Fun (and Free!) Science Resources

James has been requesting more science experiments lately. He usually has a weekly experiment or two in his Sonlight Science C, but they don’t seem to be enough to satisfy him. I found a couple of good websites with science experiments and told him we will do a couple each week.

Weather Wiz Kids has a bunch of weather-related experiments, which goes along perfectly with the science book he is currently reading, DK’s Weather. We did the baking soda volcano experiment last week and were pleased with the results.

Science Kids is another great site. Most of the experiments are easy and use common items-a huge plus in my book! There are even more experiments in the “projects” and “lessons” sections of the site, plus some neat interactive games and video clips. Definitely a site worth exploring.

Also, when I saw HHMI and their free educational materials mentioned on Gillian’s blog, I had to go check it out for myself. I ordered five DVD’s and the Virtual Lab and received the materials in less than a week! And they really were totally free- I didn’t even pay shipping! We haven’t watched them yet, but I promise a little review once we have.

Finding free educational resources has to be one of the most exciting parts of homeschooling:).

Till Next Time!

My Favorite Homeschool Resource

 

The first answer that came to mind was our library cards. I honestly don’t think I could homeschool half as effectively without the library. But then I thought: “Nah, too obvious.” So I’ll share another of my favorites. It’s hard to narrow down to just one favorite, but this one is definitely in the top five. 
It’s the RightStart Math Games Kit. We have had soooo much fun with this over the years. The manual consists of instructions for lots and lots of different games. They are all organized according to topic and then according to difficulty level. There are sections for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, clock games, money games, percents and fractions, and numeration. Each section starts out with instructions for the easiest games, with subsequent games getting gradually more difficult. 
You can purchase just the math card games manual from Rainbow Resource, but you must also have the game cards to use alongside. The cards are fairly sturdy. Most of them are laminated. I did purchase an extra set when my third child started math because we were missing some and there was some damage since the cards had seen so much use. This is one homeschool purchase that has definitely been worth the cost, though.

My kids love to play the math games; it is the highlight of their math lesson! Some of these games are included within the RightStart lesson books, but the manual includes many, many more.  The kit could would work well as a supplement to any math program,to help reinforce concepts.

Most of the games have been hits with the kids, with very few “flops”. And if one game doesn’t do the trick, there are many more to try. Our favorites are “Sum Rummy” (multiplication), “Corners” (addition), “Clock Memory”(telling time), and “Go the Dump” (addition). Even my three year old enjoys playing the games!

The Rightstart Math Games Kit-  a huge hit in our homeschool!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit The Homeschool Classroom on March 15th to check out other responses!