I love science, especially physics and astronomy. I was always a good student, but it was these two subjects that made me excited about learning and even about school. I remember reading Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time when I was 16 and falling in love with science. I would even try trudging through Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity after I’d finished all my homework (and before gluing myself to the television to watch the X-files). I was a happy nerd. (I’m still a happy nerd.) I hope my kids are happy nerds too.
Come share my love of astronomy and cosmology with these ideas for homemade activities related to these fascinating subjects.
I’ve always struggled a bit with biology, but it comes like second nature to my husband. There were always so many terms to memorize, but even all these years later, I can ask my husband something like, “What’s the Krebs cycle?” and he’ll just know off the top of his head. I plan to start teaching my kids a little biology while they’re young, so hopefully it will be innate for them as well.
Chemistry is a subject which any kid can get excited about. What other subject has the potential to make you feel like a wizard brewing some magic potions? Even I’m excited for my kids to be old enough to use a chemistry set.
The earth sciences are popular subjects for introducing young kids to science for good reason. Even the youngest children can learn the scientific process by studying and observing the world around them. This discipline includes the study of the land and rocks (geology), the oceans (oceanography), and the weather (meteorology).
Of all the science classes I took in high school, physics was always my favorite. I loved that we got to do so many hands-on experiments. We even built our own boats to carry a teacher across the school swimming pool for the annual boat race. Covering areas such as Newton’s laws, electricity & magnetism, quantum mechanics, and relativity, physics has always seemed to me to be endlessly fascinating.