Homeschool students learn science in unique fashion
Updated: 01/29/2012 03:47 PM
By: Heather Waliga
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — An increasingly popular biology course at a North Carolina nature center is providing a classroom-style learning experience for home school students.
The unique science lab is becoming in high-demand for students.
Using clay, a group of homeschoolers gets a lesson in science. They mold the stages of a bullfrog's lifecycle and learn a biology in the process.
“I didn't know a lot about homeschooling before this job. I just thought they stayed at home and learned and never really got out. And I think that's the perception of it,” said Anne-Marie Stevenson with the Latta Plantation Nature Center.
Stevenson teaches the homeschool biology course for third-graders through fifth-graders at Latta Nature Center. High demand for the class pushed the center to open a second course so students could get the lab experience that Stevenson said is vital.
“They're learning how to cooperate and divide tasks up and work together,” said Stevenson.
Homeschool student Sudie St. Yves took part in the project a couple of years ago.
“We had to feed [the tadpole] lettuce and flightless fruit flies and pretty much we're going to have to do the same thing,” said St. Yves.
Stevenson hopes the classroom-style environment will help the homeschool students start to think like scientists
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