In Defense of a Science-Centered Homeschool

arches-national-park-dark-dusk-33688 (1)So often in homeschooling circles, I hear other moms bemoan math and science – how much they hated these subjects themselves and how their kids hate them too. They hold up, instead, literature as the centerpiece of their homes. They gush about the literature-centered unit studies and the love of poetry they hope their kids develop. And I get all uncomfortable thinking that I should be doing that too, but that’s not true.

Now don’t misunderstand me, I like a good story as much as the next person, and we certainly read a lot of fiction in our home. The problem for our family is that literature-lovers is not who we are. We are science people. We love math and talk about the exothermic nature of combustion at the dinner table (my husband is a chemistry professor). I love going down the rabbit hole of why the sky is blue or how the phases of the moon work, and I don’t really like Shakespeare or Charles Dickens.

It has taken me quite a while to realize that being who we are is the best thing that I can do for my kids. When I embrace our nerdy science discussions and our joy in playing with numbers, we are happier homeschoolers, I’m a happier mama. When I chase after long days of reading novels, although good and beautiful, it doesn’t feel right. Because it isn’t right for us.

Since we are science-centered homeschoolers, we get to enjoy the wonder of nature and see the full beauty of creation because we see its awesome depths. We get to follow our kids’ curiosity about spinosaurus yesterday and squirrels today and birds with forked tails tomorrow. We get to read all the fantastic books in the non-fiction section (and throw in some fiction too), which are the kind of books that I like to read anyway. We get to keep asking questions and looking for answers and occasionally finding them. It is a wonderful life to love science and math, and it is a wonderful type of homeschooling.

So if you too are a science-loving homeschooler, let me hear from you! I need to hear your voices! Let me know that I am not the only one out here who is making science the center of our schooling. Because science is awesome, and people who love science are, too.

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