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Lextin Academy has 10 Reasons She Likes Nancy Larson Science

It’s hard to know what curriculum will work best for your children. When I’m traveling from one homeschool conference to another, exhibiting our programs, Science K, 1, 2, 3, and 4, I am thrilled when parents rush up to me and say, “We LOVE Nancy Larson Science®. Thank Nancy for writing such amazing programs!” Sometimes it’s hard to verbalize why the programs work so well, and why parents love them. Here’s one mom who put it into words.

Lexi writes at Lextin Academy. She’s also the generous and gracious lady who brought Punkin along and helped me at the Houston conference. In early April, Lexi  wrote 10 Reasons I Like Nancy Larson® Science .

 

 

Spell Out Loud uses Science 1

 

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Last year at the 2:1 Conference, I met wonderful homeschool moms who are also amazing bloggers. Maureen at Spell Out Loud is one of the most amazing: busy mom, former elementary teacher, social media expert, photographer, author for other sites, and virtual assistant. Maureen is just starting her experience with Nancy Larson Science and says:

I was drawn to Nancy Larson Science 1 because:

  • The target age-level is ages 5–8 years (note: the levels do not necessarily correspond to grade levels. See site for more  info.)It contains everything I need—from books, student booklets, specimens to examine, picture cards, and more.
  • It is scripted. Normally I don’t care if things are scripted because I’m good at coming up with things on the fly, but right now I need something easy that doesn’t require much prep work from me due to my current workload. Everything is already planned for me.
  • It combines science with language arts.
  • It is created to reach multiple learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.
  • It introduces several themes: Describing the Life Stages of Human Beings; Observing Trees; Exploring Sunlight, Water, and Soil; Investigating Animals and Their Habitats; Discovering What Is Inside of Our Bodies; Examining the Characteristics and Life Cycles of Insects

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Maureen has some terrific ideas for helping young siblings who are sitting in on the Science 1 lessons. Read her complete post. 

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The Homeschool Scientist – Science 1 update

Marci, of  The Homeschool Scientist, sends monthly updates on how her son is using Science 1:

Our second grader has been studying human development with Nancy Larson® Science. He has learned about the various stages we all go through from an infant to adult. Last week, we transitioned from studying humans to studying the world around us. Nancy Larson Science had a great plan for this transition — make a habitat map.


After drawing our map, we discussed what plants and animals live in our neighborhood. We took a walk and took some pictures, made some notes and discussed the different animals we have seen in our neighborhood in the past.


When we returned home, my son drew a few of the plants and animals we saw or discussed. I am keeping these drawings in our science binder. Next week, we will start to learn about those plants in our Nancy Larson Science studies. Can’t wait!

 

 

Mom! Come look at this!

Marci, The Homeschool Scientist, will be using Nancy Larson® Science 1 this year with her son. She wrote me when the box arrived.

“The science curriculum came in the mail this week. We have lots of deliveries to the door and my son’s job is to open them and sort the contents. He’s a logical/organized/order type kid. Usually, he does his job and then just goes back to what he is doing. Not with this box! He started yelling at me. “Mom! Come look at this! Such cool stuff! Do I get to do science with this?! Now, I’m really excited for school to start!” This is the kid who has been asking if we could have summer break until October. I’m really excited to start school, too. Thanks for adding some anticipation to our homeschool. “

Read more about Marci’s family using Nancy Larson® Science

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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.