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Science 3 – The Box Is Here!

Samantha, of Homeschooling The Journey Not The Destination wrote:

Don’t we ALL love when a box arrives at our door?  The crisp, slightly damp cardboard smell?  The impending surprise?  The wait… As Willy Wonka says, “I wish it would last!”

Y’all know that I’m a Nancy Larson Science user and lover.  My kids love it.  My checkbook loves it.  My time management loves it.  My inner OCD – like it all in one place – loves it.  You may watch my Youtubes about NLS on my channel.

Well… this morning… it came!  JJ ran to the door like he was greeting Our Lord!  Don’t be fooled by the list price.  What you get is SO worth it.  ALL IN ONE BOX PEOPLE!  Web access to teacher helps and kid extras!


Science 3

Scroll down the NLS 3 page and click on “Table of Contents.”  WOW!  Am I going to learn that all next year, too?

Lab Reports and Research – Science 3

Lexi of Lextin Academy recently wrote this review of Nancy Larson Science 3.

If you read my blog then it’s probably no secret that Nancy Larson Science is one of my favorite curricula finds. I have a few homeschool products that I absolutely love and this is one of them. This is my science curricula. And I have now used levels K, 1, 2, and 3.

Let’s talk about level 3…..
This level is Earth and Space science with Chemistry and a short unit on Amphibians and Reptiles.

There are 7 units in this level:

  1. Exploring our Solar System
  2. Investigating Elements and Compounds
  3. Observing Physical Changes
  4. Investigating Changes in Our Atmosphere
  5. Exploring the Earth’s Structure
  6. Examining the Structure and Function of Parts of Seed Plants
  7. Investigating Amphibians and Reptiles

Each unit has its own booklet that contains the text for reading about the material. The child is the illustrator of each of these booklets as he or she draws the pictures, colors the graphs, or labels the diagrams.

Here are some of our favorite projects from this level:

  • Learning about the phases of the moon and charting them
  • Observing chemical changes by burning marshmallows
  • Measuring changes in temperature using a thermometer to measure how and cold water
  • Collecting and recording weather data for a week
  • Observing the differences between clay, silt, and sand and seeing how water moves differently through each
  • Observing the germination of a seed and dissecting a seed to view the embryo

This level taught us how to write simple lab reports after experiments, such as the experiment to observe chemical change.
We also learned how to graph our findings and draw a conclusion based on information contained in a graph.
This level also explained how to complete a simple research report as well as how to do a one-variable experiment and observe the results.

Here’s what I enjoyed about this level:
This level had our first research project. It guided Curly (3rd grade) through the process of writing about one of the planets. She chose Neptune. She used her science booklet and one additional source and wrote a short research paper about it. Then I had her present her project to me.

As with previous levels, we enjoyed the hands on observations and experiments that we performed. However, with the first unit about the solar system, there were not many projects or experiments that could be performed. I was thankful for all of the included posters to use as a visual during this part of our study.

The chemistry unit may have been one of our favorites. We loved learning about the periodic table and learning about atoms and molecules. It was fun to color the different molecules that made up atoms of common things in our house. This was a great intro to chemistry and sparked a desire to learn more about these topics in the future.

Curly was interested in the unit about weather, especially when we described howearthquakes and hurricanes happen. We learned about the scales of how these are measured and we actually spent several days watching videos of these natural disasters. We have lived in an area that is known for tornadoes as well as an area known for hurricanes so this portion of science felt especially relevant to us.

I learned the most from the unit about the earth’s surface –how earthquakes occur and how mountains and volcanoes are formed. Our favorite part of this unit was playing with the rocks and minerals in our kit and guessing which type of rock (igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic) was represented by that sample.

My favorite aspect of the program aside from the interactive and hands-on nature of every lesson, is the amount of review that is included. Even though we have completed our studies, I know that most of the material that we covered has been retained because we learned it in an incremental way that included multiple opportunities for review.

Birthday Cake for a Blooming Scientist

Angela DeWitt, Minnesota homeschool mom and member of our Parent Support Group, sent this wonderful story and photo. She will be answering questions and helping at the Minnesota Catholic Home Educators Conference in St Paul on June 3 and 4.

Birthday Cake for My Blooming Scientist

The day before Thomas’ 8th birthday party, I asked him what he had in mind for a cake(I was thinking he would ask for a DQ ice cream cake – I am not very good at baking!).  His response: The periodic table of elements!  This took pretty much all afternoon and evening, but the end result was worth the effort.  I made this using brownie mix in mini-muffin tins, then added the element symbols with colored frosting.  Around midnight I realized that the table I was working from was not the most current, so I made only 111 brownie bites rather than 118.  Thomas noticed this right away when he got up in the morning and pointed out that there are 118 elements on the periodic table, but he was so thrilled with the result that he was okay with it (and he figured none of his guests would notice the mistake!).