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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.
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, 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.
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.”