Michelle Moody was a homeschooling mom of two children who are now in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. She has experience working in the biotech industry and DNA laboratories. She has a master’s degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education, which paved the way for her to teach in school settings in the United States and on the mission field in Bangladesh.
Presently, Michelle blends her love for STEM and her passion for helping children and parents love science through The Homeschool Scientist.
The Homeschool Scientist is an online platform providing parents and teachers the resources on Science. The essence of The Homeschool Scientist is to be a better avenue to make Science exciting and interesting. For more than ten years, they have been offering hands-on learning activities on topics like Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Botany, etc.
Michelle advocates for “discovery learning,” where your child can be free and experimental in their learning environment. With this type of learning, science is integrated easy experiments like making a volcano eruption using home ingredients like baking soda and vinegar.
Discovery learning encourages kids to be more curious and to test ideas, think creatively, and take interest in learning something new.
Notably, here are some tips Michelle enthusiastically set out to parents who want to explore STEM:
Provide plenty of opportunities to observe, question, read, and discuss.
Listen to their perspectives and curiosities about science.
Spend time outdoors. Allow time to discover nature.
Visit local nature trails. Observe study pond habitats and identify new wildflowers.
Experiment at home! Allow them to mix spices and food coloring from your kitchen rack and stir and observe.
Build tall towers and sturdy bridges with wooden blocks or Legos.
Read science books together.
Invest in some equipment like a microscope or telescope.
Have a science experiment in progress. Grow seeds in a plastic bag and tape to the window, etc.
Spend family time going to museums or visiting a science-related activity in your area.
You can read more of her tips in Homeschooling Science here.
Michelle believes that remote learning will continue to flourish given the accessibility of different resources from all over the world. She is hopeful that remote learning will be a concept parents are no longer intimidated by.
“What’s key is that our children love to learn and take ownership of their learning. This is achieved by giving them those hands-on, discovery learning opportunities,” she added.
Get to know more about Michelle Moody on Remote Classroom’s REMOTE LEARNING SUMMIT 2022 this coming January 30-31, 2022, at 9 AM to 5 PM GMT/UTC. You may read more about it here and register to have access to forums like this one. You can also read more about The HomeSchool Scientist on their Facebook Page, Instagram, and Pinterest.