Your homeschool life needs science kits. Forget those cutesy monthly subscription boxes-- this is the one you ought to
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I've been using a bunch of different science curriculum lately, if you couldn't tell. As a person that is fascinated by science it's important to me that my kids get some quality science in them.
Plus, I'm determined to get each one of them to fall in love with science as well.
Oh, and it's one of those things that makes me super nervous that my kids will miss something and sit there in college cursing my name and all that I represent.
Science curriculum woes
- Are you consistently skipping science because you sit down and realize, "oh garbage, I'm missing the one key material we need?"
- Are you consistently skipping science because you don't have the funds to buy buy buy the beakers, the petri dishes, the solutions, the microscope, the slides, the frog to dissect?
- Are you consistently skipping science because you've forgotten to look over the material, set it all up, and be prepared?
- Are you consistently skipping science because... ugh?
I said I loved science right?
- Well, my bank account doesn't.
- My procrastinator self doesn't.
- My brain fog, bad memory doesn't either.
Teacher's manuals, lab books, copies, random piece of string, a bottle of some weird ingredient that I only need a teaspoon of, I'll never use again, and costs $40-- all kill me.
I wanted to do the experiments, I wanted to show my kids how amazing science was, but I just kept hitting a wall of reality and life.
Then breezed into my life homeschool science kits subscriptions by Insight to Learning.
Ohmygosh, guys. THIS. This is the answer.
I don't have to do a thing except order, open, do it, and return them when done.
They've literally done everything for me.
This is a procrastinator's, a forgetful flake's, and a financially strapped person's dream come true.
I open the big glorious box.
It is stupid simple organized.
There are 5-6 lessons in each box.
Each lesson is in its own huge ziplock bag. Clearly labeled.
The Teacher's Manual is in its own bag, with copies of lab sheets (copies y'all!) in the same bag. Clearly labeled.
What do I do when it's time for science?
- I pull out our science kit box.
- Pull out the lesson for the day (1-5)
- Pull out the Teacher's Manual, open it to the lesson we're on, and go.
- Do the lesson (read a book or watch a DVD-- it's included!)
- Ask the questions suggested.
- Pull out the remaining materials from the activity bag and start the experiment.
The Teacher's Manual has starter questions, vocabulary, the lesson material to cover, follow up questions, and the experiment instructions.
Also included are the master sheets for the copies you'll want to make (only if you run out of the paper they included in the science kits).
Dream come true
I don't have to read it the night before, the week before, or ever. I read it for the first time when the kids are hearing it for the first time.
I could go as far as letting the kids do this on their own should I feel the inclination or have the need.
If my husband, mother-in-law, or babysitter was subbing for the day (should I randomly jet off to England one day) they could do this with complete ease and no stress/freak-out.
Yeah, but do the kids like the science kits?
Well... they loved it!
What's even better, when the subject of what we'd learned recently came up in a random conversation with other people they remembered it! They remembered the new vocabulary, what they meant, and how they worked.
That's the most important part, right? That they're learning and retaining what they learned.
We have the kit from the 2nd grade subscription (I have a 2nd, 3rd, & 5th grader) titled Earth's Place in the Universe. (*Note, this is the link to the classroom kit, so don't freak out at the big price tag).
We've learned about erosion, earthquakes, volcanoes, the layers of the earth, and caves (growing our own stalactites).
My kids want to do the experiments over and over again. They're sad when I tell them it's time to move on. When Dad comes home they can't wait to show him what they did and learned.
Hook yourself up with a science subscription
1. Pick the grade you want to use. I used one kit for my 3 oldest children (pay $5 for supplies for an extra child). You receive a discount if you purchase 2 separate grade level kits.
My plan is to go through one grade level and then go up a grade until we reach the end of their kit levels (5th grade).
2. Every 6-8 weeks a new box with 5-6 lessons and activities is shipped to you.
3. Go through each lesson at your own pace (we do one a week).
4. When you're done you ship all the non-consumable items back. Things like the teacher's manual, measuring spoons, DVDs, books, etc.
They include a laminated list when you first open up the package clearly listing out the items to be returned and the items you can keep.
They literally include everything (except water) that you'll need for the experiments. An empty water bottle, measuring spoons, string, plastic spoons (to stir with), a beaker, aluminum pans, clay, erasers, construction paper, cups.
We only have to be alive and awake and have water nearby, should we need it, to do the experiments.
You could open this box in an empty hotel room and do these experiments.
I really loved that the liquid ingredients (clearly labeled) were in a mega-tight container, and double bagged. I don't see how any container would ever leak, but just in case, there's 2 bags to contain it all.
The teaching materials (books and DVDs) are high quality. Real science terms, real science, and clear explanations. No fluff here.
What if I want to keep the kits?
If you don't want to return the items you would just buy the boxes instead of using the subscription.
This would be nice if you wanted to keep the materials to use for younger children as they get older.
Hands down this is an amazing subscription to get. Forget those other monthly subscription boxes. This science kit is beneficial to both you and your children.
First time subscribers get 50% of their first month's subscription (this offer never expires). Insight to Learning will mail you a check for $12.50 in your first box you receive.
This is one of my favorite investments for our homeschool this year. It's made science easy, simple, doable, effective. It gets DONE!