I have been looking for the perfect Science curriculum for months. I have been searching the web for something that was the perfect mix of paper and pencil, hands-on and reading materials. I was hitting a wall until I was frustrated and messaged a good friend. I told her exactly what I was looking for and she recommended Nancy Larson Science.
As soon as I got off the phone, I researched this company and my jaw just dropped at looking at this amazing set. Before I go on, I want to say how excited I am to have the opportunity to review this curriculum. Come and find out how our box opening experience was like and what our first impressions were. I can promise you that I will give you my honest opinion about Nancy Larson Science.
My First Impressions
Wow. Where should I start? When I saw everything included in the Grade 1 Science Homeschool Complete Kit on the website, I was amazed, but seeing it all in person was even more amazing because I got to see my little ones look inside, and say, “No way!” over and over as they pulled out item after item and analyzed them all carefully.
Brother’s First Impressions
Brother (5 years old) focused on the books and written material. He took the clear plastic off all of them and took his time looking through each book. He was excited about the variety of topics we will be learning this year.
He was very interested in the insect book and started spouting out facts as he was reading them. Something that he pointed out was how he couldn’t wait to study the human body. In his own words, “The x-rays are way too fun!”
Sister’s First Impressions
Sister (3 years old), on the other hand, went for the hands-on items like the plastic insects and arthropods, the butterfly and ladybug hatcheries and the pinecones. There are so many cards, pictures and even x-rays of the human body!
Sister was entertained for a while with the hands-on items that were in the box. I know that even though some of the material is at a higher level, she is excited about learning and the curriculum is easy to take the lessons to make them easier or harder.
What is included in the Science 1 Homeschool Kit?
Includes: Teacher’s Manual, Student Materials, Resource Materials, Science 1 Tool Kit: 6 children’s books, Butterfly Garden Set with Larvae Coupon, Human X-ray Set (18), Insect Learning Cards (28), Insects and Spiders (33), Jack Pine Cones, Ladybug Land with Larvae Coupon, Magnifying Glass, Tree Cookies and access to website resources for one year.
I also got a list via email with all kinds of amazing resources that help enrich and/or extend lessons. I am so happy that these kinds of extras are being offered for teachers/moms. There is also a list of pictures, cards and other resources for every lesson.
How are we planning on using the kit?
I love how much material the Nancy Larson Science (Grade 1) complete homeschool curriculum comes with and how it starts off easy to dispel any fears for Science and progressively, it increases in difficulty. I love it that children are referred to as scientists. It’s cool that the teacher’s manual is easy to follow, easy to read and it is completely spelled out for you.
Why did we choose first grade over kindergarten? I was wondering if we should start from the beginning, but then I realized that the beauty of homeschooling is to start at the level my children are at and start with the material that we would love to study right now. I even spoke to a representative at Nancy Larson Publishers and she was amazingly helpful with her knowledge and expertise.