Homeschool Science Labs: A Simple Solution

Have you struggled with the idea of how to carry out homeschool science labs for your high schooler? You’re not alone. When my first child approached high school age, I realized that our state requires three lab sciences for graduation. And I struggled to find an easy way to do a lab science in our homeschool.

At the time, the only two solutions I could find involved either spending lots of money for a live, physical class for her to attend or trying to pull it all together for myself. I opted for the latter which was definitely a cause for pulling my hair out. With my three consecutive children, I found that these remained my two main options. And I realized that even when we did labs at home, I was paying a fortune for the supplies!

So I was super excited to get to review what I think is an excellent, simple solution to the problem of homeschool science labs for your middle or high schoolers. (Make sure you don’t miss the freebies at the bottom of this post!)

Disclosure: I received a free class and compensation for this post. All opinions are always my own.

I had the opportunity to try out the Virtual Physics Lab from College Prep Science. And, if you’re looking for a simple way to do homeschool science labs, this is it! I’ve posted about some great resources from College Prep Science before, and this is another one that is awesome!

Virtual Homeschool Science Labs

College Prep Science’s Virtual Homeschool Science Labs are intended for 6th-12th graders. The labs are self-paced and each includes ten experiments for students to complete and create lab reports for. There are labs available for Biology/Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, and Chemistry.

When you purchase a Virtual Science Lab, students will have access to the lab for 12 months. To complete a lab, they’ll first watch a video that explains the concept and the lab they’ll be completing. These lessons are taught by Greg Landry, a veteran homeschool dad and former college science professor. In the lesson, he shows the student exactly how the lab works.

After the student watches the lesson, they will go into the Virtual Science Lab. This lab is set up exactly like a real science lab. We did the Physics Lab, so each of the lessons dealt with physics topics. And the materials in our Virtual Science Lab were materials we would need for physics experiments. In the lab, students will select the lab lesson they’re going to work on and then follow the instructions to complete the lab.

After completing the lab, students also complete a lab report. There is a sample lab report in the class information and links- which lives inside Canvas, a common online class and assignment resource used by virtual and physical schools and teachers. Greg Landry also shows students how to complete a lab report in the first lesson.

You can see more about how the Virtual Science Labs work in this video:

Why This is the Answer for Your High School Science Labs Problem

So… why are these Virtual Science Labs going to be your new best friend when it comes to homeschool science labs for your middle or high schooler?

You don’t need to purchase any materials for the labs.

Let me say that again. You don’t need to purchase any materials! Whew! If you’re like me, you have definitely started a lab with your kids only to discover that you’re missing some key ingredient or equipment that you need. You try to substitute what you do have, only to carry out an experiment that doesn’t work properly- probably because you didn’t use the right supplies. Did you know that it requires an alcohol with the content of 90% or higher to use as fuel in a bunsen burner? Yep. We found that out in a chemistry experiment last year when we didn’t have the right alcohol. And, needless to say, our experiment didn’t work.

You won’t have to worry about that with the Virtual Science Labs though. Everything your student needs for every experiment is there in the virtual lab. You don’t have to purchase anything else. And you’ll never forget some key ingredient or have the wrong kind of alcohol.

Students learn to write lab reports.

I have two students in college now, and I know how important it is for students to know how to write lab reports for college science classes. Even if your student isn’t planning to major in science, they’ll need this skill. I confess that I don’t know how to write lab reports, and I’m thankful that my oldest, a science major, learned how to do this from an actual science teacher in a live physical class when she was in high school. Yes, I can copy something from a science book. But my kids won’t really know if what they’re doing is correct or complete enough.

In the Virtual Science Labs, students will see an example of a well written science lab report. But they’ll also be learning how to write a lab report from an actual science teacher. And they’ll be writing reports for each lab they complete, making the Virtual Science Labs a great way to practice this!

The Virtual Science Labs are self-paced.

Do you have a student who may move faster or slower than a traditional class? This is one thing that kept me from doing live, physical classes with some of my kids. I wanted the flexibility to allow them to move at their own pace.

With these virtual science labs, students can move through the lessons quickly or slowly. You’ll have access to the lessons for 12 months. You can choose to use all the lessons for a year of lab credit or use some of them for a semester credit. The College Prep Science site has information that can help you decide.

Great Freebies from College Prep Science

Not only does College Prep Science have these awesome Virtual Science Labs, they also have a great collection of science freebies for homeschool moms!

These freebies include:

  • A FREE test drive of the new virtual, interactive science lab for homeschooling families – students LOVE it!
  • Earth Science student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with audio
  • “Muscles” student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with audio, and.. your palmaris longus?
  • A cool ancestry wheel for your children to fill-in. Students love this and it leads to lots of educational activity that they love
  • COVID-19 / viruses student science infographic lesson and printable worksheet with accompanying audio 
  • And more!

You can pick up all of the science freebies here.

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