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Hands on Projects with Everything Provided

Kayla writes, “Both of my children love all the hands on projects or labs as they call them (they do this because of Kyle’s science, Chemistry).
Now you are seeing a great hands on experiment about buoyancy. In this lesson we took many different objects and guessed if they would sink or float but we used the correct term “buoyant”.
My kids then completed a page in their journal about buoyant objects. Once daddy got home they actually re-did the experiment because they needed to explain to him what buoyant meant lol, and playing in the water is always a favorite.
I would also love to point out that all but 2 of the items where supplied by the Science 2 Kit! I used our own spoon and napkin. Another reason why you truly can’t go wrong with this science! Everything is supplied for you and you have to waste no time prepping!
I will have many more pictures to share about Nancy Larson Science 2 because we love it.
If your looking for a new way to engage your children to love science I highly encourage you to take a look at Nancy Larson Science. They offer many different levels so that something will fit into your home!”

Homeschool science kit that’s all laid out for me

Posted by Kayla Arrowood

We have spent several weeks digging into Nancy Larson’s Science 2. I posted a few weeks ago about Why Nancy Larson and if you missed it please take a few minutes to go read it.
My children love this curriculum and today I want to basically show off their work and the awesome way that Science 2 is put together.
Here is one of the reason’s I love this curriculum. Everything is laid out for me (even when I don’t need to read word for word, because I am sure at some point I will). This is a picture of one of our early lesson’s from my teacher guide.
This is our Science Word List. Each lesson we learn new vocabulary words and this is the place we write them down so we can review them. The kids have also needed to use this list to help them with a few worksheets.
I allow my kiddos to take pride in this science list, they each take turns writing our words and they also pick colors for the word, I don’t mind because they are being as involved as they want with this and that makes me happy.
Next you are looking at some of our work text that my children have completed.
I personally have to brag on the way the black and white pages keep Zachary’s attention, see I have to be very careful what I use for him because his attention gets away from him easily.
My daughter loves the fact that there is so much sketching and activities to complete.
Both of my children love that they get to use a highlighter to highlight their vocabulary in each lesson. I would have never thought that something so simple would actually be a favorite to them but they are always eager to get the highlighter when we start the lesson and pay attention to where the new words are so they can use it! A great simple way to get the kids to pay attention because they are having fun highlighting the new words. Genius!
If your looking for a new way to engage your children to love science I highly encourage you to take a look at Nancy Larson Science. They offer many different levels so that something will fit into your home!

Hands on Homeschool Science K kit is perfect fit

Tara finds that having two younger daughters in addition to Abby, nap time is our primary block to accomplish school.   Abby and I were able to  complete a lesson, along with her other subjects, during nap time without being rushed or stressed.  I was able to spend quality one on one time with my kindergartner.  If for some reason our schedule was off, we could easily include a curious toddler and newborn.  It worked well in either scenario.  Summer (who just turned 2 in July) was just as eager to learn and explore as Abby.

During our unit study on plants,  I asked my husband’s aunt to join us for one particular lesson.  She’s an excellent gardener and Abby loves her dearly.  We also asked Abby’s cousins (ages 4 and 7 at the time) to join.  They enjoyed the lesson as much as Abby!
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It’s Hands On Science

Why Nancy Larson Science?

Kayla at The Arrowood  Zoo

Here’s the third reason I decided this would be an awesome fit for my family:
3 – Hands on. The science is a very hands-on approach to learning. It is all about observing the environment around you and using that as much as possible. Again with everything being supplied, you have no time wasted gathering the items to best explain the lesson or topic. Having a very energetic boy that learns great with hands-on activities was just one more added reason I thought this would work wonders with his learning for the year. A personal draw for my family was also the notebooking approach that is incorporated into several of the lessons. My children love this approach and we have used it in our homeschool from the beginning.
So this year our focus in Nancy Larson Science 2 is:
Investigating Physical Properties of Matter
Observing Rocks & Minerals
Investing Forces & Work
Examining Simple Machines
Exploring Sound & Light
Investigating Birds
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Zachary said that out of all of these topics he thought that “Observing Rocks and Minerals” would be his favorite while Lexi thought “Investigating Birds” would be her favorite. I can’t wait to update as we go along with this new curriculum.
I am excited and so far this first week was wonderful!
Easy, fast and wonderfully put together!
2 thumbs up for Nancy Larson Science!

 Read the complete review.

Rocks and Minerals – Hands on Science

 Nancy Larson Science 2 – Observing Rocks and Minerals

I can’t believe we’re already done with another unit! Even though we do more than the 2 lessons a week of science, I swear it seems like the kids are learning more than I could have imagined from something that seems so easy.

As a commentor pointed out on the last unit review a couple months ago, “… it takes complex topics and explains them in simplified language so every kid can “get it”. This perfectly sums up the quality of Nancy Larson Science.2014-09-14 11.22.25

Observing Rocks and Minerals introduces kids to geology, a subject near and dear to every girl who loves shiny rocks. In my case, I like the yellow ones with bugs in them, and the blue corundum pretties.

Included in the kit is a set of mineral samples demonstrating Moh’s Hardness Scale – that one thing has utterly fascinated them!! The boys have gone around trying to figure out what is harder than what, and which rock can scratch another.

Okay, so play time aside ( Isn’t that learning too?), the lessons are wonderful and thorough. I do next to no prep on every lesson. THAT is worth money to me. If I don’t have to spend time prepping for a lesson, then I can spend that time with the boys making their school that much more fun.
Read more at Learning Tangent magazine.