Journey To Josie – I Hit the Jackpot with Science 1

Nicole writes beautifully of the journey through adoption and creating a new family. You can follow them at Journey to Josie. This year she is using Science 1 with Josie. Here’s her initial reaction when the program arrived.

I spent a lot of time looking for a good science program for Josie.
I love science and want my kids to love it too. There aren’t a lot of science programs geared towards her age.  Most of what I found was either too simple or too in depth.
I knew when I stumbled onto Nancy Larson® Science that I had found what I was looking for.

I had a hard time deciding between the new Science K program and the Science 1 program.  Josie is technically in the K age range, but we had covered most of that material already. After debating for a week, I finally decided I’d rather have her be challenged and go slow than have it be way too easy for her so I went with Science 1.

Science 1 came with everything we will need for an entire year of science.  Opening the box was like Christmas morning.

The teacher’s manual is scripted, which I love.
It really takes the burden off of trying to make sure I’m explaining things the right way.  All I have to do is glance at the summary page at the start of the week to make sure I have our supplies together and then read the manual as we do our investigations.
The student material is great.
Josie has worksheets and reviews that go with each lesson as well as a booklet that she will create for each unit. As a new writer, the booklets are a little challenging for her right now, but I have no problem letting her dictate to me if she’s not in the mood to write.
All of the materials for each unit are awesome.
I wasn’t sure how good the quality would be, but it is top notch. We spent a lot of time looking at the full body X-rays.

Josie didn’t waste anytime putting the Butterfly Garden to use.
We found a Long Tailed Skipper in the garden and have been watching it go through the life cycle for a couple of weeks.  It’s been so neat!  I can’t wait to get to this unit and do all the activities that go with it.

Because I’m trying not to overload our school days, I’m planning to do science twice a week.
Using our Nancy Larson Science 1 program we will be learning about:
– Developmental Biology
– Botany (Observing Trees)
– Exploring Sunlight, Soil, and Water
– Investigating Animals and Their Habitats
– Discovering What Is Inside of Our Bodies
– Examining the Characteristics and Life Cycles of Insects
We are two weeks into this program and I feel like we have really hit the jackpot.
I will be tracking our progress here on JTJ.  I have a good feeling that this will be both of our favorite subject.
If you’d like to learn more about Nancy Larson Science, you can click here to visit their site.  Each level looks terrific and I’m sure we will be working through them all over the years.



The Homeschool Scientist – Science 1 update

Marci, of  The Homeschool Scientist, sends monthly updates on how her son is using Science 1:

Our second grader has been studying human development with Nancy Larson® Science. He has learned about the various stages we all go through from an infant to adult. Last week, we transitioned from studying humans to studying the world around us. Nancy Larson Science had a great plan for this transition — make a habitat map.

After drawing our map, we discussed what plants and animals live in our neighborhood. We took a walk and took some pictures, made some notes and discussed the different animals we have seen in our neighborhood in the past.

When we returned home, my son drew a few of the plants and animals we saw or discussed. I am keeping these drawings in our science binder. Next week, we will start to learn about those plants in our Nancy Larson Science studies. Can’t wait!



Mystiqua – Science 2 to the rescue

When she was young, Mystiqua loved science. However, she found her own children weren’t so excited. Then she discovered Nancy Larson® Science. This year, she’s using Science 2 with her children and keeps us posted on how their science attitudes are changing. Mystiqua writes at Pursuit of Titus 2.

My family had a chance to review the Nancy Larson Science 2 materials and at first glance I was pleasantly surprised. You see I loved science when I was younger but my kiddos…well…let’s just say that they were kind of  neutral on the subject with no signs of excitement. LOL

So enter Nancy Larson Science 2 to the rescue! This curriculum has been a great enhancement for us in our science studies as my handy dandy teacher’s notebook gives me step by step and a script to follow. No more trying to figure out what I am going to say or how I am going to explain scientific concepts to them. And best of all the children love it!!! Look at everything we received in our kit below:

Nancy Larson Science 2 Kit
More about Nancy Larson Science program:
Nancy Larson Science program is a complete science program for homeschoolers. It is complete with hands-on experiments, research with active and engaging tools to help you along the way. It is an amazing way to teach science to kids who don’t necessarily think science is “cool” (like mine did at first). But after starting this school year, their words have changed dramatically.

There are currently four different curriculum choices for science. (Science 4 will be available soon.)
Science K – Has an age-appropriate introduction to life science, physical science and earth and space sciences.
Science 1 – Life Science
Science 2 – Physical Science
Science 3 – Earth and Space Science

Teacher’s Manual
We are using the Science 2 materials for our homeschool science studies. It comes with a teacher’s manual that gives you step-by-step instructions and a dialogue that you can follow with your kids.

I also love the fact that the student materials are active and engaging to them. We have been using this curriculum for almost three weeks since the start of our 2012-2013 school year. My kids are actively participating now without me having to twist their arms. I also love that the teacher’s manual lets me know what supplies I will need to gather at the beginning of each lesson. This helps me out tremendously, especially having a large family, I need everything laid out for me as I have a 4-month old baby, a 3-year old toddler and a 4-year old Pre-K child (who homeschools). As you can see, already having the lessons and materials right there is a WONDERFUL addition to this program. As I said before, this is a COMPLETE science program!

Sample Student Materials

Take my word for it, this science curriculum will be a great addition to your homeschool curriculum if you are still looking for a science curriculum to use. We only do science twice a week but when we do, my kids love it and my younger ones want to participate also. I just may have to get the Science K kit for them now because my older boys get mad when the littles want to interrupt their science times…LOL

Please stay tuned to my blog for this school year because I plan to continue updates regularly as we move along in our studies. For more information about Nancy Larson and her different curriculum choices please go here and check them out. God Bless!

Disclosure: Although I was not financially compensated for this post I did receive a Nancy Larson Science 2 kit  free for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Vintage Indie – Science 2 Update


Gabreial, The Vintage Indie, is using Science 2 and sends this update.

We have been deep into our studies here at the VI house, and we have really been enjoying a lot of science. We’re currently studying two different science programs due to interest in our home. Our favorite is still the hands-on Nancy Larson® Science 2.

Nancy Larson Science 2 is hands on, set at an easy pace, and the teacher’s manual is a breeze to follow. The children aren’t content with just one lesson and we find ourselves doing 2-4 in any given day. While my second grader appreciates the pace of this science program, my oldest 5th grader finds it to be slow, but he’s patient with his brother and when it comes to experiment time, they can work together to complete almost the entire lesson together. I find this side-by-side learning invaluable as my oldest son points out observations and brings a level of excitement to our lessons.

We’ve been privileged to have daddy home with us during bits and pieces of this winter and he’s jumped right into our science lessons with us. He’s commented on how nice the entire setup is. With almost all of the supplies you need coming in a kit as well as the student and teacher’s manuals that are easy to follow, there is almost no reason why anyone couldn’t teach science with this setup.

This program is definitely geared more towards the elementary level as is explained on their website. There are also ample preview lessons and ways for you to gauge if this program is right for you.

Circular Magnets

Magnet Train with Paper Clips

Making Magnets Jump

One of our favorite lessons has been on magnets. We’ve studied them front and back, pole to pole and have expanded our learning to experimenting on our own after completing the lesson. I love when learning goes this way for us. The children are so engaged that their interest leads them to investigate and explore their own hypothesis. The leads to a longer science day and even week when we explore further on line or at the library.

I have to say I’m completely pleased with this science program. It has proven to be a valuable source of education in our home. Even though the pace seems easy at times, I know they are getting the information with the follow-up lesson worksheets. I feel that this pace ensures comprehension with my second grader and keeps his interest at its peak.

Truth in Review: Nancy Larson®Science did provide us with the curriculum in exchange for our review.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. We speak truly from our hearts and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy learning opportunities like this one and more.  All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, editor in chief.