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A Personal Note from Nancy Larson – Part Four

Teaching children to think

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I’ve had homeschool parents tell me personally that their children are having so much fun they don’t even realize they are learning serious science. And they are learning a lot more. The in-depth scientific vocabulary, reading informational text, writing and study skills included in every program also support English Language Arts.
Children eagerly work through lessons and enjoy being scientists. Throughout the journey of scientific discovery, Nancy Larson Science Homeschool students learn through a multi-sensory approach, develop higher-level thinking skills, and comprehend and retain the concepts being taught.
A guided scientific conversation between a parent and his or her child can produce dramatic results. Each age-appropriate program provides a complete kit so homeschool parents can focus on teaching time with their children rather than searching for materials.
I am extremely proud of the response that Nancy Larson Science Homeschool has received from dedicated homeschool parents. If you would like to read more from our homeschool parents, please visit our testimonial page.
I hope you will become a part of our Nancy Larson Homeschool family!
Sincerely,
Nancy Larson
Author

A Personal Note from Nancy Larson – Part Three

 

Giving your child a strong foundation

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When I first looked at writing a science program, I examined national standards and the scientific concepts students need to know in order to be successful in high school advanced placement courses. I wanted our Nancy Larson Science homeschool graduates to be able to succeed in high school classrooms and college courses before going on to careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).
A great career in any of these STEM areas begins with a strong foundation. At Nancy Larson Science, we are committed to building that scientific foundation – and the love of learning – that will serve our students no matter what their future professions.

A Personal Note from Nancy Larson – Part Two

Two decades of service to homeschoolers

My mission to bring effective education to the growing homeschool community began in 1993 with Saxon Math Homeschool. I painstakingly wrote the program so it would be simple to teach yet give kids the confidence to succeed. By mastering subjects early, students have the courage to take their learning to the next level.
My two-decade commitment to homeschool educators and co-operatives around the country remains true today with Nancy Larson Science Homeschool. My homeschool science program is taught in all 50 states and a growing number of countries around the globe.
I believe a hands-on, cross-curricular approach wrapped in a scientific conversation is the best way to teach children. I hope that homeschool educators see the joy of students discovering a love of science.
Saxon Math Homeschool was written as a conversation. Today, Nancy Larson Science follows in the footsteps of Saxon Math as a well-crafted conversation.
The same philosophy of guided inquiry that I brought to the successful Saxon Math Homeschool K–3 is used effectively with Nancy Larson Science Homeschool K–4. Homeschool parents can take comfort that millions of elementary school children have learned from my math and science programs.

 

Nancy Larson Science starts with a conversation

When we take part in a conversation, we connect and learn from the people around us. The same is true for young children trying to learn the most challenging subjects.

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As the author of Saxon Math Homeschool and Nancy Larson Science Homeschool, I have studied how guided conversations can shape and develop young minds. The results are often a rock-solid educational foundation and confidence to learn the most rigorous topics.
I understand that homeschool parents care deeply about their child’s education and are personally invested in their success. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of parents having a conversation with their elementary school child about mathematics and science. Through conversation, children learn!

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Nancy Larson Recognized as an Expert in Education



Saxon Math and Nancy Larson® Science author to speak on the success of her program at NCTM Research Pre-session meeting on April 24.

Philadelphia, Pa. – (April 9, 2012) – Nancy Larson, renowned author of Saxon Math K-4 and Nancy Larson® Science, will be a featured panelist at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2012 Research Presession on April 24 in Philadelphia.

     Nancy Larson

Larson will be speaking during the session “Curriculum Matters: Why are some curricula more effective?” on the effectiveness of Saxon Math. The methodology Larson used throughout the curriculum was proven effective in a 2009 study.*

“My secret to a successful curriculum is to write for the children and teachers,” Larson said. “Too much of publishing is driven by companies’ marketing plans and profit benchmarks rather than a well thought out and tested curriculum. My focus is on helping children acquire the skills and knowledge to be successful in everyday life.”

“The goal of each math lesson I write is to teach important content using an integrated, incremental approach and to provide the practice necessary for children to master the concepts presented,” Larson said.

While Larson continues to update and improve Saxon Math, she has turned her attention to bringing her curriculum vision to science. Over the past five years, she has worked closely with exemplary teachers and homeschool parents to develop Nancy Larson® Science. The Science K-3 program is currently used in 48 states and 3 other countries, and this summer after four years of field testing, Science 4 will be available. Nancy Larson® Science is a research-based and ideal program for schools looking for an in-depth science program.

“In both curricula, I strive to make the lessons easy for busy teaching parents to teach and engaging for children,” Larson said. “The success comes from a systematic approach that introduces new concepts and reinforces previous lessons. We must resist the disorganized curriculum, or pick-and-choose teaching, aimed solely at meeting state standards or teaching to standardized tests. My teaching techniques ensure concepts will be remembered even after the dismissal bell rings.”

To learn more on Nancy Larson® Science, visit http://www.nancylarson.com/.

*To review the study, visit http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/quick_reviews/earlymath_012610.pdf.

About Nancy Larson® Science (http://www.nancylarson.com/)

The goal of Nancy Larson® Science is to be a comprehensive, hands-on science curriculum that is engaging and challenging for children while being fun and easy for parents to teach. Larson worked closely with classroom teachers and homeschool parents, and incorporated extensive field testing to develop a program that provides children with a solid foundation and the skills needed to be successful in their academic futures. Currently Nancy Larson® Science offers Science K, 1, 2, 3 and this coming summer, Science 4. To learn more on Nancy Larson® Science, visithttp://www.nancylarsonpublishers.com/.

 

 

Bill Bennett Radio Dialogue with Nancy Larson

Bill Bennett, host of MORNING IN AMERICA, opens a daily radio dialogue with men and women all across America. In his various roles, Bill has been perceived as a man who spoke honestly about some of the most important issues of our time. While in Washington, he served as President Reagan’s chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1981–85) and Secretary of Education (1985–88).

Bill recently asked Nancy Larson to participate in a radio dialogue with parents, answering their questions and talking about math strategies. Nancy is the author of the internationally acclaimed Saxon Math K–4 programs.

While the focus of this radio dialogue is on math, the learning concepts Nancy shares and suggestions she gives parents are universal and helpful for everyone. Please sit back, relax and enjoy the conversation.

Morning in America with Nancy Larson

Welcome!

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 5–11. 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’ll create integrated learning for each science lesson.

Every community needs a town crier to announce the news, and Blooming Scientists is ours. We’ll let you know where you can meet us. Over the next six months, we’ll be exhibiting at many homeschool conferences. We’d love to visit with you at these. Please check the dates and locations.

With spring, Nancy’s Garden comes alive with color and fragrance. If you’d like help getting your garden blooming, let us know. The master gardener that created Nancy’s Garden is available to help.

Daisy and Maisy are our Cool and Curious Science Cats, full of ideas, knowledge and mischief. They are always in the middle of everything science. If you need specific science information or help understanding a concept, let the Science Cats help.

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 blooms and Blooming Scientists everywhere.

The architects of this community are the authors, scientists, teachers, and home school parents of Nancy Larson Publishers—the people who create Nancy Larson® Science programs. We want to build this community for you and with you. Good architects listen to the client. We want to listen to you. We invite your questions and your ideas. So please let us know how we can help your “blooming scientists.”

—Madon Dailey

Madon Dailey