Hello, fellow non-science moms. I am with you and I feel your pain. Science was never my thing. How exactly do we teach science, like biology, to our kids when we are NOT science moms? Thankfully, there are resources to teach biology that can help you along the way.
Science was never something I was excited about until I took a forensic science course. Every other science course was a blur to me. As homeschool moms, we don’t want that for our kids. We want to grab their attention, we want to teach in a way that they can retain information.
Some subjects are easier than others to do this with. Science was one of those subjects that I just knew I needed to work harder on when it came to teaching my kids.
Do you have anxiety about homeschooling at times? I think we have all had a feeling of, “we may just screw this one up – and bad!” I know it is hard to share with others that feeling, but it is real. Well, science was one of those subjects for me.
Teaching biology was a gateway for me to get comfortable with teaching science. Why do you ask? Because we know that biology is the study of living things. Who created all living things? GOD!
I knew that I could begin biology with a great foundation from which to build. Studying God’s Word with my kids helped tremendously. I began biology with, “God created all living things, and biology is the study of all those living things.” That helped me and helped my kids put the rest into perspective.
Instead, of teaching science, we were taking the stigma attached to the word science away and dissecting it for what it really is. Science is the effort of humans to understand the natural world around us.
For Christians, science is the effort made to understand the natural world in the context of God creating the natural world and us studying the things in it. Our kids thought that was pretty cool.
How do we start teaching biology in homeschool, when we aren’t science moms?
Many of my mom friends are NOT science moms. We are the ol’ (not old but ol’) run-of-the-mill homeschool moms who want to create great learning experiences for our kids.
A few of us admitted that science wasn’t our favorite subject when we first started homeschooling. Science is a subject that we really can take out of the box and teach in ways completely different from the traditional science classes in traditional schools.
We don’t have to follow a textbook unless we want to and that is FREEING.
The following are a collection of resources some of my friends and I all have used, at some point or the other, to help us teach biology – along with a few new resources I know your homeschool will enjoy.
FREE Break the Ice CUBE Game: Back-to-School Icebreaker | Science Island
Christian Homeschool Biology for Multi-Levels! | Blessed Beyond a Doubt
What Do You Need to Teach Biology | The Multitaskin’ Mom
The Non-Science Mom’s Guide to Teaching Science | Life Beyond the Lesson Plan
The First Day of Biology Class: A Step-by-Step Guide | Science Island Education
Biology Doodle Diagram Notes in the Classroom | Science and Math with Mrs Lau
10 Tips for Teaching Cells | Getting Nerdy
Why I Chose My Scope and Sequence – Biology | It’s Not Rocket Science
Cell Diagrams: Interactive Notetaking with Animal & Plant Cells| Teach Beside Me
Here are 6 Helpful Tips for Teaching Cells | Biology Roots
Cells: Graphic Organizer and Manipulative for Interactive Notebooks | Bond with James
Should you need some further detailed help or guidance, the curriculum below can help give you a jump start to teaching biology in your homeschool. Curriculum is not a cop-out, it is a help when you need it:
Learning Resources Cross-Section Animal Cell Model, Soft Foam, Early Biology, Classroom Teaching Aid, Grade 4+, Ages 9+DNA Models Double Helix Model Components Science Educational Teaching Instrument ToyPigeon Skeleton Biology Teaching Aids Animal Model Kids ToysThe Biology Coloring BookAmScope M150C-I 40X-1000X All-Metal Optical Glass Lenses Cordless LED Student Biological Compound MicroscopeAmScope PS25 Prepared Microscope Slide Set for Basic Biological Science Education, 25 Slides, Includes Fitted Wooden Case
Above teaching the subject of mainstream biology, there is no doubt that biology will help your kids understand and appreciate the wonder of God’s great Creation. I hope these resources will help them do just that.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!