Education, STEM Learning

Engage Your Child in Science with this Homeschool Science Curriculum

This post is sponsored by College Prep Science. Copyright 2020 by Greg Landry

These days all of us have had a small dose of homeschooling our kids. The Teachers for my 6th grader have been great at checking in and sending assignments that are easy for him to follow and keep track of. I can’t imagine a classroom of 20-30 of tweens especially the ones who have zero interest in a given subject. It’s hard to focus when you are not engaged or interested as an adult , yet a tween or teen?!!

College Prep Science is homeschooling education to help the uninterested student find interest by using an Appropriate Homeschool Science Curriculum for “Non-Science” Students

What I’ve Learned from Teaching Thousands of StudentsGreg Landry

Over the past 20+ years I’ve learned a lot from teaching thousands of homeschooled students (and university students who were homeschooled). One thing I’ve learned is that it’s a huge mistake to teach “college-prep” science to “non-science” students! And, in my experience, about 70% of homeschooled students are “non-science” students.

The depth, breadth, and pedagogy of many college-prep biology, chemistry, and physics classes, and a homeschool science curriculum in those subjects, leaves many “non-science” students frustrated, uninterested, and ultimately learning very little. I find that students in this situation often don’t have an overall understanding of the subject matter that is so critical in these sciences. They can’t see the forest because they’re lost in the trees. 

So, how do we define “non-science” students? I think the simplest and broadest definition is that “non-science” students are unlikely to be college science majors or they may not be planning to attend college. They should not be taught biology, chemistry, and physics as if they are going to be college science majors. I believe that’s a disservice to them and ultimately deprives them of fully grasping the big picture and magnificence of God’s Creation. 

So, I developed “life prep” versions of my biology, chemistry, and physics online classes and wrote the textbooks specifically for “non-science” students – students who may be “artsy,” “techie,” “handy,” or just may not particularly care for science. Equivalent in-depth and breadth to a standard public or private high school class but specifically designed to be interesting and appealing to “non-science” students, and with minimal math.

Many of students’ assignments and assessments are done in their choice of format, including, but not limited to: artwork, video, graphics, sketches/drawings, hand-crafted models, graphic novels, audio, wiki pages, game creation, graphic organizers, podcasts, e-portfolio, or just the simple written word. Much of students’ work in these classes are geared toward helping them to learn via their particular bent – their God-given talents and interests.

– Life Prep Biology (8th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Life Prep Chemistry (9th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Life Prep Physics (9th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– We also offer self-paced recorded classes for 3rd -6th-grade students

In the words of a homeschool parent…

“Greg, …what you did for our daughter will have far-reaching effects. You showed her that learning can be enjoyable…”
Thankful in Indiana
Jim H.

These “life prep” online homeschool science curriculum classes also include lab experiments in our very cool virtual homeschool science laboratory and graded lab reports. Students attend class once weekly (either live or by recording), turn-in homework, and are tested on a regular basis. These classes are all-inclusive and provide students with an enjoyable, comprehensive science experience.​Homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry, offers live, online homeschool science classes, Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp, the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast, in-person two-day science lab intensives nationwide, freebies for homeschool moms, and student-produced homeschool print publications.

Education, STEM Learning

Mom’s Science Homeschool Podcast Helps You Teach Science

This post is sponsored by College Prep Science. Copyright 2020 by Greg Landry.

Before I fall asleep at night and when my brain can still absorb some more information, I love finding podcasts that teach or tell me something. I am a history lover and also a true crime fan so those tend to be my go-to podcast subjects. However, there are so many out there for everyone from kids stories to homeschool topics such as the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast.

Former college professor, homeschool dad, and homeschool science pioneer, Greg Landry, has a new podcast specifically for homeschool moms – the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast. The purpose of this podcast to encourage, entertain, and equip homeschool moms to teach science (6th – 12th grade) and to make it interesting and enjoyable for students (and mom).

You’ll enjoy a familiar voice with science, stories, and humor every week – a new homeschool mom’s podcast available every Tuesday morning.

Episode #1 – Intro & She Married Me Anyway

Professor Landry will also cover:

  • Interesting and unique aspects of teaching Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy & Physiology.
  • Teaching science to your children who aren’t going to college or who won’t be college science majors and preparing students for college.
  • Preparing students for the ACT
  • The ins and outs of creating good lab reports.
  • From years of teaching university students and homeschooled students he’ll tell you some great stories (including cadaver lab stories)!
  • And much more

Upcoming Episodes…

  • Order of middle school and high school science classes
  • How to teach science to “non-science” students vs. college-bound science majors.
  • What my wife and I learned about getting our homeschooled children through the college experience
  • How your children can benefit from daily graphing and how to teach it
  • How to write good lab reports and mistakes to avoid
  • Stories from the cadaver lab
  • How and why to teach the metric system
  • His experience with homeschoolers as a college professor
  • Top homeschool science mistakes and how to avoid them
  • What you don’t know about college sports scholarships for average homeschool athletes
  • How to teach cellular respiration
  • What my wife and I learned from searching for colleges for our homeschooled daughters
  • What your students should know about basic statistics
  • Why and how to teach measurement
  • Should you take the ACT and SAT?
  • How to prepare for each section of the ACT
  • And much more 

​​Do you have a topic you’d like discussed on the homeschool podcast? We’d love to hear from you!​ Homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry, offers live, online homeschool science classes, Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp, the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast, in-person two-day science lab intensives nationwide, freebies for homeschool moms, and student-produced homeschool print publications.

Education, Parenting, STEM Learning

Greg Landry Homeschool Science

This post is sponsored by College Prep Science.

Greg Landry Homeschool Science

If the education you are providing for your child is missing a Christian base, this is for you. If you need another point of view to understand science topics or ACT prep, this is for you. If you are a Homeschool Mom or Dad looking for tools, this is for you.

Greg Landry is a homeschool science pioneer and offers online classes (for science leaning students and “non-science” students, science labs, ACT prep, a podcast for homeschool moms, and homeschool student-produced print publications.

Greg says he is first and foremost grateful. “The Lord has made me very aware of my need for a grateful heart. I’m grateful for a God who knows me and loves me (with all of my faults), for my family, for the thousands of homeschooling families I’ve had the privilege of  working with over the past 20 years, for the magnificence of His Creation, and for the trials in my life (James 1:2-4 ) that shape and mold me, humble me, produce perseverance, and mature me in my faith.”

Greg is a husband to his bride of 30+ years, a homeschool dad, and a former college professor. He and his wife homeschooled their two daughters. Both of them have graduated from college, and Greg says, “most importantly, both of them love Jesus. For that, we are very grateful.”  He grew up in French / Acadian South Louisiana (three of his grandparents were French speakers) and he loves the South Louisiana culture. At age 18 was invited to tryout with the Philadelphia Phillies baseball organization. He played baseball and football in college and holds a master of science degree from LSU (Louisiana State University).

He has a heart for students and a passion for science… but more specifically a passion for teaching students to see God’s hand in every aspect of His creation that surrounds us. His goal is to help them see that God’s creation didn’t just happen by chance – it wasn’t an accident, a fluke of nature.

Greg has spent the past 20+ years teaching science. He taught at a university, taught thousands of homeschooled students, has mentored students planning to pursue science / pre-med degrees, has designed and directed a university anatomy and physiology/biology cadaver lab, has published and presented scientific research, has academically counseled hundreds of college pre-professional (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, etc.) sophomores and juniors, has designed science labs for homeschooled students, and has written science lab manuals. 

Ten years ago he originated the “pre” classes (Pre-Biology, Pre-Anatomy & Physiology, Pre-Chemistry, and Pre-Physics) as a means of minimizing the intimidation of high school level science and preparing middle school age students for specific high school level classes. As one homeschool mom described it, “Greg has a unique ability to pull out the most important information and present it in a way that’s interesting and easy to understand.”

The thrust of Greg Landry homeschool science is to give homeschooled students access to Christian Worldview science that is focused on scientific inquiry, critical thinking, process reasoning, data collection, and the graphical and written representation of research. Greg says, “we want to prepare competent, confident students for their remaining high school years, their college years, and life. 

Greg and his wife live near Nashville, TN. His desire is to follow the Lord’s leading in teaching students to illuminate the incredible creation the Lord has put all around us. It reveals His glory! ​Homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry, offers live, online homeschool science classes, Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp, the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast, in-person two-day science lab intensives nationwide, freebies for homeschool moms, and student-produced homeschool print publications.