How to find homeschool science classes near you
Science is difficult to teach at home. The subjects, such as chemistry and physics, are found difficult to grasp for many, but most challenging is the fact that to truly understand a science subject, laboratory experiments are required. Conducting experiments at home has made many a homeschool parent break out in a cold sweat, with visions of exploding kitchens in their heads.
One solution to these nightmares, whether real or imagined, is to find local help. Here are some ideas:
- Look up your state homeschool association. This can be a little harder than you might think, but with a little searching you’ll find it. In fact, you might find more than one! Take a look at their website. Most have a resources page that will give you some ideas. Here is a site that will help: https://www.home-school.com/groups/NC.php
- This same site (https://www.home-school.com/groups/NC.php) lists many other groups, perhaps one near where you live. Remember that while situations are unique, all families homeschooling their children share some common problems. Teaching science is one of them. These groups will at least have discussed the problem, and maybe even have come up with a solution that will work for you, such as banding together to teach a particularly difficult, time consuming, or costly subject.
- If either of the above suggestions don’t work, reach out to friends in your situation and form a group of your own! Remember: the sky is the limit for homeschooling, do what you want and have fun! If you have a skill or interest and can take charge of a class for a small group of learners, another member of the group is bound to be able to lead an area that doesn’t work well for you.
- If you would rather work on your own, find courses tailored for the parent that doesn’t have time to teach. There are many to choose from, especially elective science classes that are not likely available in a “full” curriculum. These classes will require minimal involvement from the parent, from experiments to understanding of the material. Be prepared, though, you may find yourself looking over your child’s shoulder as you will find these interesting as well! Take advantage again of the creativity and flexibility that homeschooling allows, especially with these elective science classes. You can find something that will broaden your child’s perspectives and perhaps start a new interest. The Edible Knowledge® food science, physics, and engineering courses are great options.
My plug for science
There are a few ideas for you, I hope they help. As a scientist myself, I am unabashedly an advocate for quality science education. Science is what explains the world around us. While most people find this frustrating, I find the most fascinating thing about scientific understanding is that it is always changing. As scientists continue to test hypotheses and find out new information, the textbooks get rewritten. If you ever hear the term “settled science”, just know that true scientists around the world are scratching their heads and asking, “what’s that? There’s no such thing as settled science!”.
Another way to look at it is science is a set of rules that describe and predict our best observations to date. As our ability to make more precise observations improve, sometimes we see unexpected things that require a rewriting of the rules. This happens all the time, and it’s wonderful. Go get your kids excited about science! They and you will love it!