5 Simple Resources for Including Science in Morning Time
Morning time is a great time to include your family's science studies. With my younger students, my main focus is on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Science does not receive a bulk of our study time. However, I do want my children to grow in curiosity and wonder about the world around them. Day 4 of my 10 Days of Morning Time Resources is all about science. By including science in morning time I can draw out those ideas, without sacrificing the basics.
There are so many great resources that you could utilize for studying science in morning time. You really could just go to the library and find some lovely nature books to pour over together. The resources I've listed below each add a bit of a bonus feature to your studies. I love when I can integrate subjects and use only one resource.
1. Christian Kids Explore Science Series
I love the Christian Kids Explore Science series from Bright Ideas Press. The lessons are structured for teaching twice a week. However, these aren't your typical science text books. Filled with hands on activities, this clearly Christian science curriculum provides a great opportunity for conversational learning in your morning time.
- Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space
- Christian Kids Explore Biology
- Christian Kids Explore Creation Science
- Christian Kids Explore Physics
- Christian Kids Explore Chemistry
It's recommended to start with either the Earth and Space or Biology texts, and then work up from there. What I love about using this material is that the whole family can learn together. It's easy to scale the work up or down according to the students you're directing.
2. St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone
If your looking for a way to incorporate theology and science, check out this amazing little book by Dave Palmer: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone. Incorporating outdoor adventures, fun activities, and "awe and wonder" readings, Palmer encourages readers to see God working at all times in the world around them.
There is nothing more important for young scientists than to practice observation skills and cultivate wonder. This would be a great resource for reading once a week adding science in morning time.
3. Christian Liberty Nature Readers
If you're looking for a simple solution for science in morning time, you might try the Christian Liberty Nature Readers. These are simple stories that bring nature to life. You could simply read a chapter a week during your morning time and find your students soaking up great facts, wondering about curious creatures, and revealing in God's Truth. I love having these books on our shelf because they make excellent resources down the road for older student's research. My Challenge A students love them for finding interesting facts to add to their writing.
4. Memorize the Periodic Table
Science in morning time doesn't have to just include reading. Last year we used a couple minutes of our morning time each day to work on memorizing the periodic table. Let me tell you, this was SO fun! The kids loved the crazy stories, and everyone was blessed by finding success in memorizing something as challenging as the periodic table. See my full review of the material here.
We used the printable resource sheets included in the full package to create our own periodic table. Memory work is always a blessing as it lays the groundwork for success in science in later years.
5. The Sassafras Science Adventure Books
If you're looking for adventure, check out this living book series. The Sassafras Science Adventures follow twins as they zip line through science adventures. This living book series is designed to bring the scientific method to life in story form.
There are also many great additional resources to supplement your story time. Each volume has a myriad of supporting resources to keep everyone loving learning science in morning time. Check out their lapbooks, audiobooks, experiment kids, logbooks, and coloring pages.
The series isn't complete yet, but here's their plan:
- Volume 1: Zoology
- Volume 2: Anatomy
- Volume 3: Botany
- Volume 4: Earth Science
- Volume 5: Geology
- Volume 6: Astronomy
- Volume 7: Chemistry
- Volume 8: Physics
How do you include science in morning time?
Get more great Morning Time inspiration from Pam at edSnapshots:
Discover more great resources by reading the full 10 day series:
Day 1: Why Morning Time
Day 2: Bible Study Resources for Your Morning Time
Day 3: Building Character and Virtue During Your Morning Time
Day 4: 5 Simple Resources for Including Science in Your Morning Time
Day 5: 5 Helpful History Resources for Your Morning Time
Day 6: Making the Most of Your Morning Time with Literature
Day 7: 5 Fantastic Art Resources to Bring Beauty to Your Morning Time
Day 8: Morning Time Comes Alive with the Sound of Music
Day 9: Making a Morning Time Plan and Sticking With It
Day 10: Morning Time Storage Solutions
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.
I love the idea about memorizing the periodic table!
It is such a cool memory tool. We loved it!
Wish I’d thought of the post-it-note game to memorize the Periodic Table when my kids were still at home! :-p
We love the periodic table course, too! I will have to try The Sassafras Science Adventures! Thank you.
I’m going to start Sassafras with my kids this school year. All the resources look great. I have the CLP Readers on my shelves and used them briefly (and then forgot I had them.. HAHA!)… what I recall we enjoyed them, but got busy with other things.