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Human Body Unit

What do we want our children to know about the human body? Understanding big ideas about living things is core in a science curriculum. There are many right ways to do this at home and in the classroom. One of my favorite ways is to dissect different specimens with children. That’s why we offer aContinue reading “Human Body Unit”

Kinetic Energy

The concepts of potential and kinetic energy are two well studied concepts in physics. Children, often learn about them in elementary school grades. However, transforming these abstract concepts into concrete ideas can be challenging. So, I thought I would take an engineering activity that children love to do and combine it with science. I amContinue reading “Kinetic Energy”

Parachutes on the Moon?

A few days ago, I posted an activity about moon craters. Many of you reached out to me and told me your children loved the activity. So, here is a similar activity: parachutes. Parachutes cannot be used in the moon because there’s no atmosphere. But, they make for a wonderful invention here on Earth. ThisContinue reading “Parachutes on the Moon?”

Swinging Blocks

A traditional experiment physicists study is pendulums. It is a cool experiment for children to semi-replicate at home. This experiment promotes connections to every day life-playground time. So, our question for this activity is: Is it faster to swing by myself or with my friend?  Use these simple materials to answer the question.  shoelace rulerContinue reading “Swinging Blocks”

Moon Craters

Help children think about cause and effect relationships through moon craters! All the details in this blog post.

Puddles – Puddles

Most children love to play in puddles. I did when I was young and my children love them too. But, right now there are NO puddles around the house. Since I want to continue my daughter’s learning at home, why not replicate a puddle? In today’s post, we are doing the Chillax Science of puddlesContinue reading “Puddles – Puddles”

Tried But True Science

Looking for an experiment that has the cool factor? But you don’t want to use your food supply? Chillax Science got you covered! This blog post, is about the tried but true science demonstration that showcases Boyle’s Law. The infamous, soda can crushing. The cool dude and famous Robert Boyle, told us (through what I call)Continue reading “Tried But True Science”

What to teach in Kindergarten

Kindergarten is such an important year in a child’s learning journey. And as such, deciding what to include in the curriculum is key. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) included Kindergarten in their work.  What are the Next Generation Science Standards In general, the current science education standards are grouped into three distinct groups aboutContinue reading “What to teach in Kindergarten”

How are babies made?

Most children, sooner rather than later, ask questions such as, How are babies made? How was I made? Where do I come from? How did you make me? These questions usually catch us off guard and answering them correctly but in an age appropriate way can be challenging. I have been there as a parent!Continue reading “How are babies made?”

Observing Clouds

My first grade students have been fascinated by clouds. Logically, I wanted to unlock those wonderings with them. They wanted to know cloud names, how are clouds formed, why do they look so different, and much more. So I began to plan a chillaxscience lesson.

Homeschooling When a Rare Disease Attacks

When my youngest daughter was four years old, dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune disease revealed itself. It was sudden, and caught us by surprise. The disease’s offset was fast and furious-within weeks, my baby couldn’t walk.

Advanced Evolution Work

My oldest child is very interested in the concept of evolution. Specifically, how animals (humans included) have changed over time to adapt to climatic changes. So far, she has used the traditional Montessori chart and has dived deep (through books) in the world of cheetahs and elephants. Because the Montessori key chart was not enough,Continue reading “Advanced Evolution Work”

How does Montessori Science Meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) ?

Becoming a Montessori teacher was a transformative experience for me. It gave me new knowledge on how to isolate science content that leads to easier understanding and retention. Montessori teaching also made evident the benefits of chillaxed teaching. Montessori teaching posed some problems because it presented science in a somewhat static and isolated way. ThisContinue reading “How does Montessori Science Meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) ?”

What to Teach in Second Grade

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) NGSS has positively shifted the way we think about science teaching. Our science standards are now more comprehensive, coherent, and integrated across science disciplines. However, these changes present challenges in terms of time constraints. Oh wait, which teacher or homeschooler doesn’t have time constraints? If you are not familiar withContinue reading “What to Teach in Second Grade”

Storytelling in Science

Have you used storytelling in science? It is an underused technique! We often think of storytelling as an instructional technique in language arts and sadly not one for science. But, it gets children hooked into a topic and can provide a historical context in science. Atoms are invisible and an abstract concept to children. SoContinue reading “Storytelling in Science”

Chemistry Lesson

My fifth grade students were ready to dig deeper in their study of rocks and minerals. So, we started following the “traditional” route of doing simple tests to identify the minerals present in the rocks they found in the playground. However, as we were doing these tests, I realized that I could take an alternativeContinue reading “Chemistry Lesson”

What to Teach in First Grade

Deciding what science topics to cover in first grade can feel overwhelming. But with the right tools, the task can be enjoyable and chillax’ing. Start by familiarizing yourself with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). You can find complete information here. In general, the current science education standards are grouped into three distinct groups aboutContinue reading “What to Teach in First Grade”

Science and Graphic Organizers

Graphic organizers have been in the world of education for a long time. If you google for example, the keyword ‘graphic organizer’ about 174,000,000 entries pop-up. Wow, what an overload! However, if you are a little more specific and use the keywords ‘science graphic organizer’ the number is reduced to approximately 38,900,000 results. Goodness, stillContinue reading “Science and Graphic Organizers”

Introduction to Microscopes

My children are intrigued by how things look under a microscope. So, I obviously wanted to turn such interest into a more in-depth learning experience. First, I took a picture of our microscope and labeled all the parts. If you have a similar microscope and would like to use our picture, you can download itContinue reading “Introduction to Microscopes”

The Story of the Earth

Introduction to the Geological Evolution of Planet Earth Over the years, I have noticed that children go deeper in science when it is interwoven with history and math. With this in mind, I took the story presented in the book “Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom” by Michael and d’NeilContinue reading “The Story of the Earth”

Our Montessori Environment

A beautiful, organized, and well presented learning environment is critical in the Montessori environment. In any teaching environment, as a fact. However, homeschooling often presents many challenges to the beautiful pictures one is quick to find over the internet. Are those pictures real? Staged? I don’t know, but I certainly don’t hold myself accountable toContinue reading “Our Montessori Environment”