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Learning Sciences help us understand how we learn.

learning sciences

Learning sciences is a fascinating topic to study. Learning about how we learn can help your child problem solve learning difficulties when learning is hard. Understanding learning helps kids feel more confident about their own brains and learning too.

BBC’s Becoming A Better Learner and How We Learn – Information about our brains, health, learning processes and intelligence are shared on this educational learning sciences site. The site allows students to explore different learning styles and to find out how to make themselves better learners. This is an excellent site for learning about learning without getting into lots of technical theory.

Funderstanding – Learning theory, terminology, intelligence, and factors in learning sciences. This is a great research site for students wanting to know more about learning. While there aren’t interactive elements and the site is text-based, the content is extensive. This site is suitable for upper middle school, high school, or college students.

Pfizer’s Brain: The World Inside Your Head – A “virtual tour” of the brain contains facts, figures, and concepts relating to the human brain’s physiology. The tour is navigated through linear “next” links which walk students through a logical sequence of learning. Teachers’ guides are also available which provide activities for building understanding of concepts such as memory, reflexes, sleep, etc.

James Cook University’s Learning Styles program – This site is listed for the resources and explanations you can use to help determine your child’s learning style. They have a quiz in which the level is high enough that it will probably work better if you read the questions for your child (and even modify them when they don’t pertain directly to a child) and enter the answers. There is information about learning styles, but the gem is in the resource–brain.exe.

Open College’s Your Brain Map – This is a cool, interactive graphic of the regions of the brain that helps your child understand other aspects of learning sciences. Your child can click on the different dots on the brain to see the function of that region of the brain. It’s fun to play around and look at the 3-D brain image.  This Brain Map is great for a visual learner!

Homeschool Science Unit Studies Page

Be sure to check out our MAIN Science Page for a list of many additional science topics for kids. Each topic page has links to interactive, audio-visual websites and optional resources to help you with your homeschool science.