I can’t exactly recall where and I how I stumbled upon Mystery Science’s website. I’m just glad and thankful that I did!
As mentioned in my previous post, my husband and I started homeschooling our four children this school year. I have done some research on how to integrate online resources in our homeschool curriculum (which is actually very much overwhelming due to the sheer number of available open educational resources!). One of our key goals is to find materials which will not only inform and entertain but to select ones which will cultivate a lifelong love for learning.
According to their website, Mystery Science “offers open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science.” The website offers a variety of “mysteries” (science topics) which are unpacked through a series of highly engaging videos that are systematically organized to allow time for class discussion and discovery. Each of the “mystery” is often accompanied by hands-on activities that help reinforce the concepts discussed. Extras which include End-of-Mystery Assessment, additional readings, activities, games, and online resources are also provided. Mystery Science also provides the target age-group for each of the topics. “Mysteries” range from earth science to human body to ecology to chemistry to physics and many more.
Fortunately, I was able to sign-up for a free account which gives access to most of the mysteries. Some of the topics are locked and exclusive for paying customers.
We have been supplementing our science curriculum with Mystery Science’s lessons. So far, my family enjoyed most of the topics we’ve tackled. Even my youngest (5 year old) is thrilled whenever she learns that we are doing “experiments” and “science activities.” Mystery Science serves as our take-off point, getting my kids thinking, and stirring their interests on the topics at hand. We thoroughly enjoy the activities and the lessons always open up interesting and insightful discussions during class hours and even meal times! 🙂
Here our some photos from our Material Magic session where we need to come up with a hat from materials like yarn, paper plates, kitchen towels, sandwich bag, etc.
As a busy, first-time homeschooling mom, Mystery Science has been a great help in making science interesting, relatable, and practical for my kids. Our Mystery Science sessions are usually scheduled on days when my kids need something “light” and engaging. I love that I can just prepare the materials for the activities, play the videos, and let the “mystery” unfold. Mondays are usually tough for us as Sunday is a full-worship day for my family. Thus, our sessions are usually on Mondays and some mid-week evenings.
I am looking forward for expansion of topics in the website. The lessons provide the concepts that we can build upon and just augment it with furthers sessions in order to thoroughly cover the topics and concepts which are required by the Philippine K-12 curriculum. For instance, the mysteries included in Material Magic cover concepts such as insulation, conduction, absorbency, softness, and others that are part of grades 4 and 5 K-12 curriculum though we still need to have our own discussion of other material properties such as porosity, opacity, etc. I also had to pause the videos at times to make sure that the kids understand what is being discussed. My kids are still learning English and some words used in the videos are still unfamiliar to them.
With my family’s goal having a Bible-based education, we try to have discussions which point to God and His attributes displayed through His design in creation (which are revealed to us more thoroughly through science).
I am happy to have found Mystery Science and will continue to use it for our entire home school year (I was given a whole-year-access when I signed up). We are excited to learn from all their sessions.
Do you use any online science resources? Please, share by commenting below.
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