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Using Lab Equipment
Volume 79, Program 33
1/16/2008
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Do you want to teach your children science but don’t know how to get the right equipment? Join us today on Home School Heartbeat as Mike Smith talks with Dr. Arthur Robinson about getting the materials you need.

Mike:
Dr. Robinson, sometimes it seems difficult for homeschoolers to teach courses involving laboratory work because they lack the proper equipment. How do you suggest homeschoolers go about getting these materials?

Dr. Robinson:
Well, firstly, they have a laboratory, a wonderful one, because the world around the child is filled with things of interest and things that can train the child. From an early age, he should be encouraged in things that he might do along these lines. The child may like ants. Get him the best book on ants and encourage him to study them. He may like electronics and make a hand radio operator out of them. It isn’t necessary for a homeschool family to have a formal laboratory. Formal laboratories can easily be left until college. But, they should encourage the child to pursue his own interest. There are thousands of different sorts of laboratories around them in their own homes. And the best training for a child in sort of hands-on science or laboratory work is a hobby—perhaps it becomes even more than a hobby—is if the child chooses for himself in studying some part of the natural world. Whether it’s physical science, like in electronics, biological science, studying some aspect of plants and animals that interests him, or something else.


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