Preparation for the Future
Saints Peter and Paul Elementary School in Easton, Maryland is a Pre-K through eighth-grade Catholic school with a high school attached. At interdepartmental meetings with the high school staff, science teachers have told Elementary Principal Connie Webster that they have seen a tremendous difference in the science preparation of the students entering high school since the elementary school started using Nancy Larson Science. Mrs. Webster said, “They seem to be better prepared to take on the high school curriculum.”
Second grade teacher Patricia Egeberg loves the challenging science vocabulary and the visual word wall. The vocabulary from Nancy Larson Science is used throughout the day in many other subject areas. Egeberg has an assignment in language arts where her students bring stuffed animals from home.
“The children use science vocabulary to talk about the textures of animals, for example if the stuffed animals are smooth or rough. They don’t realize they are using vocabulary they learned in the physical properties of matter unit.”
Strong Results and Real Connections
The school has used Nancy Larson Science for more than five years, and the school has enjoyed excellent science scores on the annual Terra Nova test. Both Webster and Egeberg note that testing is important, but what they really like is that this program helps students build a strong science foundation for long-term learning. Other real benefits for the students are advancement in their critical thinking skills and in making connections. Mrs. Egeberg said, “Making connections to reading, math, science, and social studies is important. This program allows those connections to happen.”