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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 key chart was not enough,Continue 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 learn more about their surroundings.Continue 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 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”

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”

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. In other words, childrenContinue 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, you can download itContinue reading “Introduction to Microscopes”