“Are we going to do science today?” That’s a routine question at breakfast around here.
Are you using a science program that you love?
Is science another dreaded task on your to do list because you need to gather supplies for yet another complicated experiment?
Do you feel like you need to take a science refresher class before you can teach your children?
Perhaps it’s time to take a look at Nancy Larson Science. We have used Science K, Science 2 and will be starting Science 3 next month. Here is a quick run down on why it works for us!
1. Open & Go – Science is a subject that I could easily push to the side and never get around to doing. I know this so when looking for a science program this was an important component. If I was going to have to scurry around looking for supplies or do complicated experiments I know I would just never get it done.
2. Short Lessons -Â When we do sit down to do a science lesson, I like that it’s only going to take a little bit of time. Short and sweet works best. Sometimes we will do two lessons at a time. It’s nice to have the option to do extra rather than feeling like a lesson drags on forever and everyone is restless and bored.
3. Gentle -Â Ugh, I hate that word “gentle”. Gentle does not mean dumbed down and it doesn’t mean a silly presentation of material. (I need to come up with a better word!) What it does mean is that there is not useless busy work and no overkill with testing and required memorization. There is built in review of each lesson and the writing that the children do increases gradually through the programs.
4. Works with any curriculum -Â Nancy Larson Science will go along with any curriculum. Even this year while we were using Paths of Progress we opted to ditch the science part of that and continue with Nancy Larson.
5. Be a Naturalist before a Scientist -Â I think that the Nancy Larson Science programs do support this notion that children should be engaged in the world around them through nature study. It’s simple to continue with nature studies and take what you are learning at the kitchen table out to your next nature walk.
6. Because my kids love it! – They truly do. They ask to do science all the time. If I go too many days between lessons, they are not happy campers.
I’m going to be at theÂ IMH Conference in Tampa come find me at the Nancy Larson booth.
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