Getting Started

NOTE: We’ve received several requests to make the navigation on our website easier to use, so please note that we’re developing a new navigation structure that will be put into place soon!

UPDATE: If you are logged in and you still don’t see a video, it may be a Flash Player problem. There have been some recent updates on browsers recently, and these updates have, in some cases, disabled Flash Player from automatically loading on pages, so please make sure this option is still enabled. We are in the process of updating all our videos so this isn’t a problem in the future.

How Do I Get Started?

Step 1: Watch the video to learn how to get around on the website. (The video above is one I recorded awhile back, and the one below is a new one I just created as a live class with our new members.)

Step 2: Pick the science area you want to start with, either by topic or by grade level.

Step 3: Jump into the program. Watch the videos and dive right into the activities. Watch how quickly your kids get hooked on learning science!

Step 4: You can use e-Science by itself or alongside another curriculum. If you’re using another curriculum with e-Science, download the Conversion Charts to help you get the most out of the program. Find out how the e-Science exceeds national standards.

Step 5: Get help when you need it. I really want to encourage to you be an active member of our e-Science program by posting comments and letting us know how the program is working for you. I really value your feedback – it’s really the only way I can continue to improve and get you what you need. You can enter your questions in the comment fields or send us an email.

How to Get the Most Out of This Program

Families that get the most out of our online program keep three important things in mind as they work through the program:

  • Know that you don’t have to finish all the projects in order to get a top-notch science education. Focus on quality, not quantity. I pack tons of content in the program so you can pick and choose the projects you want.
  • Schedule time to do the program. This isn’t something that’s going to work by osmosis. You actually have to open up the program and work through the projects. I’ve taken the headache out of knowing what to do, but when you do it is still up to you.
  • Ask for help when you need it. There’s nothing more frustrating than not getting your questions answered. Boy, I really hate it when that happens, especially when I am trying to learning something new! This program includes friendly live tech support, and I’m usually right back with your answer with 24-hours.

One program. All ages.

Most families of younger students want their kids to get excited about science, so they use the program differently than older students by focusing on experiments and activities and barely touching textbooks and academic material.  For older students, the K-8 content is included as a free bonus when you sign up for Grades 9-12. Many high school students use it extensively as a foundation. This material is also appropriate for advanced 5-8th graders as well.

Alert: How NOT to Teach Science

Most traditional science lesson plans will have you read textbook material first, and then if you’ve got time, do an experiment or two… most of which are sadly boring and don’t spark curiosity at all. And kids forget 95% of what you try to teach them when you do it this way.

There’s no single “right way” to teach kids, because each student has their own personal learning style. All kids have their own unique learning mode (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or digital), and the e-Science Learning Program covers all four. While kids have all four, there’s usually a strong preference for one in order for them to get their A-HA! moment. Here are the four different modes:

  • Auditory learners need to hear it to understand what’s going on
  • Visual learners need to see the experiment to understand the scientific idea
  • Kinesthetic kids need to actually DO the experiment themselves for the ideas to really make sense
  • Digital kids must read the actual text and words for it to make sense, whether on paper or on a computer screen (digital does not refer to computers, but rather words/digits on a page)

The trouble comes in when we try to teach kids according to OUR learning style. For example, I’m a visual learner, but my son is auditory. So he will tell me about his experiment but I haven’t got a clue as to what he’s talking about. However, as soon as he shows me what he’s been building, I totally get it.

But no matter which style you learn best in, if you start out with a stale, flat entrance to learning science, your kids are going to get bored no matter how you deliver it.

Tip: The Best Way to Learn Science

We recommend teaching science from the inside-out, meaning that you start with an experiment or two that really hooks your kids… the kind that makes them (and you) say; “WOW!” or “Cool!”

Let them roll around and play with the experiment for awhile, and when they come running back to you with questions like “Why did that happen?” or “What’s going on here?”, then they’ve signaled you that they are ready for the more academic reading and lesson videos.

The e-Science program has a lot of overlap in the content, so you won’t have to stress over missing any content if you don’t “do it all”. For example, if you’ve got a more auditory learner, you’ll probably spend most of your time with the teleclasses and videos. Digital students prefer the text downloads and reading about the experiment from the website. Kinesthetic and visual students will prefer watch the videos and build the projects.

We all have all four modes, but you’ll find a stronger preference for one of these. You’ll find more information about this in the Resource section.