Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Why Nancy Larson Science?


 

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 can not wait for next year.

While there I meet Madon Daily 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 the science set for the entire year with Zachary and Lexi. Zachary is 9 and Lexi is 11 and Science 2 is for ages 7-9 but can be altered for younger or older without much effort. Madon helped me to decide on which level to start the both of them at and helped me with several other questions that I came up with too!


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

1 - The lessons are already prepared {jumping for joy}. See 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.


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 at this small age 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.)

3 - Hands on. The science is a very hand 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 Rocks & 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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