Meet Nancy in Cincinnati this week

The MidWest Homeschool Convention is set to start this week, March 31 – April 2, in Cincinnati, OH. I am delighted to have Nancy join us on Thursday, March 31 and Friday morning, April 1.

Nancy is presenting a workshop “The Value of a Good Lesson: The difference maker in your child’s education” from 3:30-4:30 Thursday, in room Duke 236. You can also meet her at our exhibit booth, #1730. See the complete schedule at Meet and Greet – 2011 Conferences

Patty Betounes, a homeschool mom from Ohio and member of our Parent Support Group, will be at the booth to answer questions and explain how the Nancy Larson Science programs work with her family.

Dancing Leaf

Have you ever seen something that defied logic?   Recently, I saw a leaf dancing in the sunlight.

I know that leaves fall from trees. That’s what autumn is about—falling leaves. I always figured that’s why we call it “fall.” But this little leaf chose to dance. It didn’t just float and land. It twirled, looped, swooped and danced. Was it magical, mystical, or just dancing for the joy of warm sunshine?

We could explain this “dancing” leaf with science, but let’s enjoy the wonder. Please share this video with your children and use it as a story starter.

See the Leaf Dance  I uploaded the video to YouTube at this link.

– Madon

A Parent’s Perspective – Science 1

Cindy LaJoy

Cindy LaJoy, homeschool mom of five, journeyed to the Memphis Homeschool Conference to help at our Nancy Larson® Science booth. Cindy was helpful in answering questions and chatting with parents about her experience with Science 1. 
Cindy says, like most parents, she has a bookshelf of science programs she bought and never finished because they required so much extra work on her part. Cindy says Nancy Larson® Science is easy to teach, takes little planning, and includes almost everything. It was the first science program she actually finished.
Cindy allowed me to videotape her while she talked about using our science program with her children.  

This week we head to Greenville, SC for the SouthEast Homeschool Conference. What could be better than St. Patrick’s Day in Greenville?
We’ll be in booth #1420, and I’ll be presenting a workshop Organization 2011 on Thursday at 5:00 P.M.
Patty, who used Science 2 and Science 3 with her son, will be there to answer questions, share stories, and chat. Come by and say “Hi!”.  

See us on Facebook at: Nancy Larson Science for Homeschool.

Rethink and Repurpose: Chess

Hopefully you read the article on checkers. This time, we take the next logical step.

 
After the holidays, I found lots of holiday and wintry stickers, figures, and miniature ornaments at great savings. I thought it would be fun to rethink chess and recreate a set of chess pieces for a wintry theme.They remind me of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia characters, which could make them great for story starters. The individual pieces could go on adventures, need to be rescued from the bedroom closet (wardrobe), and generally help children play with the characters and stories.I thought of the penguin queen being held captive in an evergreen forest. Her only hope would be from the gingerbread boys who use the light bulbs to show the way. But what’s this? It’s the moose, the protective knights of the realm, plundering through the foliage to rescue the penguin royalty and take her away to the safety of the snow and forest castle.
  
I utilized the same plastic containers we used for ornaments and checkers, choosing a variety of sizes to match the importance of the characters.The small pawns are filled with silvery snowflakes or colored plastic lightbulbs. The knights become the protective moose. Bishops are actually gingerbread boys with superior skills at logic and strategy. Castles are the wintry forest homes of deer and evergreens.Two penguins rule this realm. The Green Queen can go almost anywhere. The Red King is protected above all, for if he is captured, the realm will stop and cease to exist.
 
Here the pieces are lined up on the checkerboard we made from repurposed poster paper and portfolio folder.
Of course, it won’t always be winter. There are many holidays and ideas for themes. Look around your hobby store and you’ll find lots of tiny objects that will play with your child’s imagination.
 
These foamy transportation stickers and foamy dinosaurs are two examples of themes for chess pieces that work for everyone’s interests.

-Madon

New Look, New Program

We’ve changed the look of our exhibit booth, and I wanted to share it with you. We’ll have a separate banner for each program, and you’ll find the booklets and materials for that program displayed by the banner. We will have completed children’s booklets for each program, manipulatives from the tool kit, photo cards, teacher’s manuals, and supplemental books for you to examine. Plus, a parent that uses Nancy Larson® Science will be there to answer questions and tell how the program works for her family.

Our first conference is Memphis, March 3–5. Look for us in Booth #322. See our complete schedule on the Meet and Greet – 2011 Conferences. You’ll see a total of four banners—Yes, four. Our early learner program Science K will be available to review and order. Science K is intended for young children, typically ages 5–7, who aren’t yet reading.