Independent Activities for Middle School Science

Originally Published: March/April 2007 Whether homeschooling one child or several, we all tend to look for resources our kids can use independently for at least part of the school day. If we give them something to investigate and the opportunity to share that information, they will not only have the benefit of developing research skills, …

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Baby-Steps Toward Independence

Originally Published: May/June 2006 Are you eager for your children to be able to work independently? Most of us juggle so many responsibilities that it’s impossible to direct our kids all the time. We may sometimes supplement with software, videos, books on tape—anything they can do alone. Happily, there are also activities that will train …

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Personalizing Science

Originally Published: March/April 2006 Children begin with a curiosity about the world around them. If that has faded, these suggestions for adding a personal connection may restore their enthusiasm: Begin with something that has captured the student’s interest, using it as the doorway into a more detailed investigation. Does he enjoy watching Animal Planet? The …

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