Fun for the kids, and easy for the adults!
8 weeks of elementary-level video lessons to encourage critical thinking skills with hands-on science activities.
Millions of children are not in their typical learning environment. This doesn't mean you can't bring the classroom to the children! As an educator bringing science and Montessori philosophy to children for over 20 years, I'm excited to bring you a fast and easy way for your kids to continue their science education no matter where they are.
Each week includes a video lesson and downloadable pdf with many choices for hands-on activities.
Every researcher takes notes and organizes information. Learn how to create your own notebook, just like a scientist.
Have a wonderful place outside to hang out in. Create your own “lean to” and learn why providing shelter is a fundamental need.
Practice looking into the sky with new skills. There was actually a time we didn’t have GPS to tell us where to go. Even before maps!
Learn how to purify your own water to drink. Water is essential to life. What happens when we don’t have access to a clean source?
Make a yummy treat independently without the use of fire, a stove or electricity. Learn how we can use solar heat… and start eating!
Did you know there’s an art and science to creating maps? Learn how this form of communication connects people regardless of culture, language and education.
Make your own compass, and let's learn to navigate. Learn the science behind how a compass works. Get ready to get outside!
We're going to create our own sundials! What are sundials, and how do you use them? Without even knowing it, every culture created their own.
"As a Montessori parent, I highly recommend Backpack Sciences. My children (2nd and 5th grade) watch the videos each week and participate in the recommended activities. What we love about these videos is that they are short, full of information and fun facts. The kids are able to relate, connect and retain the information. "
One time payment with ongoing access
Less than $8 per lesson
8 high-level science video lessons
8 handouts with various fun learning activities
Private Facebook Group for adults to support and ask questions
Let's take that energy outside with "Outdoor Science Skills".
"Yes, it is science based, but these projects combine so many skills that a kid should work on. Ari wrote the longest (research) paper of his life this week. I'm honestly a little frustrated with the educational resources he's getting from his school. It's really just digital worksheets. I don't feel that's a good way to learn, so we're supplementing now with your program. Thank you for what you're doing."
Each lesson will include an instructional video and a pdf with various follow-up activities and ideas for kids to choose based on their interest. They can do one, a few, all, or even make up their own activity!
Additional supplies depends on the activity your child chooses and creates. Many of the items are things you have at home already. All are low priced items.
No. I'll teach everything via the video. I always like to include some history, a story, and also how it applies to our lives. The handout will then help guide your child to further explore and extend the learning.
No problem!! These can be opportunities for children to independently work on them. You can have them "present" them to you at the end. This is a great teaching moment for your child to share all that was learned, building the child's confidence and excitement of being an expert and teaching.
One lesson will be available each week. If you don't get a chance to do that activity, don't worry. You have ongoing access to the videos and activity ideas.
You can always send an email or post in our private Facebook group. In addition to my input, we can use our community to help.
Honestly, where else can you get direct access to the creator of the lesson and ask for more help?!
Jackie's first career was as a wildlife biologist in Colorado, New York, and Cameroon after a university study abroad in Kenya. Through her 21 years of teaching experiences at many different schools, observation of her own children's education and now guiding adults earning their teaching credentials, she's on the mission to lessen the gaps in science education with inquiry-based, hands-on, experiential higher level learning. Her work as an instructional guide with adults in a teacher education program guarantees she's skilled to move you forward in your success path.
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