Parents can use JumpStart’s resources to supplement any science curriculum.
There are a large number of science curricula that homeschooling parents can choose from. Parents should do all they can to find out about the different kinds available and what each one has to offer before choosing the best one for their kids.
Science curriculums differ from each other in many ways. These differences mainly arise from the amount and kind of hands-on learning each curriculum requires. For example, in some kinds of curriculums, the experiments may require expensive laboratory material. On the other hand, others may suggest experiments which for the most part require only basic household items. Further, the depth of the explanations following the experiments tends to differ in different curricula. Also, some textbooks may have clearer explanations than others. Another important factor that parents ought to consider is the level of parental involvement required. Some may allow for independent learning, while others may need a greater amount of involvement from parents. Along the same lines, some science curriculums may require that the parents have a background in science in order to teach it, while for others, this is not necessary. After reviewing the different kinds of curricula available and taking each of these factors into consideration, parents can make an informed decision about the most appropriate homeschooling curriculum for the subject.
If parents are not fully satisfied with the textbooks their children are using, they can supplement them with freely available educational resources. If the number or kind of activities prescribed is not satisfactory, parents can find many additional activities online. To test understanding of a concept, parents can use free worksheets. These worksheets are also useful for extra practice. Games are a great way to get kids to practice science while also allowing them to have fun.