Wish Books for Science-Minded Homeschoolers

I see youWhen I was young, I looked forward to the arrival of the fall department store catalogs in the mail.  I would spend hours poring over the ‘wish books’ making lists of things that I wanted to save up to buy.

I consider these science catalogs are the equivalent of wish books for science-minded homeschoolers.  We love to get all four of these catalogs in the mail!   My children have marked the pages with kits or equipment that looks exciting to them and made lists of items to save up to purchase.  I’ll readily admit that I’ve marked up these science catalogs as well, with all the science curriculum kits, materialsscience 3 and supplements that I’d like to use.    I have ordered curriculum materials, lab equipment, microscope slides, dissections sets, etc. from these companies as well and have been nothing but satisfied.

I’ve linked to the catalog request portion of each site, but these companies also have online catalogs as well for immediate browsing.

Nasco  Science Resources

Home Science Tools

Nature’s Workshop Plus!

Carolina Biological


A Chemistry Collection { High School Level Resource Links}

Resources to supplement high school level Chemistry studies.

chemistry notation* Interactive Chemistry Simulations from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

*Science Buddies- over 73 Chemistry project ideas, perfect for a science fair.

*More than 40 Chemistry video lectures, including note-taking guides, worksheets &  lab assignments from Georgia Public Broadcasting.

*Periodic Videos- Informative and entertaining videos for each element on the periodic table of elements from the University of Nottingham.

Let’s Go Fly A Kite



When was the last time you flew a kite?   Kites are easy and fun to make.  They also make for some fun science learning while enjoying fresh air and sunshine.   Let’s go fly a kite!

Build & Fly Adventurer Award – makes a great foundation for a kite unit study

Simple Kite Plans from the Atlantic Union Teacher Bulletin

National Kite Month: Resources for Teachers– history, geography, science & math ideas as well as easy kite-making instructions.

Kites in the Classroom – more educational resources.

Easy Kite Making Instructions for Preschool Kids – fast & fun instructions.

Easy Kite Tutorial – great photo instructions.




Snowflake Unit Study

snowflake unit studyA snowflake unit study is a fun way to add interest to cold, dark winter days.   Here are some ideas/links to get you started.

Start your snowflake learning with Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a self-educated farmer who became a pioneer in the field of photomicrography, photographing more than 5000 snow crystals.

TeachWithMe.com features a free snowflake alphabet printable perfect for phonics practice and word games.

Grab that bucket of melty beads and make snowflakes!  Since you need only the white ones, start out with a sorting game.

Coffee filter snowflakes are always fun.

Check the bookshelves at home and the library for snow/winter themed books to cuddle up and read together.   HomeschoolShare has some great book-based lapbook & notebook printables and activities to supplement your reading.

It’s always snowing on SnowDays!  This site is addictively fun!

Boy’s Life shares a way to catch a snowflake and keep it forever.  Older children may enjoy this more involved project.

Cal Tech has a great site that delves into the science of snowflakes and snow crystals.

How do snowflakes form?  The NOAA can tell you. snowflake 2 unit study

Khan Academy adds some math learning to snowflakes via video.

Start with an equilateral triangle.  Follow the directions carefully and you will have created a Koch snowflake and learned about fractals all at the same time!

Wrap up your snowflake unit by learning the hymn Whiter Than Snow.