Beginning Nancy Larson Science

When the box came to the door from Nancy Larson Science, it marked the day that my son was officially ready for homeschool to start.  He was so excited to see the x-rays, the ladybug house, and the tree section. He was even excited about the books, because they were science books and not “some boring story book.” As a homeschooling mama, I couldn’t have been happier.

We started the second grade 2 weeks ago. My son begged to do science first. We began our first day with Nancy Larson Science by reading a book about what scientist do and how he was going to be a scientists this year. It was a perfect way to start off the year. I could see his excitement building. The idea of being a scientist….

On our second day, I showed him pictures of family members at different ages and stages. We talked about scientists who study people as they age and develop – Developmental Scientists. He was not impressed for. “Are you sure this is science?” Yep. This is science. “I thought we were going to learn about trees and bones and bugs.” It was a great opportunity for me to explain to him that scientists study everything. The fact that everything can be studied, observed, researched, tested and learned about was a new idea for him.

Armed with this new knowledge, my son is more engaged in studying the life stages of humans – infant, toddler, child, adolescent, adult. Our study became a little more exciting when his 1 year old cousin came over for a visit. She just turned the page from an infant to a toddler within the last month. My son had seen her going from a baby in arms to a walking machine and from getting fed by her mama to feeding herself. Seeing that right before his eyes, made it click for my son. He was making conclusions based on past and current observations. I told him that made him a scientist!

We are both excited about the rest of our year with Nancy Larson Science. I’ll be keeping you up to date on our progress as the year goes along!


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    The unit on human development does feel a little slow and easy… but it starts picking up and getting really fun beyond that! In fact, we doubled up on lessons with the first unit and lingered longer with the others that interested us more. Hope you all enjoy it! We just started NL Science 2 last week!


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