The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

Tanya, at The Natural Homeschool wrote:

We are absolutely loving our Science curriculum! It is the Nancy Larson Complete set for First Grade. You have go to try it! Here are some of the things we did for Unit A: The Life Stages of Human Beings.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

Since this is the beginning of the curriculum, we wanted to establish who scientists are and that we are scientists. It puts us in character and we take everything we study seriously, asking questions and learning something new every time.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

We read a book about scientists and also tested some of the statements on the cards. They had fun. That evening, I ordered them scientist gowns and goggles, just to make it more real.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

We mention these facts about scientists regularly as it helps us get into character and see what we are learning with different eyes.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

Then, we went into our studies of the stages of human beings. We learned about all the stages: baby, toddler, child, adolescent, adult and elderly adult. We learned details about each stage and even the difference between a teenager and an adolescent.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

We also kept notes and wrote down things that we learned as we went along. This unit was 12 lessons. It is great for us to do 2 lessons per week, to we completed this unit in 6 weeks or so.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

I love it that the curriculum comes with a long list of resources including books to check out at the library that are relevant to each lesson and also a CD with backline masters. We read some of my favorite books. They are all on the life stages of human beings. They are definitely relevant and definitely touching.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

Like all that isn’t enough, I felt my children were learning more and really understanding with all the hands-on activities and crafts that the lessons have to offer. The craft below is about labeling a piece of paper with the stages of human beings and then finding people in all those stages in children’s magazines.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

Here is one of them. It was fun and it I feel like it really drove all this information home.

The Life Stages of Human Beings Unit

We saw pictures of me in the infant, toddler, child, adolescent and adult stages and then I showed them pictures of their dad and pictures of my grandmother, too. My children were seriously loving this unit and we are all looking forward to the next unit.

Mason (Homeschool Manager for Nancy Larson Science):

“One of the things Nancy creates in the first booklet is the Science Conversation between parent and child that is paramount to learning. What better way to start the conversation than by talking/learning about themselves and their family, looking at characteristics that carry over from one generation to the next, talking with grandparents about ‘what dad/mom did when he/she was my age’.

The Science Conversation is a great learning tool, talking, reviewing, answering open-ended questions about what was learned. If we just jump in with review questions, without the warm-up about family, child can resist or close down, become apprehensive. This whole booklet, looking at characteristics, observing generational similarities, chatting with family, is non-threatening and practice for more complex questioning and conversing later. BTW: It’s also a great way to get your kids really talking with grandparents, and vice versa.”

That is exactly what we did! We highly recommend Nancy Larson’s 1st grade Science curriculum.

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Homeschooling: The Journey not the Destination

Nancy Larson Science 3… The box is here!

Don’t we ALL love when a box arrives at our door?  The crisp, slightly damp cardboard smell?  The impending surprise?  The wait… As Willy Wonka says, “I wish it would last!”

Y’all know that I’m a Nancy Larson Science user and lover.  My kids love it.  My checkbook loves it.  My time management loves it.  My inner OCD – like it all in one place – loves it.  You may watch my Youtubes about NLS on my channel at:

Well… this morning… it came!  JJ ran to the door like he was greeting Our Lord!  Don’t be fooled by the list price.  What you get is SO worth it.  ALL IN ONE BOX PEOPLE!  Web access to teacher helps and kid extras!


Science 3


Scroll down the NLS 3 page and click on “Table of Contents.”  WOW!  Am I going to learn that all next year, too?


Science… check!

Lab Reports and Research – Science 3

Lexi of Lextin Academy recently wrote this review of 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.

There 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

This 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.

Charlotte Mason and Nancy Larson Science

Kris recently finished Nancy Larson Science 1, and posted her thoughts.Nancy Larson Science 1 Review from Book Wishes!

These last few weeks my children have been working hard on science. As a Charlotte Mason homeschooling family, we love literature and with Nancy Larson Science literature is added in two ways. Nancy Larson Science kit 1 comes with several wonderful pieces of literature, as well as, an additional literature print-out for parents that are used to reinforce what my children are learning through literature connections.

In using the Charlotte Mason method in our homeschool, the books I look for to reinforce my children’s learning have to be living books. What is a living book? I know this is an ongoing question with a lot of homeschooling newbies. The best definition for myself is a living book is a book that was written by a person who is an expert on the material that brings my children to know more about that subject. Usually these books are written in a narrative type style. I also find that “expert on the subject” depends on ones views. For instance, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, I would consider her an expert on pioneering because Laura lived in that time period and grew up being a pioneer. So, Little House in the Big Woods, in our homeschool is a living book.

I was excited about NLS printed list that they give you because it is not small. This allows me to pick and choose what books I want my children to read that fit our homeschooling method. This is a wonderful plus for us to be able to add books that I know my children can learn with and I can feel good with them reading and growing their learning of science.

Nancy Larson Science Review from Book WishesIn NLS Kit 1, my children have covered many topics. The lessons do start off easy and progressively get harder along the way. My three children (Franklin (9) Hubble (8) and Elion (5)) flew through the first three-quarters of this book. This was mostly because it was a lot of review for them. Be very careful on what kit you pick for your family. I would highly recommend calling and talking to NLS staff about your order and the levels that your children are at in science.

I really liked how each subject has a packet of its own for the student. The teacher’s guide , pictured above, is easy to read. Each lesson has a material list and at the end of each lesson, the answers for your student packet (if you need it). What I did and didn’t like was the script. I read the script before each lesson to guide my lesson, however, I do not need to read the script while teaching. I can see how some teachers or homeschoolers would love this, simple, easy, no planning way to teach. Scripted lessons are just not my style, therefore, I used it to teach me before hand what the lesson was about.

Nancy Larson Science Review from Book WishesMy children overall enjoyed every lesson. Elion, I believe, received the most out of science 1 because this was not review for her. My boys really liked the lessons even though they were review for an 8 and 9-year-old.

Nancy Larson Science Review from Book WishesWe have been expanding the anatomy lessons currently because the kids are having so much fun with it! I do love the ideas Nancy Larson Science gives you, however, I would love to see more overall. I would like more creative ideas and application rather than just writing and reading. I would love crafts and more ideas for exploration. We took what we were learning indoors and went outside with it. I highly suggest when completing NLS 1 to take your children out to observe and I know that we have some fun butterfly observing through NLS 1 coming up. I just wish there was more.

Nancy Larson Science Review from Book WishesNancy Larson Science Review from Book WishesMy children had fun learning with all the wonderful learning cards, photographs and samples that NLS 1 gave them. I really enjoyed NLS 1 during the winter because the kids really could learn science indoors. When we were learning about the seasons the photographs were amazing!

Nancy Larson Science Review from Book WishesOverall, Nancy Larson Science 1 is a wonderful science program. My children learned a lot with this program. They connected to the literature. We did the lesson reviews together and I saw the team work as they helped little Elion understand each lesson better. My oldest son Einstein helped me team teach the entire way through and has really gained great verbal skills.  We modified the lessons a little to fit us as a family and I love how simple it was to do that. Is this an open and go curriculum? Yes! However, I put a little more work into it because I found the script didn’t fit me personally.

Nancy Larson Science 1 Review from Book Wishes!

Nancy Larson Science 1 covers so many topics and each one is wonderfully explained and easy to understand. Their was never any tears learning with Nancy in our home, not to mention, the beautiful literature, as well as, literature connections to add-on. What is included in the NLS 1 kit is wonderful. I am so glad my children got to experienceNancy Larson Science.

To purchase your NLS 1 or to see what is included, visit Nancy Larson’s website and pick what kit fits your family.


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This Summer, It’s Nancy Larson Science!

I cannot tell you how EXCITED I am to start our Nancy Larson Science 1 complete program this summer!

Nancy Larson Science 1 What's in the Box?!

You see, I had researched and searched forTHE perfect science curriculum for my littles. After finding a fantastic program this past year, I quickly realized that it just wasn’t the right fit for my children (trial and error, friends!)!  My search then resumed, yet again.  This time knowing what would and would not work for us.

One of the things that I LOVE about homeschooling is that we can select what works for our children! However, I’d like to note that this doesn’t need to be limited to a homeschooling family!  I can easily see this program used as a supplement at home for science loving families.  Why?  Because it’s FUN!

What exactly was I looking for in a science program?

Something that:

  • Was hands-on
  • Was Cross-curricular
  • Encouraged scientific conversation
  • Covered interesting & sophisticated topics (explored in an age-appropriate way)
  • Was NOT sheet work or workbook heavy
  • Facilitated a love of science
  • Provided everything one needed:  All inclusive
  • Required very little teacher-prep time
  • Provided built-in reinforcement
  • Was comprehensive and creative
  • Was scripted!!!  (Yes, scripted!  Let’s face it, I am NOT a scientist!  I love that the script is all laid out before me, and if my husband wants to help out a few lessons, he knows what exactly should be said!  Obviously you don’t have to follow the script, but it’s there for lovers of it!)

You can see my list was pretty lengthy, and finding all of the above found to be a difficult task…  Until I discovered Nancy Larson Science!  Nancy Larson is all of the above, and more!  Nancy Larson Science offers programs for grades K-4.  My favorite part is that complete program packages are offered for each grade level.  Purchasing a complete program means that everything from the scripted Teacher Manual (with answer keys), student materials, tool kit (all the fun visuals & extras I will show below!), resource materials, & access to website resources for one year is INCLUDED!  And for a very reasonable price!  (I highly recommend you check it out!)

After using ‘Picking the Right Level’ as my guide, I decided to go with the Science 1 Complete program for our family.  Because I have 2 children participating in the same (grade) program, we are using one additional individual student unit.  There is no need to purchase more than one complete kit in the same grade.   This is a great way to save on costs if multiple children are participating!

Grade 1 covers topics such as:

  • Describing the Life Stages of Human Beings
  • Observing Trees
  • Exploring Sunlight, Water, and Soil
  • Investigating Animals and their Habitats
  • Discovering What is Inside our Bodies
  • Examining the Characteristics and Life Cycles of Insects

I’m so excited!  Clearly you can tell that I adore this program.  Let’s take an actual look inside the box, shall we?

Nancy Larson Science What's in the Box?

Science 1 Complete Program – What’s included:

Inside the box we received a welcome letter with log-in information to our Nancy Larson Science website resources.  We also received…

     1.  Books!

Nancy Larson Science 1: We love books

Nancy Larson Science 1

Books included:

  • Trees to Paper
  • Insects and Spiders
  • Peterson First Guides: Trees
  • The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree
  • What do Scientists Do?
  • Your InsidesNancy Larson Science 1 Apple Tree Book

     2.  A Butterfly Garden Set w/ Larvae Coupon!

Nancy Larson Science Butterfly Garden

     3.  Human X-ray Set

     4.  Insect Learning Cards

Nancy Larson Science Insect Learning Cards

     5.  Jack Pine Cones

     6.  Magnifier, Dual (hand lens)

     7.  Tree Cookies

     8.  Ladybug Land w/ Larvae Coupon

     9.  Insects & Spiders (plastic) They LOVED these!

Nancy Larson Science Insects & Spiders Nancy Larson Science Insects and Spiders

Nancy Larson Science Insects and Spiders - Bugs!

     10.  Teacher Manual (in scripted format) with Answer Keys

     11.  Student materials

     12.  6 topic booklets to go along with student material

     13.  Visuals!  Photo card pack with CD 

Does this program not look adorable?!  And this is just the beginning, friends!  I adore the way that the lessons build on each other, that the topics are genuinely of interest to my children, and that the material is covered at an age-appropriate level.

I am beyond anxious to get started, and to share with you along the way!!!  I do hope that you check out Nancy Larson Science and that you follow our family along our study!


Nancy Larson Science 1: What's in the Box?!

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