Ology Days

Welcome all inquisitive minds! Once again, we will be offering a different science class each month to our homeschool families. The classes are designed for students in 1st-8th grades, but even younger/older siblings will enjoy the activities.  If the weather cooperates, most classes will take place outside.  Families will stay together as a unit and rotate to [approximately 6-8] activity stations. Each station will contain detailed instructions and it will be up to the parent/guardian to explain and help their child(ren) with the activity at that station.  We encourage you to bring a science notebook to record your data and findings. All activities are hands-on and sometimes quite messy!

A note about ages and learning experiences...children under the age of 6 should spend most of their time exploring the world around them. We have designed the lessons at LAR to be for readers/writers (6+ years old) that need a more defined lesson to springboard units that could be taught at home. If ALL of your children are under the age of 6 years old, we strongly encourage you to skip the lessons at Long Acres Ranch and go find parks and museums to explore and play! Let us know if you would like some guidance on any of this!

There will be a $20 materials fee for each family unit, for the entire year, and this will register you for all 9 classes.  Payment will be due at the first class.  Class size is limited to 40 family units. For the 2022-2023 year, we are doing a flexible schedule, so you can come at your leisure, anytime between 9am-1pm.  Feel free to bring a lunch, but do plan on leaving by 1pm so we can continue with our other events. Details about each class will be sent out the week before, along with any background knowledge you might need to help facilitate the learning. We ask that you bring a writing utensil, water to drink and wear closed-toe shoes at all times.

***For the families that were unable to register for the full year, we open up additional space for each class on the 15th of each month at 9am. You will have to register monthly using the button below. The fee is $5 per family with a maximum of $20.

September- Ecology- The study of the relationship of organisms with each other. Biomes, food webs, populations and carrying capacity are just some of the activities planned for ecology. We will look broadly at habitats and ecosystems but also dive into individual species.

October- Arachnology- The study of spiders. What better topic to study during Halloween than spiders? Learn about the benefits of spiders as well as ones that are harmful. We will go hunting for spiders and spider webs. We will discuss common myths and truths about spiders.

November- Dendrology- The study of trees. Although we do not get to celebrate the fall colors in the south like they experience up north, we can still have some fun with trees! We will learn about how to identify and age trees, the benefits of the different types of trees and do some leaf/tree art.

December- Paleontology- The study of plant and animal fossils. Fossils are not just about dinosaurs! We will take an indepth look at what a paleontologist actually does. Learn about the differences in casts, molds and prints and make an example of one. Try your hand at finding “fossils.”

January- Gemology and Mineralogy- The study of gems. The study of minerals. We will discuss the differences between gems, minerals and even rocks. Learn how crystals form (a prelude to next month) and learn how minerals are used in our everyday lives.

February- Geology- The study of the earth’s physical structure. All of the earth's landforms depend on what is happening underground and above ground. Pangea, plate tectonics, mountains and volcanoes are just a few examples of topics for the activities we have planned.

March- Toxicology- The study of poisons and how they affect living organisms. Venomous vs poisonous is the topic for this month! Learn how different [natural] poisons affect animals and humans. We will share examples of different plants, animals and even insects that can sting or bite you while out in the wild. Remedies for healing will also be discussed.

April- Herpetology- The study of amphibians and reptiles. In the spring, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and the frogs are croaking! We will have live, hands-on examples of reptiles and amphibians this month. We will tie in some of the lessons from toxicology and learn how camouflaging and mimicry play a role in how animals survive and thrive.

May- Coleopterology- The study of beetles. Did you know that the dung beetle is the strongest beetle in the world? It can pull 1,141x its body weight! That would be like you pulling 6 double-decker buses! This month we will examine different beetles and will do our own experiment with testing beetle strength.

When you register, you are making a reservation for "1" family unit.  There will be a form to add all of your children. You are welcome to bring your littles, please include them on the form so we know who is on the ranch. Call or email if you have any questions.  Thanks!