1. Plan carefully. Write out even the minutest detail ahead of time.
2. Allow time for last minute difficulties. Hardly anything ever works exactly right the first time. Make sure that you don't try to cram a 25 minute experiment into 15 minutes!
3. Trust your instincts. If the experiment seems like it might be dangerous or faulty, check with an expert before proceeding.
4. Follow instructions exactly. Now is not the time to cut corners and it could even be dangerous.
5. Don´t be afraid to elaborate. While this may seem contradictory to the preceding tip, feel free to expand the experiment where safety is not a concern. Part of the discovery process is asking "What would happen if we did this?".
6. Turn failure into learning opportunities. If the experiment fails, instead of chucking it, go back and search for reasons why it failed.
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Thanks so much for reading the the Homeschool Tips Newsletter.
The new 2006-2007 Sonlight catalog is hot off the presses! In addition to new educational resources, we've also made some significant improvements to our curriculum, such as expanded flexibility in Reader choices for Levels K through 2.
The catalog also provides several articles with helpful homeschool tips. For example, check out the "Top Ten Goals" article (pp. 146-147) which can help you think through your personal philosophy when it comes to homeschooling. And "Why we use certain books that some homeschoolers won't touch" (pp. 144-145), that gets into some pretty important issues about the content of books. And you won’t want to miss “27 Reasons NOT to Buy Sonlight”—a perennial favorite (beginning on page 148).
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To request a copy of the catalog go to:
Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|