Recently Elizabeth who authors Creative Learning Fun posted about our Science K program.
Review for Nancy Larson Science K Homeschool
This is the first year that we’ve really dived into learning Science. Several months ago I became aware of this brand new curriculum created by Nancy Larson for kindergartners. This curriculum was created for children between the ages of five and seven years old. I decided to hold off until Pumpkin was five years old, although it was very difficult too. The curriculum always looked so cool! Thankfully, our wait is now over and we’re thoroughly enjoying Nancy Larson Science K.
A little information about the Science Curriculum:
The Nancy Larson Science Homeschool program is available to not only kindergartners. There are also three other levels of curriculum for older children as well. The first level focuses on Life Science, the second level focuses on Physical Science and the third level focuses on Earth and Space. The levels increase by grade and age levels. However, the age ranges for each level is pretty wide so using one level with children close in age would work well.
We are using the Nancy Larson Science K program. In this program the student learns about:
- The Human Body and the Five Senses
- Investigating Healthy Habits
- Characteristics of Pets
- Characteristics of Objects – Physical
- Exploring Forces that Move Objects – Physical
- Observing the Growth of Plants – Life
- Identifying Living and Non-living things – Physical
- Identifying Seasons and Weather Conditions – Earth and Space.
The kindergarten curriculum combines life, physical and earth and space science into an excellent curriculum.
The Science K Curriculum Kit
The Science K curriculum kit comes with a Teacher’s Manual, Student Materials, Resource Materials, and a Tool Kit. The tool kit includes basically everything you would need except for small things you would have around the house already. The materials are meant to be used with one child. However, you can purchase extra materials for $15.00 for each additional child.
Pumpkin could not wait to get her hands on all the great extras that the curriculum comes with. She started exploring as soon as the box arrived. The first thing she was glued to was the foam blocks that comes included in the curriculum. She was also very excited to try the bucket balance scale that came included. I was impressed by how much thought went into selecting what to include in the kit. Not only did it come with the things mentioned earlier.. But it also came with sand, sea shells, various balls, strainer, and feather just to name a few. It was clear from the start that Pumpkin was going to have a lot of fun with this program. I have to admit I was feeling pretty giddy too while exploring the box. 🙂
Another great feature is that on request the Nancy Larson Science Homescool company will send you a list of supplemental books that go along with each curriculum. The books have been carefully selected for age appropriateness and the availability of the books at most libraries. These books certainly are not required, but I have found that Pumpkin is always asking for more science. So these books offer even more exposure to the topics being taught within the curriculum.
The teacher’s manual is also really amazing. It lays out each lesson completely for the teacher. The thing I love the most is that it is scripted for you. You don’t have to come up with what to say or the appropriate way to word something so your child will understand. It makes it so much easier! Homeschooling is challenging enough as it is, such this added feature is very much appreciated for this homeschooling momma. Another wonderful thing that I love about this curriculum is how quickly Pumpkin learns from it. After lesson one she had already picked up science vocabulary that I never would have thought she would remember. Such as the word “observe.” After lesson one she was already incorporating that word into her every day conversation.
You can see a sample lesson here: Identifying foods that keep our bodies healthy
Additionally, the curriculum kit includes extra resource materials for you to use. The resource cards are very colorful and I’m thankful to have them pre-printed for me. The teacher resource CD contains additional pictures you can use, as well as literature connections, glossaries and other materials that can be used if needed. There is also a Fitness Fun CD included which is very nice to have. My daughters favorite part is the weather wheel that was included. We had to put it up immediately and she kept telling me she loved it. Now every day she goes up to it and changes it even before I remember to.
In addition to the great teacher’s manual, your student also gets their own student materials. The Science K curriculum includes several student booklets and activity sheets that help to highlight important components of the topic they are studying. They can then do their own drawings and record their own answers into the booklet about what they have learned. There are also three very cute books included in the program to further your child’s understanding of certain topics.
I honestly cannot say enough great things about this curriculum. It is so complete and well laid out that I can’t help but love it! From day one my daughter has learned so much and begs for the next lesson as soon as we finish one. I’ve also been amazed at how quickly she has learned the material. She’s already impressing others on how well she knows her body parts. The other day she explained what her Torso was to her grandmother and she was so impressed that a five year old knew that. It’s just a ton of fun! Here are some pictures from our first five lessons of the Nancy Larson Science K curriculum:
She’s having a BLAST!
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You can check out the other great products here: Nancy Larson Science
Feel free to ask questions in the comments. You are also welcome and encouraged to contact Madon Dailey if you have more specific questions about the curriculum.
Thanks for reading!! ~Elizabeth