Welcome to my first readers from Qatar! It’s great to have you visit, I really hope to hear from you through any comments you might like to share!
I’ve been a bit worried about teaching/mentoring science. When I read homeschooling blogs, I read stories about how excited the kids are to do ‘kitchen table’ experiments and how great homeschooling is because a bell isn’t going to ring just when you want to explore more, that you can spend all afternoon enjoying exploding volcanoes or whatever. Whenever I feel like trying an experiment, I feel like I’ll want a bell to go off! I just can’t face it. I’ve looked at a few science books with things to make and do and it leaves me about as cold as crafts book do, or cooking books.
Doing science experiments is a bit like cooking or crafts or building things – get together these ‘ingredients’, put this here, that there and hey presto! Except my cake or paper necklace or rocket never tastes or looks anything like it’s supposed to! Don’t misunderstand me, I would LOVE to get excited by cook books, craft books or science experiment books but it’s just not me! Oh no! I’m a terrible home educating mother! So, I’ve been looking up DVDs. There look like some great ones. I really want to watch and learn from them! But how to get them to Bahrain? And they are really expensive. I wish we lived in America!!!! Because all the coolest stuff is there with cheap postage for locals 😉
So you can imagine my absolute delight when I read in the local paper that Bahrain is opening a new Science Centre that looks really cool – hands-on and interactive! It isn’t meant to be open to the public until June but they are receiving some small school groups. So I got straight in touch with the journalist, asking for contact details of somebody there (there is nothing on the internet yet), she kindly passed them on and I called and set up a homeschoolers visit this week! I feel so pleased with myself! Other than my son, it’s pity the other homeschoolers aren’t older than 3, but I’m grateful to these little ones for making this event happen, I’m not sure the Science Centre would have bothered with only 2 children – mine!
It’s been quite the science day today. Edward got so bored this afternoon (boredom=creativity and after that willingness to be introduced to just about anything that might be interesting) with no friends around to play with that he asked to watch the only science DVD that we have – a ‘Rock N Learn’ one about the human body. He was very canny. He wanted company so he asked me to ‘take notes about the things we should really remember’. This required me to concentrate and I really did learn something, which I love! Homeschooling blogs all say they use a ton of DVDs for learning. I can see why. They really do make everything seem so much more fun. If only we had a DVD lending library L
After looking at mouthwatering science DVDs, I went over to one of my favourite websites (more homeschooling science lovers!) and found links to lots of science stuff – http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/links/linksscience.html
We’ll check the links out over the next few days. What I’m hoping is that I’m going to learn to love doing science, alongside Edward and Petra. We’ll be exploring everything together. Maybe there’s some fun stuff on the net that can compensate for a lack of DVDs. Anyone have any suggestions? DVDs, websites or even books? All suggestions are most welcome!
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