Posted by Kayla Arrowood
Kayla at The Arrowood Zoo
Here’s the second reason I decided Nancy Larson Science was a tremendous fit for my family.
2 – The lessons are scripted. Not that I do not talk with my children or ask questions about the topic we are learning, but to have it scripted helps keep more of an order together. This is our first week using this and I can’t tell you how peaceful I feel because I know that everything is laid out for me. Even when teaching young children, I believe it is awesome to have a plan all laid out and simply following it gets awesome results. No stress on your part, homeschool mom (I have enough stress; I do not need additional stress for science.)
Next time: 3 – It’s Hands on Science
Gail Nelson, editor of Learning Tangent, asks “Can I just say how much we love this curriculum?”
Every so often I think, “Well maybe this is too easy,” because they understand the basic ideabehind much of the vocabulary, but the word itself never entered the picture. Then they show me how much they’re really learning. Nancy Larson’s Science lessons are just so very easy to follow that it almost seems as though it’s too easy, but they’re learning and thinking about science in new and fabulous ways that I credit to the well planned and yes, scripted, Nancy Larson Science.
I wasn’t sure I would like the scripted nature of it, I’m such a free flowing kind of person in the way I do things, but I do. It makes the teaching very easy on the mom, and ensures that all the information is covered in a fun, engaging way. I think this is part of what makes it feel like it’s almost too easy, because as much as I adore science, I always expected teaching it to be difficult. This isn’t, at all.
Each of the lessons has a list of needed items to either gather (like plastic bottles and the like) or take from the kit, often both. I can gather the items myself, or I can have the boys gather them by just reading the list. In fact, I think this is a great way to get the kids involved in prepping for lessons! It’s like a treasure hunt, and we know how much my kids like treasure hunting, right?
This is a very “hands-on” science curriculum, which suits my kids to a “T”. They are very tactile learners and need to be touching something pretty much all thetime. This satisfies that need in a very appropriate way – they even had to tape samples of textures into the unit booklet as part of the unit. Love it!
Kayla at The Arrowood Zoo started school this week, including Nancy Larson Science 2.
Heather is the homeschooling mom in a military family based in Germany. She just wrote about opening the box for Nancy Larson Science 2 when it arrived.
Yesterday was a good mail day! We received a big box from Nancy Larson Science for Homeschool containing the Science 2 Complete Program. Science is the most loved subject in our house, so I can’t wait to add this program into our daily routine. I have a big review planned for this program, so I will get all the details on how it works (and how it’s working for us!) in the next couple weeks. The kids are just SO excited and ready to dig in; so while I make you wait for the full review, let’s play “What’s in the Box!”
A more appropriate game would be “What’s not in the box.” Nancy Larson Science is neat because everything you need is provided from the start. I love that I won’t need to round up any supplies to teach this program. Everything is included, from big things, like the workbook, to supplies for experiments, books to read, even picture resources for the lessons. You can’t see every element here- the kit comes with: Magnets (cow, horseshoe, bar and ring magnets), a bucket balance, a hexagram mass set, a beaker, hand lens, a hardness collection mineral set, mica sample, granite sample, ballon, toy car, sandpaper, wooded stirrer, nails, screws, wooden wedge, packing peanuts, meter stick, pulley and cord, prism, xylophone, rubber bands, owl pellets, bone sorting chart, wooden probe, and three books: Backyard Birds, Common Birds and their Songs, and Birds, Nest and Eggs.
They were too excited to look at the camera. I don’t blame them!
Read Heather’s full story: http://www.onlypassionatecuriosity.com/whats-box-nancy-larson-science-homeschool/