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More from Yvana – Science 1 Update

Yvana at Grant Us Wisdom  writes:

I have been thinking about next year’s curriculum and as I decide what we will be using I wanted to share how we did with the Science Curriculum we began using toward the end of the school year and one that will be continued throughout our 2012-2013 school year. If you missed my introduction post on what we received with this Science Kit,click here.

We went through 12 lessons of this curriculum, and if my children’s constant “Will we be doing Science today mommy?” question is any indication, they really enjoyed it. Not only did they enjoy it, but learned from it.

We completed the unit: Describing the Life Stages of Human Beings. Here they are putting together their life stages booklets, using various pictures from different magazines. They enjoyed the cutting and pasting, but most of all they can label each life stage and tell you the ages for it. It was also fun to see that we actually had four of the life stages present here under one roof. So we had real live specimens to study, talk about, and compare. 🙂

The second part of this unit was on habitats and what that means. We drew a small scale neighborhood with houses and different buildings, along with animals and plants we find in our habitat. The lesson called for us to make a large scale mural, but due to not having the proper paper size we opted for a much smaller version, which I think worked out just as well. That is one thing that I really like about this curriculum, it is very scripted but you can choose to use what works for you and change or modify anything that doesn’t, it is so well done that this does not change the content of what is being taught.

Once we get back from our summer break we will be starting with the Observing Trees units, which includes identifying what plants need to live and identifying parts of plants. Who knows we may actually work on that before summer break ends, if they really insist on it. They have currently planted and sprouted some bean plants just for fun, so we may have to just dive in.

If you are looking for a fun and educational Science Curriculum hop on over to the Nancy Larson Site and take a look. I think you will like what you see.

I would love to hear what you do for Science with your children, so feel free to leave a comment.

Yvana: Review and First Impressions of Science 1

Yvana Hernandez of Grant Us Wisdom shared her first review of Science 1.

It is that time again, time to think about what we will be using for curriculum next year.  I have been researching, reading, and asking other moms what they will be using.  I am pretty sure of most of what I will be using, but there are a couple of changes I want to make. SCIENCE is something I have been thinking about a lot, since this is a favorite subject of both of my little students.

I was quite pleased when the folks over at Nancy Larson Science agreed to let us review their Science 1 curriculum.  The day the box arrived nobody paid much attention to it, mostly because some of us were just getting over the flu and some of us were still quite sick.  The box sat for a couple of days, until it was finally discovered.

 

Both Little Princess and Little Knight 



wanted to get into it, and they did.

This is what they found in it. The kit comes with:
A tool kit that includes-pine cones, tree cookie, hand lens, x-ray set, Live Butterfly Garden®, Butterfly Larvae Coupon, Ladybug Land™, Ladybug Larvae Coupon, insect learning cards, plastic insects and spiders set, and the following books: What Do Scientists Do?Peterson First Guide to TreesTrees to PaperFamiliar Insects and SpidersYour Insides, and The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree (As described on the Nancy Larson website).

It also comes with a Teacher’s Manual,  Student Materials, and added Resources Materials. You can take a look at their website to look at each of these items more closely.

Once we had taken everything out of the box they each proceeded to pick their favorite item, at least the one that made their favorite first impression. Little Princess really enjoys being read to, so I was not surprised that she picked up a book.
Little Knight was so excited about the x-rays, and he immediately announced that this was his favorite item. Again, I was not surprised.  I have never heard another child talk so much about how interesting a trip to the ER is, or how you need to look at your arm when you are having blood taken out because you don’t want to miss anything. Maybe he is going to be a doctor.
Even our littlest guy picked himself a favorite item.  I wonder what he will think when it actually has live lady bugs in it?
We were all very excited to receive our new Science Curriculum, and opening the box was quite enjoyable, I think it almost felt like Christmas.
That same evening we sat down to work on a bit of it. To tell you the truth I was not impressed by it at first.  My first impression was that it was too simplistic and that both of my little ones could do much more.  Why this first impression you may ask? Well, since we are involved in Classical Conversations the science we talk about there is sometimes at a higher academic level, and you know what? Although Little Knight can memorize all of the science grammar, at times he has a difficult time understanding it. Little Princess has both a difficult time understanding and retaining the CC science information, but that is o.k. because they will get a chance to revisit that information again as the cycles return. (For more on Classical Conversations you can visit their site here). As I continued to review the teacher manual and we continued to work on the lessons (I had to give it a fair shot), I realized that it actually is very well written and both Little Princess and Little Knight are enjoying it very much.  They constantly ask to do another lesson and are usually not satisfied with doing only one. We are currently on lesson 7 and so far, this Science curriculum is actually a good addition to our homeschool curriculum.
The children have learned about the human stages in the life span. They have observed and talked about Infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults and elderly adults.  They have had to write new words and learned the definition for a developmental scientist.  They are engaged during the lessons and eager to respond to the questions. Yes, I think this is actually working for us, and my first impression was simply that, a first impression based on little info.  If you are looking for a new science curriculum I recommend you take a look at Nancy Larson Science Curriculum. In a few weeks I will write another post as we continue to work through our new science curriculum.  We are quite blessed to have a chance to review it and use it. If you want to read more about what we think about it,come back and visit us.