Homeschooling parents have to purchase a lot of materials and equipment that most parents do not ever consider buying. They purchase textbooks, they consume computers and printer ink at an alarming rate, and they purchase multiple museum and zoo memberships.
Another thing that homeschoolers must have is lab equipment. If a homeschooler does not join a class or workshop for science experiments, they have to be done at home, and lab equipment is an absolute must. But where do you purchase lab equipment? Here are some places you should look.
BestScopes.com: This Web site promises the best microscopes at the best prices. In addition to compound and stereo microscopes, they offer supplies such as slide kids, books that will lead you in experiments. This site is run by a homeschooling family who will assist you in your equipment purchase, as they will know exactly what you need.
Fisher Science Education: More than a science equipment supplier, www.fishersci.com is a full science Web site packed with information you can use for lessons. This site has a large inventory of science catalogs, and lab kits for every age level from Kindergarten though College. They even carry AP Biology and Chemistry Kits.
Wild Goose Science Supplies: You can get your science fair projects and complete experiment kids at this cool-looking Web site. This site is primarily for elementary and middle school students.
Sonlight curriculum has numerous science supply kids. The kids are complete with everything you need to conduct each experiment. There are numerous kits for all grade levels from Science Supplies Kit 1 designed for grades 1-3 to Advanced Biology Microscopy Dissection kit for AP students.
Homeschoolingsupply.com has a great deal of science lab equipment in addition to just about everything else you need to homeschool. Some of the available items include a mechanical timer, a stethoscope, Petri dishes, and dissecting instruments. This is a good place to purchase individual items to refill your kit supplies.
eBay: If you are experienced in teaching science and know exactly what your kids need for experiments, then you can search and bid for your science experiment equipment on eBay. It is likely that you will be able to find real lab quality equipment.
HSLDA auction board: If you want a good bargain on a science kit made especially for homeschoolers you might want to check out the HSLDA auction board. You will very likely find good second hand kits as well as complete kits that were purchased by families who never used them.