• The Science of Soapmaking
    Ever tell your child, “Wash behind your ears…and use soap this time!”? Ever wonder why you need to use soap, I mean most of the dirt washes off with water, right? Here at Twin Creeks Farm, we take a lot of pride in making our soaps. Each batch is like aContinue reading “The Science of Soapmaking”
  • Can Plants Grow From Leaves?
    I don’t know about you, but recent world events got my wallet suffering. Every day I find myself pinching cents here and there. But being more budget conscious has not tampered my love and passion for engaging my daughters with nature. In my quest for new and cheap science lessons, IContinue reading “Can Plants Grow From Leaves?”
  • Glow in the Dark Slime
    I think slime is one of the few things at my house that we unanimously agree that is SUPER COOL. Okay, maybe not when it gets stuck on furniture but in general it is fun to play with. My children LOVE slime! Hence, for many years I have tested every possibleContinue reading “Glow in the Dark Slime”
  • Best Sink or Float Books
    We recently shared a post on how to do the Sink and Float lesson with your children. You can also find a simple instructional plan on our FREE Resources Page. In this post, however, we want to share some of the best books related to the topic.  Disclaimer: Links in thisContinue reading “Best Sink or Float Books”
  • 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’sContinue reading “Human Body Unit”
  • Planning the Year’s Science Curriculum
    Deciding what science topics to cover in a school year can feel overwhelming. But, with the right tools and mindset, the task can be enjoyable and chillax’ing. We designed the following steps to help you plan science instruction for the whole year.  Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with NGSS In order to planContinue reading “Planning the Year’s Science Curriculum”
  • Take the Sink & Float Activity Further
    If you scroll through social media accounts, you will find a plethora of examples of folks doing sinking and floating activities with children. The popularity is expected because after all, most children love to play with water. We want to however, show you how you can deepen that activity into aContinue reading “Take the Sink & Float Activity Further”
  • How to Create a STEM Corner at Home
    These days, entertaining children at home can be a daunting and exhausting task for parents. But inspiring and inviting children to STEM’ing can be easily accomplished with a simple change at home. Here is a suggestion on how to accomplish that, frugally! First Find an area of the house that isContinue reading “How to Create a STEM Corner at Home”
  • How to Turn a Chore into a Science Lesson
    I have a confession to make. I love coffee.  Since I love coffee so much, I wanted to figure out a way to make it a science lesson. My motive? I wanted my children to make me coffee. You guessed right, I drink coffee throughout the day! If you do too,Continue reading “How to Turn a Chore into a Science Lesson”
  • How to Create the Perfect Bug Repellent
    {This post contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you.} Do you want bugs to stop loving your children? I do! Specially to my youngest daughter, who has eczema. -So bugs, go away!- Since most bug repellants have chemicals that flare eczema, I created my own concoction.  I used myContinue reading “How to Create the Perfect Bug Repellent”
  • 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 itContinue 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 inventionContinue 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 answerContinue 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 theContinue 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 usContinue reading “Tried But True Science”
  • Thermodynamics: What’s that?
    Have you heard about the laws of thermodynamics? No? Don’t worry, most people haven’t either. Yet, the study of energy, a.k.a thermodynamics is a key subject in science. The laws of thermodynamics, in general terms, explain that, energy cannot be destroyed or created but rather transferred, energy will flow from oneContinue reading “Thermodynamics: What’s that?”
  • 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 intoContinue 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 beenContinue reading “How are babies made?”
  • Hominids Montessori Shelf
    I recently shared our hominids task cards on TpT store and wanted to follow up. Check out the post! THIS post, Preparing a Hominids Shelf, is all about how to use the cards, display them, and what other work to add to enhance children’s learning. As always, I am excited toContinue reading “Hominids Montessori Shelf”
  • 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.
  • Obstructing or Hiding Science? A book that puts forward complexity
    I love a good picture book that brings forward a complex topic! The author John Light and illustrator Lisa Evans did an amazing job depicting science as a taboo concept in their book The Flower (2006).
  • 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 keyContinue reading “Advanced Evolution Work”
  • Teaching About the Layers of the Atmosphere
    I don’t know about you, but summer season allures me to spend more time outside. With that, naturally, wonderings about the universe and my surroundings follow. The Montessori teacher in me (which drives my parenting style,) articulates those wonderings aloud in hopes that my children will also feel inspired to learnContinue reading “Teaching About the Layers of the Atmosphere”
  • 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 staticContinue 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 youContinue 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 abstractContinue 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 IContinue 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 intoContinue reading “What to Teach in First Grade”
  • Dissecting at a Young Age
  • 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 approximatelyContinue reading “Science and Graphic Organizers”
  • Engineering in the Montessori Classroom
    The engineering design process is an important element to include in the classroom, whether a Montessori environment or a traditional classroom. When guiding children to be part of the process we should consider the following elements as important: there’s a problem and there is access to attempt to solve the problem.Continue reading “Engineering in the Montessori Classroom”
  • 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,Continue 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”Continue 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’tContinue reading “Our Montessori Environment”
  • Engineering Teaching Resources
    My girls love doing engineering challenges and activities. Perhaps your child(ren) love it too. So, I am creating a Chillax Science blog post just for my favorite online resources. Here are my top right now! American Association for Engineering Education The AAEE has a plethora of resources for teachers and students.Continue reading “Engineering Teaching Resources”
  • Homeschool Classroom Organization
    Space is always a challenge, we always need MORE! I feel like I am always “fighting” to squeeze more materials into our little classroom (a.k.a. formal living room) or making them more appealing to my girls. In fact, it is a real struggle for me to have materials accessible to my childrenContinue reading “Homeschool Classroom Organization”
  • How to Organize School Supplies
    Are you flooding in school supplies and lessons? You are not alone! I have been teaching since 2001 and over the years I have accumulated way to much stuff. But, it wasn’t until I started teaching at a Montessori school when things got “out of control.” Since the Montessori teaching reliesContinue reading “How to Organize School Supplies”
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