writer, Janice
Not only can you access terrific science stuff at the site, but you can have
input into the development of Van Cleave's science blog. In fact, Van
Cleave sent this invitation to homeschoolers:
"I have written 52+ science books for kids as well as resource books for
teachers. While this gives me lots of science content for my blog, I need
ideas for adapting it to the homeschooling genre. I want my blog to be more
than just pages of science facts and experiments. I want it to have a
personal touch. This is where you come in, email me your concerns about
teaching science as well as ideas that you have found successful. I invite
you to study the material on my blog directed to home study. What were your
first impressions? What do you like about the material? What don't you like?
What is missing? I do so appreciate any help you can give me. Email your
comments to: Janice@scienceprojectideasforkids.com ."
Van Cleave (a grandmother) is just learning how to blog - making the
occasional blips in formatting at the site quite charming.
When you get
to the website you'll see an introduction. Look at the menu at the top of
the screen that includes:
*Topics - Six science topics are featured including Astronomy, Botany,
Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and Zoology. Send your ideas for more!
*Teachers - Get tips for making science fun in the classroom (can be tweaked
for home study) along with ideas for science projects.
*Kids Page - Learn the process for designing, developing, and creating a
science project including the scientific method, creating a hypothesis,
controlled experimentation, analyzing data, and giving a presentation.
*Parents - Find a list of "Do's and Don'ts" for how to inspire your child's
*Home Study - JACKPOT! Home educators can learn how to facilitate their
child's science education with all kinds of fun science experiments and
*Chemistry FAQ - High school students can submit questions about chemistry
and Janice will answer them on this page.
*Janice's FAQ Page - Submit questions about science to Janice and she'll
answer them here.
This is a terrific opportunity for homeschoolers to be part of developing a
science resource you can really use to supplement your science education.
Investigate the site, write to Janice with your ideas, and bookmark the site
so you can refer to it often.
Diane Flynn Keith
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