Animal Habitats

 sent this update on Science 1.

In science this past month my daughter and I have been learning about animal habitats. I am still using Nancy Larson Science with her and it has been such a great fit for us!  In the animals unit it goes through habitats, what animals eat, hibernation and migration as well as different classifications of animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish).

Animal Habitats Sorting Activity

One of our favorite activities with this Animal unit was doing the different animal sorts. It is such a simple activity to put together, but I felt it added a lot to the learning. We did this activity with animal habitats as well as with they types of food animals eat. Our curriculum comes with full color animal cards, but you could print your own to do this activity.

Animal Habitats Sorting Activity

Animal Habitats Sort

Write cards with the names of the different animal habitats. We started simple with land, water, or both. As she moved further into the lessons, she learned different land and water habitats (savannah, forest, pond, ocean, etc.) Then, we took our stack of animal cards and sorted them to where they lived. Easy, peasy, right?!  Now try the same activity with Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores.

Read more of Karyn’s homeschooling ideas and book suggestions.

Nancy Larson Science in the Winter! Science 1

by Kris of BookWishes

Sci1 in the WinterNancy Larson Science is so much for our family, however, I was a little worried how we were going to study the Nancy Larson Science 1 lessons during the winter. As we get further into the lessons, which are about insects, trees, and plants, I wondered how I was going to teach the lessons that required leaves and for my children to observe those items during our cold icy winter here in the mountains.

With Nancy Larson Science, I now have no fear because the lessons are easy for any environment, as I quickly found out. NLS gives you the tools to teach all the lessons in any season. Plus, we got outdoors during the cold season and my children are loving our nature fun during winter.

Science 1 covers many areas. So far, we have covered being a scientist, child development (differences between infants on up), identifying characteristics, habitats, plants, and now we are on to studying trees. At first, I thought this lesson would be hard for my children because, where we live right now, all the trees are bare. I was wrong because the first thing we did was set out on a nature hike in search for leaves and trees with leaves still on them!

winter scene
We found them all around us. Bushes and plants and Nancy Larson brought curiosity into my children with the plants, habitats, and trees around them on our nature exploring in these last weeks. I found NLS science 1 is for all year even if you don’t have trees to look at around you. Science 1 comes with so many beautiful photographs and literature including an extra literature list that you can reference. I love the trees guide that we have because the pictures are wonderful and easy for my children to look at the picture and then identify in nature. The literature you need comes with your Science 1 kit, therefore, you can identify leaves without setting off into the cold if you prefer!

Tree booklet
The literature is so wonderful. My children especially enjoyed the book “The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree.” This is a wonderful living literature book that gives your child a great understanding of the seasons. Yes, we learned about the seasons too. There is so much learning with Science 1 (YES)!

As we identified tree needles and leaves in nature, as well as at home, my children began to have an understanding of nature around them. They loved exploring the area and being outdoors together. We are a Charlotte Mason homeschooling family, therefore, nature is a place to learn and grow and I love how Nancy Larson Science is giving my children nature indoors, as well as, out with the lessons on trees.

We also identified deciduous evergreens and shrubs which was a learning experience for me as well. With NLS, I’m given the tools to teach the lesson so there is no guess-work.

My family is loving the hands on approach to science, even Franklin my hardest learner. It is not that he doesn’t want to learn, he just has a hard time grasping science. Not with Science 1. As we drive along in the car, he tells me of all the wonderful items that he can identify (plants, habitats, etc.) and loves our winter field trips together as we discover more.

Kids n tree booklets
Even when its cold outside and winter is storming you can learn so much with Nancy Larson Science.



Lextin Academy Reviews Science 3

Lexi of Lextin Academy writes about using Nancy Larson Science 3

If you read my blog then it’s probably no secret that Nancy Larson Science is one of my favorite curricula finds. I have a few homeschool products that I absolutely love and this is one of them. This is my science curricula. And I have now used levels K, 1, 2, and 3.

Let’s talk about level 3…..
This level is Earth and Space science with Chemistry and a short unit on Amphibians and Reptiles.

NLS 3There are 7 units in this level:

  1. Exploring our Solar System
  2. Investigating Elements and Compounds
  3. Observing Physical Changes
  4. Investigating Changes in Our Atmosphere
  5. Exploring the Earth’s Structure
  6. Examining the Structure and Function of Parts of Seed Plants
  7. Investigating Amphibians and Reptiles

Each unit has its own booklet that contains the text for reading about the material. The child is the illustrator of each of these booklets as he or she draws the pictures, colors the graphs, or labels the diagrams.

Here are some of our favorite projects from this level:

  • Learning about the phases of the moon and charting them
  • Observing chemical changes by burning marshmallows
  • Measuring changes in temperature using a thermometer to measure how and cold water
  • Collecting and recording weather data for a week
  • Observing the differences between clay, silt, and sand and seeing how water moves differently through each
  • Observing the germination of a seed and dissecting a seed to view the embryo

S3 BalanceThis level taught us how to write simple lab reports after experiments, such as the experiment to observe chemical change.
We also learned how to graph our findings and draw a conclusion based on information contained in a graph.
This level also explained how to complete a simple research report as well as how to do a one-variable experiment and observe the results.

Here’s what I enjoyed about this level:
This level had our first research project. It guided Curly (3rd grade) through the process of writing about one of the planets. She chose Neptune. She used her science booklet and one additional source and wrote a short research paper about it. Then I had her present her project to me.

As with previous levels, we enjoyed the hands on observations and experiments that we performed. However, with the first unit about the solar system, there were not many projects or experiments that could be performed. I was thankful for all of the included posters to use as a visual during this part of our study.

The chemistry unit may have been one of our favorites. We loved learning about the periodic table and learning about atoms and molecules. It was fun to color the different molecules that made up atoms of common things in our house. This was a great intro to chemistry and sparked a desire to learn more about these topics in the future.

Curly was interested in the unit about weather, especially when we described howearthquakes and hurricanes happen. We learned about the scales of how these are measured and we actually spent several days watching videos of these natural disasters. We have lived in an area that is known for tornadoes as well as an area known for hurricanes so this portion of science felt especially relevant to us.

I learned the most from the unit about the earth’s surface –how earthquakes occur and how mountains and volcanoes are formed. Our favorite part of this unit was playing with the rocks and minerals in our kit and guessing which type of rock (igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic) was represented by that sample.

My favorite aspect of the program aside from the interactive and hands-on nature of every lesson, is the amount of review that is included. Even though we have completed our studies, I know that most of the material that we covered has been retained because we learned it in an incremental way that included multiple opportunities for review.


Hip Homeschooling – Opening the Box!

Nancy Larson Science 1 Review: Opening the Box!
By Rebecca of Hip Homeschooling wrote:

Josie xrayWe were so excited to get our Nancy Larson Science 1 box in the mail! We have been eagerly anticipating this special package for a few weeks and the kids were ready to dive in the second I opened the door. Nancy Larson Science has complete kits for K-Grade 4 that includes all your supplies and visual aids, student materials, and a complete scripted teachers guide. Let’s take a look at what we got!

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?Kids open box
Upon opening the box, we found our welcome letter with our log in information to Nancy Larson Science and an overview of what was in the box. We ordered the grade 1 kit to do with all three kids (K, Grade 1, and Grade 2) after watching the video, “How to Pick the Right Level for your Child.” We ended up going with 2 Individual Student Units for the older kids and we are going to have Malakai (who is in Kindergarten) just listen along and answer a few questions orally. He will probably end up repeating Science 1 in a few years when he can get more out of it.

A detailed look at what’s in the box!

in the box We received the following books:


  • What do Scientists Do?
  • Peterson First Guide to Trees
  • Trees to Paper
  • Familiar Insects and Spiders
  • Your Insides
  • The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree
    We are very excited about our X-Ray’s, the butterfly kit, and the ladybug habitat kit. It also includes insect learning cards,  plastic insects, tree cookie, pinecones, and a magnifying glass. As I said, we received 2  Individual Student Units to do with Selah and Caleb but Malakai, in kindergarten will be just listening and doing oral presentations on what he learns.

The teachers manual includes the lessons and answer keys and comes in a scripted format, so you LITERALLY just have to read from the book. Although some of you more creative mama’s may be thinking that seems boring, you could definitely present the lesson however you wanted! But for me, the idea of no preparation, just open and read, is very appealing.

kid photo packNo more panic searches on Google to find pictures!
It comes with your resource package which has all your photo cards (so much easier to teach on the go when you have pictures to accompany the lessons) and your resource CD. This has all sorts of goodies like your word lists, photos, word labels, and more!


I have been researching elementary science curriculums for years now. I have tried a number of different programs and just haven’t found one that works for me. The reason for this is that I need something that will appeal to all my children at their various levels, is easy to teach, and doesn’t require a ton of prep work. When I found out about Nancy Larson Science I was pretty much overjoyed. I mean, not only does this have everything I need to teach (no photocopying and running to the store for supplies), but it is engaging, fun, structured, everything I was looking for in a science program.

The program is designed to be taught only 2 days a week, this leaves other days of the week open if you want to alternate your socials and science programs, or maybe you want to teach every day and do it in one semester instead of all year long. However you choose to schedule it, I love the ease of use and we are very excited to start our journey with this great science curriculum!


Tree Nature Study

Karyn Tripp of Teach Beside Me shares using Nancy Larson Science 1 with her second grader.

(This post may contain affiliate links. See my Disclosure Policy for details.) October 7, 2014 By Karyn Tripp

This past month our preschool and 2nd grade science we have been doing a tree nature study. My two younger kids have been having a lot of fun learning about trees and I wanted to share a few of the fun things we have done in our tree nature study. We are using Nancy Larson Science Curriculum to guide us. I received this curriculum for free this year to share as we use it along the way. It is a pretty incredible homeschool science curriculum and is easy to just open and go. With Autumn in full swing, we have been really loving learning about trees- it is just the perfect time of year for it.

Ideas for a Tree Nature Study:

Tree Nature Study IdeasWe are learning the parts of trees by- Roots, Trunk, Branches, Bark, Leaves, Seeds.

Leaf  and seed

We are learning about the different types of leaves- broad and thin, toothed, lobed, simple,  or compound.

Match leaf to Peterson Guide

We are learning different types of trees- deciduous & evergreen. We are also learning to identify the trees in our yard using our field guide.

We are drawing trees.

Dot with Parts of Tree

We are learning about what lives in or around trees (worms, squirrels, birds, bugs).
We are doing nature rubbings of trees and leaves.

Tree rubbings


Benefits Of Nancy Larson Science

Marci Goodwin of posted,

Benefits of Nancy Larson Science Homeschool Curriculum -

I have often tried to explain what I have learned about Nancy Larson Science.

It is more than just science. It teaches reading and study skills. It teaches kids to think.

I just can’t explain it as well, and with such good examples, as Nancy Larson’s homeschool manager, Madon Dailey. She is a fountain of knowledge.

Madon, recently, created these You Tube videos to help those helping in the Nancy Larson Science booths at homeschool conventions. I thought they were so informative that I asked if I could share them with you, so you could get a better feel for what this curriculum is all about – much more than just science.

How Nancy Larson Science helps children learn to learn – K & 1

How Nancy Larson Science helps children learn to learn – 2, 3, 4

To see more of our adventures with Nancy Larson Science, check out these posts.

Beginning Nancy Larson Science

Nancy Larson Science Review

Properties of Liquids Printable

Observation and Classification Printables

Animal Report Printable

Learning About Animal Habitiats

Oak Tree Identification Help

Fall Tree Study Projects

Make A Habitat Map



Exploring with Nancy Larson Science: Learning At Home and Applying in Nature

Kris at BookWishes sent this update:

This last few weeks has flown by because of the fun we are having as a homeschooling family! We are zooming through Nancy Larson Science 1 and my children have been learning so much with Nancy Larson Science. We have loved learning in our home and then taking our new knowledge out into nature to use it!

Botany Header PicWhat we have been learning!

My children have been learning about trees, how to identify the age of a tree, and how trees are used.

dot -tree cookieWith Nancy Larson Science 1 kit, we received everything we needed to complete each lesson. In the identifying the age of a tree, my children used a slice of tree trunk where they were able to investigate the rings to see how old that tree was. All my children loved using the magnifying glass to look at each ring in the tree. They also noticed features in each ring. If the rings in the slice of bark are far apart it had more water that year!

kids n treesWe took them out to nature to test their knowledge, they were so excited to look at tree stumps to see how old that tree might have been before it was cut! We also explored other wonderful things that we have learned these last weeks with each lesson.

With each Nancy Larson Science lesson, you can open and go and read the questions set if you want too. However, I read the text before hand and highlighted only a few questions and then teach the rest on my own from what I learned in my reading. I love making NLS fit my teaching style as a home-educator! At the end of each lesson, I give my children a lesson review. This is best when completed the same day as the lesson. With the end of lesson review, I have adapted it to fit us by giving my children the review. Then, we go over it together. I do not have them complete it by themselves and correct. I like how they all get involved helping each other to answer the questions.pine cones

The beauty of Nancy Larson Science 1 is, although it can be an open and go lesson, if you want to read it and adapt it to your teaching style you can. I felt funny reading a script to my children. It was almost like someone was telling me what to say in my ear. I like using the lesson as a guide and learning the material myself before I teach my children. I personally love learning myself so reading everything through and doing the entire lesson together, even the end of lesson review, has made Nancy Larson Science a great fit for my family!

shadowsMy children had so much fun learning about the Sun, which has tied in with their solar system study this month! Also, they learned about Shadows and how they are formed.

It is so interesting to see my little ones pointing out each shadow when we were out and about on our nature hikes!

We also made a rain gauge this month. Unfortunately for us, the snow kind of wrecked it for us. So, I plan on putting it out again when the snow melts completely.

We learned about how water changes state and identifying how humans and animals use water.  streamWe love conserving water to help our planet! With each lesson, my children grasp a great understanding of the world around us. I love taking the knowledge of what we are learning at home and applying it in nature, together as a family!

boy tree

Nancy Larson Science gives wonderful real life examples for my children to study in our home making it easier for them to learn when we do go into nature. That is how I know they love what they are learning with NLS. They are out identifying items. Nancy Larson makes it easier for them to give them real life examples that come in the Science 1 kit along with wonderful life photographs!photo cards woodlands

Our weeks have been wonderfully packed with Science! It is a mother’s dream having her children learning science and loving it! We have been sick some days and I love how my children were given the tools in our home to continue the learning. The homeschool teacher’s manual is a wonderful blessing. The information is so detailed that I had an answer to every question my children had with each lesson.

The way we have just flown through our lessons has been awesome because we are learning at home and applying what we have learned in nature and all around us. Yes, and I say we because I have learned right along with my children. With Nancy Larson Science 1, the possibilities are endless!