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Creative Learning Fun – Learning about Pets in Science K

Elizabeth creates printables for young learners and writes at Creative Learning Fun. She uses Nancy Larson® Science K with her daughter Pumpkin. Below is her latest update.

We are chugging along with the Nancy Larson Science K curriculum. A couple of months ago you might have read my review for this curriculum. If you missed it, you can see it here: My Nancy Larson Science K Review. We are still loving it just as much as we did when we started. I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about this curriculum.

For the past two weeks we have been talking about characteristics of pets. So far, this section of the curriculum is Pumpkin’s absolute favorite. Every time we start our school day, she checks her boxes to make sure I’ve included a science lesson. I am so impressed with how much Pumpkin is learning from this curriculum. So far we have learned about our five senses, how to keep our bodies healthy, and about pets.

The first day in this unit we learned about the many different kinds of pets people can have. Pumpkin was shown a couple of picture cards that showed different kinds of pets. We also listed them out on a piece of paper. Some of the pets that people have shocked Pumpkin. She thought it was hilarious that people can have pigs or chickens as pets. 🙂

For the next couple of days we talked about the different characteristics of each kind of pet (for example; dogs, cats, birds, fish etc.). Pumpkin especially loved the dog and cat slideshows that are included in the Nancy Larson Science K curriculum. I really enjoyed them too! The slideshows make science time exciting and fun for Pumpkin. When she heard that she was going to watch one, she was so excited. The pictures were also wonderful at furthering her understanding of different characteristics in each pet

For this unit, it was suggested within the curriculum that I put together a veterinarian pretend play box for Pumpkin to explore. Pumpkin absolutely loved this part! I put some of her doctor kit supplies in a box, a measuring stick, a soft pillow and blanket for her patients, and a food bowl and baby bottle.

Since Pumpkin struggles with pretend play, I took it as an opportunity to teach her using scripting and imitation skills. I would bring her a stuffed animal that was “sick.” I’d say something like, “oh poor baby, this kitten has a fever and his nose hurts.” Pumpkin would immediately get to work fixing the kitten up. Since he was a good kitten, he was awarded with a “treat” and a sticker on his nose. 🙂 Our real dogs even jumped into pretend play and played along.
After learning about dogs and cats, we moved on to talking about birds. Pumpkin loved learning about the many different kinds of birds there are and how differently they all look. Pumpkin even got a chance to feel a feather. She loved rubbing it all over her cheek

Here is a video of me asking her to explain to me the different characteristics of one bird.
Characteristics of Birds

As you can see, she is learning so much and is having a blast doing it! Science time is, hands down, her favorite subject. 🙂
We also did a few activities to further explore the characteristics of birds. Pumpkin made a bird puppet and a booklet explaining the many different kinds of birds. These activities are not part of the curriculum and are not necessary to add. No supplementing is needed for the Nancy Larson Science K curriculum, everything you need is already planned for you perfectly. However, Pumpkin really got into the bird theme so I just went with it. 🙂

The bird puppet is from a book titled, “Alphabet Puppets plus more” by Teacher’s Friend Publications.

Then she did a little booklet that is from the Mailbox Companion.

If you are looking for a science curriculum for next year, I highly recommend you check out Nancy Larson’s homeschool science programs. She has five different programs for ages 5 to 12.

The program we are currently using is the Nancy Larson Science K program. Even though Pumpkin will be enrolling in a school next year, we will continue to use the Nancy Larson science programs at home as part of our afterschooling program. It’s such a fun curriculum!

Want to learn more? Here are some great resources:

Nancy Larson Science K Curriculum
You can check out the other great products here: Nancy Larson Science
Also, check out their very fun blog here: Blooming Scientists
Nancy Larson Science for Homeschool on Facebook

Feel free to ask questions in the comments. You are also welcome and encouraged to contact Madon Dailey if you have more specific questions about the curriculum.

~ Elizabeth

Disclaimer: The product in this review was provided to me for the purpose of conducting a review. However, all opinions are solely mine and are not influenced in any way.



Creative Learning Fun-Science K Review

Recently Elizabeth who authors Creative Learning Fun posted about our Science K program.

Review for Nancy Larson Science K Homeschool
This is the first year that we’ve really dived into learning Science. Several months ago I became aware of this brand new curriculum created by Nancy Larson for kindergartners. This curriculum was created for children between the ages of five and seven years old. I decided to hold off until Pumpkin was five years old, although it was very difficult too. The curriculum always looked so cool! Thankfully, our wait is now over and we’re thoroughly enjoying Nancy Larson Science K.

A little information about the Science Curriculum:

The Nancy Larson Science Homeschool program is available to not only kindergartners. There are also three other levels of curriculum for older children as well. The first level focuses on Life Science, the second level focuses on Physical Science and the third level focuses on Earth and Space. The levels increase by grade and age levels. However, the age ranges for each level is pretty wide so using one level with children close in age would work well.

We are using the Nancy Larson Science K program. In this program the student learns about:

  • The Human Body and the Five Senses
  • Investigating Healthy Habits
  • Characteristics of Pets
  • Characteristics of Objects – Physical
  • Exploring Forces that Move Objects – Physical
  • Observing the Growth of Plants – Life
  • Identifying Living and Non-living things – Physical
  • Identifying Seasons and Weather Conditions – Earth and Space.

The kindergarten curriculum combines life, physical and earth and space science into an excellent curriculum.

The Science K Curriculum Kit

The Science K curriculum kit comes with a Teacher’s Manual, Student Materials, Resource Materials, and a Tool Kit. The tool kit includes basically everything you would need except for small things you would have around the house already. The materials are meant to be used with one child. However, you can purchase extra materials for $15.00 for each additional child.


Pumpkin could not wait to get her hands on all the great extras that the curriculum comes with. She started exploring as soon as the box arrived. The first thing she was glued to was the foam blocks that comes included in the curriculum. She was also very excited to try the bucket balance scale that came included. I was impressed by how much thought went into selecting what to include in the kit. Not only did it come with the things mentioned earlier.. But it also came with sand, sea shells, various balls, strainer, and feather just to name a few. It was clear from the start that Pumpkin was going to have a lot of fun with this program. I have to admit I was feeling pretty giddy too while exploring the box. 🙂

Another great feature is that on request the Nancy Larson Science Homescool company will send you a list of supplemental books that go along with each curriculum. The books have been carefully selected for age appropriateness and the availability of the books at most libraries. These books certainly are not required, but I have found that Pumpkin is always asking for more science. So these books offer even more exposure to the topics being taught within the curriculum.

Teacher’s Manual

The teacher’s manual is also really amazing. It lays out each lesson completely for the teacher. The thing I love the most is that it is scripted for you. You don’t have to come up with what to say or the appropriate way to word something so your child will understand. It makes it so much easier! Homeschooling is challenging enough as it is, such this added feature is very much appreciated for this homeschooling momma. Another wonderful thing that I love about this curriculum is how quickly Pumpkin learns from it. After lesson one she had already picked up science vocabulary that I never would have thought she would remember. Such as the word “observe.” After lesson one she was already incorporating that word into her every day conversation.

You can see a sample lesson here: Identifying foods that keep our bodies healthy

Additionally, the curriculum kit includes extra resource materials for you to use. The resource cards are very colorful and I’m thankful to have them pre-printed for me. The teacher resource CD contains additional pictures you can use, as well as literature connections, glossaries and other materials that can be used if needed. There is also a Fitness Fun CD included which is very nice to have. My daughters favorite part is the weather wheel that was included. We had to put it up immediately and she kept telling me she loved it. Now every day she goes up to it and changes it even before I remember to.

Student Materials

In addition to the great teacher’s manual, your student also gets their own student materials. The Science K curriculum includes several student booklets and activity sheets that help to highlight important components of the topic they are studying. They can then do their own drawings and record their own answers into the booklet about what they have learned. There are also three very cute books included in the program to further your child’s understanding of certain topics.

Additional Thoughts

I honestly cannot say enough great things about this curriculum. It is so complete and well laid out that I can’t help but love it! From day one my daughter has learned so much and begs for the next lesson as soon as we finish one. I’ve also been amazed at how quickly she has learned the material. She’s already impressing others on how well she knows her body parts. The other day she explained what her Torso was to her grandmother and she was so impressed that a five year old knew that. It’s just a ton of fun! Here are some pictures from our first five lessons of the Nancy Larson Science K curriculum:

She’s having a BLAST!

I’ll be sharing this curriculum even more coming up soon. Be sure to subscribe or “like” me on Facebook so you don’t miss out!

Want to learn more? Here are some great resources:

Nancy Larson Science K Curriculum

You can check out the other great products here: Nancy Larson Science

Nancy Larson Science for Homeschool on Facebook

Feel free to ask questions in the comments. You are also welcome and encouraged to contact Madon Dailey if you have more specific questions about the curriculum.

Thanks for reading!! ~Elizabeth