How To Teach Homeschool Science Without A Curriculum
Choosing a science curriculum for your homeschooler isn’t always easy. There are so many different options to choose from and many different price points too. The good news is that there are lots of fun and engaging ways you can homeschool science without a curriculum.
Sparking curiosity and engagement is a really important part of teaching science to your homeschooler. With hands-on experiments, games to play, and beautiful picture books, you can make learning about chemistry, biology, and physics a lot of fun this year.
I can’t wait to share these ideas and resources with you! Keep reading to discover how you can homeschool science without a curriculum.
Here’s How To Teach Science Without A Homeschool Curriculum
So how can you teach science without a curriculum in your homeschool? There are so many awesome ways to incorporate real-world learning with your kids this year. Check out our favorites:
Strewing Science in Your Homeschool
Strewing scientific tools and colorful non-fiction books is a great way to get your homeschooler interested in exploring science. Plus, they’ll be learning independently too.
To use this method, choose some scientific tools, materials, books, or toys and place them around your home in areas where your homeschooler can freely explore and engage with the materials. For example, choose a book about local birds and a pair of binoculars to place near a window. Watch as your homeschoolers discover birds in the backyard or engage in pretend play right in your living room!
Strewing is a great way to introduce new concepts, topics, and materials in your homeschool. Plus, it’s something kids can do independently where there are no right or wrong answers. It’s perfect for learning about the scientific method too.
Here are some of our favorite tips for strewing success in your homeschool:
Don’t forget to check out some of our favorite science toys and tools to strew:
- Mad Scientist Mad Libs
- Awesome Science Experiments for Kids
- Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids
- Snap Circuits
- Big Bag of Backyard Science STEM Science Kits for Kids
- LEGO Chain Reactions STEAM Activity Kit
- ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game and STEM Toy
- Squishy Human Body with 21 Removable Body Parts with Anatomy Book
Living Science Books
Living books are books that will engage your kids, drawing them in and getting them excited and ready to learn more. A living book about bugs and insects could be just the thing your budding entomologist needs. A living book about simple machines might inspire your homeschooler to build a catapult in the backyard.
Check out some of our favorite living books for homeschooling science without a curriculum:
- Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
- What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey O’seid
- The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay
- Life Cycles: Everything from Start to Finish by DK
- Women In Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
- The Big Book Series by Yuval Zommer
Plus, get more tips on Science with Living Books along with a big list of all our favorites here at the Waldock Way.
Science is all about discovery. Hands-on experiments are a great way to encourage kids to be curious and explore. Scientific experiments teach your homeschoolers to be observant, ask questions, and look for answers. Check out some of our favorite science experiments for homeschooling without a curriculum:
Science Kits & Subscriptions
Subscription boxes and science kits can be a really fun way to add hands-on learning to your homeschool science lessons too. Here are a few of our favorites for you to explore with your kids this year:
KiwiCo. Tinker Crate
Every box in this subscription kit includes a theme that’s sure to spark your child’s curiosity and wonder. It’s a great way to teach STEM concepts and explore simple machines as your homeschoolers works to engineer and build their own innovative designs.
The science comics included in these kits are so fun! Plus, you’ll get hands-on projects and activities too. Each kit comes with app extensions so you can take your learning on the go this school year. It’s just one more fun way to homeschool science without a curriculum.
My Zoo Box
If your homeschooler loves animals, this science subscription is the perfect thing. Each box will help your child learn more about an interesting zoo animal, their habitat, and even get a recipe for one of their favorite snacks too!
I love this subscription box for science because it encourages homeschoolers to spend lots of time exploring the great outdoors. Each box includes resource cards and real outdoor gear your kids can use as they explore. Plus, there are family challenges in every box that are tons of fun for your whole family.
This science subscription is perfect for early learners. You’ll get everything you need for lots of outdoor fun with your young homeschoolers including beautiful picture books, activity ideas, and invitations to explore outdoors with your kids this school year.
Want to see more fun subscription boxes and kits you can use to bring learning to life? Check out my Ultimate Guide to Subscription Boxes for Your Homeschool.
Games are one of my favorite ways to teach. Over the years, we have come across all kinds of games to use in our homeschool. Gameschooling science isn’t just possible, it’s a lot of fun!
There are board games, science card games, and even games with experiments built right in! It’s a good way to step away from the books and leave behind messy experiments without missing any of the fun in your homeschool. Check out some of our favorite games for homeschooling science without a curriculum:
- eeBoo Space Exploration Memory and Matching Game
- eeBoo Natural Science Bingo Game
- Professor Noggin’s Wonders of Science Trivia Card Game
- Sensational Science Top Trumps STEM Card Game
- Chemistry Fluxx
- National Geographic Rock Bingo and Match
- STEM Family Battle – A Family Board Game for Kids and Adults
Plus, get more tips on Gameschooling Science along with a big list of all our favorites here at the Waldock Way.
What If I Miss Something Important?
Homeschooling science without a curriculum is totally possible. Using living books, games, and science experiments is a fantastic way to learn! But what if you miss something important?
The truth is, gaps are inevitable. Everyone has gaps in their education, whether the homeschool with a curriculum or attend public or private school. There will be something you fail to teach them, something they just can’t retain, something they forget.
In the end, you have to learn to be okay with these gaps. As homeschoolers, we get to choose which gaps we are ok with and which gaps we aren’t ok with. For me, I knew I wasn’t ok with sacrificing our relationship.
My ultimate goal was to protect our relationship no matter what. What’s most important to you in your own homeschool? Once you’ve figured that out, you’ll be able to determine which gaps you’re ok with and which ones you’re not.
Remember, in homeschooling, there’s no such thing as behind. We can take longer to learn and master concepts our children find challenging or breeze through topics and concepts they master quickly. However, you can always check my free grade-level skills checklists to discover what concepts your kids might need to focus on next.
More Resources For Homeschooling Without A Curriculum
Have I convinced you that it’s totally possible to homeschool without a science curriculum this year? If you’re ready to explore homeschooling without a traditional curriculum in other subjects too, check out my helpful ideas:
- Homeschool Language Arts Without a Curriculum
- Homeschool Math Without a Curriculum
- How to Teach Homeschool History Without Curriculum
Do you have any favorite tools, games, or activities to teach science in your homeschool? I’d love to read about them. Share your favorites in the comment section so I can try them with Emily too.
Thank you so much for this post! We love the game Wildcraft for learning about native plants and their medicinal uses.
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