Salt and Sea Unboxes Science 1

     I don’t know about you guys, but when new homeschool curriculum arrives, it’s pretty much like Christmas. PRESENTS!!!!! Nancy Larson sent us Science 1 [see disclosure] which covers anatomy, life stages, biology, entomology and more. We haven’t done a formal curriculum for science in our first couple years of homeschooling. I’m horrible at remembering to get things to do experiments…and honestly, if it’s not all packaged for me, it’s not going to get done. I’m not like that with any other subject. I LOVE science, the kids do as well, but I just can’t get it together. I mean, I have three kids, we’re lucky if I brush my hair 42% of the time.
     I’m going to be reviewing this awesome curriculum for Nancy Larson and post photos, what we honestly think and some short videos so you can see how the lessons go. I love reading review posts when I’m trying to figure out if something will be the right fit for us, but videos are my new favorite. I am often up late watching videos on YouTube on curriculum. Yes, I am a curriculum research junkie…
     The three kids and I nearly trampled the UPS dude for our science box [ #Nerds ]. He was witness to our excitement for school stuff and probably thinks we’re quite odd. But he’s new so…he doesn’t know us yet. We get way weirder. DON’T FORGET to sign up for our weekly Salty Tribe newsletter so you don’t miss all of the weirdness radness.
     There’s another video below these pictures that go over a little bit more with the contents of the Nancy Larson Science 1 Complete Kit. My kids can hardly keep their hands off of the contents and are SO STOKED to start school ASAP. Of course this is our first year ever not going year round, so they’ll have to wait until September before we get started!

Included are vouchers for the caterpillars for the Butterfly Garden, and one to send for the ladybugs.

Check it out!

Homeschool Creations – Fourth Grade Curriculum Choices

Jolanthe recently posted what she’s doing this coming year for her fourth grader. Read the complete curriculum choices.


The plan: Nancy Larson Science 2 with LEGO Education programs ~ WeDo andSimple Machines; three weekly Snap Circuit assignments; K’Nex Simple Machines set


Zachary worked on Science 2 together with Kaleb. Although he has worked through the level before (several years ago) he really enjoyed doing it with Kaleb. Because of the way the program is laid out (lesson plans already in place), there were a few days when he offered to do the lesson teaching with Kaleb (I may have enjoyed that a lot!).  Above you see the end results of dissecting an owl pellet (something both boys enjoyed much).

read aloud time

We added in some fun simple machine projects using our Simple Machinesfrom LEGO and also our K’Nex Simple Machines set. When we were learning about pulleys and levers, Zachary built a ‘working’ elevator using the K’Nex set (he may have been very proud of that!).

Snap circuits

The initial plan was to have him work on 3 Snap Circuit assignments each week, but in truth that ended up being when he wanted to work on them. There were days that he did between 3 to 5, but he did work on most of the projects in the box over the course of the year. This was one of those “I’m really glad that we purchased it” items for the year. He loves hands-on projects like the ones included and it keeps him away from other things…such as my vacuum cleaner. (ahem)

Homeschool Creations – Using Science 2


Jolanthe wrote about their Homeschool Curriculum Choices.

The plan: Nancy Larson Science 2 with LEGO Education programs ~ WeDo andSimple Machines

simple machines nancy larson

Our boys (2nd and 4th grade) both worked on Nancy Larson Science 2 together this year and loved it. We added in some fun simple machine projects using our Simple Machines from LEGO and also our K’Nex Simple Machines set (the boys LOVED these!!). The pace for the year was 2 to 3 lessons a week, depending on how they wanted to work on the lessons. If we were in a groove, we kept going with lessons!


Because Kaleb isn’t a huge fan of writing (a lot of complaining when he has to fill in blanks, etc…), there were times when I just let him get creative with his answers (so instead of writing out the color name, he drew a colored line).