I have a confession. I don’t enjoy teaching homeschool science. There, I said it. I didn’t like science when I was in school, and I would still just rather not. It’s not science’s fault. I find various aspects of science fascinating, but it’s just not my thing.
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The idea of loving every aspect of homeschooling is a myth. And you know what? That is okay! We are human people with likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. Homeschooling our children does not mean having to become superhuman. We can educate our kids while also being our authentic selves.
Now that we have established science might not be our forté, what will we do about it? Great news! I have some ideas and resources for you, and I can’t wait for you to read about them below. However, I want to make one thing clear. While it is okay for us to have our own opinions about school subjects, it is more important to maintain a positive homeschool environment for our children. When my daughter wanted to enter the science fair at her co-op, I smiled and assisted her project. I loved seeing her excitement during the process, and (mom brag moment) I was thrilled to celebrate with her when she won.
Online Science Curriculum
One of the biggest misconceptions about homeschooling is that it’s all on the parent to teach everything. This is just not the case. There are many options when we don’t want to or feel unequipped to teach certain subjects. Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science Membership is the perfect solution for someone like myself, who would instead not teach science. I shared Greg Landry’s science lab with you before, and he is now offering a brand new family membership!
This Christ-centered science curriculum membership provides affordable access for the whole family. A variety of science classes and labs for grades first through twelfth, as well as a host of other free resources, are included. Greg is a published former college professor and homeschooling dad with over 20 years of teaching experience. With his Homeschool Science Membership, parents can speak to him directly when they have questions. Furthermore, families gain access to RightNow Media, similar to a faith-based Netflix but with added Bible studies and Christian resources. My kid LOVE the show, The Adventures of Ryan Defrates: Secret Agent.
If you are not looking for an online curriculum, have no fear! There are still plenty of other options if you are not interested in teaching homeschool science. My first advice would be to talk to your homeschool mama friends. Maybe you have a friend who loves teaching science, but she hates teaching math (I love math, by the way). You could do a subject swap, meeting regularly and taking turns teaching. The bonus to this is consistent play dates with friends.
Secondly, look to your local library. Our local library offers a variety of homeschool classes, one of them being STEAM based. I was surprised to learn all of the options provided by our library, and you don’t even have to have a library card to participate. So, make sure also to check the libraries in the surrounding areas.
Lastly, joining a co-op is a beautiful option when you don’t enjoy teaching specific subjects. My children have a co-op day once a week, where they participate in various classes that would be hard to do at home. Local homeschooling Facebook groups are an excellent resource for information on what types of co-ops are offered in your area. Plus, you will get some honest opinions from other homeschooling moms.
Your Unique Homeschool
The beautiful thing about homeschooling is it looks different for every family. The individuality of home education is my favorite thing. As a parent, you can best decide how to educate your children. And you don’t have to do it alone!
I hope you check out Greg Landry’s Homeschool Science Membership, as well as all of your local resources. In doing so, I hope you feel empowered and encouraged by the fact that you are not alone in this homeschooling journey. Tell me, is there a subject you don’t enjoy? Let me know in the comments below. As always, follow me on social media and share this with your friends who might need encouragement today!