Nancy Larson Science is having a sale this week (quick, it ends tomorrow!) so I wanted to take a quick moment to give you an update on where we are at with the program, and share a closer look at today’s lessons with you. I know when I am looking at new curriculum for the kids, one of the things that is the most helpful to me is the chance to see the program in action.
Unfortunately, when we moved this summer, I didn’t have room in my suitcase for all our science materials (it’s a complete product- you get the materials for lessons as well as the teacher and student books) so I had to let the movers pack them for me. When I was preparing for the packers, I put all the materials in gallon sized zip-locks, and put them together in a nice stack with the paper materials, and left it all in my kitchen where I knew they could be found fast after our stuff was delivered.
Looking back, either I was naive as heck, or the movers just had a good laugh packing our stuff, because the teachers guides, bags of materials, and student books all were placed in different boxes, none of which made any sense. These books were the one thing I desperately wanted to find, and they were the very last thing I managed to unpack this week.
But- they are back! And this post is proof that we’re back to work! I am impressed with how much the kids retained from what we learned before the move, and that we were able to pick up right where we left off.
Bug is just getting started on the Simple Machines unit in Nancy Larson Science 2. I recorded his lesson because…. well, that’s the easiest way to show you what it is like. For some background, the teachers manual contains lessons in a scripted format. As you’ll see in the video, with all three kids running around, I can’t always follow the script to the letter, but I don’t really feel the need to. When I teach this program, I tend to quickly read over the day’s lesson as I have Bug round up the supplies listed, and then we get to it. I do have the book right in front of me so I can follow it as a general guide, and I do say many things as written, but I am not strict about it.
The first part of the lesson is typically hands-on, with a demonstration or “experiment” of sorts for your child to explore the topics.
After this portion of the lesson, typically you move on to the “textbook” portion of the lesson, which has reading and often some sort of coloring/diagramming portion in the “individual student unit” materials.
After this point, Bug basically finishes the lesson on his own. He completes the activity in his booklet:
And then he does the Worksheet Review. Some days, I save the review for later, but most days, he just does it as part of the lesson.
And, that’s that!
Mr. Man is also working with Nancy Larson Science 1, but I didn’t record his lesson because Little Miss was being even more helpful with his lesson, and I decided it was more important that I keep both of them focused. Another day, I’ll get out the camera for that level for you. Today, he is working on learning about habitats, so we used a lot of the picture cards. For this lesson, he looked at three different habitats, discussed the features of each, and then sorted animals into the habitats where they would live. Both of the little kids just love animals, so habitat lessons are always a huge hit here. With Mr. Man, I read the text to him, and he follows along, but the lessons goes about the same as Bug’s lessons in Science 2.