First of all, science is not simply a “subject” out of textbook. Life learning is the key to a successful science study. Sure, I love using interesting science texts but science learning is not all about the book.
1) Use life, specifically nature to study the world around you. My children take every opportunity to do this even if it “interrupts” what they were doing. For example, a battle against a rather large spider was waged in our schoolroom the other day. My children, being the victors, proceeded to dissect their spoils. They discovered how hairy the specimen was, and how the legs connected to the body. All very interesting, and all pure science!
2) Remember that your children are just that – children. As I’ve mentioned before in many of my posts about learning… children learn through play. Their play is learning, and their learning (to be most advantageous should be) play! Encourage scientific pursuits while the children are playing… ie… the spider dissection.
3) Let learning flow naturally from their inquisitive minds. Scientific method stems from “questioning.” How natural is it for our children to question the world around them? Don’t we often tire of hearing the word “Why?” Sure, but that is natural scientific investigation that your kiddos are hardwired to do… all we have to do is fan that flame!
4)I suggest investing in many “guide books.” These can be anything and everything from guide books to books that show how things work. Here are a few that we have: Look inside the Human Body, The Kingfisher I Wonder Why Encyclopedia, Birds of Georgia, The Usbourne Science Encyclopedia, and Stephen Biesty’s Inicredible Cross Sections. All of these are super books which encourage that natural investigator in your child.
5) Use a text book or online science program as your guideline if you feel like you need it. Really most of science in elementary could be done without one. However, many people want to be sure they cover all the topics that prepare children for a more formal science study in Middle School.