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Mama, if you’re like me, teaching science and coming up with homeschool STEM activities is just not your jam.
It’s not that I don’t understand the material.
I could teach the textbook stuff all day long.
But the hands-on aspect, the part of science that kids really love, is just not in my wheelhouse.
Lucky for me (and my babies), STEM is really trendy right now.
And that means that with not too much effort you can find plenty of opportunities for your peanuts to get their STEM on.
Here are 5 of my favorite places to find homeschool STEM activities and classes.
1. Public Library
Your public library can be an excellent resource for all sorts of free classes and activities with which to supplement your homeschool.
Our library system has offered everything from a Lego club to an art history class for kids.
Just check the website or pick up a calendar at the circulation desk.
The trick is to check out what’s offered at every library in the system, not just your local branch.
And make sure to sign up as soon as possible, because some activities will fill up.
2. Home Depot
Did you know that Home Depot offers monthly workshops for kids?
During each class kids get to make something that they bring home, along with an apron and a certificate of achievement.
These workshops are for kids ages 5-12.
But for teens and adults the store also offers workshops that can be a great addition to your homeschool.
One of our local stores even had an organic gardening workshop recently!
The company has also partnered with Discovery Education to create an entire STEAM website filled with lesson plans an ideas for the young scientist in your home.
Check it out here!
You don’t have to live near a major city to find a museum with great homeschool STEM activities.
Many museums receive public funding, which means that they want to design programs that will attract as many people as possible.
I was so excited to find out that a local art museum even offers classes specifically designed for homeschool students!
The Morris Museum, for example, which is local to us in NJ, offers classes that allow kids to tour the gallery and take part in hands-on activities afterward.
The best way to get started is to search for a list of local museums and then check the websites of each for a calendar of events.
4. Private Schools
Private schools are businesses. And the best businesses are always looking for ways to bring their product to new audiences.
So as more parents are keeping their kids home to learn than ever before, many private schools have begun offering classes to homeschool kids.
I learned about this trend when a teacher I’m friendly with sent a link to this school’s incredible catalog of homeschool STEAM classes.
Reach out to private schools in your area to find out if they offer something similar.
5. Subscription Kits
I have begun a love affair with monthly subscription kits this year.
It started when a girlfriend, who runs a local homeschool Facebook group, turned me on to Ivy Kids.
If you’ve never heard of Ivy Kids, basically it’s like someone else chooses a children’s book and then finds a bunch of awesome Pinterest-worthy crafts, games and even LESSON PLANS to go with the book.
And then they send it to your house with all of the supplies ready to go!
For this not-very-crafty mama, these boxes were a game changer!
Ivy Kids is great for kids through about age 8.
How Important Is It To Include STEM In Your Homeschool?
Including STEM classes and activities in your homeschool is a really fun way to introduce your kids to the awesome order with which God designed our world.
But coming up with this stuff on your own isn’t always as easy as Pinterest makes it look.
Luckily there are so many other people who have done the work for you that with a few clicks you can be on your way to adding some fantastic STEM fun to your little ones’ lives.
You don’t need to try everything at once.
But do commit to implementing one or two of these ideas and watch the bulbs begin to light up over your children’s little noggins!