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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!

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
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!

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The lessons are scripted


Why Nancy Larson Science?

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

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The lessons are already prepared

Why Nancy Larson Science?

Posted by Kayla of The Arrowood Zoo 

Several months ago I had the awesome privilege of going to the NCHE Conference, which you have heard me talk about a lot! I had so much fun and learned a lot too. And I cannot wait for next year.

While there I met Madon Dailey, who is the homeschool manager for Nancy Larson Science. She wanted to meet all of the NCHE 2014 Bloggers while she was at the convention, so I ran by her booth. While speaking with her about our current science and looking at what Nancy Larson Science had to offer for my homeschool, we decided that it would be a great idea for me to review a science kit for the entire year with Zachary and Lexi. Zachary is 9 and Lexi is 11. Science 2 is for ages 7–9 but can be adapted for younger or older without much effort. Madon helped me decide to use Science 2 with both of them, and she  helped me with several other questions that I came up with too!

There are several reasons I decided this would be an awesome fit for my family:

1 – The lessons are already prepared {jumping for joy}. Science scares me, you see I was the one that got a D in science in 5th grade. Yes 5th grade. I had never gotten a D and never did again.  I took pride in my work but science just came very hard to me in a text book.

I can’t tell you how many times trying to find something has hurt our school day on learning. You know the time when you are ready but you forgot that “one” piece of whatever and it totally ruins your lesson. With Nancy Larson Science you simply open the box and you may begin. There is no prep work. Everything is supplied which is a huge plus. No extra shopping because you need a new book for that lesson or you need a rock set for that unit, she has it all covered.

Next time: 2 – The lessons are scripted.