Earth Science in Hawaii ~ It’s the perfect living classroom…
Mama Mia!! I must say it has been a very interesting and somewhat trying start to our homeschooling year. With the lava eruptions and earthquakes to the numerous hurricanes and flooding it’s a wonder that we’ve made it through to week #4 let alone started at all…LOL!
None the less, we have prevailed and homeschool is on it’s forward trek to scale the peaks of mount knowledge. I’m thankful that we have a plan and routine in place that allows my keiki to basically progress through their lessons with very little hand holding from Mama. This plan however would not be had it not been for the online learning style assessments the girls took.
How the search began…
Before we began our 2018-2019 homeschool year I decided to do a free online learning style assessment with my keiki. I remember doing this when we first began homeschooling, however as flux not permanence is the nature of life I figured it was time for another.
The assessment confirmed what I had already suspected with one of my keiki, that she is an auditory learner. From when she was very young I remember her singing or humming a tune. She was always able to sing rather on key for someone so young. This information however was not something I thought would become important in her academic education. Yet again, I have been proven wrong; and I’m okay with that, truly.
Earth Science Music Videos…That are Awesome!!
With this not so new information I set off to custom build her Earth Science lessons to include tons of videos as well as hands on components. To my amazement there were not only lecture type videos (which I already knew about), but music videos. These Earth Science music videos are what I’m here to rave about.
I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to find a music video about rocks, minerals, and the like. I must have spent at least a couple of hours after dinner that night combing through all types of lyrical content. Determined to make it part of her lessons I worked well into the night that evening. Even if it meant augmenting various lesson plans it was worth it.
I even had my daughter listen to some of the songs, to get her opinion. She seemed to approve, however, I’m not sure if she was just doing it to pacify me. Either way I’m sure she will see the value in it when the time comes for her to learn new Earth Science vocabulary and content. At least she’ll have a catchy tune to help her remember. When I say catchy, I mean it’s songs that are or have recently been on a radio station in the last decade.
By combining various resources I was able to get a good chunk of lesson content planned out that same night and I had fun doing it. I’ll be using my trusty Notebooking Pages of course, to ensure we keep track her accomplishments along the way. I’m thinking about having her work on an audio/visual presentation as her final project. If so, I’ll be sure to share it, with her permission of course.