Gabreial Wyatt – Science 2, Open the Box

 Teach Me: Nancy Larson® Science, A Quarterly Review: Part 1

Gabreial Wyatt is the editor of Vintage Indie™ Magazine, the on-line source for living a Modern Life with a Vintage Perspective™.  Gabreial is using Science 2 this year and wrote the following quarterly review of the program.Good afternoon everyone!
I wanted to tell you about a new venture that I’m diving into with my children here at Vintage Indie. We are starting a new to us science curriculum this year by Nancy Larson Science. It is my goal to make this review a quarterly editorial so that you can see our progression, as well as hear of any pros/cons throughout our process.
I hope this in-depth look will better help those  who are looking for a new science curriculum make a (often times costly) decision based on “real-life” experience.
Although I know each child learns differently, it is important to see how educational materials look in real-life situations. You’ll be hearing from both my children and me throughout this process. I want to thank Nancy Larson Science in advance for working with Vintage Indie to provide these materials.
Part 1: Overview of Nancy Larson Science 2
“Nancy Larson Publishers is proud to bring you Nancy Larson® Science 2. It is a comprehensive and creative approach to elementary science where sophisticated topics are explored in age-appropriate ways”
Comprehensive, hands-on and everything is in a kit! “Sold!” Just kidding, but it is true, it was the “everything in a kit”  that was the spark that ignited my (non-creative) flame. When I first heard those words, I didn’t truly believe everything was included, but along with the Teacher’s Manual comes the Student Materials and Resource Materials, all together in one box! After visiting their website further I read over the teacher’s manual samples fully. Let’s face it, if I can’t get it from a sample, how will my kids understand it?
So this is the story of our journey on Nancy Larson Science 2. If you’re a non “hands-on” kind of mom/teacher like me, hopefully you’ll have a better understanding of how hands on this curriculum is and how it works. Personally, I’m very excited to get started and I truly enjoy teaching most when my children are enthusiastic about learning.
Box Day:
How many of you like getting packages in the mail? Truly I can’t be the only one! The day had come when our kit arrived. Everything we needed for this year’s science was in the box. The kids could hardly wait to get started.
Teacher’s View: I only have pros so far. I really love that everything is together, shipping was fast and I don’t have to prep hardly anything at all. At least in the first couple of lessons. I’ve started to read through the teacher’s manual and find the wording and explanation, even the dialogue to use with the children very easy, and thorough. The kit comes with a CD to print out needed worksheets or the children have the option of copying the information onto copy paper. You can also make a photocopy of the worksheets from the Teacher’s Manual if you need to.

Student’s View Grade 2:
We haven’t done very much in our science yet, but my youngest loves it so far and asks to do science every day.
Student’s View Grade 5:
We’re using the same curriculum for both children. So far only a few pages in, this is very easy for my 5th grader. He’s OK with it and he has learned some new vocabulary so, we’ll see. He also asks if we can do science every day.
Until next time, head over to Nancy Larson Science if you would like more information.

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