About Us

Blooming Scientists is our homeschooling parent community where you’ll find suggestions to increase your child’s learning, ideas to get more out of your science lessons, and ways to build unit studies for other subjects from science lessons.

Why use science as the basis for other subjects? Science is all around us, in every invention and everything we see. It is us. Science is also what children naturally love doing: collecting bugs, planting flowers, watching clouds, training a puppy, or looking at rainbows. Our natural curiosity motivates us to learn about science. That motivation will move through other subjects, creating greater learning opportunities and making teaching easier. Isn’t that what we all want?

Over the next few months, you’ll see our community grow. The foundation is learning: understanding how children learn, how to increase creativity, adapt for learning styles, and develop critical thinking.

We believe the Nancy Larson® Science programs are the best homeschool curricula available for children 5–12. The programs provide both solid science content and reading strategies, with engaging activities. That’s the basis for developing other curricula areas. Why should each subject be isolated and separate? Our lives and world are integrated. We multi-task our learning and experiences everyday. So, we’ve created integrated learning for each science lesson.

Great ideas bloom everywhere. We’d like to know what you’ve done. It’s all about sharing. Give someone a flower, they feel good. Give someone a great idea, and their children will bloom! We want to increase Blooming Scientists everywhere.

The architects of this community are homeschool parents who use Nancy Larson® Science programs. We want to build this community for you and with you. We invite your questions and your ideas. So please let us know how we can help your “blooming scientists.”

—Madon Dailey

9 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Yes Mindy, Nancy Larson Science 4 is coming out soon, September. It will cover both life and physical science topics: Exploring the Characteristics of Cells, Examining and Classifying Plants, Investigating Characteristics of Animals, Examining Ecosystems, Exploring Energy, and Investigating Electricity.

    Thank you for asking and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
    –Madon

  2. Sounds wonderful! I am new to Nancy Larson Science. I will have a 1st and 4th grader to teach science this fall. I’m wondering if combining would be better, even though it will be easier for my 4th grader or doing two separate grades science 1 and science 4. What do you suggest? I’m all about simplifiying as I also have a 7th grader and 3 year old. Do you have any suggestions for how to beef it up for my 4th grader if we end up doing science 1 or 2 together?
    Thanks,
    Mindy

  3. Mindy,
    The first thing to remember when choosing a Nancy Larson Science program is that they are age banded, rather than grade levels. Science 1 is recommended for children 6-8 years old. We’ve had parents combine children 5-10 and use Science 1. Your older child will probably need some extra activities or enhancements. We can help with these. Mothers who have used the program with older children have offered ideas, and we’ve created some extensions to interweave the science learning with other areas.
    Based on most experiences with young children, I would not recommend starting with Science 2. While, they love the activities and have great fun, most six year-olds aren’t ready for the physical science concepts taught in Science 2. The reading level is also more advanced, more like third or fourth grade.
    Nancy begins Science 1 with Developmental Science, and the lessons are purposely printed in larger font, with more white space on the page, and more opportunities for the child to illustrate what they’ve learned. Nancy has found this helps children feel more confident with their ability, and they enjoy personalizing the booklets with their own illustrations. Gradually throughout Science 1, the font becomes smaller with more words per page, and the reading level is more difficult. Young children gain in confidence and become better readers, older children are also engaged and enjoy the science activities.
    Because Nancy also teaches reading, language arts, vocabulary building, critical thinking, and study skills in each Nancy Larson Science program, it’s good to start with a lower program as the foundation upon which to build. For instance, study skills development is built over the three years of Science 1, 2, and 3, and children easily learn to identify the important terms and information in any context.
    You didn’t mention if your seventh grader has had much science, or not. We have parents who want their older child to have the science content, but know it’s not realistic to have them in the same program level with the younger children. They’ve “team taught” with the older child, helping build the confidence, responsibility, and relationships with their peers while learning the science content. Because Nancy Larson Science programs are completely scripted, the older child (team teaching and supervised by the parent) shares the teaching. I don’t know if this works in your situation, but I wanted you to know what some others are doing.
    Mindy, have you looked at the sample lessons for Science 1 and Science 2? You might try these with your children and see what feels like the best fit.
    –Madon

  4. Thank you so much for your feedback. My kids will be ages 6-9. So to enhance what my 4th grader will need, you mentioned you could help, so where can I find extra activities for him for science 1? He has already learned about many of the concepts in Science 1 and my 1st grader is reading on a 2nd/3rd grade level, but hasn’t covered everything in science 1. I do want to keep them together to simplify. Will ideas of how to beef up science 1 be in the teacher’s manual or online? What a great idea to include my 7th grader in teaching the curriculum. She has had a lot of different science programs and I will probably have her do a more independent curriculum for junior high, but what a great way to involve her. I wish I had found Nancy Larson science from the beginning.
    Mindy

  5. Mindy,
    I’m glad to be helpful! You’ll find some extension activities among the blog posts on BloomingScientists.com. (Like Finding Waldo Seedling in the August 2011 archives) I gather ideas from parents using the program, plus those I’ve created. These aren’t busy work, but ideas for incorporating the science concepts into other subjects, data gathering and interpretation, oral histories, and creative problem solving. So when a parent writes or calls wanting ideas to use with their older children, I send what we have. We don’t have these included with the Teacher’s Manual or Nancy Larson Science website at this time, as they are evolving.
    –Madon

  6. Is there a way to order kit 1 with an extra student notebook on PayPal? That’s the only way my hubby let’s us order online… HELP!!!!

    Sam

  7. Samantha,

    We plan on adding more payment options, including PayPal, to our shopping cart. But currently we only offer VISA and MC online. You can also mail your order to our office, if you want to use a check or money order. Nancy Larson Publishers, P.O. 688, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Does this help?
    I’m really interested in how we can improve the ordering process, so please let me know what options parents like.

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