Mom! Come look at this!

Marci, The Homeschool Scientist, will be using Nancy Larson® Science 1 this year with her son. She wrote me when the box arrived.

“The science curriculum came in the mail this week. We have lots of deliveries to the door and my son’s job is to open them and sort the contents. He’s a logical/organized/order type kid. Usually, he does his job and then just goes back to what he is doing. Not with this box! He started yelling at me. “Mom! Come look at this! Such cool stuff! Do I get to do science with this?! Now, I’m really excited for school to start!” This is the kid who has been asking if we could have summer break until October. I’m really excited to start school, too. Thanks for adding some anticipation to our homeschool. “

Read more about Marci’s family using Nancy Larson® Science

 1 at The Homeschool Scientist.

What’s That Noise? What’s That Creature?

Are your trees humming or buzzing at sunset? Do you see strange alien-looking creatures stuck to the tree trunks? It’s cicada time again. Jolanthe, in Virginia, took this amazing photo of a cicada, which had just emerged from its exoskeleton.

Thought you might enjoy this picture of a cicada we saw this past weekend. The kids were collecting all of the shells they were finding and were sticking them to their shirts and walking around. - Jolanthe

Learn more about cicadas from National Geographic. If you are using Nancy Larson® Science 1, this is a good time to pull out your resource book Familiar Insects and Spiders. Page 64 has information about the cicada with a photo on the facing page.

More from Yvana – Science 1 Update

Yvana at Grant Us Wisdom  writes:

I have been thinking about next year’s curriculum and as I decide what we will be using I wanted to share how we did with the Science Curriculum we began using toward the end of the school year and one that will be continued throughout our 2012-2013 school year. If you missed my introduction post on what we received with this Science Kit,click here.

We went through 12 lessons of this curriculum, and if my children’s constant “Will we be doing Science today mommy?” question is any indication, they really enjoyed it. Not only did they enjoy it, but learned from it.

We completed the unit: Describing the Life Stages of Human Beings. Here they are putting together their life stages booklets, using various pictures from different magazines. They enjoyed the cutting and pasting, but most of all they can label each life stage and tell you the ages for it. It was also fun to see that we actually had four of the life stages present here under one roof. So we had real live specimens to study, talk about, and compare. 🙂

The second part of this unit was on habitats and what that means. We drew a small scale neighborhood with houses and different buildings, along with animals and plants we find in our habitat. The lesson called for us to make a large scale mural, but due to not having the proper paper size we opted for a much smaller version, which I think worked out just as well. That is one thing that I really like about this curriculum, it is very scripted but you can choose to use what works for you and change or modify anything that doesn’t, it is so well done that this does not change the content of what is being taught.

Once we get back from our summer break we will be starting with the Observing Trees units, which includes identifying what plants need to live and identifying parts of plants. Who knows we may actually work on that before summer break ends, if they really insist on it. They have currently planted and sprouted some bean plants just for fun, so we may have to just dive in.

If you are looking for a fun and educational Science Curriculum hop on over to the Nancy Larson Site and take a look. I think you will like what you see.

I would love to hear what you do for Science with your children, so feel free to leave a comment.