Homeschool Preschool and K - Science and Nature Study




Summary:  Homeschooling preschool and kindergarten is all about learning from play, and just lots of play, don't you think?  And there is nothing like simple nature study for little ones.  Sharing also simple homeschool preschool science very simple "curriculum" helps, for the fun of playful hands-on science activities for our littles.


Our early homeschooling years were all about exploring new things with my daughter always asking tons of questions about everything.  Does that sound familiar?

She also liked to learn about the things that she was asking about, like animals, the stars, why clouds form and the like.  


We found some helpful workbooks to help with her explorations.  But first, let's talk nature.  And nature study for preschoolers and K.

But, by far, my daughter's favorite thing, during that time, was to and go on nature walks to collect things.

And that became our focus for our early science...You know, science does not have to be complicated to be a wonderful learning experience for our kids.

Nature Study

Our early nature study was all about collecting things.

Starting with the backyard, we went on nature walks, to explore whenever we could.  My little one was quite the collector, and was always picking up leaves, on the way to the library, in the parking lot of the grocery store,etc. 

We would bring her collections home, and use the leaves in our art, and, when she was a little older, we began to identify them by name.  Taking this time to stop and collect leaves, as we walked, set the stage for her learning to love nature, as she grew up.

Bird Watching

Then there was bird watching, feeding the birds with:
simple peanut butter feeders, studying ant hills, 
watching the moon, 
learning its cycle, and learning about and taking care of our cats.  

That kind of stuff.

Baking

Baking simple recipes were our first science experiments.  Baking bread, and watching it rise, mixing together liquids,..... it was all an amazing miracle to my little scientist.  

As we continued with our science learning fun, we just built on all these things that we started in preschool.  

We did nature walks, and more explorations outsideof insects, plants, and trees.  And we planted a garden together each spring.  My daughter loved using a magnifying glass to check things out more closely.  

We would come home, and look up what we had seen, and that started classification of leaves, trees, and everything.  And looking things up together, taught my daughter beginning researching skills.

Then, later, our collecting things became nature tables, and baking morphed into simple science experiments in the kitchen. 

My daughter was learning that science was fun, and that she could do lots of things herself. 

Simple Resources



When we wanted more ideas we turned to the Evan-Moor's book on simple science experiments here.  My little one wanted to try some simple experiments and this book had a lot of them.

We used a number of  them, picking the books based on the topics that my daughter  liked best. We started with, their book on Plants.

Photo Credit - Evan Moor
The Plants book is for K - 1st grade.

These workbooks were full of ideas, with lots of hands-on learning activities. Note that they call the books, teacher reproductions, but they are just the same inside as the workbooks that I used with my daughter.

We used a number of  them, picking the books based on the topics that my daughter  liked best. 

It was a great resource, and added a lot to our backyard gardening explorations. 

Then, later we enjoyed one of their books on Animals, as it was all about animals at our house.  The best part was that my daughter felt like a young scientist, as she learned how to classify animals.

EvanMoor's ScienceWorks for Kids offers a variety of science topics, for such as:

Energy
Space
Simple Machines
Habitat
How Your Body Works
Geology
The Earth
and more.

Note - These activity books are for K to 2nd, or 1st - 3rd.  But my 2e daughter loved the challenge of them. 

All concepts were taught through fun, hands on approaches and always with only one concept at a time.  Many experiments are included in most of these workbooks.  

My little one couldn’t wait for the workbooks to arrive. And, the best thing about them was that they required minimal prep. Puzzles,  mini-books to color and assemble, (very) simple experiments, and cut and paste were used to teach simple science concepts, one page at a time.

For more information, I have a review on Habitats that you might check out, if you like.  If you want more information on their Habitats book, Evan-Moor has that here.  

Another way to go is to focus on library books in the areas of science that your little one wants to learn about.

I hope these ideas will help the budding scientists in your home, and learn that science is fun.

What would you add to the list?  I would love to hear about those in the comments, if you like.






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Betsy



Betsy is mom to her now college grad whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting


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