Have you discovered Lexi and her Lextin Academy? Lexi is a homeschool grad who is homeschooling her family of five. Lexi is a very perceptive lady with a wonderful way of writing, listening, and speaking. She’s really a master communicator! If you have children with food allergies, look at Hives in the Kitchen. Lexi has a wealth of resources, recipes, and experiences she shares. I think you’ll enjoy her style and insights.
Recently, Lexi helped me at the IHM Conference in Houston and wrote about her experiences. She shares the questions most parents ask about homeschooling and about Nancy Larson Science programs.
Here’s a list of questions and topics that she discussed about Nancy Larson Science:
Why follow the script?
Have you ever tried to teach complicated science concepts to a 7-year-old with a toddler and preschooler running loose? I follow the script because it builds on itself and has a wonderful incremental approach. I also use the script so that I don’t have to plan ahead. I just don’t have that kind of time right now!
Why would you combine kids?
To make it easier on yourself! I’m combining Tiger and Bee in science next year and I so look forward to teaching the same topic to both. And how much fun to have something they can do together! I’m all about combining for history and science!
What about experiments?
The program has an activity, observation, or experiment for each lesson. In the lower levels, there are fewer experiments and more observations. I love this because I don’t have to make a giant mess, direct a complicated experiment, and lose the interest of my kids. Instead, the activities are perfectly geared for their ages and they are able to complete them without my help!
Is it a full year of curricula?
Yes! We add in a few extra book choices and do 2 lessons per week (using 2 other days as review/extra reading days). It’s a good pace since we have to spend much of our time focused on language arts and math.
Why is it not by grade?
Because it’s more about ability level and it allows you the opportunity to combine kids.
What are the projects and activities like?
We have observed a pine cone opening, watched caterpillars turn into butterflies, and built a human skeleton out of x-rays.
What about extra reading?
They provide you with a booklist that goes through each lesson, providing book choices for each lesson. These books are ones that are easy to find at a library. I plan to purchase a few key books to keep on hand during our year. We love to read!
Can I reuse the curricula?
Yes, everything in your kit can be reused with another child later. You just need to purchase an Individual Student Unit to have all the booklets and review worksheets. I am keeping my kits to reuse them with all my kids!