Early Elementary Homeschool Science

 A reader sent me an email asking about homeschool science for her daughter who is in kindergarten this year.  She said she was feeling overwhelmed about science and wondered where/how to start. She said she hadn’t done any science yet and wondered if the States of Matter unit was a good place to start.  I wrote her back and shared the free printable resource/checklist I made last year about some of the science topics we covered in the early years.  I suggested she wait before doing a chemistry unit because talking about atoms and molecules can be quite abstract.  (We waited until 2nd or 3rd grade to cover that.)
Before that, we spent a lot of time talking about the natural world, about the human body, and we did a lot of fun science experiments that captivated their imaginations and made them wonder, “Why did that happen?!!” Things like this colored milk explosion or oil and water fireworks:
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Oil-and-Water-FireworksThese were some of our very favorite, fun science experiments when the kids were younger:

Free Science Experiment Packet

Science Experiment PacketAt this post you’ll find three more science experiments and another free printable.

3FunScienceExperimentsMy kids also have had a lot of fun with various STEM projects we’ve done over the years.  This post has some good ideas: 7 Fun STEM – Engineering Projects for Kids

STEM-Activity-for-Kids-PostIt-Note-TowerThis FREE printable has a list of topics we covered in the early years: Homeschool Science in Early Elementary

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Probably my top pick for fun, engaging science units in these early years would include these.
And I would definitely base it on what your kids are excited and interested in!
Here is a video I made last year that might be helpful. It includes a quick collage of science topics we covered when the kids were in early elementary.

Science in Early Elementary

 

I hope this post was helpful for those of you with young elementary kids!

See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter. ~Liesl

P.S. If you’re reading this post, you likely have younger kids. I thought I would mention this post which we did when the kids were little about Ancient Greece. We did a ton of fun, hands-on activities!

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 We also had a lot of fun with Geography.  This post Hands-On Geography for ages 4-10 has some of the projects and activities that have been a big hit at our house!
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2 Responses

  1. Hey Liesl! I just liked your Facebook page and saw this post. What a great collection of resources. There are truly an infinite number of curriculum, opportunities, learning experiences, and resources to be found.

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      Thanks for leaving such a nice comment! We’ve definitely learned a lot so far on our homeschooling journey. And, since I have three kids we explore things in new ways as each of the kids gets older. I hope you find our website helpful… and have a lot of fun with your kids along the way! Happy Homeschooling!! ~Liesl

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