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Hands-On Homeschool Science Curriculum
published on 1/5/2023 by Angela Backer

Homeschool science should be hands-on and engaging. When students engage with hands-on manipulatives, they

  • deepen their understanding,
  • sharpen critical thinking, and
  • practice creative problem solving.

At the Age 7-9 level, for example, students assemble a human ear model as they learn more about the science of sound. This is only one part of an in-depth study of sound. Students also

  • study how sound is created,
  • experiment with sound moving through different materials,
  • examine the parts of the ear and how the human brain interprets sound,
  • create different types of instruments, and
  • learn how those instruments produce soundwaves.

Real-World Connections

Our homsechool science curriculum is also interdisciplinary. We have paired the study of sound with the Language Arts unit Who Was Helen Keller to provide an opportunity for students to draw real-world connections between science and language arts. As students learn about the science of sound, they will come to appreciate what life is like without sound. They will also learn about the accomplishments of Helen Keller. The study of science isn't just facts and figures. Science impacts real people in meaningful ways.

Ear Model Demonstration

The following video is a real example of a hands-on Moving Beyond the Page activity -- the ear model! You can use this video to follow along and build your own ear model when you work through the unit. You'll also learn neat facts about the structure of the ear, the names of the pieces (cochlea is my favorite), and how the ear carries soundwaves to your brain. Enjoy!

Links to Purchase Curriculum

If you would like to purchase curriculum mentioned in this article, here are some helpful links.

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