We have been deep into our studies here at the VI house and we have really been enjoying a lot of science. We're currently studying two different science programs due to interest in our home. Our favorite is still the hands on Nancy Larson Science 2.
Nancy Larson Science 2 is hands on, set at an easy pace and the teacher's manual is a breeze to follow. The children aren't content with just one lesson and we find ourselves doing 2-4 in any given day. While my second grader appreciates the pace of this science program, my oldest 5th grader finds it to be slow, but he's patient with his brother and when it comes to experiment time, they can work together to complete almost the entire lesson together. I find this side by side learning invaluable as my oldest son points out observations and brings a level of excitement to our lessons.
We've been privileged to have daddy home with us during bits and pieces of this winter and he's jumped right into our science lessons with us. He's commented on how nice the entire set up is. With almost all of the supplies you need coming in a kit as well as the student and teacher's manuals that are easy to follow, there is almost no reason why anyone couldn't teach science with this set up.
This program is definitely geared more towards the elementary level as is explained on their website. There are also ample preview lessons and ways for you to gauge if this program is right for you.
One of our favorite lessons has been on magnets. We've studied them front and back, pole to pole and have expanded our learning to experimenting on our own after completing the lesson. I love when learning goes this way for us. The children are so engaged that their interest leads them to investigate and explore their own hypothesis. The leads to a longer science day and even week when we explore further on line or at the library.
I have to say I'm completely pleased with this science program. It has proven to be a valuable source of education in our home. Even though the pace seems easy at times, I know they are getting the information with the followup lesson worksheets. I feel that this pace ensures comprehension with my second grader and keeps his interest at its peak.
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