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Your Child Could Be America's Next Top Young Scientist!

Could your child be America's next top young scientist? The opportunity is certainly available, thanks to Discovery Education and 3M. Read more to learn about this annual challenge.

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As homeschool parents, we are free to let our children explore their true passions and interests and I know a lot of you have science-y kids. I see the many STEM posts on your blogs and Pinterest. Some of you are definitely raising future scientists!

If your child is one of those science-minded kids, you might be interested in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Discovery Education has partnered with 3M to foster the next generation of passionate innovators who are inspired to improve the world with science. Together, they developed the Young Scientist Lab, an interactive portal filled with engaging activities and teaching tools, anchored by the award-winning annual Young Scientist Challenge.

Children Improving the World with Science

11-year-old Gitanjali Rao honored as America's Top Young Scientist

Last year, Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old girl, was honored as "America's Top Young Scientist" for inventing a quick, low-cost test to detect lead-contaminated water. She won $25,000 for her world-improving invention.

Gitanjali hopes to reduce the time of lead detection in water by using a mobile app, to connect over Bluetooth to get status of water, almost immediately.

Is Your Child the Next Top Young Scientist?

Could your child be America's next top young scientist? The opportunity is certainly available, thanks to Discovery Education and 3M. Read more to learn about this annual challenge.

If you're raising a future scientist who is also interested in improving the world, you'll be happy to know Discovery Education's 2018 Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries!

Entries are open to students in grades 5 – 8. The judges will select the best students, and award them with a trip to the final competition event during October 2018. Grand prize: $25,000.

Learn more about the challenge.

YOUR TURN: Are you raising a science-minded child? Will you be entering the #YoungScientist contest? Leave your comments below.

Could your child be America's Top Young Scientist? The opportunity is available, thanks to Discovery Education and 3M. Read more to learn about this annual challenge.

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25 Nature Study Activities for Winter


Nature and art go hand-in-hand. 

Using arts and crafts to compliment your nature studies not only helps the children to retain information, but also creates a delightful memories.

I've scoured the internet looking for resources, but if you know of some fun activities, be sure to let me know!

10 Must-Have Nature Study Supplies

family exploring in the woods

This week I'm writing about wintertime nature studies

No matter the season, you'll need some basic supplies for your adventures. 

Let's get right to it.

Winter Nature Studies Made Easy


Deciding it's important to conduct nature studies in the winter is one thing. Knowing how to do it is an entirely different thing.

The easiest way I've found to add nature studies (for any season!) is NaturExplorers. I've written about this curriculum here and here.

Here are a few examples of things you could study in the winter.

5 Books Every Naturalist Should Own


Being equipped with helpful resources is key to successful nature studies, no matter the season.

Because most of us aren't in the habit of viewing winter as a prime season for outdoor time, having these resources proves to be even more helpful.

If you're going to successfully grow a naturalist, I recommend you get these books onto your bookshelf.

10 Simple Winter Nature Study Ideas


Nature studies can be as simple or complex as you want them to be.

If you're new to nature studies, you may feel more comfortable starting with simple activities. But even veteran nature study families can appreciate a calm, quiet nature walk.

Below you'll find a few simple things you do to develop an appreciation for nature.

5 Wintertime Nature Study Ideas for Your Homeschool


Although outdoors time isn't always our first thought for wintertime, children still need to be out of doors

Like all other seasons, winter offers it's own unique variety of learning opportunities Besides, there are plenty of good reasons for having winter nature studies.

I recommend reading Charlotte Mason's writings about winter walks to gain a better understanding of why children should be outdoors in winter.

But what to do in winter? That's why I'm here. 

Paradigm Accelerated: A High School Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum

Homeschooled high school students can earn their science credits with this easy to use, yet challenging biology course.

{Disclosure: I received this product free of charge. I was also compensated for the time I took to write this review. All opinions are my own; I was not required to make positive statements.}

Our homeschool is in an interesting place right now. While Lorelai has just begun middle school, Alexis is working her way toward graduation and college. She's currently an 11th grade student. I can hardly believe she's almost finished!

In the high school years, especially in the junior and senior years, our focus is to provide challenging lessons and projects that will prepare the student for life beyond homeschool. In this case, the focus is to lead her into college.

I also need products and curricula that encourage independent learning. We were a bit slower in moving her toward independent learning due to her profound dyslexia. But she needs to navigate that herself at some point, so here we are.

One product we've decided to try is a science course from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum.

This year, Alexis is taking anatomy and physiology. While I don't think Alexis will pursue a career which necessitates knowledge of biology, I believe all kids should take the course. 

Every human should understand how the human body works.

How to Grow a Naturalist in 5 Easy Steps

Do you have a child who loves exploring nature? Here are 5 tips for growing a naturalist.

Does your child love being outdoors? Does she collect caterpillars with the intent of raising them? Does he like to help in the garden? You may have a naturalist on your hands.

What is a naturalist? 

A naturalist is a person who studies plants and animals and, I would add, is passionate about nature. 

Anyone can be a naturalist. 

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