Earth science is the study of planet earth. It includes the study of rocks and land (geology), the study of oceans (oceanography), and the study of the weather (meteorology). Since these areas are very tangible and relevant to the lives of all earthlings, it makes a great area to start scientific exploration with young kids.
My son studied a lot of earth science this past year in kindergarten. At home, we spent a period of time studying rocks by reading books and collecting rocks. We even went on a field trip to the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center (highly recommended if you happen to live in Southern California). Through his homeschool co-op, he spent the year studying astronomy, geology, and meteorology. He especially enjoyed learning about the weather. Unfortunately, not a lot of what he did was documented for this site. However, I’m sure we’ll be adding to this page over time as my 3 youngest kids get older.
One of the most popular ways even the littlest kids can get interested in science is by starting a rock collection. Once they’re interested, there is a lot more to geology for them to discover. Rocks seem so static and permanent. It’s fascinating to learn how rocks and the face of the earth change over time.
Observing the weather is a great way to get kids starting to take scientific measurements. Learning about meteorology provides the opportunity for kids to learn about everyday conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind, and precipitation, but even cooler meteorological events such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
Here are the earth science projects on this site so far:
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