Trivium Pursuit

A Suggested List of Activities for Teaching Science at Home Following the Applied Trivium Model

Grammar Level
(through about age 12)

Give children at this age plenty of time to explore, observe, collect. Help the child develop an interest and love for the outdoors. Interact with nature. Take walks, go camping, visit parks. Start bug, rock and plant collections.

Keep a nature study notebook. A good example of a nature study notebook is The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.

Subscribe to nature or elementary science magazines.

Read to the children books from the library about various science subjects, including biographies of scientists. Practice narration.

Attend local government or private school science fairs. Note ideas for your own future projects. Do simple experiments at home. There are lots of books for this at the library.

Take field trips to college/university laboratories, veterinary clinics, radio stations, museums.

Get your novice license in ham radio and set up a station.

Build model rockets and launch them.

For children ages 10-12, require them to read something in the area of science every day. Use the library or get some old nature readers. Follow up with narration.

Animal Projects. Obedience or Schutzhund train dogs; raise goats, rabbits, chickens, cows, or pigs and exhibit at the fair.

View creation science videos. Available from Midwest Creation Fellowship Library, ICR, Answers in Genesis, Dr. Dino, and CMI.

Logic Level
(about ages 13 through 15)

Continue the nature study notebook, only it could be more complex. In the notebook, half the page could be blank for the drawing and half the page could be lined for the text. For example, the student could draw a picture of a hand and write about the anatomy of the hand, after researching the subject at the library, or the drawings could be of different kinds of cells with all the parts labeled and a description of the function of these cells.

Produce a science fair exhibit. Local college professors and graduate students are often willing to help you with these exhibits. Don’t be afraid to ask. Keep your science fair project simple, original and thorough. Be sure to use the scientific method in your experiment.

Enter one of the science contests listed in our book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style.

Get an advanced ham radio license and upgrade your station. Have your student teach other homeschoolers about ham radio and help them with their novice license.

Buy a good microscope that allows you to see blood cells. Study protozoa.

Rhetoric Level
(about ages 16 and above)

Continue science fair projects or science contests.

Do an in-depth study of the subject of origins and find another student with which to debate. Students should be able to argue both sides of the question.

Have artistic students publish a booklet with nature or scientific drawings with accompanying descriptions.

Produce a newsletter or a web page on some specific science topic of interest — gems, origins, birds, tropical fish….

Take a full biology, chemistry or physics course by video, correspondence, or at a local junior college.

If you have a student who is not theoretically oriented, then give him more practical projects — automobile repair, construction, gardening, and work in the science as you go.

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