Learning Life Science
Science is all around us, and we definitely take advantage of that. There are all sorts of opportunities to incorporate science learning into our days, and hands-on experiences create a spark that creates enthusiasm. Hands-on learning doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and many spontaneous occasions arise that make it easy to do spur-of-the-moment science. Here are some ways we’re embracing the light bulb moments of discovery.
We go on field trips, many of them free, to places like fish hatcheries, wildlife parks, state parks, power plants, rock and gem stores, farms, recycling centers, museums, lakes, nature centers, beaches, lakes, historical sites, etc., etc., etc.
We explore our neighborhood nature trail. We find evidence of beavers, animal tracks, interesting wildflowers, and even a big snake. All kinds of interesting plants grow in the woods, and the change of seasons brings new landscapes into view.
We are amazed at who comes to visit, So many beautiful details to discover and observe.
We watch the sky. Weather patterns are recorded, and clouds inspire paintings.
We peek inside the hidden places.
We see amazing things in our own backyard.
We garden and dig in the dirt.
Our garden attracts wondrous creatures.
We look up at the moon. We wish on the stars.
We learn new things online, like electronics and soldering.
We play and build with Legos.
We collect books and field guides.
We have pets. We watch our lizards like they are television, and we keep nature journals.
We babysit our microbe biosphere, which is almost a year old and still going strong.
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