Fieldwork is a blog created for the purpose of sharing hands-on science courses I have developed or am in the process of developing for my children in our homeschool setting.
The courses here are offered as an alternative to dry, textbook based courses which do nothing to excite a love of science or the natural world. We will do things a bit differently here, actually getting up off the couch and away from the table to experience real science in the real world. In fact, field-work, labs, projects, and real-life exploration will be the very foundation of our courses. These discovery-based, hands-on experiences will be supplemented with excellent living books, websites, and other resources to create challenging and yet highly engaging science courses.
If this sounds like it would be appealing to you and your children, please feel free to follow along!The more the merrier! Lets share our discoveries together!
The first course is a full year, high school-level marine biology/oceanography course. It will require regular access to a body of salt water (ocean, bay, canal, etc) in order to fully utilize the lab/hands-on component of the course, although adaptations can be made for some of the activities where ocean access is limited. Adaptations can also be made to include younger children in the study. If you’d like advice or ideas on these types of adaptations please feel free to contact me and I’ll do what I can to help.
I expect to be adding more courses as I develop them for my children, but since these courses are primarily for my own children, I make no promises as to how many or how often I publish new material here.