When you choose to homeschool your children, being able to focus on content subjects like science can be a huge draw.

You envision your children exploring and enjoying a whole world of knowledge beyond just the 3 R’s.

But getting to science on a regular basis can be challenging, especially when you’re just starting to homeschool or you’re homeschooling young children.

You know that a homeschool science curriculum will help you structure your study and help you stay committed, but just choosing where to start can be overwhelming!

So here are four easy steps that you can follow to incorporate science into your weekly homeschool routine, even if you’re just starting out.

1. Choose Your Homeschool Science Discipline

Since science is studied in branches, many homeschool science curriculum are laid out in the same way – but there’s often some wiggle room in the topic you can start with.

So how do you choose?

The Suggested Start

First, consider the sequence suggested by the author of your science curriculum. Your homeschool science curriculum was created by an expert who understands both science and how children learn, so beginning at the recommended starting point should help give you a smooth first experience.

From the blog: How to Choose a Homeschool Science Curriculum – A Science Educator’s Top Five Tips

The Logical Start
You can choose a science topic simply based on what seems logical to you. In my homeschool, I love having the chance to go from the big picture down to the details.

The Comfortable Start

Second, think about what branch of science you feel most comfortable teaching. Maybe you loved studying Biology in school, and are excited to share that with your children.

Homeschooling can be a very personal journey; don’t be afraid to let your preferences guide your path.

The Kids’ Choice

Likewise, think about what science topics your child is most interested in right now. Do they love nature? Transportation? Making slime?

Tie in those everyday interests with more formal schooling by choosing to begin with the branch of science that helps explain what makes their favorite topics tick.

The Logical Start

Finally, you can choose a science topic simply based on what seems logical to you. In my homeschool, I love having the chance to go from the big picture down to the details.

So when selecting our homeschool science curriculum secular, I chose to start with REAL Science Odyssey Astronomy Level 1 because I wanted to begin with the idea of the universe and work our way down over the course of the year to Earth and Environment.

2. Prompt Yourself to Act

When you add something new to your homeschool routine, it can be hard to keep up with the habit.

Here are three tricks to keep homeschool science fresh in your mind:

Display Your Work

Try putting a prompt in your homeschool space  -  one that you and your family can’t miss.

Don’t overthink this  -  it can be as simple as a sign on your fridge or a magnetic whiteboard that says “We’re studying astronomy!” Add drawings and lab sheets as you study, and you’ll have a fun visual reminder of the commitment you’ve made to do homeschool science.

Plan It Out

If you already have a planner or a posted schedule, give science a formal spot on the list. Create an alarm on your phone or computer to give yourself an extra reminder to drop everything and do science.

Stack Your Subjects

Do you have a block of time that you reliably homeschool every day?

Try adding science to the beginning or the end. When you combine science with subjects that are already in a solid routine, you’ll be more consistent in getting it done.

Display your work

Try putting a prompt in your homeschool space  -  one that you and your family can’t miss.

3. Get Your Kids Hooked On Science

One great way to make sure science gets done in your homeschool is to help your kids get excited to learn about it!

Here are three tips that will have your kids looking forward to science:

Be Clear

Let your kids know what to expect during homeschool science time. Will you be doing a lot of read alouds, hands-on demonstrations, or written work?

Establish a routine within your science study so your kids can easily follow along. Your routine can link together simple activities that your children look forward to, along with review and reading together.

Use Favorite Learning Activities
Another way to get your kids on board for homeschool science is to make sure to include the activities your kids love best!

Use Favorite Learning Activities

Another way to get your kids on board for homeschool science is to make sure to include the activities your kids love best!

Watching documentaries and online videos, using flash cards, reading living books snuggled up on the couch, sketching from photo examples, working with models  -  most kids love one or two activities like these that you can keep using throughout your homeschool science curriculum.

Make It Memorable

Similarly, anything you can do to make your homeschool science memorable will help keep your kids enthusiastic.

Try field trips, dramatic demonstrations, presentations to family or friends, epic nature walks… anything that gets you up, out, or doing something out of the ordinary will spice up homeschool science and have your kids asking to do more!

4. Keep Yourself Motivated

Adding subjects to your homeschool means adding to your workload. Here are a few ideas to keep you motivated to keep up with homeschool science.

First, maintain a small gap between what you can do and what you plan to do. If you are new to homeschooling, you may want to stick to a curriculum that lays everything out and minimizes the amount of brainstorming and research you need to do.

Next, create clear starting and stopping points for your weekly science study, and write down on your calendar when you plan to start and finish a particular curriculum.

Finally, I suggest keeping a log of what you have done each week so you can see the progress you are making in science. Sometimes, when you start something new it can be hard to discern if you’re doing enough to live up to the commitment you’ve made. By jotting down a written record using the form below with the dates and activities of the science you’ve done in your homeschool  -  you’ll know exactly where you stand.

Get Your Kids Hooked On Science
One great way to make sure science gets done in your homeschool is to help your kids get excited to learn about it!

Free Printable Science Activities Log
Join our email list and get a link to download this free Science Activities Log so you can see the progress you are making in science.

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Homeschool Science Starts Here

Now you have four steps you can follow to easily get started with homeschool science:

  1. Feel confident in your curriculum choice by selecting your topic with the approach that makes the most sense for your family.
  2. Help prompt yourself to get homeschool science done every week by adding easy prompts to your homeschool space and routine.
  3. Make sure your kids look forward to your homeschool science routine by keeping it simple and incorporating their favorite activities.
  4. And keep yourself motivated by being realistic each week and recording your family’s homeschool science adventures.

Catherine Gervais is one of those people who knew she wanted to homeschool even before she had her three children – and she is still surprised at how challenging it is to live up to all the possibilities of homeschooling! A sociology grad, she loves to apply a little organizational theory to her homeschool planning, but with simple, down-to-earth ideas you can start using right away. Catherine writes about making your homework for you (and not against you) at createyourfunctionalhome.com.