We Love our New Science Curriculum!

Tanya, The Natural Homeschool mom wrote:

As soon as I got off the phone, I researched this company and my jaw just dropped at looking at this amazing set. Before I go on, I want to say how excited I am to have the opportunity to review this curriculum. Come and find out how our box opening experience was like and what our first impressions were. I can promise you that I will give you my honest opinion aboutNancy Larson Science.

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My First Impressions

Wow. Where should I start? When I saw everything included in the Grade 1 Science Homeschool Complete Kit on the website, I was amazed, but seeing it all in person was even more amazing because I got to see my little ones look inside, and say, “No way!” over and over as they pulled out item after item and analyzed them all carefully.

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Brother’s First Impressions

Brother (5 years old) focused on the books and written material. He took the clear plastic off all of them and took his time looking through each book. He was excited about the variety of topics we will be learning this year.

He was very interested in the insect book and started spouting out facts as he was reading them. Something that he pointed out was how he couldn’t wait to study the human body. In his own words, “The x-rays are way too fun!”

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Sister’s First Impressions

Sister (3 years old), on the other hand, went for the hands-on items like the plastic insects and arthropods, the butterfly and ladybug hatcheries and the pinecones. There are so many cards, pictures and even x-rays of the human body!

Sister was entertained for a while with the hands-on items that were in the box. I know that even though some of the material is at a higher level, she is excited about learning and the curriculum is easy to take the lessons to make them easier or harder.

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What is included in the Science 1 Homeschool Kit?

Includes: Teacher’s Manual, Student Materials, Resource Materials, Science 1 Tool Kit: 6 children’s books, Butterfly Garden Set with Larvae Coupon, Human X-ray Set (18), Insect Learning Cards (28), Insects and Spiders (33), Jack Pine Cones, Ladybug Land with Larvae Coupon, Magnifying Glass, Tree Cookies and access to website resources for one year.

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I also got a list via email with all kinds of amazing resources that help enrich and/or extend lessons. I am so happy that these kinds of extras are being offered for teachers/moms. There is also a list of pictures, cards and other resources for every lesson.

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How are we planning on using the kit?

I love how much material the Nancy Larson Science (Grade 1) complete homeschool curriculum comes with and how it starts off easy to dispel any fears for Science and progressively, it increases in difficulty. I love it that children are referred to as scientists. It’s cool that the teacher’s manual is easy to follow, easy to read and it is completely spelled out for you.

Why did we choose first grade over kindergarten? I was wondering if we should start from the beginning, but then I realized that the beauty of homeschooling is to start at the level my children are at and start with the material that we would love to study right now. I even spoke to a representative at Nancy Larson Publishers and she was amazingly helpful with her knowledge and expertise.

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Kids are over the moon!

Jody at A Sip of Southern Sunshine wrote:

My kids were pretty over the moon when I showed them online what was included with Nancy Larson’s Science 1 curriculum, that was nothing compared to how excited they were to get mail and explore everything inside!  (They have also begged to make a video like the ones they love to watch on YouTube so you can watch us unpack the box as well a little later in this post, maybe they will start their own YouTube channel soon?) Everything we discovered in our Nancy Larson Science 1 box promises to be hands on, fun, manageable and above all educational!  I wanted it for my 7 year old /Second Grader AND my 4 year old in Pre K as it seemed to cover a great age range, I didn’t want to have to teach every subject separate for each child so this seems perfect for us! You can see a sample of each level HERE.

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It is scripted but with a flexibility that allows for your own leading, and everything you need is included to cover the 5 or 6 units (booklets) which each cover about 6 weeks of material averaging 2 days of science per week- a gentle but thorough introduction.

Included in the Nancy Larson Science 1 box is first a teacher manual and student material- a tear out workbook for each lesson.

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Teaching tools, word cards, and science word labels are also a part of your materials. You will find an ENTIRE set of human body x rays, What Do Scientists Do Book,  and Your Insides Book.

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We also found a butterfly habitat (with a butterfly larvae coupon), a ladybug habitat (with a ladybug larvae coupon), rubber bugs, Insects and Spiders booklet, as well as insect learning cards (we are most excited for this part of the curriculum).

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The kids were also intrigued to discover Tree cookies, pinecones, Trees to Paper book, The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree, and Petersons’s Guide to trees.

nancy larson treesWanna see the kids explore the box for themselves? Check it out, but please excuse our mess. Our homeschool room is in progress and bear in mind this is their YouTube debut!

Thanks to Nancy Larson Science for providing the  curriculum in exchange for my 100% honest opinion.